Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. It wasn't easy, but you had to do it. So you might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.
Whether you want to eat crab cakes at the 2014 Crab Cake Cook Off, or drink your cares away during the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival's first annual Hoppy Affair, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
Are you a chardonnay and pinot noir lover? Join LivingFLA.com and the Wine Wave in Delray Beach on Saturday, November 15, from 6-8 p.m. for a special wine tasting event.
The French wine region of Burgundy (a.k.a. "Bourgogne") may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. It can strike fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not - the region need only be as complex as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the world but there are tasty affordable wines, too. Head to the wine wave for an educational opportunity to develop your palate and learn about the outstanding wines from the Burgundy region in France. During the event you'll have a chance to taste 12 red and white wines from Burgundy with catering provided by Cafe Martier. Entry is $35 per person.
Join the Specialty Beer Cellar of Jupiter for a night of treachery, backstabbing, and delicious beer as the bar launches the 4th beer in the Ommegang's Game of Thrones series, Valar Morghulis, on November 14. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m., and is in honor of the specialty release beer, an eight percent A.B.V. Belgian dubbel with rich aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe fruits, and burnt sugar. While Valar Morghulis means "All Men Must Die," in Westeros, fans of the HBO show gave it a new meaning "All Men Must Drink." A limited edition canvas print will be raffled off during the evening, so fans of the show should stop by for a chance to win.
On Friday, November 14, Food In Motion will host its second after-dark green market in Peter Feldman Park. The mission: to foster community connectivity and provide a platform for local artisans and food growers to share, sell, and promote their small business operations. From 5-11 p.m., enjoy this free monthly food-lovers event featuring fresh-picked organic produce, food trucks, vegan fare, gourmet baked goods, locally-made products, and more. You'll also have a chance to meet local farmers, and learn more about urban farming in Fort Lauderdale. The event features a special "Night In The Park" and offers visitors a chance to sample some free beer (for those 21 years of age and older). That's right: free beer. Make sure to bring some cash for tips, though. They will be collected to raise funds for more exciting free stuff at future Food In Motion events, including free movies in the park, live music, trolleys for parking -- and more free beer. Don't forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair, a few board games, and it's an evening of South Florida food, drink, and fun. Food In Motion will take place on Friday, November 14, at Peter Feldman Park in Fort Lauderdale. The event takes place the second Friday of each month, is free to the public, and takes place from 5-11 p.m. For more visit flaglerfoodinmotion.com, or call 954-785-7475.
Here are five great reasons to attend the Crab Cake Cook Off on Friday, November 14: 1) Palm Beach's top chefs will be cooking; 2) There will be boutique wine and beer tastings; 3) If you eat a crab cake, you help a kid in need; 4) There's a great auction with some pretty amazing prizes up for grabs; and 5) Did we mention there will be lots of crab cakes to sample? The annual charity event will take place on the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, and is organized to benefit Community Partners, a local non-profit for children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. Entry is $55 per person, and tickets can be purchased .cp-cto.org/.
The Craft Brew Battle is celebrating its inaugural "A Hoppy Affair" during the 5th Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival on Sunday, November 16, at the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus. And just so you know, this is not your average beer pong party. This is catered towards enthusiasts who appreciate the chemistry of craft brew making and the skills of a Brew master. Get ready to experience an awesome variety of brews from around the world: A Hoppy Affair is the quintessential celebration of craft brew. On a sun soaked November afternoon, there's no better place to sip suds amongst friends. Whether you prefer Belgians or blondes, pales or pilsners, saisons or wits -- come and see for yourself why we will be one of the best loved craft brew festivals in South Florida. Rich Educational Seminars with knowledgeable brew masters, cheese makers, and South Florida farmers themselves, in the IKEA Kitchen Alley. You have to be wondering by now where the "battle" comes into play, right? Event holders invite men and women to participate in the consumer challenge for the 'Craft Brew Master' award. Blindfolded guests will taste one ounce pours of different craft brews with the goal of identifying the hops and naming of the brew. The consumer who gets the most correct receives the "Craft Brew Master" trophy -- and bragging rights. This event takes place from 1-4 p.m.
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.