Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday, July 9: Downtown Dunedin

Dunedin Wine and Art Walk. A $10 wristband gets you entry to an array of wine tastings, art exhibits, live music, and giveaways -- not to mention a scenic Dunedin stroll.  5:30 p.m., 2ndFridayDunedin.com.

Saturday, July 10: Tank's Tap Room

Beertopia. The fifth annual ode to the suds includes a visit from Cigar City Brewing and Stone Brewing reps, free beer and wine tastings, live music, and food specials. Free. 5 p.m., 13150 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-961-2337)

Monday, July 12: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Sushi 101. You’ll learn the ancient art of sushi from beginning to end, including proper rice cooking (it can be pretty tricky) and ingredient selection. You’ll also learn the techniques required to roll some of the standards like as veggie, California, and basic nigiri. $50. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

Tuesday, July 13: Bern's Fine Wines and Spirits

Stag's Leap Wine Dinner. Wine rep Kimberly Jones hosts tonight's five-course, wine-paired dinner, starring Stag's Leap wines -- which pioneered the American wine tradition with its inception in Napa Valley more than three decades ago. $125. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

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.

July - August: World of Wines

Summer Sale. Every Tuesday and Wednesday through Aug. 31, WoW is offering 10 percent off all beer and wine purchases. All I'm hearing is that I can increase my level of imbibing by 10 percent -- for free. 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)

July – August: 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. (July 6 and 20, and August 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $100-$150).  Preregistration required for all classes. 2211 Ray Rd., Valrico (813-643-7285)

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

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

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)

Wednesday, July 7: 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)

Thursday, July 8: The Studio@620

Slow Food Sampler.The international Slow Food movement has opened a new chapter in Tampa Bay, dedicated to educating people about local food and promoting sustainable farming methods — and that means a celebration is in store. For their first event, they’re throwing a Slow Food Sampler to introduce the concept to Tampa Bay. Locally-produced food is prepared by Chef Dave West of The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium of Brandon, Slow Food Tampa Bay board members are in the house to chat about the organization and upcoming events, and a live auction and raffle offers prizes like tickets to the Jack Johnson concert in Tampa. Learn more about buying local food, supporting local agriculture and eating healthy. $10. 7-9 p.m., 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, slowfoodtampabay.org. –Katie Machol

Friday, July 9: Chik-fil-A

Dress Like a Cow Day. On the only other day of the year you can get away with dressing like a bovine, Chik-fil-A is giving away free combo meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner to anyone who comes "fully dressed in cow attire," in honor of Cow Appreciation Day. Today's the day to proudly don your black and white spots, furry ears, cowbells and look udderly ridiculous for free grub. Check out Chik-fil-A's website for contest rules, costume ideas and a printable starter kit, and chew your cud at participating Chik-fil-A restaurants around the Bay area. cowappreciationday.com. —Katie Machol

Friday, July 9: Pita Pit

Customer Appreciation Day. The late-night, healthy eats haven of SoHo is so happy that you love them, you really love them, that they're knocking down the price of all their pitas to just $3.99. 500 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, sohopitapit.com.

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