Five Best Food and Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: South Florida Beer Week, Bus Loop, and More
Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.
Courtesy of the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop
Whether you are hoping to be chauffered from bar to bar, looking to revel in the glory that is the South Florida craft beer scene, or longing to g'nosh on gourmet eats while ogling adorable animals, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
Food, fuzzy animals, and having an excuse to get off the couch on a Saturday night are three things most people tend to appreciate. Here's your chance to combine all of the above at the Palm Beach Zoo's Food Truck Safari. Taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 18, the event features live music, zookeeper talks, animal training, and close-up encounters. Admission to the park is $10 for nonmember adults, $9 for member adults, $7 for nonmember kids, $6 for member kids, and children under 3 are free. Food and beverage -- beer and wine is available -- are not included in admission. Visit palmbeachzoo.org/special-events. -- Sara Ventiera
Beer festivals can be boring places where companies bring out the same old core beers year after year and increasingly cost more and more money in entrance fees. Break away from the status quo and enter the world of the homebrewing competitions. On Saturday, head down to the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach from 2 to 6 p.m. for its inaugural homebrewing competition, where local homebrewers will compete for best in the area while you listen to some great music and sample their beers and eat delicious barbecue.
For only $15 (a fraction of a beer festival admission), guests will be given a pretzel necklace and a cup to sample from the 30-plus beers that will be onsite, including those made from South Florida's own Russ Brunner -- winner of both a gold medal at the 35th Annual National Homebrewers Conference and the Sam Adams LongShot competition. Competitions like this are great places to witness the future of brewing. Call 954-924-3200. Mardi Gras Casino is located at 831 N. Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach. -- By Doug Fairall
The closest most of us ever get to a farm is the produce aisle at our local grocery store. Sure, those beautifully waxed and picked pieces of fruit and vegetables were grown out of plants in the ground, but chances are they were shipped from thousands of miles away, losing many of the vital nutrients in the process -- that's not exactly farm-to-table, even if it does make its way into your mouth. To make it easier for residents to get their hands in the dirt -- we know, it is work -- there's the Dania Beach PATCH, short for People's Access to Community Horticulture. It's hosting a "Harvest Festival" Grand Opening Celebration for its community garden on Saturday.
The kid-friendly festival is bringing together locals to showcase the fruits -- and veggies -- of PATCH's labor by highlighting its GrowBag technology. The event will include cooking demos with partner FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth), live music, arts and crafts, vendors, a ribbon-cutting, and artist presentations. There is no cost to attend. It takes place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dania Beach Patch is located at 1200 NW First St. in Dania Beach. Call 954-561-9681, or visit touchbroward.org. -- By Sara Ventiera