Just because you're not into the whole Ultra/PLUR/WMC scene -- and had to use Google to understand what the hell we're talking about, here -- doesn't mean you've got to stay locked up indoors for the weekend. There's plenty of fun to be had that doesn't involve kandy or clubs. To start, there's a whole bunch of eating and drinking to be done. After the jump, find five food- and drink-related events this weekend in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
5. Swedish Easter Smorgasbord
Keep the cracks about horse meat to yourself at Friday's Swedish Easter Smorgasbord at the IKEA Restaurant in Plantation. The totally-equine-free menu includes traditional Swedish dishes like herring, smoked salmon, and strudel, among other offerings. Multiple seatings are available starting at 4:30 p.m. Call 954-838-9282, ext. 1203. The cost is $2.49 to $12.99.
4. Food truck gathering
Several dozen food trucks will roll up in support of the sixth-annual Smiles Ride 4 Kids on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach. Among the trucks scheduled to appear are Kona Ice, On the Slide, Fry Daddy, Bite Gastrotruck, and Ideal Fusion Cuisine, among many others. Live music and kids' activities also are on the agenda.
3. Delish 2013
The Wasie Foundation and ARC Broward Culinary Institute will team up for Friday's Delish 2013. Michelle Bernstein will act as honorary chair of the event and she will crown the winner of "best overall" dish of the evening. The Delish competitors include teams of chefs, students, and ARC Broward Culinary Institute graduates. The tasting event is at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. The cost is $125 per person. Proceeds benefit programs that support kids and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities.
2. Field to Feast
Boca won't be mistaken any time soon as an earthy haunt, but it is home to a rather robust community garden. The Boca Raton Community Garden will be the site for Saturday's Field to Feast event hosted by the Junior League of Boca Raton (who are responsible for getting the garden off the ground). The cooking demo and food tasting is 1 to 3 p.m. and will feature presentations by "Field to Feast" authors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmland, and Heather McPherson. The cost is $15 at the door. On the menu are a summer fruit salad and quinoa veggie bowls.
1. The Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting
While the Boca Bacchanal kicks off on Friday, with events scheduled for every day of the weekend, only Sunday's Grand Tasting -- with ticket prices of $75 in advance or $90 at the door -- even approaches the realm of affordable fun. Admission brings samples of 140 wines, small bites by 30 local chefs, and a marketplace. New this year is a beergarden featuring craft beers. Want to prep for the beer drinking? Check out this list of Five Beers to Try in the Beergarden at This Year's Boca Bacchanal Bash. The tasting will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in Mizner Park Amphitheatre.
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