Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Full Moon Party, Fiesta Night, and Lantana Oktoberfest
Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.
Whether you're ready to drink some authentic German beer at the 2014 American German Club Oktoberfest, celebrate the full moon with Tsukuro in Fort Lauderdale, or attend a fundraising event with plenty of good food and drink, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
Dance the Flamenco alongside professional Spanish dancers and guitarists during Pistache French Bistro's Sultry Spanish Nights, a celebration of Spain's vibrant culture, taking place on Saturday, October 11. The evening represents the eighth stop on the restaurant's annual Tour du Monde, a lineup of tastes, sights and sounds that celebrate colorful countries and cultures from around the world. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and costs $39. Entry includes a 3-course traditional Spanish menu, homemade sangria, and an evening of lively entertainment. Participating guests should remember to bring their Tour du Monde passports to earn complimentary drinks, but more importantly, because Tour participants with at least seven stamps on their passports with will be entered to win a trip to Paris after the program's conclusion.
4. Fired Up Fiesta at Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines is hosting a "Fired Up Fiesta" on Saturday, October 11, to celebrate the launch of its new outdoor patio area and Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends October 15. Brimstone will be firing up the grills outside on the new patio area during this fun-filled fiesta. Guests will be able to enjoy the complimentary BBQ food items throughout this afternoon party on the new 1,400-square-foot patio awning, at the bar, on the comfortable lounge seating with new furniture. Partygoers will also be able to enjoy complimentary select cocktails, courtesy of American Harvest Vodka, Casamigos Tequila, and Jägermeister Spice. Get ready to enjoy the upbeat tunes from DJ Bryan Gonzalez, who will be spinning American Latin Pop Music to set the fiesta vibes. Talented salsa dancers will be showcasing their hottest salsa moves on the new dance floor. Brimstone Woodfire Grill is located at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens at 14575 SW 5th Street in Pembroke Pines. Call 954-430-2333. This event is free to attend. Traditional menu food and beverage items will be available for guests to purchase.
Join Tsukuro for an evening of "tricks and treats" during its October Full Moon Party on Saturday, October 11. Be mystified with an eerily spooky close up magic show by The House of Flying Cards magicians Anthony Medina and Mark Espinosa as they perform for guests table-side ticks including levitation, apparitions, and mind readings. Then, get your heart pumping with a monster mash-up of Euro-House sounds from DJ Eran Hersh. All Inner Circle members and guests with dinner reservations will be able to "trick or treat" in the restaurant's cauldron of hand-dipped, chocolate-covered pumpkin spice fortune cookies. Inner Circle reward points will get you gift cards and discounts off your total dinner bill (depending on your number of points). Last, the brave souls at the bar who dare to dip their hand in the smoking Witches Brew Cauldron will be treated to complimentary or discounted drinks, including the evenings specialty cocktails. For reservations call the restaurant at 954-523-1407.
Fort Lauderdale-based C&I Studios -- a media company specializing in video, photography, graphic design, and audio production -- has partnered with BC Tacos and Draft Magazine to host a special fundraising event on Friday, October 10 dubbed Roast For Reach. The event is being organized by C&I's nonprofit initiative, C&I Reach, which works to support non-profit organizations and ministries around the globe. The evening will feature a comedy show paired with plenty of food and drink, with tacos provided by BC Tacos of Fort Lauderdale and a special Floribrew happy hour featuring craft beer from local and national breweries including Due South, Funky Budhha, Holy Mackerel, Saltwater, and Orchid Island. An entry fee of $5, $10, or $20 will get you a free goodie bag full of gifts and coupons to local businesses and restaurants ($10 gets you three taco tickets, and $20 gets you 3 taco tickets and a three beer tickets). Buy your tickets early online, and you'll also receive three free raffle tickets. Raffle tickets can be purchased 3-for-$5 the day of the event, as well, and prizes include a two-year subscription to Draft Magazine, gift cards to Stout Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale, a longboard courtesy of Loaded Boards, and two tickets to see Circa Survive at Revolution Live on December 10. Roast For Reach will take place Friday, October 10 from 6-11 p.m. at the C&I Studios at 541 NW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. All donated funds go directly to support the furthering of future Reach projects. For more information, or to purchase admission tickets and make a donation, visit roastforreach.com, or call 954-357-3934.
Next to the Christmas tree, Oktoberfest is the most popular German custom that Germany has ever exported to the rest of the world. The German (actually Bavarian) celebration of beer and good times has gradually caught on in many parts of the world. Every year the American German Club of the Palm Beaches hosts its traditional Oktoberfest on the second and third weekend of October. Held on ten acres of ground, under its pavilion and massive tent, the "original Oktoberfest" is one of the largest in the country outside Cincinnati, Ohio. The AGC offers authentic Bavarian and German cooking with bratwurst, German potato salad, Leberkäse, sauerkraut. Looking to drink? The festival features the original Hofbräu Bier of Oktoberfest, imported directly from Munich, Germany just for the event. There's also a wine bar that serves German wines, and a special Jägermeister bar. The celebration wouldn't be complete without traditional folk dancing and choral singing to the two bands that come directly from the Germany Oktoberfest to Lantana. Vendor and craft booths, carnival rides for children of all ages, and a kids' zone make it fun for the whole family. Admission is $8 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.