Ah, at last. It's (basically) the weekend. Here are five ideas for locals looking to get their food and drink on around the bay.
Sixteen-ounce tallboys of the Bizarre Gardening Accident Kumquat Florida Weisse are set to drop — in four-packs — during Motorworks Brewing's new monthly night market, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday. Fit for summertime sipping, the tart, tangy Can Release is exclusively available at the brewery. But this evening in the beer garden also has two specialty kegs of Bizarre Gardening Accident planned for the draft lines: a blackberry version, plus a combo of passion fruit and carrot served on nitro. Free, money for beer. 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 941-567-6218.
Pucker up. The Urban Canning Company founder Illene Sofranko's latest cannery demonstration is all about lemons — Preserved Lemons. Held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, the event shows attendees how to pull off salt-preserved lemons, step by step, in their own kitchens. Sofranko plans to discuss how to cook with the ingredient as well. You know what they say... when life give you lemons, preserve 'em. Free. 1040 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-826-0604.
Saturday's Eat Our Words bridges the gap between what local authors write and what they eat. The participating authors prepare dishes inspired by their works during the inaugural soiree as the attendees chow down on the featured spread in The Ale and the Witch's courtyard between 3 and 6 p.m. A wristband, available for purchase online, is required for tasting and includes one draft of your choice. Authors must provide enough for 40 to 50 small samples; book sales are welcome. At the end of the night, prizes go to the best grub. Authors: $10; attendees: $20 in advance, $30 day of. 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.
Whether you’re observing Easter or April Fool's Day, celebrate with a four-course menu inspired by 7venth Sun Brewery's Stange Beer and, of course, Netflix series Stranger Things during the Stanger Things Brunch, hosted Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tampa location for the Dunedin-born 7venth Sun — co-founded by Justin Stange (get the event's name now?) — brings the '80s jams, Lowry Parcade supplies the retro arcade games, Ginger Beard Coffee provides the caffeinated goodness, and LOKO Cuisine slings awesomely themed dishes that include Eleven's Eggs Waffle Grilled Cheese and Hopper Jim Salad. Expect brews like The Pineapple Upside Down Kolsch and D'Artagnan 3 Musketeers Milk Stout, too. Tickets are up online. $32.10. 6809 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-231-5900.
Part of the multiday Cuban Sandwich Festival, The Big Day, better known as "Smackdown Sunday," returns on, you guessed it, Sunday with more than 50 sandwich entries from around the world — including locales like London, England, South Korea, California, Tennessee and New York on top of Florida. The lineup of competitors battle it out for winning titles in multiple categories throughout the annual gathering at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, all while celebrating the most illustrious sando that is the Tampa Cuban (take note, Arby's). Art exhibits and live entertainment are also featured from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. 1320 E. Palm Ave., Tampa.