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

Free ice cream topped with balsamic drizzle, plus other worthwhile taste trips.

Here's to hoping this weekend is sunnier than the last, because there are too many tempting food and drink events going on to stay inside.

• If for no other reason, stop by Franklin Manor's Havana Nights, hosted from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, for the Fro-Jito. A frozen pineapple mojito made with top-notch ingredients, the creation from local cocktail wizard Ro Patel is featured for one night only. Is it served in a real pineapple? We sure hope so. Other highlights include Cuban nachos, cigar rollers, live music and Cuban salsa dancers. Guests are encouraged to don their most festive outfits, though doing so isn’t required. Valet is available. Free, money for food and drinks. 912 N. Franklin St., Tampa. 813-487-9990.

• The Green Bottle isn't the latest superhero character from DC Comics. It is, however, the beloved farmhouse ale tradition that brewers around the country — including Saint Somewhere Brewing Company — are gearing up to collaboratively celebrate on Saturday. Saint Somewhere's funky observation of Green Bottle Awareness Day, which allows the brewery to express its love for the green glass-packaged beers of southern Belgium and northern France, takes place from noon to 11 p.m. Free, money for beer. 312 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727-935-5988.

• Kalamazoo Olive Company sure knows how to welcome the summertime season. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, the one-day Ice Cream Social and Balsamic Vinegar Sale spotlights a 20 percent off deal on the store’s stockpile of balsamics (think blackberry-ginger and dark chocolate). There’s also free ice cream — available from noon to 3 p.m. — that guests may top with balsamic drizzle. Free, money for goodies. 449 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-258-4925.

• Saturday's Tampa Bay Caribbean American Heritage Festival combines Caribbean-American cuisine and cocktails with a diverse array of live performances, including music and dancing, at the University Area CDC. The entertainment bill features everyone from DJs and bands to solo artists. Family-friendly arts and crafts are also part of the open-air cultural celebration, running from 4 to 8 p.m. Find tickets online. $10 in advance, $15 at gate. 14013 N. 22nd St., Tampa. 813-558-5212.

• Beginning at noon Sunday, Freak Your Tiki brings a tiki beer can release to 7venth Sun Brewery's Seminole Heights tasting room, in addition to a collaboration beer with St. Pete-based Overflow Brewing Company and seven tiki cocktail-inspired brews on tap. On the food side, LOKO Cuisine, Ichicoro and The Revolution Ice Cream Co. provide the island-inspired spread at 5 p.m. Available online, tickets are required for the all-you-can-eat dinner, which is self-serve and includes one pint or snifter of equal value. $32.10. 6809 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-231-5900.

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