Best things to do with food and drink in Tampa Bay this weekend

Don't even think about sitting these out.

click to enlarge Best things to do with food and drink in Tampa Bay this weekend
Alexis Quinn Chamberlain

How are you gonna make sure you're downing a healthy amount of local bites and beverages over the weekend? CL has a couple of ideas.

• Last month, the modern Cuban stall at Heights Public Market introduced a menu of Late Night Tapas. Stop by Hemingway's on Friday and score half orders of five popular dishes worth sharing with friends. Available from 9 p.m. to close, the lineup consists of $6 chicharrones, $6 salchipapa, $5 yucca fries, $5 Cuban sandwiches and $5 sangria. Free, money for food and drinks. 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa. 813-435-6482.

• After nine years, why haven't you visited the Dunedin Orange Festival? Expect the usual things from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, like local eats, live music and... orange juice samples? You betcha. There's also a Brew Off — a craft beer contest that allows attendees to sample pours from seven breweries in town with a $20 ticket, then vote for their favorite entry — and the Ms. Orange Festival Pin-Up Girl Contest. What's more, the silent auction features "orange bonnets" created by local merchants. Free. 51 Main St., Dunedin. —Meaghan Habuda & Cathy Salustri

• Jug & Bottle Dept. is turning 3 on Saturday, and its wrestling-themed Ampersandiversary III — hosted between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. — is gonna be a good one. Overflowing with bites and beverages, highlights of the birthday celebration include cider and wine tastings, one-off growler releases, rare bottle rollouts, and a vegan sandwich pop-up from the bottle shop's soon-to-open kitchen, 3 Dot Dash. Free, money for beer and food. 6201 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-675-4522.

• Another local establishment that's about to be another year older is Old Southeast Market. Oh, how time flies. To celebrate its 3 Year Anniversary Bash on Saturday, the one-stop neighborhood shop, which carries everything from craft beer to poke, will mix free swag with food, a raffle and fun from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The raffle helps provide school supplies to kids for the upcoming school year. Free, money for food and drinks. 700 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-823-1992.

• On Sunday, it's Picnic Time. AJ's Kitchen Drawer, a specialty kitchen store, leads the leisurely, hands-on cooking class from noon to 3 p.m., in which participants are welcome to enjoy the meal they prepare afterward. No cleanup required. Get tickets online$50. 3974 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-328-4122.

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