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Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: South Florida Fair, Stone Crab Festival, 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 it'seating seafood at the fourth-annual Stone Crab Festival or celebrating the opening day of the South Florida Fair, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5. Fundue II at the Melting Pot

This weekend, get to know the people behind Yelp! at the company-sponsored Fundue II at The Melting Pot. Broward and Palm Beach County Yelpers will be meeting for a rare community event on Saturday at The Melting Pot in Boca Raton where a special dinner will be served for participating guests. Reservations and email confirmation are required to attend this event. Even if you can't get a spot, the restaurant will be packed with people who know the South Florida scene better than anyone else. The Fondue II takes place on Saturday, January 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Yelp page for more information. The Melting Pot is located at 5455 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-997-7472.

4. Treehugger and Friends Market Fair

This Sunday, visit the Treehugger Organic Farms in Davie for a special outdoor farmers' market. The free event will feature local artisans, organic produce, live music, farm tours, and more. The market fair will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Treehugger Organic Farms is located at 1975 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. Visit the Facebook event page here.

3. White Noise Party

Come see one of the hottest '80s rock cover bands in South Florida on a Friday, January 16, for a free concert at Premier Billiards in Coral Springs. If you grew up listening to Kiss, Bon Jovi, Poison, Metallica -- or anything else that was considered Top 40 in the '80s -- you'll fall in love with the band's covers on the decade of ballads, hair metal, and rock pop. No doubt, all that singing and dancing will have you reaching for a cold brew. Not to worry: Premier Billiards will have plenty of room to move around, as well as budget friendly food and drink specials during the show. Live music starts at 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Premier Billiards is located at 9120 Wiles Road, Coral Springs; 954-340-1300.

2. Stone Crab Festival

This Saturday, head to Fort Lauderdale for the fourth-annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival, presented by Grille 401. The festival is free and open to the public, a celebration of all things locally-seafood related in South Florida. During the event, some of Fort Lauderdale's favorite seafood restaurants will be serving up fresh stone crab claws and an array of select seafood dishes starting for $5 per person. Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day of great food, drinks, live music, games (including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races), prizes, and more. Participating restaurants include:

Grille 401 Kelly's Landing-New England Seafood, Southport Raw Bar, Hott Legg'z "Drink'n.Cook'n.Rock'n, Shuck N Dive, Nacho Bizness, Bimini Boatyard & Grill, The Historic Downtowner, and Stir It Up Eatery. The festival takes place on Saturday, January 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Visit the website.

1. The South Florida Fair

It's January, and for Palm Beach County residents that can only mean one thing: The South Florida Fair is back. And -- if you're food lovers like us -- it also means it's time to chow down on all manner of fat-laden, deep-fried, sugary treats. This week the fair will take over the South Florida Fairgrounds beginning Friday and runs through Sunday, February 1. As usual, the two-week-long fair will features games, rides, concerts, pig races, animal exhibits -- and plenty of freaky fair fare from fried Oreos to chocolate-covered ants. The South Florida Fair opens Friday, January 16. Gates open at noon Monday through Friday, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for children 5 and under. To purchase tickets online, visit any Publix, TD Bank, Bud's Chicken & Seafood, and BB&T in Palm Beach County, or online at The South Florida Fairgrounds are located at 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach.

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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