Weekend Platter: Vegan Heat, Dunedin Orange Festival and more

A food and drink event roundup for folks looking to hang outdoors and those who prefer the AC.

click to enlarge Weekend Platter: Vegan Heat, Dunedin Orange Festival and more
Angelina Bruno

CL's latest weekend roundup of food and drink events includes somewhere to indulge in sweets, and someplace to work 'em off later.

On Friday, start off the weekend with a beer at Brew Hub's First Friday Bottle Share. The new Urban Deli and Drafts-hosted event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., allows attendees to share their favorite bottled brews with fellow beer lovers. Those who purchase tickets get hooked up with a free meal and bottle of Brew Hub's Umatilla Coffee Barleywine. RSVP via the Facebook event page. $20. 2410 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-201-8157.

Take the whole family out for a day at the park between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Live music, drinks and a giant shark waterslide are part of the excitement that is the Dunedin Orange Festival at Edgewater Park. Now in its eighth year, the fest is free to attend, but it's $20 to get into the on-site Craft Beer Brew Off. Tickets are available online. 51 Main St., Dunedin, 727-216-6322.

Vegans, rejoice! Saturday's Vegan Heat, a summer pop-up driven by sweets, is for you. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roy Haynes Recreation Center, hungry guests nosh on meat- and dairy-free treats from Brown Bag Cookie Co., plus shop for vegan goods. Animal-friendly vendors and services are planned, too. Ticket sales end today, so snag one online while there's time. Free, money for goodies. 1902 S. Village Ave., Tampa, 813-903-3480.

Not vegan? Mac and cheese is in the spotlight from 1 to 8 p.m. during the Ybor City Mac & Cheese Fest, also scheduled for Saturday. Get a taste of the beloved comfort food from restaurants-on-wheels and other food vendors, including Got Lobstah?, Pipo's and Jimmy BoDean's Bar-B-Que and Catering. Live music, bounce houses and face painting, to name a few, keep mac fans entertained throughout the day. Free, money for goodies. 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-229-2214.

Grab a mat and head to the Pinellas taproom of Big Storm Brewing Co., where Yoga on Tap begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Instructor Chris Acosta from St. Petersburg Yoga leads this weekly class, and admission includes yoga and a cold brew. $10. 12707 49th St. N., Clearwater, 727-201-4186.

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