Five Best Food and Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: Galt Mile Wine & Food Fest, Mardi Gras Mania, and More

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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 want to hob-nob with award winning chefs, love some hilarious dinner theater, or just want to relax with the girls at ladies' night, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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

5. Perfect Partners Beer & Cheese Edition

Cheese is great; beer is even better. Here's your chance to make a night of dairy and brew at Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale. For $20 per person, chefs Melanie Stewart and David Hall are hosting a Belgian-style cheese and beer pairing with charcuterie on Friday, February 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration required. -- By Sara Ventiera

4. Friday Night is Ladies' Night

Ladies night usually takes place during the week as a means to get customers out of the house. Unfortunately, while everyone loves a deal, not everyone likes drinking heavily on a weeknight. Starting on Friday, February 28, Fork and Knife is starting up a weekly ladies night with half-off drinks and 25 percent off food at the bar for those with two x chromosomes.

3. Second Annual Galt Mile Wine & Food Festival

Every town needs a food destival to call it's very own. The Galt Mile Wine & Food Festival returns from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday with unlimited wines, craft beers, and spirits as well as food tastings, live cooking demonstrations, wine explanations, and more. Learn from sommeliers and chat with chefs. This year there will even be a wine store sponsored by WineEvents.com. Get half off your tickets at galtmilewineandfoodfestival.com/Discount.

2. Time Travelers Weekend at the Florida Renaissance Festival

If you're into fancy dress (of any time period) - and fried turkey legs-- here's your event. On Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to sunset, the Florida Renaissance Festival is bringing its steampunk costume contest and fashion parade to Quiet Waters Park. The cost to attend is $20 for adults, $9 for kids 6 to 11, and free for kids under 6.

2. Second Annual Mardi Gras Mania

Enjoy four days of live bands, stilt walkers, fire jugglers, magicians, fireworks, and more, February 28 through March 4. On Fat Tuesday, sip on $3 Hurricane drinks, and pretend you're in NOLA at the Cajun buffet in French Quarter Restaurant 5 to 9 p.m. Listen to live entertainment in the Grandstand from 7 to10 p.m. before wrapping the night up with the fireworks display.

1. Laffing Matterz: With a Vengeance

Dinner theater is fun - just don't choke on your mahi while you're laughing. Laffing Matterz is kicking off its new season in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with Laffing Matterz: With a Vengeance.

While you take a stab at your lamb shank, the comedians will skewer everything from Obamacare to global warming to Paula Deen. Think of it as Saturday Night Live but with more singing and less sucking.

Tickets cost $63 for the Thursday, Friday, and Sunday performances. Tickets to Saturday shows are $69. -- By Kristin Bjornsen

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor at rebecca.dittmar@browardpalmbeach.com.

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