Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival returns this weekend in the Historic Deuces Corridor

The Publix Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival takes place on Saturday, February 19 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum (2240 9th Avenue South). The festivities will include both in-person and virtual events. 

The Publix Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival, Inc (TBCGF, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) charity invested in the overall health and well-being of Tampa Bay — and the organizers announced the festival will return with its full experience this year, including both virtual and in-person events. The huge block party fills the streets around the Woodson Museum with activities including a collard green cook-off, live music, market, games and more.


The incredible event supporting health and food equity in the Sunshine City was co-founded by Boyzell Hosey and Samantha Harris just four years ago. Since its inception, it has blossomed into one of the most celebrated happenings in the ‘Burg, both for its educational components, and for the incredible spread of food.

Education and entertainment in one festival

“We endeavor to bring a balanced mix of resources, education and assistance together in a fun and meaningful way,” write the co-founders on the Collard Green Festival website.

Their mission is simple:

“To inspire healthier communities through urban agriculture, culinary experience, nutritional education, fitness, and family fun”

In its inaugural year, TBCGF Inc. engaged the community in partnership with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum.


Holistic focus to leading healthier lives

TBCF isn’t alone. Collard Green Festivals are on the rise nationwide; however the event in St. Pete has its own unique twist! From fresh produce, plant cultivation, exploring diverse cooking methods, to dietary enlightenment and so much more, TBCGF embodies a communal and holistic focus towards living healthier lifestyles.

The 2022 iteration of the event will take place on Saturday, February 19, from 9 am – 5 pm. Want to support TBCF today? Donations are always accepted to help support the Festival and its work in the community.

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