Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Homebrew Competition, Easter Prep, 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 are hoping to be hop from bar to bar (dressed like a bunny, of course), looking to revel in the glory that is the South Florida craft beer scene, or longing to sip fine wines with other sophisticated connoisseurs, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

See Also: Riverside Market Throwing Spring-Break Homebrew Competition

5. Gold Medal Wines

When you go to a wine tasting, you never know what you're going to get: it could be great or you could be drinking a bunch of garbage. On Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., Crown Wine & Spirits in Boca Raton is hosting a tasting with 20 wines that have received gold and double gold awards at prestigious competitions. Fulcrum winemaker D. Rossi will be onsite as a special guest. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Visit crownwineandspirits.com.

4. Delray Beach Bunny Bar Hop

The Easter Bunny doesn't just hand out chocolate -- sometimes he hands out booze (sort of). On Saturday at 4 p.m., The Hurricane Bar & Lounge is hosting a Delray Beach Bunny Bar Hop, which gets a free drink at every stop involved and unlimited pizza at the Hurrican until 8:30 p.m. (or until it runs out). Participants are asked to don their best bunny attire. The cost to attend is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit hurricanelounge.com.

3. Hoffman's Easter Eggstravaganza

To prepare for the upcoming holiday, Hoffman's Chocolate is hosting a family-friendly Easter Eggstravaganza this weekend, with tours of the factory, photos with the Easter Bunny, and a chance to win an Ultimate Easter Basket worth more than $3,000. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the legendary chocolate factory is inviting families to tour the factory and just hang out in celebration of the upcoming holiday. The event is free and no purchase is necessary. Visit hoffmans.com.

2. 19th Annual Wine Spirits & Culinary Celebration

The Museum of Discovery and Science is at it again. It's culinary celebration includes samples from more than 45 local restaurants, over 200 wines and spirits from around the globe, multiple local and national craft beers, a silent auction, and complimentary Riedel wine glasses for every ticket purchased. The cost to attend is $85 for general admission, $150 for VIP. All proceeds benefit the museum. VIP tickets grant early entrance to the grand tasting, as well as a martini cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. These ticket holders are also invited to attend champagne tasting by "Champagne Wayne" at 7 p.m. and a wine tasting with Paul Castovo of Big 105.9 at 8 p.m. in the Keller Science Theater, followed by exclusive access to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort VIP Lounge from 8 to 11 p.m. on the Atrium. G.A. guests are granted access to the grand tasting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. All attendees get the chance to vote for their favorite restaurants, which be receive the "People's Choice Award." The dress code is city chic. Visit mods.org.

1. Riverside Market Spring Break Homebrew Competition

To honor and celebrate local home brewers - and the history of our dear city -- Riverside Market is hosting a home brew competition on Saturday. Starting at 7 p.m., the market is bringing together, beer-lovers, beer-brewers, and anyone looking for some good old Spring Break fun for it's '80's themed Spring Break themed homebrew competition. A panel of local beer experts will be judging the submitted beers for each category, including IPA, Double IPA, Stout, Pale, Amber, Belgian, Tutti Fruity, Brown, Malt Beverage, Porter, Lager, People's Choice, and Judge's Choice. Riverside owners Julian and Lisa Siegel, New Times' beer columnist Doug Fairall, Harpoon Brewery's Lauren Bowen, and Funky Buddha owner and head brewer Ryan Sentz. The team with the most authentic Spring Break get-ups will receive bonus points. The cost to attend is $10, which includes samples of all the submitted beers (probably around 20). Visit facebook.com/riversidemarket

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