Tampa Bay food and drink events worth checking out over the weekend

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We've got your weekend plans covered, and they include eating and drinking.

• On Friday, hit up 82° West Distilling for Stock the Galley. The craft distillery wants to help regionites gather everything they need for Gasparilla, including pepper-spiced rum Mutiny. Preparation is key. Samples of Mutiny, which is part of the Gasparilla Collection, and 82° West's other rums are available from 5 p.m. to midnight. Purchase six Mutiny bottles to score a 10 percent discount, or leave with any two bottles of rum and nab a free 16-ounce plastic Tervis. Free, money for goodies. 6430 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-232-8200.

• Stop by A Simpler Place Farm & Market to Design Your Dream Kitchen Garden with Marjorie Sweeney of Botanical Dreaming. Participants learn the best seasonal plants to grow, techniques for successful seed starting and the benefits of having a kitchen garden year-round. They can also expect to sketch their own gardens for Sweeney, who will discuss individual garden design, and to take home seed starter pots after the workshop, hosted from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Get tickets online. $10. 9903 Carr Road, Riverview. 813-424-1874.

• The Grand Central District is a funky little area worth frequenting. Support the local businesses that make it so during Saturday's family-friendly Grandiversary, which showcases more than 30 vendors and live music from 2 to 6 p.m. This fifth annual block party celebrates the anniversaries of Community Cafe and Old Key West Bar & Grill — now ages 5 and 4 — as well as the VFW Post 39's centennial, yes. But also their fellow 2400 to 2500 block neighbors. Free, money for goodies. 2444 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

• Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Winter Whiskeyfest returns for a second year. Guests sample more than a dozen whiskey selections at Red Mesa Events' La Florida Ballroom, along with light bites and live tunes. Kozuba & Sons Distillery whiskeys White Dog and Mr. Rye, Dark Door Spirits and American Freedom Distillery's signature bourbon, Horse Soldier, are the featured local brands. Other options include Monkey Shoulder, Old Forester and Michter's, plus a few non-whiskey spirits. A portion of the proceeds goes to Metro Wellness & Community Centers. Tickets are up online. $75 in advance, $85 at doors. 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg.

• The 5th Annual Chili Competition awards prizes to the first-, second- and third-place recipes determined by the popular vote. Sign-ups for the food battle — held at Rapp Brewing Company from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday — have closed, but spectators will snag a voting ticket after every beer or flight purchase. Free, money for beer. 10930 Endeavor Way, Seminole. 727-544-1752.

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