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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)


Sunday, Mar. 8: The Best Florida Beer Championship


The championship ends with the Brewers Ball at Skipper's Smokehouse. Celebrate with food, music and beer - gold-medal winning beers from the championship will be featured - while the winners of the Professional and Homebrew competitions are announced. $25. 12-5 p.m., 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa (813-220-1086)


Tuesday, Mar. 10: The NoHo Bistro


At the NoHo Bistro Beer Tasting for Pediatric Cancer Foundation, sample five different beers paired with various foods - like an Irish Red Ale paired with a pumpkin vanilla garlic soup. $30. 6-9 p.m., 1714 N Armenia Ave, Tampa (813-514-0691)


Tuesday, Mar. 10: Whole Foods Market


Learn everything you ever wanted to know about meat - including cooking techniques and how to buy the proper cut - at this meat class and tasting. Free. 6:30-8 p.m.,1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Tuesday, Mar. 10: FOODMATTERS Film Showing


This provocative film at The Long Center is back by popular demand. Whole Foods Market will provide snacks. $5. 7 p.m., 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater


Tuesday, Mar. 10: NoHo Bistro and Whole Foods Beer Gathering


Learn about new beers, beer education and how to use beer in recipes at this Beer Gathering. Enjoy courses of paired food and beers, provided by Whole Foods Market and the NoHo Bistro. $30. 6-8:30 p.m., 1714 N Armenia Ave, Tampa (813-514-0691)


Wednesday, Mar. 11: Whole Foods Market


Every Wednesday in March, stop by Whole Foods for the Wine Down Wednesday tasting. Free. 4-6 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Wednesday, Mar. 11: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


Explore ways to cope with your physical, mental or emotional challenges at Dr. Anthony Calandro's seminar "Creating a Health Body through Cultivating a Positive Mind." Free. 6:30 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Wednesday, Mar. 11: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits


Enjoy another ABC wine tasting, this time at the Wesley Chapel store. Guest will receive a free wine glass and a coupon for $5 off a purchase of the night. 1845 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel (813-782-1389)


Thursday, Mar. 12: Whole Foods Market


Join Chef Jim each month for a bistro-style cooking class. This month it's the Bistro French Classic Cuisine class and wine pairing and tasting. Free. 6:30-8 p.m.,1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Thursday, Mar. 12: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits


Sample wine selections from around the world and hors d'oeuvres at this Seffner wine tasting. Each guest will receive a free wine glass and a coupon for $3 off a purchase of the night. $5. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 507 W MLK Blvd, Seffner (813-681-7979)


Thursday, Mar. 12: The Grape


The Tampa Alumnae Panhellenic Association hosts the 6th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, featuring gourmet food, wine and music. $25 advanced, $35 at the door. 6-8 p.m., 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. Suite B217, Tampa (239-272-8281)


Thursday, Mar. 12: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


In the "Gut Connection" seminar, Dr. George Springer will explain how imbalances in the body's digestive system can cause health problems. Free. 6:30 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Thursday, Mar. 12: Vino 100 St. Petersburg


Sample wines from Australia at this St. Pete wine tasting. Free. 5-8 p.m., 5056 4th St N, St. Petersburg (727-522-8466)


Thursday, Mar. 12: Fleming's Steakhouse and Wine Bar


Enjoy great music, fine wines and a three-course meal at the Vintage Rock Dinner. $55. 6:30 p.m. 2001 Siesta Dr, Sarasota (941-358-9463)


Friday, Mar. 13: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


Nutritionist Barbara Lee will explain how to get all you can for your health dollar in the "Spending Money Wisely on Health" seminar. Free. 6 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Friday, Mar. 13: Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar


At the Party Like a Rock Star event, celebrate food and wine with a four-course dinner and wines made by rock 'n' roll legends like Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. $55. 6:30 p.m. 2001 Siesta Dr, Sarasota (941-358-9463)


Friday, Mar. 13: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar


Weekly Friday wine Happy Hour at Belleair. Free. 5-8 p.m., 1575 S Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater (727-449-2988)


Friday, Mar. 13: Uncorked


Celebrate St. Paddy's Day at Uncorked with McBeer and Mead, snacks and dancing. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 4th St N, St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Friday-Sunday, Mar. 13-15: Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival


Cajun invasion begins with this 9th annual festival of all things Louisiana. $35 for three days. Friday 4:30-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m., Vinoy Park, Downtown St. Pete (727-892-5798)



Saturday, Mar. 14: Vino 100 Brandon


Sippin Saturday tasting at the Brandon store. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico (813-654-8466)


Sunday, Mar. 15: Datz Deli


Join Datz for a wine tasting, featuring five selections from Chateau St. Michelle paired with cheeses and meats. $19.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door. 6 p.m., 2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa (813-831-7000)


