“Foodie” Level at the BIG Event


 LAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 20, 2017) — The BIG Event Lakeland announces new “foodie” features for this year’s event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 – a county-wide Restaurant Week prior to the BIG Event, the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally and a “Little Bites” Challenge at the event, organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk since 1970.

The BIG Restaurant Week will begin October 29th for “East Polk” and run until November 4th. Restaurant Week for “West Polk” will run from November 4th to November 10th.

“We are seeking to partner with restaurants throughout the county to celebrate our local food scene and bring awareness to the impact BBBS has for youth and the community,” says J. Frinks, Polk County Regional Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

At the BIG Event, the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally will complement the restaurants selling food at the BIG Event to provide a wider variety of menu options. The “Little Bites” Challenge will be an opportunity for the Food Trucks and participating restaurants to offer their best submission of a bite-sized sample of their food with the chance to win recognition in a variety of categories. Attendees will be able to purchase tickets for the “Little Bites” Challenge and to cast their votes!

Bill Roberts, Managing Partner of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and chair of the food committee for the BIG Event, explains, “We’re excited to bring this type of food competition to the BIG Event for so many reasons – it engages people, and allows them to sample different foods from food trucks and local restaurants. I can see the competition could get pretty aggressive.”

Awards for the Best “East Polk” and “West Polk” Restaurant Week, and for the “Little Bites” Challenge will be presented at the BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk since 1970 – is supported by a partnership of Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally.

Contact:  Frinks, Polk County Regional Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, 1231 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL  33801, Cell: 863-514-7556, Office: 863-904-6560


 What is the BIG Event?

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

 What’s there to do?

 Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Marketing Sponsor:

Tinsley Creative

Gold Sponsors:

Publix Super Markets, Inc.


“Foodie” Partner:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970

Silver Sponsor:

Watson Clinic LLP

Salute to Veterans Sponsor:

Green Construction

Bronze Sponsors:

Bank of Central Florida

CPS Investment Advisors

Heacock Insurance

Highland Homes

Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center

Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

SERVPRO of Lakeland

Community Partners:

JBT Corporation

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Print Media Sponsor:

Ledger Media Group

Radio Sponsor:


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.  Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.