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Five Best Food & Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: Brazilian Festival, Mustache Contest, Bus Loop, and More

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. Whether you're looking to get some craft beer foam on your epic mustache, save some abandoned pups by abandoning your inhibitions, or discover Brazilian food and culture, there's something to get you going in Broward and Palm Beach counties this weekend.

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5. West Boca Green Market

Tired of grocery-store produce? If so, get your green on with the West Boca Green Market at Olympic Heights High School. Every Sunday, you'll find seafood, desserts, French pastries, cheeses, olive oils and dressings, cooked food for lunch and dinner to take home, flowers and plants, homemade soaps, candles, weight-loss and nutrition products, handmade jewelry, and, of course, organic produce. For the health-conscious or those with dietary issues, there are vegan and gluten-free options as well. Admission is free. The West Boca Green Market takes place every Sunday, all year round, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Olympic Heights Community High School.

4. BeachBash 2013

If it's taking place at a marina, it has to be high-class. On Saturday, November 23 from 7 to 10:30 p.m., BeachBash is bringing DJ Rush together with Fort Lauderdale's top restaurants and an open bar by Premier Beverage to the pool of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. The cost to attend is $65 in advance, $75 at the door ($40 is tax-deductible); or $100 for VIP tickets in advance, $125 at the door ($75 is tax-deductible). Call 954-739-5006, or visit

3. Second-Annual Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach

This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the vacation is coming to you with the return of the Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach to the Pompano Beach Community Park. The culture, the food, and the music are all coming alive in one mega event sure to make you feel like you're in another place. Admission is free, but you are encouraged to bring a food donation This event is stacked with everything from a fashion show to a kids' zone and even a raffle for two tickets to Brazil to take it to the next level. Call 305-651 3993, or visit

2. Mustache Movember Best 'Stache Contest

Funky Buddha Brewery joins in on the mustachioed fun to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and for men's mental health challenges. This Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m., they will host a Mustache Movember themed event at their Oakland Park brewery. Saucy Stache food truck will be on hand to provide the vital vittles to stick to your flavor savor. Be sure to register your growing facial locks at At 4:30 p.m. there will be a Best 'Stache contest.

1. The Dog Rescue Bus Loop

The first Dog Rescue Bus Loop will take place on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. with a route connecting Boca and Deerfield Beach. All Proceeds benefit 100+ Abandoned Dogs Everglades. Check-In at Two Georges at The Cove or The Dubliner in Mizner Park. Admission is $30 if you prepay before noon Friday at, and $35 at the door. As with every bus loop, designated drivers get free admission - and a complimentary sense of righteous satisfaction. Post-party will take place at Oceans 234. Other venues include Wishing Well, Black Rose, 101 Cantina, Kahuna's, Biergarten Boca Raton, Los Andes, and Osteria Sapori. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served.

See also: More Food and Drink Events in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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