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Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: New Times' "Original" Beerfest, Zombie Crawl, 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 looking to participate in a zombie bar crawl, cocktail tasting, or attend the fifth-anual Latin American Food Festival, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5.Pre-Halloween Party at Jazziz Boca Raton

Feeling festive early? Join for its annual upscale Halloween party. Unlike past events, this year there is no charge to attend (as long as you RSVP). Head to Jazziz Nightclub in Mizner Park for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., and make sure to be dressed in your best "upscale" Halloween costume. Mingle and enjoy music, cocktails, food, and a costume contest that starts at 11 p.m. All guests are required to RSVP.

4. Russian Standard Moscow Mule Tasting at Del Frisco's Grille

Del Frisco's Grille Palm Beach will join Russian Standard vodka to present patrons with a complimentary sampling of the brand's signature cocktail, the Moscow Mule, at the restaurant's bar and lounge on Friday, October 24. Perfect for the fall season, the Moscow Mule is made with one part Russian Standard vodka and three parts premium ginger beer, garnished with a lime wedge and served on ice in the traditional Russian Standard copper mug. Interested in participating? The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Del Frisco's Grille located at 340 Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach. Visit

3. Boston's on the Beach Birthday Blowout

This month, Boston's on the Beach is ringing in its 35th anniversary in Delray Beach. To celebrate, the longtime oceanside sports bar and restaurant is hosting a grand-finale birthday blowout party on October 25. Boston's on the Beach, which opened in 1979, has been celebrating all month with food and drink specials, giveaways, live entertainment, and more. Want in on the action? Order the specialty cocktail dubbed "The Patriot," created by bartender Millie Wilkerson as the official 35th anniversary drink. It combines muddled strawberry purée, raspberry vodka, and blue curaçao liqueur. The drink sells for $8 and includes the limited-edition logo glass. Or attend the birthday blowout. Boston's on the Beach will host its 35th birthday blowout party on Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

2. The Second-Annual West Palm Beach Zombie Crawl

Zombies are taking over downtown West Palm Beach on October 24 with a zombie-themed pub crawl. The second-annual West Palm Beach Zombie Crawl will begin at 5 p.m. with a preparty where participating "zombies" will register for the crawl at Bar Louie. Once registered, participants -- and zombies -- will embark on the crawl, stopping at participating venues for an hour. At each venue we will raffle off a prize, and the crawl will finish at Roxys Rooftop with a $1,000 costume contest, and a final raffle. Tickets cost $25 each; to purchase tickets, visit Each ticket includes an official T-shirt, souvenir cup for $4 drink specials, bracelet for entry to all venues, and one raffle ticket. It will also give participants access to a special meet and greet with Walking Dead star Michael Koske.

1. The 17th-Annual New Times' Original Beerfest Presented by Isle Casino

The New Times' "Original" Beerfest returns on Saturday, October 25, to Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. New Times' Beerfest, the oldest and largest in the area, offers guests 100-plus local, international, and craft beers, live musical performances, interactive games, good food, and great times. Taste the Mack House New Times' beer brewed especially for us, Moustache Rye'd, exclusively at beerfest. There will be general-admission (still available) and VIP (sold out) areas as usual, but this year we have added the Brewmaster pass, which includes special tastings. The homebrew competition is also a recent addition, and you have to be a VIP or Brewmaster passholder to attend, as this event takes place during early admission, from 6 to 7 p.m. The main event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. General admission costs $30 online and $40 at the gate. Brewmaster tickets cost $45. There's still time to save on your tickets by purchasing in advance on

Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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