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 looking to sample some Last Snow at a beer pairing dinner, would like to take a culinary tour, or want to meet someone single at an anti-Valentine's Day party, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
5. Craft Fair at Due South Brewery
Every relationship is different: Many couples like to go out for long, romantic dinners; others prefer spending time outdoors; some just want to sit on the couch. The coolest twosomes, however, like to drink craft beer. This Valentine's Day, Due South Brewing Co. is knocking off two holiday lovebirds with one stone with its Craft Brew Craft Fair. From 1 to 4:30 p.m., local artists and crafters will descend upon the brewery with their handmade creations just in time for the celebration of love. Find a wide selection of goods, from original photography and paintings to pottery and woodcrafts to jewelry and homemade desserts -- it's the perfect chance to buy your sweetie something he or she actually wants. To go along with the special festivities, the brewery is tapping special releases of its Caramel Latte and Chocolate Cherry Stout. Free tours of the brewing facilities will be conducted at 1 and 3 p.m. Due South Brewing is located at 2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach.
4. Anti-Valentine's Day Parties in Himmarshee Village
On Friday, February 13, celebrate the weekend a little early (and not the holiday everyone is talking about) with Himmarshee Public House's anti-Valentine's Day party and America's Backyard. If you're single and looking to mingle, everyone else will be there too. Why? Because chocolate, roses, and love are so overrated. Sounds provided by DJ A-Rock. Drink specials all night long. The America's Backyard Valentine's Day Party is also here for you singles. The downtown Fort Lauderdale bar is catering to all the uncoupled souls with a singles meetup starting at 8 p.m. and offering $5 Heart Breaker shots to loosen you up, followed by the opportunity to get all tangled up on the dance floor with other sexy singles -- no, this has nothing to do with twerking. The bar is hosting steamy -- and inebriated -- Twister throughout the night. There is no cost to get in. Public House is located at 201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-616-5275, or visit publichouseftl.com.
3. Funky Buddha Beer Pairing Dinner
Join Funky Buddha Brewery at the Field Irish Pub from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday for a beer and food pairing event. Sample five Funky Buddha brews paired with a small bite and get a chance to try their latest specialty release, the Last Snow porter, with coconut, coffee, and white chocolate. Tickets include a sample of each of the five beers paired with a small bite plus one sample of Last Snow porter, as well as two full Funky Buddha beers (excludes limited edition brews). Live tunes with DJ Jason Dunne. This is an informal flex-schedule event, so stop by anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. to hang and drink or eat. Advance ticket purchase required. You can buy tickets here. The Field Irish Pub is located at 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Call 954-964-5979.
2. Valentine's Day Taste History Culinary Tour
This Valentine's Day, Taste History Culinary Tour will share the love of food, art, and culture on Saturday, traveling to Lake Worth and Lantana. Some of the cuisines tasted on the tour are influenced by Australia, Paris, Ireland, New Zealand, and, of course, love. This tour will engage visits to local art galleries along with the food eating. Offered year-round, the Taste History Culinary Tour is a four-hour, foodcentric, narrated excursion of bus riding and four to six blocks of walking through historic districts for alternate visits to eateries, markets, and an urban farm for food history, food culture facts, food information, and food tastings. At least three to four eateries are visited each Taste History tour, along with trips to historic buildings, cultural centers, or art galleries. Tour guests meet the restaurant owners and chefs and the directors and artists of the cultural centers and art galleries. For more information visit tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com, or call 561-243-2662.
1. Tastes and Tunes Friday
The best part about living in South Florida is the ability to enjoy the great outdoors year-round, and what could be better than a little alfresco dining? How about a little alfresco dining with music? Pompano Citi Centre's Tastes and Tunes Fridays is the perfect way to enjoy this pairing while perhaps engaging in a little shopping. Every Friday through March from 6 to 9 p.m., diners enjoying the outdoor seating at the Centre's restaurants, including Shishka Lebanese Grill, Amato's Italian Grill, and Giraffas, will be serenaded by a rotating lineup of local musicians. Entertainment includes acoustic sets by Hank, one-man band Klass1, and the sultry sax of the Joy of Saxs. The Pompano Citi Centre is located at 1955 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. Call 954-943-4683, or visit pompanociticentre.com.
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.