Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Monday, November 1: Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits


Join Bern’s Steak House Sommelier Trey Christy for a Spanish Wine 101 Wine Class. Taste, compare and contrast traditional and modern Spanish wines, and revel in the beauty and power of each. Register here. $40; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-250-9463, www.bernsfinewines.com


Tuesday, November 2: Shor American Seafood Grill, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort


Following a champagne reception, the B.R. Cohn Winery will present a 5-course wine pairing dinner featuring Californian cuisine paired with a selection of complimentary wines with special guest speaker Daniel A. Cohn. $140; 7-9:30 p.m. 301 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach (restaurant located on second floor of resort). Make reservations by calling Shor American Seafood Grill: 727-373-4480


Thursday, November 4: SideBern's


"A Seasonal Taste: Autumn's Harvest" with Schweiger Vineyards. Taste the bounty of this season in this six-course dinner along with wines from Schweiger Vineyards in Napa Valley. Special guests Fred and Sally Schweiger will also be in attendance to talk about their world-class family vineyard. Sign up here. $125; 6:30 p.m. SideBern’s Chef Suite, 2208 West Morrison Ave., Tampa. 813-250-9463,  sideberns.com


Thursday-Saturday, November 4-6: Wine, Women and Shoes at the Straz Center


For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the 'Florida Fashionistas' present Wine, Women and Shoes®: 3-day wine and food event to benefit the Children’s Dream Fund. The event centers around the careful art of wine and shoe pairing. Ten West Coast wineries will travel to Tampa Bay to showcase their wine collections. The latest in fashion and shoes will be represented from local boutiques and high-end designers brought in from leading trend-setting cities: Italy, New York, L.A., London and Las Vegas. The main event on Saturday is a strolling wine and food tasting, boutique shopping experience, live and silent auctions, and a fashion show. Prices vary for each event. Visit winewomenandshoes.com/tampa for a full lineup of events and to purchase tickets. Straz Center- 1010 N WC MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-222-1000


Friday, November 5: Cigar City Brewing


ARTS & CRAFTS: ARTisan Cheeses & CRAFT Beer. Join Whole Foods Market Tampa at Cigar City Brewery for a once in a lifetime tasting with David Gremmel, the President of the American Cheese Society and Owner of Rogue Creamery. Guests can experience Rogue Creamery Artisan Cheeses and Cigar City Brewing, all in one place! Guests can also meet and greet with David Gremmel, and learn a thing or two about brewing from the Cigar City Brew crew. This free event is limited to 40 people. Registration is required at the store exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free event; 5-7 p.m. 3924 West Spruce Street Suite A, Tampa. 813-348-6363


Friday, November 5: Cru Cellars


Help Cru Cellars celebrate their grand opening and kick off their $15 Friday wine tastings at this special event. Taste through six wines, and then enjoy a glass of your favorite. A selection of artisanal cheeses will be served to pair with the wines. Stick around the wine bar for a $1 off all glasses featured that evening. $15; 6-8 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-1117, crucellarstampa.com



Friday, November 5: InterContinental Hotel


Join Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and some of Tampa Bay's best chefs for Dessert First. Inspired by the Girl Scouts' signature cookies, each chef will create a dessert and guests will vote on the winner. Besides dessert, enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. $50 in advance, $60 day of event; 7 p.m. 4860 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Purchase tickets online at gswcf.org.


Tuesdays: Cafe Alma


Who needs a Friday or Saturday date night? Get out on a Tuesday to indulge half priced bottles of 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


Fridays: Taps Wine and Beer Eatery


Ladies receive $4 martinis from 5-10 p.m. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-463-1968, www.tapswineandbeer.com


Every Friday in October: Hyde Park Cafe


In honor of Oktoberfest, get the following beers fo only $5 after 10 p.m.: Beck's Octoberfest, Gordon Biersch Festbier, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Warsteiner Oktoberfest. 10 p.m.- close. 1806 W. Platt St., Tampa. 813-254-2233. thehydeparkcafe.com


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. 914 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport.


Fresh Markets and More at Seminole Mall- Every Thursday-Sunday; 9 am-3 pm. Featuring multicultural foods, fresh produce, prepared foods, gourmet baked goods, arts and crafts, music and more in the air conditioned corridors of the Seminole Mall. Seminole Mall- 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole.


Safety Harbor Farmers Market- Every Thursday (through May); 9 am-1:30 pm. Fresh and organic produce, plants and fresh flowers, gourmet foods, baked goods, handmade jewelry, light snacks. Located at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park- 401 Main Street, Downtown 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.


