It looks like our foul weather scare for the weekend may have dissipated -- minus, of course, the usual summer showers. Regardless, it's the weekend; you might as well take your chances and get out of the house. Whether you're looking to continue the national holiday celebrations, stuff your face with some juicy burgers, or hang out with some cute animals while noshing on some food truck delights, we have an event that's sure to tickle your taste buds.
5. Vegan Sweden
Sweden is probably more recognized for its beautiful people than its food -- but that could be that the Swedes are just that good looking. To highlight, the scandinavian nation's cuisine, Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale is hosting a cooking class featuring vegan options of traditional Swedish fare. Taking place on Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., it includes mushroom "neat" balls with cream gravy and lingonberries and black licorice ice cream. The cost is $15. Registration is required.
Whole Foods Market is located 2000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
4. Indie Craft Bazaar
Shopping and eating are both favorite American national pastimes. Do both this Saturday night at the Indie Craft Bazaar. Being held at Revolution from noon to 5 p.m., the bazaar features local independent artists, crafters, vintage sellers, and more. Food and drink vendors including vegan and gluten free options will be on premises, as well as $3 mimosas. Entrance is $5.
3. Annual Waiters Race and Bastille Day Celebration
We're not sure if you're aware, but the French really know how to party. So it would make sense that they go crazy for their biggest national holiday, Bastille Day. To celebrate, Pistache French Bistro is hosting a Bastille Day celebration that could rival any in the motherland. Saturday and Sunday nights the restaurant is offering a special $39 three-course prix fixe menu. Sunday morning its hosting a festive brunch starting at 11 a.m. A live DJ starts at 1 p.m. and the Fifth Annual Waiter's Race, in which servers from local restaurants try to race with glasses of water on a tray without spilling a drop, culminates the weekend's events at 5 p.m.
Pistache French Bistro is located at 101 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-5090, or visit pistachewpb.com.
2. Food Truck Safari
If you like animals -- if you don't, there's something wrong with you -- and food trucks, you'll probably want to head to the Palm Beach Zoo this Saturday. From 6 to 10 p.m., food trucks will be scattered around the zoo while handlers walk around with some of the
tamer friendlier animals. The $10 admission and a portion of the food truck's proceeds will benefit the zoo.
Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-533-0887 or visit palmbeachzoo.org.
1. Boca Burger Battle
Competition is what makes America great -- or so they say. Well, get ready for a battle for burger supremacy on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., Boca Rato's Sanborn Square is going to be ground zero for the ultimate burger battle. More than 20 contenders, from across South Florida, will be judged by well-known local food celebrities. General admission tickets are $55, VIP are $85, which allows guests to come in at 6 p.m.
Sanborn Square is located at 72 N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton. Call 561-338-7594, or visit bocaburgerbattle.com.
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