Saturday's lineup of booze & beyond

Where to go for brews, wine and seafood to get you through the day.

click to enlarge A what-to-do guide in Tampa Bay isn't complete without craft beer. - Wikimedia Commons
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A what-to-do guide in Tampa Bay isn't complete without craft beer.

Everything from heated food battles to worthwhile libations tastings outfit Saturday's crop of food and drink events.

With the Florida Estates Winery as your backdrop, sip reds and whites while meandering through vendor booths at the afternoon Festival of Wine. Admission is free, and wine sampling costs $3.50. Enjoy live entertainment, or meet the winery's winemaker for an educational tasting, too. Four-legged friends are welcome. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 25241 State Road 52, Land O' Lakes, 813-996-2113.

Score nautical noshes all weekend at the two-day 2nd Annual Seaboard Seafood Festival, and determine which eatery slings 'em best. Hosted at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, festivalgoers and a panel of judges will present restaurants awards for their eats, including signature seafood dishes ($5), soups ($3) and deviled crabs ($3). A stone crab and seafood boil, cash bar, live entertainment and arts vendors will be among the food fest's other draws. Captains' Club, the maritime version of VIP, ticket purchases ($85) get you reserved seating, as well as access to a seafood buffet and open bar, while general admission costs $15 per day. Leashed pooches are permitted. Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, 813-251-0500.

It's all about heritage at Dunedin's annual Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival at Highlander Park. Taste a medley of whiskys and local brews by Dunedin Brewery, Barley Mow Brewing and Cigar City Brewing as you jam to live rock tunage, some that's even accompanied by bagpipes. Celtic craft vendors will also be on site. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, 863-370-6753.

Celebrate Southern Brewing & Winemaking's 6th birthday with food from Hott Mess' mobile kitchen (noon to 8 p.m.), live music by Josh Paul (7 p.m.) and more. Inside the shop, homebrew-related activities will be showcased throughout the day. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 4500 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-238-7800.

Hop on the Tampa Bay Brew Bus' latest, and not-to-be-missed, Three Brewery Tour. This time around, drinkers will be shipped to Tampa's Angry Chair Brewing, Coppertail Brewing Co. and Cigar City Cider and Mead. Your $50 ticket gets you round-trip transportation (taking off at Cigar City Brewing), one beverage at each stop, a private brewery tour and free craft brews while in motion. There's also other tours happening this weekend. Noon-5 p.m. 3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa, 813-990-7310.

Ricky P's is back with its Third Annual Gumbo Cook-Off, highlighting $5 and $10 tastings available for roux-lovin' chowhounds. Around 5 p.m., the judges' panel will critique three categories in the competition: seafood, chicken 'n' sausage and game/exotic. While the People's Choice winner will receive $100 cash prize, victors in the Best Of categories will be awarded $50 gift certificates. The Porch Dogs are set to supply the tunes after the cook-off. Drink specials and the resto's full menu will also be available. Louisiana's America's Wetland Foundation will benefit from the event's proceeds. 2 p.m. 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-423-4211.

If you need more Cajun flair for your Saturday, head to the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum's Beats on the Bayou Benefit Gala. There will be gourmet small bites, wine and beer, as well as dancing sparked by the Bus Stop Band's sounds. The dressy-casual event, which runs you $75, will benefit the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Restoration Project. For tickets, call the arts center's box office at 727-942-5605. 7-10 p.m. 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605.


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