By Kathy L. Collins

DCNoise is an all volunteer organization that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people in the community. DCNoise is hosting its second Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival on Saturday, September 10. There will be two sessions. The first is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and the second is from 6-9 p.m. The event will be held at The Noise Box located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon (on the grounds of Christ Community Church).

Tickets are between $15 and $32 and include mug, coffee tasting notebook, T-shirt and pen. Tickets can be purchased at www.dcnoise.com.

According to Thom Schultz, executive director of DCNoise, “The focus of the Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival is on the artisan side of coffee. It is perfect for those who are not very knowledgeable about coffee as well as those who consider themselves aficionados.” Attendees can also opt to upgrade their ticket and attend special brewing and tasting sessions.

Local roasters such as Buddy Brew, Brown Bear Coffee Roastery and Birds of a Feather Coffee will participate. Vendors such as Spaddy’s Coffee Truck and more will be on hand.

Art is also a big component of this event. Local artists will be on hand to show their art in a festival style setting. There are even plans to have some of the artists do live demonstrations during the event. All of the artists are local, and all of the art is fine art that has been hand crafted.

Proceeds from the second Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival will benefit the newly formed Bay Area Foundation for the Art (BAFA), a start-up organization that strives to provide scholarships for the fine arts and performing arts.

Schultz explained how the event came to fruition. “All of us at DCNoise are into coffee and we like art, so we thought why not combine the two for an event. The first one held in April was a huge success,” said Schultz.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dcnoise.com and follow the Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival on Facebook.