Hopefully most of you are looking at an extended holiday weekend. But even if not, here's a roundup of five food and drink happenings you should still consider attending.
Join the crew at Right Around the Corner as they celebrate their first Beer Release. Guests say cheers from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday with craft suds St. Petersburg Brewing Co. specifically brewed for the Grand Central District bar. Their collaboration beer, Sleeping Monkey, is a Belgian blonde ale with hints of honey and spice. Beer lovers have to act fact, though — just two kegs are available. Free, money for beer. 2244 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 813-360-0766.
Learn to roll vegan sushi at the latest class in the Kodawari Kraft Series, also planned for Friday. Participants sip wine from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as they learn what its takes to make their own plant-based rolls at home, everything from basic techniques to sauce pairings. Vegan lifestyle coach Naomi Green and her husband David Mannino lead the 25-person workshop at Kodawari Studios. Get tickets online in advance. $40. 3965 S. Henderson Blvd. #C, Tampa, 813-737-0837.
More than 50 Arkane Aleworks brews served up from 40 taps at the local brewery’s 1st Anniversary, alongside limited releases and raffles all day (and night) long. The event, which kicks off at noon Saturday, takes place throughout the tasting room and outdoor beer garden — rain or shine. Live music and food from places like Ramen & Waffles and Flip'n Tasty are also planned. Bring cash to make the beer lines move faster. Check out the Facebook event page for more details. Free, money for beer and food. 2480 E. Bay Drive #23, Largo, 727-270-7117.
On Saturday, get some fresh air — and tasty grub — at Geraldson Community Farm’s Garden Party Brunch. Hosted between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the inaugural brunch allows attendees to nosh while taking in the great outdoors on the farm’s picturesque property. Afterward, they can burn off their meals with lawn games. Tickets are available online. $40. 1401 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 941-792-0985.
Grab the pooch and the kids for a Sunday stroll through Hyde Park Village Fresh Market. Vendors set up with goodies like ready-made foods, crafts, locally grown produce and art for marketgoers to browse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music and cooking demos are expected as well. The outdoor market happens the first Sunday of every month. Free, money for goodies. 744 S. Village Circle, Tampa, 813-251-3500.