Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Food Fests, Kentucky Derby, 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 hoping to score deals on drinks, looking to help homeless dogs while getting drunk, or longing to hang out at the zoo while drinking beer in the dark, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5. Sunday Brunch With Live Music

There's no better way to relax on a Sunday morning that with live music while dining al fresco. This week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines is hosting a brunch on the patio. For $12 per person, enjoy all the first meal fixins' with vegan options included. Call 954-392-3500.

4. Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cabo Flats is starting off Cinco de Mayo a few days early. Both locations (Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach) are partying for the entire weekend. On Saturday, it's drink specials, a mariachi band, and live DJ in the evening. Sunday, it's fun for the whole family with mariachis, bands, drink specials, and giveaways. The party culminates on Monday with drink specials, giveaways, and a few surprises.

See Also: Cinco de Mayo: Where to Celebrate in South Florida

3. Mayweather vs. Maidana Watch Party

If you're searching for somewhere to watch the fight this Saturday, look no further. Himmarshee Public House is hosting a Mayweather versus Maidana Watch Party; it's airing the fight on its massive 300 inch jumbotron. Resident DJ Supersede is playing live for the event. It starts at 9 p.m.

2. Get Down & Derby

It's derby time again. Pull out your sundress, floppy hat, waxed beard, and suspenders, and head down to Tap 42 on Saturday. The bar is offering prizes for best derby attire. Food and drink specials, including $5 mint juleps, are being offered throughout the day. The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m.

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1. Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Las Olas is known for being a foodie street. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., the festival is taking over four blocks of the famed boulevard. The event features more than 70 local restaurants and over 45 tables offering wines and craft brews. Back to the fest this year, is the Bombay Sapphire Gin lounge, with a chic and relaxing ambience for those looking to sip on cocktails rather than wine. Another return is the Shellback Caribbean Hut, which features samples of rum drinks. The last cocktail option is the first-ever New Amsterdam Shave Lounge, a turn-of-the-century themed barbershop and bar that will be offering free razor shaves, shoe shines, and, obviously, vodka cocktails. A new La Marca Lounge with a photo booth will be handing out glasses of prosecco. Tickets are $100 per person. Visit

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