Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday-Saturday, October 8-9: The Dubliner North

The Irish have gone German! Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Dubliner with traditional German beers, food, rockin' bands (headlined by the Daniel B. Marshall Band), giveaways and Oktoberfest themed contests to benefit Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Get a souvenir liter mug with admission (The first 50 customers to purchase their tickets will be upgraded to a glass liter mug). $5; Friday: 5 p.m.-3 a.m., Saturday: 12 p.m.-3 a.m.  12836 Henderson Rd., Tampa. 813-300-2076, thedublineririshpub.com

Friday, October 8: Night of the Iguana at Mainsail Suites Hotel

Attend the Night of the Iguana and enjoy food from some of the best restaurants in Tampa Bay, live music and a live auction at the Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center -- all benefiting the local Make A Wish Foundation chapter. All proceeds go directly towards granting the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions. $85, 6:30-11 p.m. 5108 Eisenhower Blvd, Tampa. nightoftheiguana.wishcentral.org

Saturday, October 9: Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

Let's the Good Times Roll at the Cajun Cafe's 1st Annual Wine Fest. Boogie down to live jazz while enjoying an array of over 75 wines and domestic and international cheeses. Beer fans, fear not, because they'll have a few brews on tap as well. $25, $10 for designated drivers; 3-7 p.m. 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. (727-546-6732) cajuncafeonthebayou.com

Saturday, October 9: Grand Central

Join the fun at this Oktoberfest block party featuring an array of craft brews, including Cigar City, Harpoon, Bell's, Stone and Warsteiner, tasty food from local restaurants and vendors, and five live bands including Hip Abduction. Grab your tickets at The Rex (2061 Central Ave.) and Craftsman House Gallery (2955 Central Ave.). $25 in advance, $30 day of event; 5-10 p.m. stpeteoktoberfest.com

Saturday, October 9: Brews by the Bay at the Florida Aquarium

Join fellow beer, food, music and fish lovers at The Florida Aquarium to enjoy more than 60 craft and specialty beers, as well as food from 15 of Tampa's best restaurants. All of the aquarium exhibits are open, so enjoy a brew and nosh while gazing at some of the 20,000 present sea creatures. This year's live tunes are provided by the Shane Meade band, as well as guitarist Casey Stidham. $60; 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. brewsbythebay.com

Sunday, October 10: Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

Attend the opening day of monthly Seminole Height's first, open air fresh market. Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market will help to continue the drive for circulating local trade and Florida foods by bringing to you a vast mixture of the highest quality, seasonal and locally farmed produce, all natural ready to eat foods and, specialty foods. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hillsborough High School front lawn- 5000  N Central Ave., Tampa.

Wednesday, October 13: Green Drinks Tampa Bay at Brio Tuscan Grille

Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. Meet a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network. Green Drinks is an international organization with over 700 cities hosting Green Drinks events around the world. Please contact Advait Mantri with any questions 813-453-0242 or [email protected]. 6 p.m. Brio Tuscan Grille-  International Plaza, Tampa.

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

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. --Franki Weddington

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.

Thursday, October 7: SideBern's

Grill & Chill: Micro Man beers and seasonal game BBQ. And we're not talking about football "game".  Taste Chef Chad's offerings of grilled seasonal game like quail, rabbit and elk. These flavorful proteins are at their peak this time of year and paired with Micro Man’s portfolio of seasonal ales and lagers from handful of small, craft brewers from around the country. $45, 6:30 p.m. 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463) Register here.

Thursday, October 7: Whole Foods Market

Filtered, unfiltered, flavored — you name it, Whole Foods probably has it. Get the chance to try several different styles of sake for free at this special tasting. Event is limited to 30 people. Registration required, contact: [email protected] or sign up at store exit lobby. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Whole Foods Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Friday, October 8: Sweetbay Supermarket, North Dale Mabry

Susan Samtur, the Coupon Queen, will conduct practical tip seminars on simple ways to save money at the Sweetbay Supermarket on North Dale Mabry. To attend a seminar, those interested must register by calling (813) 251-4242 x224 or by e-mailing [email protected]. Please note which Sweetbay location and number of people attending. All attendees will receive a $5 off coupon for Sweetbay, a coupon organizer, coupon book and a copy of Refundle Bundle, the magazine by The Coupon Queen.  Attendees can also register for the chance to win free groceries for the rest of the year! 10 a.m. Sweetbay- 15692 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Friday, October 8: World of Wines of South Tampa

Help World of Wines celebrate their 2nd anniversary by attending this soiree and tasting. Try their offerings of Australian wines and light hors d'oeuvres. $10; 6-8 p.m. S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. (813-835-9463)

Friday, October 8: Total Wine & More St. Pete

Try 15 highly-rated wines from California, Oregon, Washington and the Southern Hemisphere at this exclusive tasting. Get deep discounts on all wines offered on the day of the event only. $20; 6-8 p.m. 4880 Park Street N., St. Pete. (727-544-6018) totalwine.com


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