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Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Oshogatsu, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Fest, Lake Worth Pub 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 bar crawl, or want to score a few bottles of Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee porter, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5. Wine Club Friday at Whole Foods

Join Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines for a special monthly wine club. The second Friday of the month the club meets, a way to share over 35 different wines and taste them to your heart's content. The market's wine specialist will also be on hand to offer pairing suggestions. Participants must be at least 21 years of age. To reserve your space call the store at 954-392-3500, or stop by customer service for more information -- and pick up your wine glass and wristband. The Pembroke Pines Whole Foods Market is located at 14956 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines.

4.The Old Fashionaed at Vintage Tap

Right now, the past is in. The world is obsessed with classic cocktails. From rappers with monocles (seriously, such a thing exists) to hipster bartenders with suspenders and ironic mustachios to the whole steampunk trend, the present trend is harkening back to bygone eras. In Delray Beach, one establishment has created an entire concept that recreates the olden days, Vintage Tap.

Tonight at 9 p.m., it's mixing it's old school vibe with new tunes. In conjunction with JMB records, the bar is hosting a live show with The Old Fashioned -- no, it's not a cocktail thing. The South Florida­based band is a mix of post­punk and emo. They're influences include Tokyo Police Club, Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Get Up Kids, Alkaline Trio, and more.

Vintage Tap is located at 524 West Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561­808­7702, or visit

3. First Annual Lake Worth Pub Crawl

On Saturday, January 10, Third Eye Adventures -- in cooperation with Havana Hideout, Propaganda Lake Worth, South Shores Tavern, Dave's Last Resort, Igot's Martiki Bar, Brogues Down Under, Rhum Shak, CJ's Island Grill, European Wax Center, and other establishment sponsors -- will host the First Annual Lake Worth Pub Crawl. Crawl attendees will get to experience a variety of live music playing at six downtown venues, including The People Upstairs, Spechlis, River, The Old Fashioned, Sunnyvale, Max Dubose & Duband, Flashback, Making Faces, and more. Check-in starts at Brogues Downunder at 7 p.m. and will continue to several bars including South Shores, Propaganda, and CJ's Grill who will be offering selected free giveaways (e.g. jello shooters, shots, etc.) and a number of bar and drink specials. The group crawl begins at 8:30 p.m., or attendees can move along the route at their own pace. A raffle drawing will take place at the end of the night. Advance tickets are $5 and are available online here. Use the code WOW at checkout to receive the discount. Ticket prices day-of $10.

2. Oshogatsu New Year Celebration at Morikami Museum

This weekend, celebrate the New Year Japan-style at Delray Beach's Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The New Year celebration known as Oshogatsu will take place on Sunday, January 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The New Year is one of Japan's most important and celebrated holidays, and this weekend Morikami rings in its 37th annual celebration with the tastes, sights, and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year. During the event experience the roar of taiko by Fushu Daiko (the shishimai lion dance), a rice-pounding ceremony, and an open air koto performance featuring master shakuhachi player, Marco Lienhard. Hungry? Festival food vendors will be serving beer, sake, and small bites. The beer garden and sake station accept only food and beverage tickets as payment, available for purchase on festival grounds. Each ticket is equal to $1 and may be purchased by cash or credit card. Tickets are $12 for adults online ($15 at the gate); $6 for children ages 4-10 ($10 at the gate). Entry is free for children under 3 and museum members. To purchase tickets visit the website. Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach.

1. Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Bottle Release Party

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is back, baby. The annual bottle release and festival returns on Saturday, January 10, and this epic street party will take place all day and include a swarm of food trucks, special release beers, debut tastings, and -- of course -- bottles of MBCP. This highly-sought after beer was last released last January at the brewery, and has since earned acclaim for its combination of sticky-sweet maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, and salty-smokey bacon. The beer will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and sold exclusively at the brewery during a day's worth of festivities that will include food trucks with breakfast-themed pairings, live music, and multiple bars both indoor and outdoors. For event details go here. Funky Buddha Brewery is located at 1201 Northeast 38th Street, Oakland Park.

*Bonus Event in Miami: (Because we just love local beer that much.)

J. Wakefield Brewing Soft Opening

One of South Florida's newest breweries, Miami's J. Wakefield Brewing, will be celebrating a soft opening of sorts today and Saturday, January 10. J. Wakefield's will be offering a taproom full of specialty brews and limited run releases starting at 4 p.m. today. Available for purchase: El Jefe hefeweizen, Union Jack porter, Hop For Teacher IPA, STUSH (basic Berlinerweisse). Starting at 5 p.m. taps will begin flowing with a Coffee and Gingersnap porter, Hibiscus hefeweizen (6 p.m.) and Peach IPA (6 p.m.), Hazelnut Coffee Imperial sweet stout (7 p.m.), Yellow Dragon Tea berliner (7 p.m.), and the Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher berliner (7 p.m.). Come Saturday, the taproom doors open at 12 p.m. with even more to choose from. J. Wakefield is located at 120 Northwest 24th Street, Miami.

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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