Weekend Platter: Scottish breakfast, Easter brunch & more

Food and drink events to help you learn about the loquat, celebrate Easter with brunch and more.

click to enlarge Grub on Scotch eggs and more Saturday morning. - Mr.TinDC via Flickr
Mr.TinDC via Flickr
Grub on Scotch eggs and more Saturday morning.

Here's another weekend helping of fun food and drink events around the bay.

Check out Brooklyn South's Brooklyn Nights, an end of the workweek event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Every Thursday and Friday (through Sept. 2) at the St. Petersburg EDGE District eatery, guests will unwind with a craft pint or glass of wine for $3. The drinks may be paired with $15 or $20 charcuterie boards. Free, money for food and drinks. 1441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-914-4967.

In Dunedin, a plate from the Annual Scottish Breakfast will help start your weekend off right. Favorites like Scotch eggs, Heinz beans, scones and Irish soda bread will be served at Flanagan's Irish Pub from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The event, whose admission is cash only at the door, is hosted by the Dunedin Chapter of the New World Celts and will benefit the organization's scholarship program for Scottish performers. $8. 465 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-4994.

Move over kumquat; it's the loquat's turn in the spotlight. Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, the annual Florida Loquat Festival in New Port Richey will showcase themed poetry about the quirky fruit, 100 free loquat seeds and presentations on topics like harvesting at Frances Avenue Park. Food samples and vendors with loquat products will also be on site. Free, money for goodies. 5580 Frances Ave., New Port Richey.

Vegans, rejoice! Two Easter Sunday brunches — one in Tampa, the other in St. Pete — plan to leave you fat and happy. The Cider Press Café has banana maple pancakes stuffed with fruit and vanilla cream, cocktails, and more in store. And Cafe Hey's Not Just for Omnivores Brunch will offer holiday treats for diners of all persuasions, plus, you know, mimosas. Cider Press: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-914-7222. Cafe Hey: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1540 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-221-5150.

Later, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, join Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies for St. Pete's Medicinal Herb Walk. Bob Linde and Renee Prince will guide a group of 20 through a half-acre garden, educating them on the edible and medicinal uses of plants. Native and non-native plants will be discussed, and take-home plants will also be for sale. The event's address will be provided after attendees RSVP by phone. $10. St. Petersburg, 727-318-2505.

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