Weekend Platter: Pig & Swig Festival, limited bottle release and more

Five food and drink events worthy of your weekend.

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Angelina Bruno

If you're still not sure where to take Dad on Sunday for Father's Day, we've got some ideas, in addition to these five food and drink events planned throughout the weekend. And if all else fails, brunch it up.

Pig out during Friday's Pig & Swig Festival at Port St. Pete. Starting at 6 p.m., guests choose from bacon and barbecue dishes cooked up by local mobile kitchens, including the Bacon Boss, Twisted Indian, Better than Eve's and Vanchetta Food Truck. This Food Trucks Around Town rally, hosted every third Friday of the month with a different theme, also pours beer and wine. Pets are welcome. Free, money for food and drinks. 250 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

Mangia! From Sicily to Venato, wine lovers enjoy multiple tastes of Italy at the Italian Tasting Extravaganza, hosted on Friday at Traveling Corks. They also feast on Italian-inspired fare alongside the wine pairings. The tasting runs from 6 to 9 p.m. $25. 3219 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, 813-280-9870.

On Saturday, check out Two Henrys Brewing Company's limited bottle release from 4 to 11 p.m. Featuring a crisp, dry finish, Track 1 is a traditionally brewed Belgian golden strong ale. Patrons score a free pint glass with a purchase, too. Free, money for beer. 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, 813-752-9100.

Go outside. Saturday's Fresh Market at Wiregrass showcases an array of locally grown produce, artisan jams, salsas, herbs, handmade goods and flowers, among other finds from more than 50 vendors. The Shops at Wiregrass farmers' market takes place on first and third Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free, money for goodies. 28211 Paseo Drive #100, Wesley Chapel, 813-994-2242.

TapHouse 61 hosts a new event for all you craft beer people: 3rd Sunday Bottle Share. It should go without saying, but bring a bottle to contribute at 6 p.m. Sunday. The share is meant to introduce folks to brews they've never had before, whether they're looking for new or hard-to-find releases. (Another Grand Central District hangout, Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, also hosts a monthly bottle share, in case beer's your thing.) 2061 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-800-2971.

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