Five Best Food and Drink Events: Happy Hour, Ales for Anglers, and More

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Are you ready for happy hour? What about some seafood celebrations? Even if you don't care about any of the myriad celebratory offerings this weekend, you're going to have to eat something.

We perused the highs and lows of the Borward-Palm Beach area and cooked up this tasty menu of awesome destinations. Whether you're looking for all the beer you can drink, some Japanese eats, a bucketload of seafood or just the best happy hour in town, this list has everything you need.

See Also: Ales for Anglers This Saturday, Music and Craft Beer in One Glass

5. Winterfest Happy Hour

Aside from Mondays, Fridays are the least productive day of the week. Ditch work early Friday and head to Bokampers on the intracoastal. The bar offers food and drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. The event includes free massages and giveaways as well as free drinks for ladies from 4 to 5 p.m.

4. Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Fest

South Floridians love their festivals. From renaissance fairs to garlic-centric events to beer-guzzling drunk fests, we're all about finding a reason to celebrate something (anything) outdoors. his weekend art lovers, seafood fanatics, and those just looking for any reason to have a good time are getting together for the Second Annual Arts and Seafood Celebration in Frost Park. Presented by the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the event features two days of festivities on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The party includes tons family-friendly attractions, like seafood from local vendors, arts and crafts for purchase, sponsored food competitions, local retailer booths, fare from area restaurants, beer and wine, sand sculptures, nautical knick-knacks, and live entertainment on a main stage. There is no cost to attend.

3. Whole Foods Turns Two

This weekend Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines is celebrating its second anniversary with three days of food-centric activities for the family, including birthday cake. Starting on Friday and going through Sunday, the store is hosting a number of events to show customer appreciation. On Friday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the store is hosting an International Beer & Bites Festival. For a $10 donation to Whole Planet Foundation, beer lovers and foodies can sample beer and food from around the world on the patio. On Saturday, the store is hosting a number of festivities, including freshly roasted pan con lechon for ($5 per person); Kids Club: Build Your Own Brownie Bar for $2 per person, from 2 to 3 p.m. (registration required); and more. On Sunday, the store is hosting a Sunday Mimosa Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a $12 donation to Whole Planet Foundation. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

2. Hatsume Fair

Airfare to Asia is not exactly cheap. Get your fill of Japanese culture and cuisine this weekend at the Morikami Museum's Hatsume Fair. On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the museum and garden is featuring taiko drumming, costumes, musical performance, as well as Japanese crafts, games, and food. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids over three. Visit morikami.org.

1. Ales for Anglers

Ales for Anglers is hitting the music/fishing/craft beer trifecta. Organized by the Snook & Gamefish Foundation (a group that seeks to aid in the protection and preservation of current fish populations for future generations) and Bx Beer Depot (purveyor of fine craft beers and home brewing supplies), it's being held at Boca Raton's Sunset Cove Amphitheater on Saturday from 2:30 to 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $35, which includes music, complimentary home-brew pours, and a good dose of the warm and fuzzies for helping marine life. Visit snookfoundation.org.

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