Tampa Downtown Market- Fridays (through May); 10 am-2 pm. The vision of the Tampa Downtown Market is to provide local residents and businesses of the community with the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious, and most reasonably priced food and gourmet products. Located in Lykes Gaslight Square- Tampa St. and Kennedy Blvd., Downtown Tampa.


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


St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday (October-May); 9 am-2 pm. Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and more! Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St.


Ybor Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-3 pm (year-round). You’ll be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, orchids, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and so much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor.


Land O Lakes Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-2 pm (through May). The Land O Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. Land O Lakes Saturday Market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. Located at the Land O Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 – Land O Lakes Blvd., three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O Lakes Post Office).


Corey Avenue Sunday Market- Every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. The Corey Avenue Sunday Market boasts 2 produce vendors, local arts and crafts, live music, foods and fun!  Corey Avenue is located just off Gulf Blvd. in downtown St Pete Beach. Always free parking. 727-498-8778.



Friday, October 29: Whole Foods Market

Ready for a healthier more earth friendly Halloween? Join Whole Foods Market and the Tampa chapter of Green Halloween and treat your little ones to late afternoon or early evening of natural treats and goodies. Children up to age 12, along with a parent can make their way through our store, visiting the different departments, receiving treats as they go. Outside the store, local area vendors will be providing treats of their own for young and old alike. Reservations are required and can be made at [email protected] To learn more about Green Halloween, please visit www.greenhalloween.org. Free event; 4-7 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Friday, October 29: World of Wines of South Tampa

Uncork some spirits with ghoulishly good, spook-themed wines and hors d'oeuvres. Come decked out in your Halloween garb for a chance to win the costume contest. $10; 6-8 p.m. S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. 813-835-9463

Saturday, October 30: Whole Foods Market

Attend a free wine tasting with Professional Sommelier Raffi Abadjian, member of the AIS and the Italian Sommelier Association, at Whole Foods Tampa. Raffi will be featuring special selections from Pirovano and Malenchini Wineries. Registration for this free event is required and can be done at the store’s exit lobby or by emailing Timothy Bennett: [email protected]. Free event; 3-6 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31: Pioneer Park, Dunedin

Celebrate Halloween and The Day of the Dead with Casa Tina's in Downtown Dunedin's Pioneer Park. There will be live music by La Lucha, crafts for the kids, pinatas, the Ballet Folklorico, a family parade, mariachis, food tents offering Mexican street food, and the list goes on. On Saturday night, dress up in your favorite Dia de Los Muertos outfit and march with in the Dias de los Muertos parade with 18 foot tall mojigangas (puppets), and community ofrenda (altar). Bring a picture of a departed loved one (friend, family, pet) to add to the giant ofrenda at the foot of the main stage in Pioneer Park. There will be candles, sugar skulls and arts and crafts for sale. Free event; Saturday- 12-11 p.m., Sunday- 12-5 p.m. Pioneer Park- Main St., Downtown Dunedin; Casa Tina- 365 Main Street, Dunedin, 727-734-9226, casatinas.com

Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31: John's Pass

The blissful October weather begs for something fun to do outdoors, so take a break from the mad dash of costume and party planning to unwind at the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, an annual Tampa Bay tradition for 25-plus years. Dedicated to fishermen lost at sea, the festival includes 60 local and regional artists, a fish-cutting competition, blessing of the fleet, an oyster-eating contest, a "real" haunted house, live music throughout the village, a street dance, Merbella’s live mermaids, Captain Tut’s Pirate Parrots, an expanded environmental area, fiddler crab races and a children’s area. Participating restaurants include Bubba Gump Seafood Co., Sculley’s/The Hut, Hooters, Charlie’s Seafood, Crabby Bill’s and Hammerheads Seafood. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 30, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 31; 150 Johns Pass Boardwalk W., Madeira Beach, free; for more information, call 727-322-5217 or visit JohnsPassFestivals.com.—Julie Garisto

Sunday, October 31: Dunedin House of Beer

Enter the Dunedin House of Beer HOB GOB'ln 1-mile and 5k runs that will take place in Downtown Dunedin. Why? The free beer after each lap and at the finish line provided by the Dunedin House of Beer. 5K finishers who complete the full 5K distance will be awarded 3 deep in every standard age group. Even if you're just there to cheer someone on you can join in on the fun, food, live music and craft brews. For more information, please call 727-CAN-RACE. Register online by Thursday, October 28, at 1 p.m. here. $25; 6  p.m. 927 Broadway, Dunedin.

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