Things To Do

Christmas Sweater Party at Biergarten, Florida Brewer Tap Takeover at World of Beer, and More Food Events This Week in South Florida

The weekend looms large with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day overshadowing most other food and drink events in South Florida. Speaking of Christmas Day, you may still be able to score a reservation for a South Florida restaurant open on Christmas if you act fast. Word to the wise: Christmas Day is a dicey time to "wing it" so, seriously, act now if you want to secure a spot.

Beer fans are in luck this week, as several tap takeovers are scheduled in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Additionally, Organic Brewery in Hollywood opened over the weekend adding another option for locally crafted beer.

Here's a look at a few food and drink events happening this week and weekend in Broward and Palm Beach:


Holiday Wine Dinner -- Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale kicks off the holiday week with a four-course wine dinner with sauteed mussels, pan seared Florida snapper, grilled herbed elk loin, and chocolate pecan pie. Each course is paired with a wine or flight and the cost is $65 per person plus tax and tip. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Food truck roundup in Hollywood -- More than 20 food trucks will roll into Arts Park in Young Circle in downtown Hollywood for the weekly Food Truck Invasion from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The Fish Box, Catered Bliss, Miso Hungry, and Ms. Cheezious are just some of the 25 trucks scheduled to appear. There's no cost to attend the event, but you'll need cash for food.


Florida Brewer Tap Takeover and Toy Drive -- The taps at World of Beer in West Palm Beach will be turned over to Florida brewers at 7 p.m., with brews by Tequesta Brewing Co., Holy Mackerel, and Cigar City, plus other Florida notables like Swamp Ape Florida Lager and Inlet Monk in the Trunk. Bring in a wrapped toy and get $1 off any draft.


Dogfish Tap Takeover Night -- The Pub at Pembroke will host a Dogfish Head tap takeover with a musical twist. Three specialty brews -- Miles Davis Bitches Brew, Hellhound On My Ale, and Pearl Jam Faithfull Ale -- will be offered, plus a rotating tap with choices like Immort Ale and Chicory Stout. The pub will have access to a Randall, a double-chamber filter that lets a barkeep filter a selected brew with "flavor-enhancing ingredients." The event is 8 to 11 p.m.


Ugly Sweater Theme Holiday Party -- 'Tis the time of year when you can't shake a string of mistletoe without hitting an ironic Christmas sweater party or seven. Biergarten Boca Raton will host a party from 9 p.m. to close with prizes for the best worst knit creations in the joint. Bottle service is available.

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