This weekend's tasty food and drink events across Tampa Bay

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click to enlarge This weekend's tasty food and drink events across Tampa Bay
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OK, You've probably already made plans to check out Sparkman Wharf. But the grand opening of Tampa's latest waterfront hangout ain't the only thing going on this weekend. Save room for these five food and drink events, too.

• Tampa Bay restaurateur Frank Chivas, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and former Clearwater mayor Brian Aungst Sr. are behind Feast on the Beach. Taking place at different times over three days, the inaugural wine and seafood festival is a showcase of fresh catches and vino as much as craft brews. On Friday, there's the Cheers for Charity Social, followed by the fest itself on Saturday. Sunday rounds out the merriment with the beer and grouper smackdown. Tickets are up online. Free-$125. Various locations, Clearwater Beach.

• On Saturday, CL's celebration of a most beloved meal, Brunched, spotlights samples of in-between bites by more than 15 local restaurants from noon to 3 p.m. Participants include Callaloo, Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Pipo's, which mingle with build-your-own Bloody Marys, mimosas, artisan goods for sale and free shuffleboard at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. A portion of the proceeds benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Get tickets online$30 general admission in advance, $55 VIP. 559 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-739-4879.

• Toast to the Volstead Act's demise with the local chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild on Saturday. Their ninth annual Repeal Day Gala, the grand culmination of the multiday Repeal Day Conference, invites industry experts and cocktail nerds to enjoy specialty libations, food and live performances while donning 1920s to '30s attire inside the historic Cuban Club. Kicking off at 8 p.m., this year's bash features a circus theme, complete with aerial acrobatics and fire acts. General admission and VIP tickets (the latter includes one-hour early entry) are available online. $100-$150 general admission, $125-$200 VIP. 2010 Republica De Cuba, Tampa.

• As if you needed another reason to spend the weekend outdoors, shop for raw honey, baked goods, artwork and other artisan products at Pioneer Park. The town's weekly Dunedin Downtown Market features 50-plus Tampa Bay vendors selling their wares from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday — and it's open to pooches. Free, money for goodies. 420 Main St., Dunedin.

• Do your "research" at the Ybor City Wine Bar's Winter WINEderland Wine Extravaganza before you kick off all of that holiday entertaining (and gift-giving). The annual Central Ybor sip-and-shop event offers more than 100 wines to sample, alongside gourmet cheeses, desserts and other food pairings. There's also a 25 percent discount on all retail bottles and baskets. Find tickets online$75. 1600 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-999-4966.


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