Weekend Platter: Cupcake Festival, Wine Tasting Extravaganza and more

It's gonna be a busy weekend.

click to enlarge Weekend Platter: Cupcake Festival, Wine Tasting Extravaganza and more
Angelina Bruno

It's gonna be a busy weekend, Tampa Bay.

Donate canned goods to CASA all weekend in honor of We Can Do It — and score a discount on craft beer from Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe. For every two cans they donate, patrons will receive 50 cents off of seven featured brews, including Cigar City Jai Alai, Crooked Thumb Granpa Jacks and Florida Avenue Brown. The food drive, which began Nov. 10, runs through Dec. 1. Free, money for beer. 2927 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-800-2810.

On Saturday, the Ybor City Saturday Market hosts its annual Cupcake Festival. Shoppers can peruse the regular lineup of goodies at Centennial Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as purchase the cupcake entries of local bakers who are vying for the title of Best Cupcake in Tampa. A panel of judges determines the winner. Free, money for cupcakes. 1901 N. 19th St., Tampa, 813-241-2242.

Drink booze and pet pups for a good cause during the Pooch & Hooch Festival, hosted on Kozuba & Sons Distillery’s patio. From 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, every donation made to Friends of Strays will score guests a Kozuba tour and tasting, plus local craft beer from Pinellas Ale Works and The Wild Rover Brewery. The afternoon has games and contests for dogs and humans, a puppy kissing booth, and local vendors planned on-site. Free, money for goodies. 1960 Fifth Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-201-9078.

Saturday’s Wine Tasting Extravaganza features wines from around the world between 5 and 8 p.m. — just in time for Thanksgiving. As opposed to everyday selections, Trinity Spirits & Wine has focused on top-notch vino, rated by the likes of wine reviewer Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and other acclaimed outlets. $15. 3208 Little Road New Port Richey, 727-372-5655.

On Sunday, there’s cause for celebration as the Indie Flea Turns 2. More than 70 vendors are set to sell art, leather goods, succulents and other specialty wares at the Rialto Theatre, while nearby businesses like Foundation Coffee Co. and Hidden Springs Ale Works provide a place for coffee, food and beer. The market is held from noon to 4 p.m. Free, money for goodies. 1617 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-221-8808.

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