Food and wine events

Friday, Jan. 30: Vintage Wine Cellars


This sit-down, reservation only seminar will feature the heights of red and white wines from Napa Valley. $25. 7-9:30 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931 or vintagewinecellars.net)


Friday, Jan. 30: Cork & Olive Palm Harbor


Wine and cheese social with eight red and white wines, cheese and olive oil. Free. 6-8 p.m., 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd., Palm Harbor (727-781-9463 or corkandolive.com)


Friday, Jan. 30: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Monthly tasting featuring 15-18 wines and light appetizers. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-632-3105 or toastofnewtampa.com)


Friday, Jan. 30: World of Wines


Weekly free wine an beer tasting. Free. 6-8 p.m., 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)


Wednesday, Feb. 4: ABC Fine Wines and Spirits Largo


Sample from dozens of wine selections, with free hors d'oeuvres. $10. 1603 N. Missouri Ave., Largo (727-581-4642)


Thursday, Feb. 5: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar


4 course Spanish wine dinner featuring importer David Bernard of Vinamericas. $49. 6:30-9 p.m., 1575 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater (727-449-2988 or belleairgrill.com)


Thursday, Feb. 5: Whole Foods


This tasting class will cover reds, whites and sparkling wines. Registration required. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)


Friday, Feb. 6: Johnsonville Big Taste Grill


Ostensibly the "World's Largest Traveling Grill," this brat-marketing tour will be hitting Sweetbay on Dale Mabry the day before Gasparilla's shindig. Proceeds from the brat sales will benefit local charities. Noon-5 p.m., 2625 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa


Friday, Feb. 6: World of Wines


Weekly free wine tasting, this week featuring Stanley Lambert Wines of Australia. Free. 6-8 p.m., 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)


Saturday, Feb. 7: UTBC Education Foundation Wine and Food Gala


Benefitting scholarships for Tampa are kids, this gala will have over 15 food and wine stations featuring local restaurants. $100. 7-11 p.m., Neilsen Company Grand Hall, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar (813-300-0019 or utbcef.org)


Saturday, Feb. 7: Vino 100 Brandon


Weekly Saturday tastings continue, this week with a Valentine theme. Free. Noon-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466 or vino100brandon.com)


Sunday, Feb. 8: B-21


It's the annual grand tasting and sale of wines from Spain, Chile and Argentina, featuring a personal appearance by importer and wine superstar Eric Solomon, Food & Wine Magazine's Best Importer. There will also people on hand from a variety of other top wineries and importers. Besides the tasting, there will be private seminars with the visiting experts. Call for details. $25. 43380 US Hwy. 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)


Saturday, Feb. 14: Vino 100 Brandon


Weekly Saturday tastings continue. Free. Noon-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466 or vino100brandon.com)


Saturday, Feb. 14: Whole Foods


This tasting class will cover reds, whites and sparkling wines. Registration required. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)


Saturday, Feb. 21: Taste of Tampa Bay


This year's "Passport to the Tropics" themed event will feature live music, cigars wine and food from numerous Bay area restaurants. Taste of Tampa benefits Mission of Gift of Life Intl. $100 (advance), $115 (door). 7-11 p.m., Lowry Park Zoo Safari Lodge, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa (813-541-3248)


Sunday, Mar. 8: Tampa Rotary Pig Roast


Come see if Team "Sir Pigs A Lot" will take top honors for the fourth year in a row in this whole-pig roasting competition to benefit local charities. $25. 2-5 p.m., St. Mark's Catholic Church, Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa (813-765-0707)


Mar. 26-28: International Rum Festival


The largest rum festival in the U.S. will feature three days of tastings, dinners and festive events in Ybor.


Apr. 3-5: Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Crawfish Festival


Lots of music, lots of crawfish, lots of people saying "suck the head!" 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park (727-546-6732)

Thursday, Jan. 29: All Children's Hospital

This class is designed to teach parents and kids how to cook healthy foods. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., All Children's Hospital Education Center, 701 4th St., St. Petersburg (allkids.org)

Thursday, Jan. 29: Cork & Olive Palm Harbor

Sip and dip night with eight red and white wines and olive oil. Free. 6-8 p.m., 4978 Ridgemoor Blvd., Palm Harbor (727-781-9463 or corkandolive.com)

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