The week is finally over once again and the weekend is upon us. There are so many events for the food loving and cocktail craving among us, it's hard to know where to start.
Whether you are looking to get the inside scoop on some specialty brewed craft beers, do a little wine sipping, or just need to pick up some fresh organic produce, there's an event for that.
The first Friday of every month, Flamingo Gardens -- Florida's non-profit botanical garden, where the peacocks roams and baby goats are eager to be petted -- hosts a food truck round up from 5 to 9 p.m. While the wine and beer tent is sadly absent this month, the bounce house will be as bouncy as usual and there will be plenty to eat. This month's food trucks are: Billy Bobs Corn, Dolci Peccati Gelato, El Orgullo Latin, itchen, El Rincón del Coquí, Empanada Truck, Fireman Dereck's Famous PIes, Frankie's Pizza, Jefes Original Fish Tacos & Burgers, Kratos Greek, Latin Burger, Ms. Cheezious, Purple People Eatery, Red Zeppelin, Wholly Shrimp!, and Zombie Ice.
Flamingo Gardens is located at 3750 S. Flamingo Road in Davie. Call 954-473-2955, or visit flamingogardens.org. Admission is free.
Due South Brewing Company just announced a 'members-only' club with a membership rate of $75 a year. Perks of "The Club" - as it shall be simply known - include 20 ounce pours on most Due South beers, members only events, and early access to special bottle releases. Only 100 lucky local beer lovers will snag a membership though, so be at Friday's special membership sign-up event at 6 p.m. where they'll also be releasing three specialty beers: Rum Barrel Aged One Eyed Tiki, Bourbon Barrel Espresso Porter, Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Pico Duarte Imperial Stout.
Due South is located at 2900 High Ridge Road in Boynton Beach. Call 561-463-2337, or visit duesouthales.com.
Jazz is nice, and wine can always make anything that much better. Have a really nice time at the Boca Chamber Festival Day's signature event, Wine and All That Jazz. Being held at the Boca Raton Resort on Saturday, August 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., the event will offer more than 100 wines, delectable food, and, of course, jazz. Tickets cost $60 to $120.
Many outdoor greenmarkets in South Florida go on hiatus during the sweltering summer months, leaving the organic produce shopper in the lurch. Luckily, Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton has plenty of shady breezeways so that the West Boca Greenmarket can do its thing all summer long. 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.
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, located at 20101 Lyons Road in Boca Raton. Contact Becky Self [email protected] or Jason at 561-929-0237.
Every Sunday at 5 p.m., the Riverside Hotel opens its doors to thirsty patrons and their thirsty canines. Wrap up your weekend and postpone thinking about Monday morning with a liesurely cocktail hour in the beautiful and historic downtown spot. All drinks and appetizers are 50 percent off in the hotel's Preston Courtyard. Bring Fido for complimentary water and treats.
The Riverside Hotel is located at 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-0671.