Weekend Platter: Vegan brunch, get schooled on kimchi and more

Map out your weekend with these outdoor and indoor happenings locally.

click to enlarge Weekend Platter: Vegan brunch, get schooled on kimchi and more
Angelina Bruno

Your weekend awaits, and there’s plenty to do on either side of the bay.

Kick off the weekend on Friday at the 37th Annual Tampa Greek Food Festival, featuring everything from sweet to savory Greek cuisine, signature drinks and plenty of entertainment from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Or with fresh seafood, local artwork and live tunes during the 30th Annual Sponge Docks Seafood Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Tampa Greek Food Festival: $2 at the door; free for military families and kids under 12. 2418 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-876-8830. Sponge Docks Seafood Festival: Free, money for goodies. Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs.

Dine at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Clearwater, a location owned by Mike Daner and his family, for the chance to land pizza on the house — for a year. The giveaway, which awards one winner with a free large pizza every week for 365 days, is part of the restaurant’s One Year Anniversary on Saturday. All guests have to do is stop in and add their names to a raffle. Other highlights include special deals on wine and new menu items. Free, money for food and wine. 2233 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 727-648-4304.

On Saturday, down vegan comfort food at the Independent Bar’s Vgn Brnch in St. Petersburg. Hosted from 2 to 6 p.m., the meat-free pop-up event has Southern-style “chicken” biscuits, mac ’n’ cheese and greens in the spotlight. And grab a craft beer at the bar while you’re at it. Free, money for food and beer. 1049 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-851-9032.

Trying to get some holiday shopping done? Check out the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market, hosted on the lawn of Hillsborough High School between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Marketgoers can browse goods from more than 60 local vendors, showcasing items like fresh produce, plants, take-home foods and artisan crafts. Come hungry for lunch from Riddle on the Griddle, Tree Dog Roots or Whatever Pops, too. Free, money for goodies. 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, regionites can also get schooled on kimchi. Learn everything about the fermented Korean vegetable fusion, from its history and health benefits to the science behind fermentation. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm Education Manager Caroline Garber leads the Kimchi Fermentorium class, and participants leave with their own jar of kimchi. Tickets are available online. $15. 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, 813-887-4066.

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