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South Florida Food & Drink Events This Weekend: Bacon Bash, Jamaican Jerk Fest, and Seafood Festival

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. This weekend in Broward and Palm Beach counties, choose from a bacon themed party, seafood festival, peanut butter beer releases, and more for your fun foodie events. 


Bacon Bash
Wake up and smell the bacon – literally. Hosted at Esplanade Park (400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale), the second-annual Bacon Bash will host tons of porky dishes from local food trucks and restaurants, including M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Public House, Rhino Donuts, and the Filling Station. Tickets cost $35 online and $40 at the door for general admission, while tickets for the VIP Biergarten Experience (unlimited craft beer and bourbon tastings) cost $75 prepaid, $80 at the door. Proceeds benefit Covenant House Florida and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. This event is from 7 until 10 p.m. Visit for tickets.

Fort Lauderdale Internation Boat Show
While this isn't a food and drink event, per se, it is if you try hard enough. Check out this list of the best places to drink during the 56th-annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this weekend. 

Cuisines and Poetry
Want some culture for your weekend? If so, stop by Midtown Art Gallery (1033 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) for some Cuisines & Poetry. The show features open-mic poetry and music, while the food portion changes for each event (this occurs the first Friday of every month). The ethnic dishes, which cost $10, range from African food to Asian/Caribbean fusion. Admission is $10 for two people before 9 p.m. but after, it’s $10 for one person’s entry. Visit

Peanut Butter Porter Release
Brewery and alliteration addict Banging Banjo Brewing Co. (3200 NW 23rd Ave., Suite 500, Pompano Beach) will be releasing quite the interesting beer flavor. The elusive beer haven will release its peanut butter porter along with a dessert from the Rolling Chefs to accompany it. Try it, and tell your friends.


Homebrew Day
So you like to drink all the wonderful and diverse beers that are available today? Why not up your beer experience by learning how to brew beer yourself at home during the aptly named Learn to Homebrew Day, an event-centered day established 16 years ago by the American Homebrewers Association? For those wanting some hands-on experience with friendly and veteran homebrewers, head over to BX Beer Depot (2964 Second Ave. N, Lake Worth) this Saturday, November 7, starting around 11 a.m., where several local homebrewers of varying levels of experience will be brewing batches of beer in the Depot's backyard. "This event is free to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family to come and witness the brewing process," Sally Parsons, owner of BX, told me. "Even if you've been brewing for years or you've just barely started your first batch, this event is perfect for you. There is always something to learn from talking to homebrewers. A few BX employees will be walking around to help with the education about processes and ingredients. Come thirsty for knowledge about beer." 


Delray Beach Seafood Fest
Delray’s fourth-annual Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival will be happening this weekend with more than 100 exhibitors in downtown Delray Beach (Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal to Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach). The tasty event will include two wine gardens, a Cupcake Vineyards Traveling Tour, music, and seafood from various local restaurants. The festival not only takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. but on Saturday as well until 10 p.m. Admission is free, but food and drink is not. Visit

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival
This Sunday, head over to Markham Park (16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise) for what claims to be the largest Caribbean food festival in the country. Now in its 14th year, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will feature live music, chef competitions, and — of course — more than 30 vendors dishing up every incarnation of jerk imaginable, from jerk chicken and jerk lobster to jerk ice cream. All day, chef Karl Kissner will put his skills and recipes to the test in the Publix Jerk Cook-Off Pavilion for your tasting pleasure. Cooking demonstrations to help hone your own skills will take place in the Grace Kitchen. If all you care about is eating, the food court is serving all you can eat and more. This year’s musical performances include reggae legends Third World joined by Barrington Levy, Christopher Martin, Spred the Dub, and Germany’s Gentleman. The festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost 430 to $120. Visit, or call 786-361-1103.

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.