Tuesday, Mar. 17: Vino 100 Brandon


Learn about the elegant white wines of Germany - like Riesling - at The Wines of Germany class. $20 per person, $35 per couple. 6- 7:30 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico (813-654-8466)


Wednesday, Mar. 18: Whole Foods Market


Every Wednesday in March, stop by Whole Foods for the Wine Down Wednesday tasting. Free. 4-6 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Wednesday, Mar. 18: Whole Foods Market


Join the specialty cheese buyer at Whole Foods for a British Isles class and tasting, paired with some wines from the store. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Wednesday, Mar. 18: Culinary World Tour


Join in on this cooking discussion group at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, where the focus is on foods and cooking styles from various countries. This month's country is Greenland. Free. 7 p.m., 138 E Lemon St, Tarpon Springs (727-943-4922)


Thursday, Mar. 19: Whole Foods Market


Join Dr. JE Williams for Health Happy Hour and learn about important supplements for your body and products from the store that emphasize vegetarian eating. Afterward, the Prime Time Sisters Program will be hosted. Free. 6-8 p.m.,1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Friday, Mar. 20: Whole Foods Market


The multi-talented Vinnie Natale will entertain during this wine and cheese tasting. Free. 7-8 p.m.,1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Friday, Mar. 20: Uncorked


At the Oregon Wine Tasting, sample different wines from the region - like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris - and discover unique food pairings. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 4th St N, St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Friday, Mar 20: Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar


At the Party Like a Rock Star event, celebrate food and wine with a four-course dinner and wines made by rock 'n' roll legends like Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. $55. 6:30 p.m. 2001 Siesta Dr, Sarasota (941-358-9463)


Friday, Mar. 20: Belleair Wine and Grill Bar


Weekly Friday wine Happy Hour at Belleair. Free. 5-8 p.m., 1575 S Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater (727-449-2988)


Saturday, Mar. 21: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Listen to some of your favorite records while drinking fabulous wines at Toast's Vine and Vinyl event. Free. 6-9 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs, Tampa (813-632-3105)


Saturday, Mar. 21: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Listen to Sweetwater founder and director Rick Martinez discuss the most common weeds and pests in the area, and how to keep them out of your garden. $15 (or volunteer). 2-3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Saturday, Mar. 21: Vino 100 Brandon


Join Vino as they take a tour of the old country, and sample wine from some of the greatest wine regions in the world: Chianti, Tuscany Piedmont, Bordeaux and Loire. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico (813-654-8466)


Saturday, Mar. 21: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


At "Living Foods Made Easy," Chef Joseph Custer will teach guests how to prepare puddings and creams from raw foods. Free. 11 a.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


Sunday, Mar. 22: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


This workshop covers how to handle stress and depression with herbal medicine, featuring herbalist Bob Linde. $10. 3-4 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Monday, Mar. 23: Bern's Steak House


Come to Bern's for the Chateau Lynch-Bages Bordeaux five-course wine dinner, featuring Jean-Charles Cazes, general manager of the Chateau estates since 2006. $200. 6:30 p.m. 1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa (813-251-2421)


Wednesday, Mar. 25: Whole Foods Market


Every Wednesday in March, stop by Whole Foods for the Wine Down Wednesday tasting. Free. 4-6 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Wednesday, Mar. 25: Whole Foods Market


Join Elaine Robert for a lecture on Gaia herbs. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Wednesday, Mar. 25: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar


At the Northern Italian Wine Dinner, enjoy a five-course meal and wines from the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Italy. $69. 6:30 p.m., 1575 S Ft. Harrison, Clearwater (727-449-2988)


Wednesday, Mar. 25: Tampa Club Young Member Wine Dinner


Members of the club part of the under 40 crowd are invited to this wine dinner, at which Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be paired with a filet mignon meal. $29. 6:30 p.m., 101 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa (813-229-6028)


Thursday, Mar. 26: Whole Foods Market


This new monthly class will explore sustainable living. This month will focus on global poverty and Whole Foods' work with developing communities. $5 donation. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Thursday, Mar. 26: Italian Club of Tampa


Join the Italian Club for the Wines of Italy, featuring 65 wines from different regions in Italy, Italian antipasta and desserts. $45 before Mar. 20. 6-9 p.m., 1731 E. 7th Ave., Tampa (813-248-3316)


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.


