Make us your home page
Instagram

Dining Planner: This weekend is all about beer and seafood

Dynamic Duo: Sea and suds

This week is about two things, so pay attention: Beer. And. Seafood.

BEER NIGHT ST. PETE

First up, catch one of the main events of this year's St. Pete Wine & Food Festival with Beer Night St. Pete. Under two huge, elegant white tents in North Straub Park, top local, regional and national brewers will present their best craft beers and ciders, paired with restaurant cuisine, in an all-inclusive celebration of Tampa Bay's emerging craft beer scene. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Must be 21 or older. $65, $85 VIP (includes early admission). Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg.

BREW HAHA AND BANDS, BREWS AND BBQ

Saturday night you can choose between the Brew HaHa at the TPepin's Hospitality Centre in Tampa or Bands, Brews & BBQ at Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Clearwater.

The former features craft beers, live entertainment, food trucks and games, and benefits Starting Right, Now, a charity to end child homelessness. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. $35-$40; $15 designated driver. 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. (813) 868-1995.

The latter features more than 15 beers on tap, growler specials, brats on the grill and a full menu, plus prizes, giveaways, live music and outdoor games, as well as a meet-and-greet with the brewmaster. 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; food and drink prices vary. 26200 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 466-4916.

BRANDON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Despite the fact that Seafood Month just concluded, November is getting off to a sumptuous start with the Brandon Seafood Festival on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. An all-you-can-eat Southern fried seafood buffet combines with a pie-eating contest, live music, face painting and bounce houses, and it benefits local and international charities. $20 advance, $25 at door; $10 ages 12-17; $1 or one canned food donation ages 11 and younger. Rotary's Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Road, Brandon. (813) 313-6366.

FISH BROIL & MULLET FESTIVAL

If that didn't scratch the seafood itch, get up the next day and head to the Fish Broil & Mullet Festival in St. Pete Beach's Horan Park. In a new location this year due to road construction on Pass-a-Grille, the 86th annual fish broil features a signature fresh fish dinner ($8), grilled on mattress coils over hot coals, with other food vendors and beer and wine for sale, live music, a fishing tournament for kids and other kids' activities (think super trampoline, inflatable games and auctions). The event benefits Gulf Beaches Elementary, Montessori by the Sea, St. John Vianney, the St. Pete Beach Public Library and Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. 1-6 p.m. Free admission. 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245.

LARGO TASTE FEST

If you feel like combining sea and suds, the Largo Taste Fest on Saturday allows you to savor menu favorites presented by area restaurants like Roosterfish Grill, Sage's Bistro and Cafe Largo, then relax in the beer and wine "aquatic garden." Once fortified, you can browse the festival grounds in an outdoor tropical setting, view works by local artists (like the ones at left from a previous festival) and vote for your favorite restaurant and best artist work, with music, silent auction and a cash bar. Beverage sales support the Largo Rotary Community Grant program, and other proceeds support the Summer Camp scholarship program for the Recreation, Parks and Arts Department. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25 advance, $30 at door; includes one drink. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 439-0761.

Dining Planner: This weekend is all about beer and seafood 11/02/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 11:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 24-30

    Events

    Tampa Bay Comic Con: The geek fest returns to the Tampa Convention Center from Friday-Sunday, bringing celebrity appearances including Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Uhura), Kate Beckinsale and numerous comic book artists and writers. Also, comics, videos, toys, action …

    Shaun Audit poses for a photo at opening day of the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center. (Friday, July 31, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 19: A peregrina spends the whole day under the weather, and part of the day under the table

    Travel

    Day 19: El Burgo Ranero to Puente Villarente: 25.4 km, 7.5 hours (Total for Days 1-19 = 454 km (282 miles)

    This list pretty much sums up my day:

    Eat two bananas

    Walk 13.1 kilometers

    Nap

    Walk 6.2 kilometers

    Nap

    Eat half an apple

    Walk 6.1 kilometers

    Crash< …

  3. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 18: Despite feeling ill, this pilgrim passes the midpoint in her 500-mile journey on foot

    Travel

    Day 18: Lédigos to El Burgo Ranero: 34.3 km, 12.25 hours (Total for Days 1-18 = 428 km (266 miles)

    Today was a struggle.

  4. Actor John Heard dies at age 72

    Blogs

    John Heard, who played so many roles in the '80s but was probably best known as the dad in the Home Alone movies, has died, according to media reports. He was 72.

  5. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 17: Think 11 miles of nothing but straight trail and open, flat fields sounds easy? Think again.

    Travel

    Day 17: Villarmentero de Campos to Lédigos: 33.5 km, 10.25 hours. Total for Days 1-17 = 394 km (245 miles)