Food, wine and beer events

Friday, Apr. 17: Whole Foods

Enjoy a variety hour with comedian Vinnie Natale, as well as some cheese and wine. Free. 7-8 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)

Friday, Apr. 17: Mangrove's Restaurant

Come for the San Rafael wine tasting and live music. $10. 6-8 p.m., 208 South Howard Ave, Tampa (813-258-3302)

Friday, Apr. 17: Vintage Wine Cellars

Spanish Treasure wine tasting, featuring Tempranillo, Garnache and Monastrell grapes. $10. 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931)

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.

Saturday, Apr. 18: Sanford Wine Company

At the North Central Florida Beer Festival, enjoy food, live music, and a variety of specialty and home-brewed beers. $29 in advance, $35 at the door. 114 S. Palmetto Ave., Sanford (407-302-8620)

Saturday, Apr. 18: Vino 100

Wine tasting featuring fine spring wines. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466)

Saturday, Apr. 18: Got Wine and Cigars

Live music entertainment and at least fifteen different beers at this tasting. $10. 6-9 p.m., 662 Main St., Dunedin (727-421-7252)

Saturday, Apr. 18: Datz Deli

Learn how to create your own cheese and sample some of Datz's best at the Cheese 101 class. $50. 6 p.m., 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-7000)

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)

Sunday, Apr. 19: Cork & Olive

At the Sizzle and Swirl Cooking Class, learn how to create a dish and pair it with a particular wine. $45. 4-7 p.m., 10019 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa (813-868-3733)

Tuesday, Apr. 21: Wine Mall

This event will offer a wine tasting for gay singles in the area to mingle, drink and learn about wine. $35. 7-9 p.m., 11246 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa (727-823-0437)

Thursday, Apr. 23: Kuba Cigars

At this wine tasting, sample dark chocolate, snacks and an assortment of cheeses. There will also be door prizes and a fine wine giveaway. $10. 7-9 p.m., 243 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa (813-258-8191)

Thursday, Apr. 23: Toasted Pheasant Bistro

Enjoy a four-course Chilean dinner complete with wine paired for each course. $45. 7-10 p.m., 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa (813-265-6700)

Thursday, Apr. 23: Belleair Grill and Wine Bar

Italian wine maker Gianni Masciarelli will be honored at this Belleair wine dinner. $59. 7 p.m., 1575 South Ft. Harrison, Clearwater (727-449-2988)

Friday, Apr. 24: Uncorked

This wine tasting will focus on reds and whites from Hungary, Australia and Luxembourg. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 4th St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)

Friday, Apr. 24: Vintage Wine Cellars

Learn all about Pinot at this Pinot Power wine tasting. $10. 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931)

Friday, Apr. 24: Toast Fine Wines

Monthly free wine tasting, featuring fifteen wines and appetizers. Free. 5:30 p.m., 14921 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-632-3105)

Saturday, Apr. 25: Vino 100

Sippin' Saturday wine tasting. Free. 12-5 p.m., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813-654-8466)

Saturday, Apr. 25: Craftsman House

Reduce your beer's carbon footprint and taste some Bison organic beers at the Craftsman House's Earth Day Celebration. 4-7 p.m., 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-323-2787)

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)

Saturday, Apr. 25: The Florida Aquarium

At the Sea Grapes Fine Wine and Food Festival, enjoy food from some of the area's best restaurants, music and a silent auction. $85. 7-10 p.m., 701 Channelside Dr. (813-273-4030)

Sunday, Apr. 26: Datz Deli

Join Pastry Chef Jason Laukhuf for a Breakfast Pastries 101 class, featuring delectable cinnamon rolls and deluxe donuts. Guests will be able to take home their own concoctions of fillings and toppings. $50. 6-9 p.m., 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-7000)

Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3: Tomato and Heritage Festival

Live music, free tomato plants, tomato-inspired foods can be found at this festival in Ruskin. Vendors bring crafts, clothes, jewelry and potted plants. Entertainment and activities for children also available. Adults $5, children 12 and under free. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2401 19th Ave, Ruskin (813-935-4996)

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)

Wednesday, Apr. 15: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits

Join wine lovers and experts at this tasting and sample from dozens of wine selections. Each guest will receive a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 any purchase that night. $10. 1405 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon (813-685-4832)

Wednesday, Apr. 15: Whole Foods

Learn how to pair cheeses with different wines at this class and tasting. Free. 6-7 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)

Thursday, Apr. 16: "Beer Wars"

For one night only, seven local Tampa theaters will be playing this documentary, followed by a live discussion with brewers and beer experts. 8 p.m., click here for a list of theaters

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