Don't fret! There's still three days left of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest.
Don't fret! There's still three days left of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest.
Courtesy of Stephanie Jacobs

South Florida Food & Drink Events This Weekend: Santacon, Palm Beach Food & Wine, and CANdemonium


Friday

CANdemonium Ugly Sweater and Putt-Putt Bar Crawl
'Tis the season for ugly sweaters and putt-putt! Kicking off at 5 p.m. at Coffee District (325 NE Second Ave. #104, Delray Beach), participants will then burn off calories with mini golf at Puttin' Around (350 NE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach) at 6 p.m. The next stop is 3rd & 3rd (NW Third Avenue & SW Third Avenue in Delray Beach) at 7:30 p.m., and lastly Beer Trade Co. (145 NE Fourth Ave., Delray Beach) at 9 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page.

Santa at Brio 
Santa will be making his rounds at Brio locations at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens (14576 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines) and CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The big man will also be making a pit stop at the Village at Gulfstream Park (600 Silks Run, Suite 1205, Hallandale Beach) from 9 to 11 a.m. Guests can have breakfast with the jolly old man and enjoy Christmas carolers, holiday crafts, ornament making, cookie decorating, and face painting. Santa will also be taking pictures and collecting wish lists. Reservations are required. Note: The Pembroke Gardens location will be participating in a toy drive benefiting NBC Caravan of Joy. Those who donate a toy will be eligible to win a $50 Brio gift card. Visit BrioItalian.com.

Saturday

SantaPalooza
It’s a very rare opportunity to wear an ugly sweater or Hannukah Harry suit to Himarshee bars (201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) such as Fat Cats, Dicey Riley’s, and Stache, but SantaPalooza is letting you go holiday wild. Kicking off at 8 p.m. and going to 1 a.m., this bar crawl not only offers $3 drinks at ten bars but also grants a free t-shirt and a souvenir beer stein. Tickets are $20 with partial proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots. For an extra $5, get a Santa hat. Visit BarcrawlNation.com.

SantaCon West Palm Beach
SantaCon in Fort Lauderdale is next week, but why not warm up with the Palm Beach stop? Starting at 4 p.m., don your Santa (or his helpers) outfit and stop by Clematis bars (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) such as Bradley's, Respectable Street, Lafayette's, Longboards, and more. Visit santacon.info.

Celebrate Christmas the German traditional way!
Celebrate Christmas the German traditional way!
Bernd-Hans Born

Christkindlmarket
It’s never too early (or too hot) to celebrate Christmas in South Florida. Due to popular demand, American-German Club of the Palm Beaches (5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth) will be celebrating its annual Christkindlmarket again with German food and beers, ornament and gingerbread house-making, lantern parade, and, of course, Santa. The event is from noon to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8 or a donation of a new unwrapped toy. Children under 12 years of age get in for free. Visit americangermanclub.org.

Aldo vs. McGregor Watch Party at Irishmen
UFC fighter Conor McGregor is taking on Jose Aldo, and Boca Raton’s Irishmen (1745 NW Second Ave, Boca Raton) is very aware of this. Starting at 9 p.m., the bar will be offering $7 Bud Light pitchers, $5 Stoli, $3 Tullamore DEW or Fireball shots, and a $9.95 fish and chip special. Visit irishmenpub.com.

Army vs. Navy Watch Party at To Victory
Swing by To Victory (8652 Griffin Rd., Cooper City) at 3 p.m. to watch the  Army vs. Navy college football game. Every $1 from every beer (draft and bottle) and wine will benefit Pets for Patriots. Visit tovictorycraftbeerbar.com.

Sunday

Day Four of Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest
Tickets are still available for the very last event of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival the ninth-annual Grand Tasting at the Gardens Mall (3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Here, there will be over 60 South Florida restaurants and their dishes, music, book signings by celebrity chefs, and more. There will also be a Grand Chef Throwdown finale where three local chefs compete for the $10,000 prize. The Grand Tasting starts at 5 p.m. and is $75 admission. Visit pbfoodwinefest.com.

Craft Beer and Local Crafts
Due South Brewing (2900 High Ridge Rd., Ste 3, Boynton Beach) is offering crafts to go along with its craft beers at its newest event. Aside from various artists and vendors, food trucks BC Tacos and Indulge Customizable Desserts will be on display. This and a free brewery tour starts at 1 p.m. At 2 and 3 p.m., the VIP tour and tasting is $10, reservations suggested. Visit duesouthbrewing.com.

Hangover Sundays at PRL
Hipster stomping ground PRL (1904A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood) is offering a mini party to get you prepped for the work week. Starting at 7 p.m. and ending at midnight, guests can enjoy music provided by Ryan De La Torre and strangely named beers found nowhere else. There is no cover. Visit prlcafe.com.

Chocolates sweeten the holidays!
Chocolates sweeten the holidays!
Courtesy of Hoffman's Chocolates

All Throughout December

Brimstone Woodfire Grill’s White Maple Martini
Brimstone Woodfire Grill (14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines) is showcasing its White Maple Martini until the end of December. The martini is created with sortilege maple Canadian whiskey, butterscotch brandy, and cream and adorned with cinnamon. It is available for $14. Visit brimstonewoodfiregrill.com.

Hoffman's Chocolate Winter Wonderland
Hoffman’s Chocolates is celebrating not only its 40th-anniversary but its 25th-annual Winter Wonderland at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens (5190 Lake Worth Rd.). Until Wednesday, December 30, attendees can enjoy lights, holiday displays, entertainment, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Visitors will also be able to win free Hoffman’s chocolate for a year by entering a drawing. Visit hoffmans.com

For more events, visit our online calendar or pick up the print edition of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach every Thursday. To submit an event, use our online form

Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.

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