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 attend a Green Living festival, taste some brews at a Cigar City Brewing tap takeover, or celebrate some dude's birthday, there's plenty for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
5. Harold's Coffee Anniversary in West Palm Beach
With the proliferation of chain coffee franchise Starbucks over the past decade, it's hard not to root for the underdog -- the independent mom-and-pop coffee shop. Independent though it may be, West Palm Beach's Harold's Coffee Lounge is hardly an underdog, considering this iced-coffee innovator was the first to bring cold-filtered, ice-brewed coffee to the Palm Beaches (and some say even to the state of Florida). Known as "Kyoto" style, the 14-hour process of slow-brewing coffee with ice-cold water produces Harold's signature drink. Having perfected the art of iced coffee, Harold's is now considered a Northwood Village institution. So a proper shebang, replete with live art, bands, DJs, food trucks, and vendors, will take place this Saturday for the fourth-anniversary celebration of this local stalwart. Tasteless Buds, Seizure Machine, Dr. Skitzo, and other acts will perform live on Harold's newly revamped back patio while the gals from Dub City Derby Girls greet attendees and savory treats from Poutine Dog Café will be offered for sampling. Celebrate Harold's fourth anniversary this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Harold's Coffee Lounge is located at 509 Northwood Road in West Palm Beach. Visit haroldscoffee.com, or call 561-833-6366.
4. Cigar City Tap Takeover at Bx Beer Depot
On Friday, February 27 Lake Worth's BX Beer Depot will be hosting a special tap takeover event to congratulate Andre Guionnaud, Cigar City's quality control pro, on his Baltic Porter. Everyone who attends will be able to enjoy some of Cigar City Brewing's great creations. The lineup will include Oatmeal Raisin Cookie brown ale, Chicory Dickory Choc brown ale, Andre's Baltic porter, Guayabera Citra pale ale, and White Oak Jai Alai (in cans). T.C. Melts food truck will be on site to serve up some amazing craft grilled cheese. The event starts at 7 p.m. BX Beer Depot is located a 2nd Ave N, Lake Worth. Call 561-965-9494, or visit bxbeerdepot.com.
3. The Dude's Birthday Party at Sybarite Pig
Celebrate Sybarite Pig owner Daniel Namuko's 35th birthday on Saturday, February 28, at his Boca Raton beer bar and restaurant. The day will bring a number of specialty beer tappings, including: Funky Buddha's Last Snow, Due South Scorpian IPA, Cigar City Brewing's Evander, Prairie Artisanal Ale's Prairie Bomb, Jolly Pumpkine Ale's Madrugada Obscura, Great Divide Old Ruffian, and more. The event takes place from noon to 2 a.m. Sybarite Pig is located at 20642 State Road 7, Boca Raton. Call 561-883-3200.
2. Wine Pairing Dinner at Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale
Enjoy a five-course wine pairing dinner at Fort Lauderdale's Whole Foods Market featuring E&J Gallo wines. The dinner takes place Friday, February 27, at 7 p.m., and $35 to $45 per person. The tasting menu will be prepared by Whole Foods Market chefs, and each course will be paired with a signature series wine from E&J Gallo. Reservations are recommended. Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655.
1. Green Planet Festival
A sustainability and green living festival will take place this weekend at the Broward Convention Center on Saturday, February 28. There's something for everyone interested in pursuing a more sustainable and healthful life. Experience a variety of products from food, fashion and health, to energy, construction, and design. Enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, innovative speakers, live music, and entertainment. Then shop the unique community of eco-friendly businesses, everything from all-natural body care products and organic clothing, to vegan and vegetarian fare based on organic, non-GMO, local, or artisanal foods. Then, learn how to cook vegan and vegetarian food, and bring home recipes at a cooking demo. Children under 12 are free to attend. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Broward Convention Center is located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-765-5900, or visit greenplanetfestival.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.