Can you smell it? The weekend is almost here, and with it comes a mini avalanche of special food and drink events in Broward and Palm Beach counties (not the least of which is the three-day Garlic Fest in Delray Beach). While your friends up north are digging out from a blizzard, find out how you'll be spending the next few days with suggestions listed after the jump.
5. Food trucks in Miramar
Gourmet Truck Expo is hosting more than 20 food trucks this evening (Thursday) at Miramar Square (12162 Miramar Parkway). The rally is 6 to 10 p.m. with trucks like Boba Station, Dog Eat Dog, Killer Pasta, Mr. Good Stuff, Overload Food Truck, Top Fries, and more. Local businesses will participate and there will be family-friendly entertainment.
4. Science of Chocolate
Science is awesome enough on its own, but couple it with the deliciousness of chocolate and you've got a formula that even the kids won't be able to resist. The South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach will explore the wonders of the cocoa bean during the Science of Chocolate. The event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $8.95 to $11.95.
3. Greek Festival
Opa! It's time to get down to some serious eating and dancing at this weekend's Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival hosted by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. The festival is noon to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free to kids ages 12 and younger. Traditional Greek food and drink will be available for purchase, with dishes like spanakopita, gyros, and dolmades on the menu.
2. Eating for a good cause (benefit dinners and special events)
February is prime time for non-profits and other charitable enterprises to go into fundraising mode. With that said, there are at least four events this weekend that involve food and drink, as well as raising some cash for South Florida organizations.
The Allianz Championship "Grapes on the Green" golf and wine outing to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital is 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Course at Broken Sound Golf Club in Boca Raton. Tickets are $85 per person. The event includes tastings from the private wine collections of various golf pros' vineyards and a view of the 18th green. Call 561-241-GOLF.
The Diamond Jubilee on Saturday night at the Lake Worth Playhouse will include cocktails, dining (catering is by Callaro's Steakhouse), dancing, and a silent auction to benefit the theater. Tickets to the Diamond Jubilee are $150 and the party is 7 to 10 p.m. Playhouse alum Burt Reynolds -- who recently recovered from serious illness -- will act as the guest of honor for the evening.
Burgers, Blue Jeans, and Bling -- planned for Saturday night at Our Backyard Museum (11701 NW 12th St. in Plantation) -- will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event includes gourmet burgers and other restaurant tastings, plus drinks and museum access. Tickets are $125 for general admission or $200 for VIP. Call 305-766-2818. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Finally, the Gala in the Gardens is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Flamingo Gardens in Davie. The food and wine event benefits the gardens and the cost is $40 to $60. Call 954-473-2955. This is a 21-and-older event.
1. Garlic Fest
It's time for the stinky bulb to shine at the 14th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest. The celebration of food and music is 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Activities -- including the Garlic Chef Competition -- are held in downtown Delray Beach at Old School Square. Admission is $10 to $15.
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