Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday, June 4: Uncorked Fine Wines

It's Chilly in Chile. While these spicy Chilean wines might seem like an odd choice for a summer wine sampler, I'm reminded that in the heat of summer, I'm usually in the house with the AC on full blast, wrapped in a blanket -- and good Carmenere or Merlot sounds just about right for that. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 Fourth St.N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)

Saturday, June 5: Dunedin Brewery

Hoppy Endings IPA Festival. A celebration of the flower clusters that brewmasters use to bitter their beer. The cheekily-named event features a variety of India Pale Ales (including those of the double and triple variety) that will highlight the importance of hops — particularly during the opening blind tasting. Your 25 bucks gets you a raffle ticket and souvenir tasting glass; plus you can sample foods expressly prepared to complement the 20-25 beers that are expected on tap. $25. 7 p.m.-midnight, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, (727-736-0606). –Anthony Salveggi

Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 6: England Brothers Bandshell Park

Pinellas Pepper Fest. The flavor adventure starts Saturday afternoon with the fourth annual Pinellas Pepper Fest. Local vendors will bring the heat, letting you sample and purchase the spicy foods and sauces that hurt so good, while also offering BBQ and a variety of pepper plants for sale. $2 general admission, kids 12 and under free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 5010 81st  Ave. N., Pinellas Park (727-423-8433). –Anthony Salveggi

Wednesday, June 9: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Regional Seafood Sensations. Sail outside of Florida waters to sample the cuisine of seafood lovers across the country. The menu includes: crab cakes with spicy remoulade (Mid-Atlantic);  fried catfish with low country grits (South); crawfish etouffèe (Bayou); tuna poké (Pacific/Hawaiian); and grilled walleye with horseradish sauce (Heartland/Great Lakes). $45. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

June: Willow Herbal Delights Garden

Going Organic with Willow. Upcoming classes with herbalist Willow LaMonte include: “Gathering Wisdom From a Flower: Herbs for Women’s Health” An eight-week class that covers herbal care for adolescent girls; pregnancy preparation, nursing, and weaning; peri- and menopausal women; Plants to ease stress, strengthen immune systems, encourage breast health, support nutritional needs, and benefit skin; Using fresh and dried herbs for teas, tinctures, vinegars, and bath soaks. (May 25, June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, and August 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $100-$150); “Wild Edibles Walk” Meet wild edibles high in nutrition that many of us have growing in our own yards, plus medicinals, wildlife habitat plants, and providers of garden and basket-making supplies. (10 a.m.-noon Fri., June 4 and 10-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m. Sat., June 20, $10-$15). Preregistration required for all classes. 2211 Ray Rd., Valrico (813-643-7285)

Tampa Bay Fresh Markets It’s always the perfect season to get fresh, organic local produce at these markets across the Bay:

Summer SidewalkMarket. The now-annual market returns with more fresh produce, plants and flowers, crafts, foods and live music (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays, Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, coreyave.com)

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)

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market. Florida weather is perfect for getting out of the house and finding fresh, organic produce, plants, flowers, baked and gourmet goodies, along with hand-crafted art and jewelry. Visit cityofsafetyharbor.com for more info. (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through May 27, John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor)

Sweetwater Market. The organic farm offers straight-from-the-garden produce, fair trade coffee, chocolate and tea, organic clothes and eco-friendly products, all to the tune of live music and often accompanied by yoga or movement classes. (Runs noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through May 30. Visit sweetwater-organic.org for more info)

Tuesday, June 1 – Saturday, June 6

Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinners. Most Memorial Day-related food fests are full-on Americana, but if you’re looking to branch out, check out the Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinners, a six-night series of prix fixe dinner-and-wine pairings from May 31 to June 5. Proceeds from the dinners, the Abilities Foundation’s latest project, benefit job placement services for disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Choose from an international array of cuisine at Paddy Burke’s Irish Pub, Middle Grounds Grill, Savannah’s Café, Madfish, Roy’s and The Venue. Visit abilitiesfoundation.com for full schedule and list of locations.

Wednesday, June 2: The NoHo Bistro

Wine Wednesdays. The wine and tapas change weekly, so come back regularly and bring your BFFs, blind dates, co-workers, boy/girlfriends or, hell, someone else’s boyfriend. $15 for two glasses of wine paired with two tapas. 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)

Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6: Vinoy Park

Taste of Pinellas. Bring your sunscreen, family and friends to Taste of Pinellas, the annual three day festival of food, music and fun. Munch on miniature servings from The Venue, Sushi Rock Grill, Red Mesa, Moscato’s Bella Cuisine, Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, Fresco’s and many more. The food is fab, but the entertainment line-up might just match it: Martina McBride, Mitchel Musso, and Huey Lewis and the News are the headlining acts, but attendees can also hear The Greg Billings Band, Lonestar, and Holes and Hearts. World-famous Frisbee catching dogs Disc-Connected K9s are on site all weekend with their wild, energetic performance, and Saturday night ends with a fireworks show. All proceeds from the festival benefit the All Children’s Hospital. $5 Fri.-Sat., free admission Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat, and noon-7 p.m. Sun., 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, tasteofpinellas.com. —Lily Reisman

Friday, June 4: WineHarvest

Free Friday Wine Tasting feat. Viktoria Richards Chocolatier. The release of Sex and the City 2 has unleashed more than a box office onslaught of high heels and low-cut dresses: it's released an unprecedented spike in hormones across Tampa Bay. And when hormones are in the air, you can guarantee that chocolate is sure to follow. In the spirit of girl's nights everywhere, tonight's free pours are accompanied by gourmet ganaches from Viktoria Richards. Free. 5-8 p.m., 1269 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa (813-388-6998)

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