By Marie Gilmore

Yelp members have the first opportunity to RSVP for an upcoming unique and limited access networking event at the newly re-branded Wimauma Winthrop Barn Theater in Riverview. The event, Yelptucky Derby, will be held on Friday, April 26, from 7-10 p.m. at the new events and catering center at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. The event is free to attend, but Yelp members are asked to RSVP through Yelp in order to guarantee access to the VIP party. Once inside, food from more than 15 restaurants, booths, live music and more will make this unique social networking party the event to attend. “Feel free to wear your Kentucky Derby attire,” according to Wimauma co-owner, Amy Moran, who is managing the Barn with her husband and chef Gary.

Food will be provided by Fat Cats Gourmet Foods, EATS! American Grill, from Generation Food Trucks – PAO Food Truck & Enjoi Sweets & Company,The Corner Store, Parkesdale Farm Market, Toffee To Go, 20 Shekels Bread, Beef O’ Brady’s, Pelagia Trattoria, Acropolis, Green Iguana, Hula Bay, and many more.

It’s not all about the food; Underdog Wine will be providing libations, Tribeca Colorsalon will fancy you up, while Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, and Health Mutt, among others, will be on hand for the festivities. If that wasn’t enough, live music will be provided by Phase 5 and esteemed photographer Gerardo Luna will capture the magic.

Attendees are asked to bring a $10 suggested donation toward the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

“The Yelptucky Derby is three hours of complimentary food, drinks, and entertainment,” describes Brett Nehls, Yelp Tampa Bay Community Manager. “This is absolutely our Super Bowl. It’s open to anyone with a Yelp account that RSVP’s.”

This is a 21 and up event. The official hash tag for the event will be #YelpDerby. For more information, contact Moran at 654-0100 or visit


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Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!