The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our Open House Was Revolutionary!

The Barn at Stark Farms
Odessa, FL
Selected Photos by Eva Photo Studio

Several times a year we host our client only open houses at unique new venues in the Tampa Bay Area. Last month we had the pleasure of introducing our brides, grooms, and their family and friends to our new find:
The Barn at Stark Farms in Odessa.

John and Martha Zumwalt are developing this special property off Lutz-Lake Fern Road, into an a trip back in time to post Revolutionary War days of Americana. Centerpiece of their venture is a 200+ year old barn they had relocated from the New Hampshire countryside. It now is a small inn  with five individual bedrooms and gathering space for overnight stays and events.
It is fully air conditioned and heated.


Future plans call for a petting farm, annual festivals focusing on the era, workshops for young people and of course, WEDDINGS!

NOT ANOTHER BARN. John and Martha have furnished the entire barn with historical pieces and reminder of the era. There are books about the former owner, Capt. John Stark, a revolutionary war hero. The couple has carefully selected antiques and memorable elements that definitely put a special spin on the word "vintage."

The indoors are perfect for small gatherings and rehearsal dinners. A newly cleared pasture, will offer tent space for up to 300 guests with access to electricity. Besides the front of the barn as a ceremony setting, there is a beautiful sprawling oak tree that can utilized as a backdrop.

WEDDING WEEKEND SPECIAL: If you choose to hold your wedding weekend at Stark Barn, the cost would be $5500.00 for four days of accommodations for up to 10 people and access to the property for the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Visit the venue's Facebook Page: The Barn at Stark Farms

Catering By Robert / Event Concepts . FL, is proud to be an event partner, offering a seamless decor, planning, and catering package for weddings there.

View our inclusive event package

Please contact us at 813-960-7092 / for more information.

Here are some highlights of our open house at Stark Barn where we featured our themed  Country Inn menu selections. 



We were excited to partner with area vendors including West Coast Rentals/ Event Design who provided their new ceremony backdrop for our open house. This is a lightweight structure that can be utilized in many different arrangements.

Guests were shuttled in on a golf cart compliments of the farm caretaker. John and Martha served as our official "greeters" as guests arrived.

Our food presentations were set up on the Barn's huge
wood farm table.

We featured several of our wedding cake flavors including Boston Cream and mini blueberry cobblers in keeping with our New England Country Inn theme.

Our clients were treated to tours of the historic barn
by the owner John.

West Coast Rentals installed a set of tents along the side of the barn for guest seating.

The front of the barn was staged as a ceremony area
with the antique wooden chairs from the farm table.

We offered a full bar with Dark and Stormy
as our signature cocktail.


We did simple table seating arrangements with some of our in-house centerpieces. Also, a bit of famous "Inn"
trivia at each table 


Besides West Coast Rentals, we were joined by Vicki of Beachangels Weddings, Chris from Custom Linens and DJ Rob Vollmar, who provided period music along with popular selections.

Back indoors, our popular Samuel Adams Beer Cheese was offered with a variety of dippers including soft pretzels, Cape Cod Chips, pretzel crackers, celery, apple slices, and carrots.

Another New England favorite, Maple Glazed Smoked Salmon on cedar planks, was a big hit among our guests.

We made signs for each menu item and noted if there was an upcharge for specialty items.

Our service staff hand-passed assorted hors d'oeuvres that included standard favorites along with Trisket Reubens.

Other finger foods were Mini Quiche, Curried Chicken Tartlets, Drunkin Dogs, and Marinated Mushrooms

One of our refreshing favorite salads, Wild Field Greens with Raspberry Viniagrette, walnuts and cranraisins started off the main buffet.

Wild Rice

Whipped Potatoes with Gravy

Yankee Doodle Noodles (our Parma Rosa Pasta)


Vermont Roasted Turkey Breast with Blueberry Chutney. Also our Roast Baron of Beef.

Again, many thanks to Eva Photo Studio for capturing many beautiful pictures
of this historic location.

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