This week in food and drink

American Craft Beer Week, Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, Taste of Asia and more!

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Wednesday, May 16: Dunedin House of Beer
When you purchase a pint of Sierra Nevada, not only will you be able to keep the glass, but you’ll also get a free 12-ounce bottle (while supplies last). If you’re not up for a big night of drinking, $3.50 Sierra Nevada pale ale drafts will be available, as well as info about the brewery’s green practices. 7 p.m., 927 Broadway, Dunedin, 727-216-6318, dunedinhob.com.

Wednesday, May 16: Palm Harbor House of Beer
This Bikes and Boulder fundraising event will feature special guests from Freewheel Bike Program and Boulder Beer Company. The Freewheel Bike Program at HEP (Homeless Emergency Project) in Clearwater will receive $1 for every Boulder beer sold. 6 – 9 p.m., 34970 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, 727-784-2337, palmharborhob.com.

Wednesday, May 16 – Saturday, May 19: Rumba Island Bar and Grill
Surf’s up at the 3rd Annual Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week. Restaurants such Casanova, Frenchy’s Island Way Grill and Lobster Pot Bistro will be participating and offering prix fixe lunch ($10 – 15) and/or dinner ($15 - $35). Proceeds will go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and other local non-profits. 5 p.m., 1800 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 727-447-7600, clearwaterbeachrestaurantweek.com.

Thursday, May 17: Dunedin Brewery
Hey Honey…check out this Local Honey beer release event, where Dunedin Brewery will release ales brewed with raw Florida honey. Local Honey on Nitro and Flashlight Lager will also be tapped. Enjoy live music by Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans (8 p.m.). If you like beer and honey, this will be a sweet event. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-0606, dunedinbrewery.com.

Thursday, May 17: Flicks and Food Trucks
Watch independent short flicks, listen to rockin’ tunes, and of course, eat. Fill your belly with your favorite food truck selections, and wash it down with microbrews. Keep’n it Reel is now included in the food truck lineup, for your tastebuds’ pleasure. 6-10 p.m., 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, tampabaymarkets.com.

Friday, May 18: The Regent
Swing over to the 5th Annual Vine to Wine event. In addition to a variety of wines and gourmet food, you will also enjoy live music, cigars, auctions, cooking demo and more. Proceeds will go to residential care facility, A Kid’s Place. Presented by Trey Curry Foundation. Tickets may be purchased by website or phone. $75; 7 – 10 p.m., 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, 813-843-1833, kidscharitytb.org/events.

Friday, May 18: Vintage Wine Cellars
It will be the blind leading the blind at this Guess That Grape Mystery Wine Tasting. You won’t be wearing a blindfold, but the wines will be in paper bags, so their origin will be a mystery. This “grape jigsaw puzzle” will be challenging and fun. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by phone or by emailing [email protected] $10; 7 – 9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931, vintagewinecellars.net.

Friday, May 18 – Saturday, May 19: St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club
Asia will be coming to St. Petersburg for the Taste of Asia event. Enjoy Asian cuisine (Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese and South Pacific Island) and authentic music and dance. Presented by St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society (SPIFFS). Free; 6 -11 p.m. on Friday, 12 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, spiffs.org.

Saturday, May 19: Flamestone Grill
Get the 411 on wine at this Wine 101 event. You’ll learn how wine is made, components of wine, food and wine pairings, storage and more. You won’t leave the event empty-handed, either. An eBook, How to Taste like a Wine Geek, and tasting notes, will be yours to keep. Appetizers will be served. For more information and to RSVP, go to tastingroom2go.com. $55; 3 – 5 p.m., 4009 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 727-600-6313, tastingroom2go.com.

Saturday, May 19: Fresh Market
If you’re sweet on desserts, check out this Fresh Flavors Demo, offered on both sides of the bay. Grilled pound cake and chocolate berries will be prepared by chefs in a step-by-step cooking demo. Free; 3 – 6 p.m., 25961 U.S. 19, Clearwater, 727-669-6111; 3722 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-875-7400, freshmarket.com.

Saturday, May 19: Grand Central District
If you’ve been to food truck festivals with mediocre beer, don’t miss this Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival, complete with live music. About 40 craft breweries, such as Cigar City Brewing and Dunedin Brewery, will be present and passing out samples. Pair these brews with bites from food trucks such as Wicked ‘Wiches and O’Macalicious. Purchase tickets by website. $35 in advance, $40 day of event (admission includes $9 in tickets towards food); 1- 6 p.m., Grand Central District near 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-828-7006, craftbeerexpo.org.

Saturday, May 19: Nature’s Food Patch
If you’re trying to obtain freedom from sugar cravings, check out this Integrative Nutrition cooking class. Personal Health Coach, Scott Gass, will prepare “sugar buster” recipes, which will help you conquer your sweet cravings. Free; 3 p.m., 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703, naturesfoodpatch.com.

Saturday, May 19: Palm Harbor House of Beer
If you love pizza and a wide selection of craft beer, chow down and drink up at this Best Pizza of Palm Harbor event. Pizza will be provided by Pinocchio’s Pizza, Ozona Pizza, Bayshore Pizza, Queens Pizza and Fairway Pizza. Cover charge includes a complimentary beer and all you can eat pizza. $15; 6 – 10 p.m., 34970 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, 727-784-2337, palmharborhob.com.

Saturday, May 19: Postcard Inn
Head to the beach for a charitable night of fun at this Johnny Ciao Blues Buffet event. Johnny Ciao, the “Culinary Rocker” will be rockin’ (he plays harmonica) and cookin’ on the beach. He has cooked for many celebrities, including the legendary Michael Jackson. Four Roses Bourbon will also be at the event. Proceeds go to Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy. Purchase tickets on website. $50; 6 – 10 p.m., 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, johnnyciao.com.

Sunday, May 20: Ale and the Witch
It’s American Craft Beer Week, so honor a local brewery, at this 7venth Sun Brewery Day event. Featured drafts include Spring Overhead, Temerity, Graffiti and Hazelnut Belge Brune. “High-level” blues music by Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl will also be on tap (at 4 p.m.). 3 p.m., 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-821-2533, thealeandthewitch.com.

Monday, May 21: Rollin’ Oats
Get healed and educated about the energy of food at this Heal Thyself with Energetics of Food cooking class. Paul and Cara Reynolds will show you how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and energy heal the body. RSVP by phone or in person in advance. Free; 6 – 7 p.m., 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-873-7428, rollinoats.com.

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