With New Times Beerfest merely days away, it's understandable that you'd want to hunker down this week and save your energy and cash for the weekend. For those who can handle multiple days of fun in one week, there are a few options that will allow you to enjoy the ever-improving weather and/or throw some money toward a good cause.
From food truck rallies and outdoor jazz concerts, to (drag) star-studded dinners and Thanksgiving showdowns, here is a look at some of the food and drink fun to be had in Fort Lauderdale/Broward/Palm Beach County this week:
Food truck rally in Hollywood -- Start the week off by skipping dinner duty at home. The weekly food rally at ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood features two dozen food trucks, with everything from Asian-inspired eats at Miso Hungry to grilled cheeses from Ms. Cheezious. The rally is 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Lips Dinner With the Divas -- The divas of Lips -- Fort Lauderdale's top drag dining spot -- will pull out all the stops for a fundraising dinner event to benefit Neighbors 4 Neighbors. The sure-to-be-raucous dining event is 7 to 10 p.m. at Lips, and tickets are $50 to $75.
A Taste of Thanksgiving -- Whole Foods Market in Coral Springs already has its sights set on T-Day. The store will dedicate its Block Party Wednesday to a show down of Thanksgiving-themed dishes. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., patrons can sample foods from various departments throughout the store and vote for the winning dish.
Coconut Creek food truck rally -- The weekly food truck rally in Coconut Creek lists 25 trucks, with names like 4Alarm Pizza, Latin Burger, and Slow Food Truck on the menu. The rally is 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of Carl's Furniture, 6812 N SR 7.
Craft beer tasting -- Get your liver and palate in shape for Saturday's New Times Beerfest with a tasting event at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits in Coral Springs, 2693 University Drive. For $10, you'll get a chance to sample more than 60 craft beers and receive a souvenir beer glass.
Cypress Creek food truck roundup -- This week's participants include 90 Miles, B.C. Tacos, Big Kahuna, Dog Eat Dog, Happy Greek, Mac'n, The Pork Shop, and Sugar Rush. The rally is 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 6001 Powerline Rd. Free parking, but bring cash for the trucks.
Jazz and food trucks in Boca Raton -- The weekly jazz concert from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Mizner Park Amphitheater will feature tunes by Mile High and eats from Moty's Grill and Out of Many. Remember to bring cash for the food trucks.
Fish 'N Chips -- Bid adieu to the Florida Marlins -- soon-to-be the Miami Marlins -- at this fundraising event with craps, blackjack, roulette, and poker tables. Tickets are $125 to $225, and include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. The event is 6:30 p.m. at the new Marlins ballpark.
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