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 do a yoga yappy hour, attend a free beer tasting, or want to check out a craft fair at Due South Brewing Co., there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
Kick off the 2014 holiday season at the Ronald McDonald House at its 11th Annual Home for the Holidays and Lighting Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale this Saturday. Help families of seriously ill children by attending this fun and family event showcasing tastings from different restaurants, live entertainment, music, raffle and kids activities. Ronald McDonald himself will be present for the lighting ceremony of the building. Event includes lighting ceremony, kids activities, live entertainment, DJ, culinary delights from local restaurants, silent auction items, raffles and much more. Admission $25.00 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free. Admission includes two drink tickets and tastings from different local restaurants. All proceeds will help families staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses in South Florida. The event takes place at 15 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale, at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit the Eventbrite page here.
Today, from 5 to 9 p.m., Food Truck Invasion heads to the Jupiter / Tequesta area at Constitution Park. North Palm Beach County, get ready to try some of the best gourmet food on wheels. First time at a Food Truck event? Here's what you need to know. This outdoor picnic where food trucks of different origins, cuisine, and menus prepare food that is cooked to order. It's not fast food, and a bunch of these trucks are run by chefs. A great deal of fusion cuisine, comfort foods and sweet treats to choose from. Sometimes there is a line, but they are worth the wait. Be sure to bring your folding chairs or blankets to picnic on on the lawn. The whole family is welcome and encouraged to attend since this is a family friendly atmosphere. At this round-up, trucks will include BC Tacos, Crave-It, Miami Press, PDQ, PS561, Parabas Grill, Right On Que Smoking' BBQ, Spring In Roll Out, and Veggie Love.
Delray Beach's new serve-yourself beer bar will be hosting a special Coastal Brewing tasting event on Friday, December 8, from 7 to 11 p.m. Coast Brewing's IPA, IIPA, Red Bourbon Ale, and a limited release of its S'mores Stout will be available. This is a free event so head out and enjoy free samples, great food, and great people -- at a great place.
Funky Buddha will be teaming up with No More Homeless Pets Rescue of Fort Lauderdale for another Yappy Hour event this weekend -- but this time with yoga. On Saturday, Joyful Elephant Yoga will start registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by an hour-long yoga class starting at 11 a.m. A $15 donation gets you an hour of yoga and a free Funky Buddha beer after the class. A total of $5 from each fee will be donated to No More Homeless Pets Rescue. Even if you're not into yoga, the event is still happening across the brewery from 12-4 p.m., and dogs are invited. If you donate $5 or more to the cause, you will get a wristband that is good for extended "Yappy Hour" which is $1 off all Buddha drafts inside from 2-6 p.m.
Feeling crafty? This Sunday, December 7, craft beer meets craft art with Due South Brewing Co.'s craft fair. The brewery is putting together a small gathering of artists and crafters for a Sunday filled with local handmade creations, craft beer, and great food. From 1 to 4:30 p.m., expect to do a little holiday shopping, where you can find some original photography, pottery, jewelry, wood crafts, paintings, and homemade desserts. If you get hungry, Tacos Veracruz will be on-site all afternoon.
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.
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