Five Best South Florida Food and Drink Events: Free BBQ, Pi Day, 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 looking to party Irish style, like the idea of hanging out with pets at Funky Buddha, or just want to eat some free barbecue, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

See Also: St. Patrick's Day in South Florida: Ten Places to Celebrate in Broward and Palm Beach

5. St. Patrick's Day Weekend at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park

To maximize drinking time, the Dubliner is hosting four-days of St. Paddy's Day parties. On Friday, Bounce is playing at 10 p.m. Saturday, Rogue Theory comes on at 10 pm., and Sunday it's Jason Cardinal at 10 p.m. On Monday, the Mizner Park block party commences with Uproot Hootenany, Living Daylights, and Rogue Theory with a classic Irish fiddler as well as Irish Bagpipers, the South Florida Irish Cloggers, DJ, and plenty of dancing. The restaurant is serving a traditional Irish buffet with house-cured corned beer and cabbage. Visit facebook.com/events.

4. St. Patrick's Day PAWTY Yappy Hour

While everyone else is out getting smashed like the Irish, you can spend your time helping homeless animals. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Funky Buddha Brewery is hosting a St. Paddy's themed yappy hour party to benefit No More Homeless Pets Fort Lauderdale. Wristbands are available for a $5 donation to the cause, which offers $1 off from Crazydilla Food Truck and $1 off all Buddha drafts. Some adoptable pets will be on-site -- just in case you're looking to take one home. Visit facebook.com/events.

See Also: St. Patrick's Day in South Florida: Ten Places to Celebrate in Broward and Palm Beach

3. Frontiers of Flavor

Few things are more relaxing than cooking a meal at-home on a Saturday night. For that, you kind of need to know how to cook. At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Publix Aprons Cooking School in Plantation is inviting guests to explore dishes from across the world with its Frontiers of Flavor class. For $45 per person, attendees can hang out and watch demos of recipes from around South America. Reservations required. Call 954-577-7632.

2. Pi Day Celebration

You've seen the movie, and you definitely used it in geometry class. But, did you know that Friday is the international day of the mathematical constant π? Well, it is, and Whole Foods Marketin Coral Springs is celebrating with sweet and savory handheld pies from 3:14 to 8 p.m. Savory pies are available for $4.99, including steak Guinness, poireaux pomme de terre (leek and potato), and French onion with gruyere. For $2.49, sweet options include apple, blueberry, and cherry. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

1.BBQ Friday

There's nothing like watching some flames rising above chunks of meat to get you ready for the weekend. And, you can't compete with free. On Friday night, starting at 6 p.m., C&I Studios is cooking up complimentary burgers and hot dogs for anyone looking to kick back and relax on a Friday night. Beer and cocktails are available for purchase at Next Door (it's actually next door to the the studio). Visit facebook.com/events.

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

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