Weekend Platter: Black history dinner, toasts with friends & more

Grab beer or bourbon, Oscars-inspired cheese and more at these five food and drink events.

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Weekend Platter: Black history dinner, toasts with friends & more

After you've checked out the grand opening of Drama Burger and CL's Meet the Brewers, consider these food and drink events over the weekend.

Celebrate black history through tasty bites at St. Petersburg's Black History Celebration Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday. The event, hosted at the Enoch Davis Community Center, promises local dishes and plenty of entertainment for guests. Experience poetry readings and music, or be dazzled by acting and other live performances. Free. 1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-893-7134.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Cheese Please and Clooney's Wine Bar will showcase Oscars-inspired cheese and wine in South Tampa. Prepaid reservations are required. For folks looking for other samplings around the region that night, try Craft & Curd's bi-weekly Friday tastings or Brooklyn South's Brooklyn Nights event. $30. 3225 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-766-0060.

Throughout Beer, Bourbon & BBQ at downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, attendees will feast upon barbecue galore, plus tons of "beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin' and cigar smokin'" from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Regular entry comes with unlimited samples of beer and bourbon, and VIP admission is also available. Tickets may be purchased on-site with cash only. $35-$75. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.

On Saturday, don't miss the 15th Annual Stogies & Stout at Dunedin Brewery. Between 7 and 11 p.m., vegetarian and carnivore guests may enjoy Oaxacan street food and cigars alongside 30-plus local and national stouts on tap. Jam out to New Orleans band Naughty Professor, too. Tickets are available online$50. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-0606.

For even more suds at 7 p.m. Saturday, get to the Cage Brewing Grand Opening and Art Show in downtown St. Pete., where attendees will sip suds while admiring local, original artwork. The featured artists include Chad Mize, Madeline Lundquist, Ginda Angelo and Tyler Houston. Rebekah Pulley, Redfeather and Empire Cinema will provide the live tunes. Free, money for beer. 2001 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-201-4278.

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