Friday, Mar. 27: Whole Foods Market


This class will focus on foods and products that support pregnancy and babies. Guests will also get to sample products. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m.,1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)


Friday, Mar. 27: Toast Fine Wine & Cigars


Toast's monthly wine tasting will offer 17 wine selections and appetizers. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-632-3105)


Friday, Mar. 27: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar


Weekly Friday wine Happy Hour. Free. 5-8 p.m., 1575 S Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater (727-449-2988)


Friday, Mar. 27: Uncorked


At the Big Three Wine Tasting, sample wines from popular regions in France, Italy and Spain. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 4th St N, St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Saturday, Mar. 28: Polished Palate International Rum Festival


Come to the Ritz Ybor to sample dozens of rums from around the world and rum-infused treats. A silent auction and various seminars by rum aficionados will also take place. $50 VIP, $40 general. 7-10 p.m., 1503 E. 7th Ave., Tampa (727-947-3522)


Saturday, Mar. 28: Vino 100 Brandon


Vino's Sippin Saturday wine tasting at the Brandon store. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico (813-654-8466)


Sunday, Mar. 29: Sweetwater Organic Workshop


Julie Barreda Bruyn will show kids and parents the basics of cooking, using crops fresh from Sweetwater's fields. Ages 9 and up. $10. 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., 6842 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa (813-887-4066)


Tuesday, Mar. 31: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach


In this "Health by Numbers" seminar, Susan Bucci will talk about body statistics we need to know in order to achieve optimum health. Free. 6:15 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)


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)


Friday-Monday, Apr. 17-20: Bern's 12th Annual Winefest Weekend


Bern's big annual event includes tastings, dinners, seminars and more. Check the event website for full details.


Sunday, Apr. 19: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits


Join B-21 for their annual Bordeaux vs. Cabernet wine tasting and sale. $25 before Apr. 17, $30 at the door. 2-5 p.m., 43380 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)


Saturday, Apr. 25: Uncorked


Join Uncorked for their British Isles & Ireland Beer Event, where they will serve diverse brews from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Reservations required. $20. 7-9 p.m., 2706 4th St N, St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Friday-Saturday, May 15-16: Tampa Bay Wine and Food Festival


This event at the Don Cesar Resort will feature wine and food tastings, seminars by celebrity chefs and live performances. $75, 1-4 p.m., 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach (813-258-5858)


Sunday, Jun. 14: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits


B-21's Tour of Italy tasting and sale will feature Italian wines such as Barolo, Chianti Classico and Supertuscans. $25 before Jun. 12, $30 at the door. 2-5 p.m., 43380 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)


Saturday, Aug. 8: Vino, Java and Jazz


This event at the Florida Aquarium will feature wine samplings, special dishes, desserts, coffee and jazz music. Proceeds from a silent auction will go toward the Tampa Bay Region of the Easter Seals Florida organization. $65 in advance, $80 at the door. 7-11 p.m., 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa (813-769-5915)


Sunday, Aug. 16: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits


Celebrate selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the Best of Burgundy and Beyond tasting and Sale. $25 before Aug. 14, $30 at the door. 2-5 p.m., 43380 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs (727-937-5049)

Friday, Mar. 6: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach

Join Dr. Julie Gatza at the "Five Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger" seminar and learn how to eat and live healthy. Free. 6 p.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)

Friday, Mar. 6: Whole Foods Market

Skin care expert Gene Ramsey will demo and offer samples of Dr. Hauschka's natural skin care line. Free. 3-7 p.m., 1548 N Dale Mabry Rd, Tampa (813-874-9435)

Friday, Mar. 6: Andrea's Sip for Life Wine Tasting

Sample tapas from The Columbia Restaurant and over 250 wines from Spain, California and South America at the third annual Sip For Life tasting. Proceeds from the event at the Tampa Bay History Center go to support finding a cure for pediatric sarcoma. $100 donation. 7-10 p.m., 801 Old Water Street, Tampa (813-248-3000)

Friday, Mar. 6: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar

Friday wine Happy Hours at Belleair continue this week. Free. 5-8 p.m., 1575 S Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater (727-449-2988)

Saturday, Mar. 7: The Wine Shop of St. Pete Beach

Chef Debby DeGraaff will host the "Wonderful Wild Rice" cooking class, featuring a wild rice and vegetable salad paired with wild rice with mushrooms and tofu. Free. 11 a.m., 401 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-9463)

Saturday, Mar. 7: Abilities Wine Tasting

Enjoy hundreds of wines, live entertainment and food from gourmet restaurants at Tropicana Field's 20th annual tasting. $125. 6-9 p.m., 1 Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg (727-538-7370 ext. 345)

Saturday, Mar. 7: Vino 100 Brandon/Valrico

Explore the effects of environment on wine with Vino 100 by sampling a slew of Australian wines. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico (813-654-8466)

Saturday, Mar. 7: Chez Bryce

Enjoy a three-course lunch with Tatiana Rugers, a Tampa Bay mural and decorative artist, at Chez Bryce restaurant. $15. 12-2 p.m., 238 E Davis Isle, Tampa (813-258-8100)

Saturday, Mar. 7: Beerfest 2009

Down in Centro Ybor, enjoy unlimited beer tasting with your Florida Brewers Guild glass. $25 in advance, $30. 2-6 p.m., 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa

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