Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Sunday, September 19: The Dallas Bull

Think you've got what it takes to compete in a Beer Fest style brew guzzling showdown? Now here's your chance: the Dallas Bull is hosting the Beer Olympics this Sunday with team drinking games like beer pong, flip cup, pitcher chug race, "Up the River" and the funnel challenge, with big cash prizes for the top three placing teams. Doors open at 1 p.m. No cover. $50 per team (5 people per team); games begin at 2 p.m. 3322 N. US 301, Tampa. (813-987-2855) dallasbull.com

Tuesday, September 21: Gaspar's Grotto

What's more synonymous with pirates than rum? Indulge your inner pirate with a free rum tasting at Gaspar's. There will also be a Cigar Smoker presented by Cigar City Magazine with free cigars and great deals on very rare and exotic rolls. 1805 E. 7th Ave., Tampa. (813-248-5900)

Thursday, September 23: Sidebern's

Sure, you've been to your share of wine or even beer pairing events, but what about a dinner paired with cocktails? Get your spot at the upcoming cocktail pairing dinner at Sidebern's, featuring six courses paired with cocktails created and prepared by the restaurant's resident Mixologist, Dean Hurst. From shaken, stirred, straight up, on-the-rocks, fresh, egg whites, bitters, barrel-aged -- you name it, it will most likely be represented. Plus, you'll get to dine in the Chef's Suite which gives you future bragging rites. Get more information on the event and register here. $125 per person, all inclusive; 6:30 -9:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave., Tampa. (813-250-9463)

Thursday, September 23: The Moon Under Water

Do you like beer? How about free beer? Then come on down to The Moon Under Water for CL's second Beer Club event of the season. The featured beers this month will be from Tampa's own Cigar City Brewing and Blue Moon. Blue Moon pints will be on special at the bar for $4. Check out the Beer Club site for more info and to sign up. 7-9 p.m. 332 Beach Dr NE, St. Pete. (727-896-6160)

Tuesdays: Cafe Alma

Who needs a Friday or Saturday date night? Get out on a Tuesday to indulge half priced wine and tapas all evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Being frugal never tasted so good. 260 1st Avenue S., St. Pete. (727-502-5002)

Wednesdays and Thursdays: The Toasted Pheasant Bistro

Every Wednesday and Thursday during Happy Hour, enjoy half priced house wines as well as one free appetizer plate per table (with purchase of entrée) all night. 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-265-6700)

Wednesdays: World of Beer (all locations)

Students (and teachers), now you have another reason to go out drinking on a week night. World of beer presents WOB U and class is now in session. Get half off all drafts after 9 p.m. with a college or faculty ID (and proof of being 21+). See bartenders for details and to get your WOB U card. www.wobusa.com

Thursdays in September: Whole Foods Market Tampa

"Five for Five at Five" wine tasting. Wine lovers, here’s an event you can enjoy while supporting a great cause. Stop by the wine department and enjoy a tasting of five 90+point rated wines. All proceeds will be donated to Whole Foods' "Help Put Salad Bars In Schools" fund drive. Your efforts will support establishing at least one school salad bar in the Tampa Bay area. For more information about this program, visit: wholefoodsmarket.com/backtoschool. $5; 5-7 p.m. Whole Foods Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. (813-874-9435)

Monday – Thursday: The Havana Room

Coffee Crazy. The Havana Room runs a range of weekly specials to drum up fans for their specialty java (and who wouldn’t love an establishment that serves all our favorite vices in one spot — from a full liquor bar to Cuban roasted drip coffee, all with free WiFi and flat panel HDTVs? Actually, I’m wondering why I’m not working from The Havana Room right now…) At any rate, you can get your caffeine fix for free with these weekday incentives: Mondays, get a free coffee with the purchase of any pastry; Wednesdays, get a free coffee when you stop in for a copy of the tbt*; and Thursday is Bring a Friend Day — buy one drink and get another for free. 15 Third St. N., St. Petersburg, facebook.com/havanaroomcafe. --FW

September: Wood Fired Pizza and Wine Bar

Great deals all week: Wednesdays, get half priced bottles, glasses, and splits of all wines; "Thirsty Thursdays" it's all-you-can-drink craft and import beers on draft for $12 (bring a DD); and Happy Hour lasts Monday through Friday with 2 for 1 on all glasses of wine and drafts. 2822 E Bearss Ave., Tampa. (813-341-2900)

September: Avenue Gourmet

Visit any store on Corey Avenue on St. Pete Beach and receive a coupon redeemable for a free homemade cookie from Avenue Gourmet. It's Bob Blatchford's, owner of Avenue Gourmet, way of saying "thanks" for patronizing the wonderful merchants on Corey Avenue. Bob is also sweetening the deal of purchasing from his eatery: make any purchase and receive two free cookies. 338 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727-498-6466)

Tampa Bay Fresh Markets Even in the heat of the summer, these local markets offer fresh, organic produce and handcrafted goods:

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. This year-round market offers fresh produce and seafood, artwork and live entertainment. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday on Beach Blvd., in Gulfport’s Florida Waterfront district

Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market. Complete with more handcrafted goods, fresh fruits, veggies, and boiled peanuts than you can shake a stick at. (Begins at 8 a.m., Saturdays, 11109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview, 813-601-3129)

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market. The summer season kicks off with a local market boasting fresh produce, meats and seafood, cheese, breads, sauce and more. (Every third Saturday through Sept. 18, John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor)

Dunedin Green Market. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Oct.-April); Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Oct.-April); Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (May-July). (Pioneer Park, corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin)

Thursday, September 16: Total Wine & More St. Petersburg

Sample fantastic New Zealand wines from Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, along with Australian wines from top growing regions such as McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley. Class includes wine selections, tasting sheets, take home educational materials, and discounts on the wines presented in class. RSVP required. $25; 6-8 p.m. 4880 Park Street N., St. Pete. (727-544-6018)

Friday, September 17: Bella Vino Wine & Cheese Market

Taste samples from around the world of two of the most popular vinifera grape varietals, Cabernet and Chardonnay, paired with light hors d'oeuvres and artisan cheeses. Special bottle and case pricing for attendees. RSVP required. $15; 5:30-7:30 p.m. 100 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair. (727-584-5552)

Friday, September 17: World of Wines of South Tampa

Join World of Wines for another fun and educational tasting paired with some hors d'oeuvres. $10; 6-8 p.m. S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. (813-835-9463)

Saturday, September 18: The Dali Museum

Bring your sweet tooth and checkbook to "Sweet Dreamz Dessert Tasting and Art Auction" hosted by the Dali Museum's Zodiac Group. Indulge in an array of desserts, martinis, bubbly and cordials while browsing (and hopefully buying) local art. This will be the Zodiac Group's last event in the original Dali Museum before the new location opens, so help them say "sweet dreamz and goodnight". A $20 prixe fixe meal at The Hangar at 6 p.m. will be available for those who purchase their tickets in advance. Members: $35, non-members: $50; 8-11 p.m. 1000 3rd St. S., St. Pete. (727-823-3767, ext. 3013) thedali.org/zodiac

Sunday, September 19: Gaspar's Grotto

Yes, it's that time of the year again, the holiday we all look forward to most: Talk Like a Pirate Day! Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor will be celebrating with a pirate-themed costume party brunch and dinner buffets along with pirates from the Krewe of Seville and other assorted scallywags. Did I mention the Eagles Tribute Band that will be performing? Sounds like a day of rated "arrgh" fun to me! Brunch: 10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Dinner buffet and concert: $20; seating starts at 5 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. 1805 E. 7th Ave., Tampa. (813-248-5900)

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