This week in food and drink

Rock & Brew Fest, Frenchy's 30th birthday bash, Multicultural Festival, Oktoberfest shindigs galore and more.

Wednesday, October 5: Cru Cellars
Meet up at Cru for their monthly Wine and Words book club meeting. This month's book is Rule of Civility by Amor Towles. Admission includes a glass of wine and cheeses. RSVP: [email protected]. $15; 6:30-9:30 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117,

Wednesday, October 5: Parkshore Grill
Take part in a special eveing of fine wines, food and unique art to celebrate the fifth annual Heart for Art wine pairing dinner benefiting Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf. The event will also feature guest speaker Randy Ford from King Estate Winery. RSVP. 6:30 p.m. $79 (plus tax and gratuity); 6:30 p.m. 300 Beach Drive, St. Pete, 727-896-9463,

Wednesday, October 5: Whole Foods Market
Join WFM's French Cheese Club for this informative and tasty class on these select French cheeses: Epoisses, Pont L’Eveque, Brillat Savrin Frais, Chaource, and Rove Des Garrigues. Learn how they're prepared, what makes them unique and how they are best served. This class will be held in the store café. Register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected]. Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

Wednesday, October 5: Willard's Tap House
It's another 'Keep the Pint Night' at Willard's. This time they'll be featuring beers from Florida Avuenue Brewery: Florida Avenue Ale, Blueberry, IPA and their Reserve Amber Ale. Buy a pint of any of the aforementioned brews and keep the logo glass! Free with purchase (while supplies last); 7-10 p.m. 12500 Starkey Road, Largo, 727-581-8600,

Thursday, October 6: Cigar City Brewing
To celebrate their gold medal win for the Minaret ESB at the recent Great American Beer Fest, CCB is tapping the keg to share its goodness with their hardcore fans back at home base. 4-7 p.m. 3924 W Spruce Street Suite A, Tampa, 813-348-6363,

Thursday, October 6: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - Brandon
It's another installment of ABC's tastings featuring over 50 wine selections from around the globe and cigars. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 off any purchase the night of the event. $10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1405 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, 813-685-4832,

Thursday, October 6: Centre Club Tampa
It's the Centre Club's first Thursday 'Lotsa Pasta' family night where guests can design their own gourmet pasta dish from a selection of noodles, sauces and ingredients. The grownups can enjoy happy hour prices at the bar (responsibly): $1 wine, $2 beer, $3 wells. RSVP required. $14.95 for adults, free for kids 12 and under; 5:30-8 p.m. 123 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-286-4040,

Thursday, October 6: SideBern's
Take advantage of the great weather we're experiencing and SideBern's last 'Grill & Chill' summer BBQ series taking place on their patio. This month, Chef Chad will be pairing Creole cuisine with brews from Abita, which hails from Abita Springs, Louisiana. Pulled pork with tasso sauce, grilled catfish, and stewed okra are just a few of the many dishes they'll be serving up alongside Abita's tasty beers. Register online here. $50; 6:30-9 p.m. 2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, 813-258-2233,

Thursday, October 6: Total Wine & More - St. Pete
With famous cities such as Avignon, Orange and Nimes, the Rhone Valley not only offers amazing cities to visit, it also offers dazzling vistas and some of the best wines produced in the world. Sample selections from Crozes-Hermitage to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and learn all about this wine growing region at this exclusive class and tasting. Class includes wine selections, tasting sheets, take home educational materials, and discounts on the wine presented in class. Call to RSVP. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 4880 Park Street N., St. Pete, 727-544-6018,

Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8: Dunedin Brewery
It's three days of beer, live music and great food at Dunedin Brewery's annual OktoBEERfest. Thursday at 7 p.m. kicks off Literstein night where their official 1-liter stein will be for sale and only liters and steins brought in will be filled (no pints for sale). Friday and Saturday will see the OktoBEERfest street party on Douglas Avenue where revelers can enjoy plenty of Dunedin brews and German food for sale, as well as live music under the big tent and inside the brewery. Call for more info. Thursday: 7-11 p.m., Friday: 5 p.m.-close, Saturday: 11 a.m.-close. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-0606,

Friday and Saturday, October 7-8: Frenchy' s Original Café
To celebrate 30 years in business on Clearwater Beach, Frenchy's family of restaurants is throwing a two-day, birthday block party bash. During the two-day event, Frenchy's will be serving up some of its signature items, including she crab soup, seafood gumbo, boiled shrimp and fresh grouper sliders. There will also be drink specials, live bands and kid-friendly activities. Free; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (both days); 41 Baymont St., Clearwater Beach, 727-449-2729,


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