Five Best Food and Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: Wieners, Cowboys, and More

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Cheers! Friday is here. Congratulations: You've survived the workweek yet again. You should probably celebrate. Whether you're looking to throw back some frankfurters, gawk at some cattle ranchers, or hang out with some animals -- real ones, not crazy people -- Broward and Palm Beach counties are sure to have a fun foodcentric event for you.

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5. Pet Rescue Benefit

If you like drinking and care about animals, this is your ideal Sunday Funday event. From 1 to 6 p.m., Maguire's is hosting a benefit to help local pet rescues. The event will feature a raffle, live music by Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, a 50/50 cash drawing, and -- obviously -- food and alcoholic beverages.

Maguire's Hill 16 is located at 535 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-764-4453, or visit maguireshill16.com.

4. Fort Lauderdale Bar Crawl

Multitasking is an essential part of modern-day life. Who has time to work, take care of personal matters, socialize, exercise, and get drunk? While we cannot help you with all of the above, we can help you figure out a way to walk and get drunk. This Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the Fort Lauderdale Bar Crawl is starting off at Lucky's Tavern. For $20 in advance, $25 the day of, participants get to stumble around downtown getting a drink at each participating bar. At 11 p.m., the afterparty moves to America's Backyard with a free buffet -- to help soak up all the booze -- and a raffle.

Lucky's Tavern is located at 214 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit fortlauderdalebarcrawl.com, or email FortLauderdaleBarCrawl@gmail.com.

3. National Day of the American Cowboy

Where have all the cowboys gone? They're not in Fort Lauderdale, that's for damned sure. If you're looking to find yourself a manly frontiersman -- or hot cowgirl -- you're going to have to make your way out west, and north. This Saturday, Okeechobee Main Street is hosting National Day of the American Cowboy. The event features Western exhibits, crafters, a cattle drive, a rodeo, and, of course, barbecue -- lots of barbecue. Events start at 10 a.m. with the cattle drive and run until 6 p.m. with the last rodeo show. Admission is $10 for adults; kids under 10 get free entrance. The event takes place at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, located at 4601 Highway 710 in Okeechobee. Call 863-357-6246, or visit mainstreetokeechobee.com.

2. Hot Dog Fest

You may or may not know it, but July is National Hot Dog month. Unfortunately, the month is almost up. If you're looking to commemorate by noshing down on some weenies, Burger Beast's Hot Dog Fest and the second-annual Hot Dog Eating Contest is coming to Plantation Heritage Park this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free to attend.

Plantation Heritage Park is located at 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane in Plantation. Call 305-305-3999, or visit burgerbeast.com.

1. Food Truck Safari

Most people like fuzzy little animals. Everyone eats food. Combine the two Saturday at the Palm Beach Zoo. 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.

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

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