The workweek is finally coming to a close again.
We do realize you have plenty to do now that you're not stuck at your desk for eight or more hours per day. Yes, you probably need to do laundry, and catch up on cleaning. Heck, you probably want to get into binge-watching some T.V., but this is South Florida, people; there are plenty of tasty options to help you wind down at the end of the week.
From boozy Saint Patrick's Day revelry to health-oriented fests to high-class happy hours with bottle upon bottles of expensive champagne, we scoured the food and drink events of Broward and Palm Beach Counties to bring you a menu of the best culinary activities to tickle your taste-buds, and get you off your couch this weekend.
5. Vietnamese Inspired
Bahn mi, pho, happy pancakes: all mind-blowing Vietnamese dishes. While we'd be more than excited to eat at least one of the three every day, finding a good Vietnamese restaurant is a bit of a hassle in South Florida. At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Publix Aprons Cooking School is hosting a Vietnemese cooking demonstration. For $45 per person, watch the expert chefs prepare a variety of Southeast Asian dishes. Visit publix.com/aprons.
4. WellFest Delray
Yes, we love burgers, fries, and all the other symbols of gluttony. But sometimes we prefer to eat something healthy. On Saturday and Sunday, WellFest Delray is bringing a wide range of salubrious eats, seminars, and activities. Taking place at Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square, the two-day event is attempting to inspire and motivate attendees to stay positive, eat well, and improve health. The cost to attend is $15 per day or $20 for the whole weekend. Visit facebook.com.
3. Imbibe at Stache Happy Hour Launch
Everyone else might be all into mold colored beer and and getting wasted for the next couple of weeks, but, you, fine friend, are too sophisticated for such low-brow shenanigans. You seek out the finer things in life. This Friday at 5 p.m., Stache 1920's Drinking Den is kicking off its new happy hour program with $99 bottles of Krug Champage, $25 per glass (it's normally $275/$55), Ruinart Rose bottles for $75, glasses for $17(regular price is $175/$26), Ruinart Blanc des Blanc bottles for $50, with $12 glasses (usually $155/$24), half-off all cocktails, $5 select craft beer, and free passed appetizers. The bar is teaming up with Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center in addition to other partners. Visit facebook.com/events.
2. Slainte Pub Crawl
When it comes to drinking, the Irish are at the head of the pack. So it should come as no surprise that a Paddy-themed pub crawl is bound to be good craic. On Saturday, from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Lake Worth Pub Crawl is going green for St. Paddy's Day. Starting at Brogues Downunder, participants will be given a map to the drinking stops along the way. The cost to attend is $10. Visit gothirdeyeadventures.com.
1. Downtown Hollywood St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Paddy's Day is almost here. To get revelers ready for the big day, downtown Hollywood is celebrating with a parade, starting at noon on Saturday at Hollywood Arts Park. The day includes the obligatory pipe and drum bands, and U2 tribute band. While we're more than happy to jam out to some live music, for us, its all about the street vendors with Irish food and drinks -- and, obviously, green beer. There is no cost to attend, food and drinks are available for purchase.
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