Prep the liver and put the local cab company on speed dial: It's Beerfest weekend. Yes, indeed, kiddos -- it's that magical time of year when New Times breaks out all the stops and taps all the kegs to share the best in beer with you, the reader. Awesome craft beer, cool tunes, and good food not your thing? Fine, then. There are other happenings this weekend in Broward and Palm Beach counties (and, admittedly, there are some pretty fun options). After the jump, find a roundup of food and drink events this weekend in South Florida.
5. 4th-annual Toes in the Sand Shrimp Boil on the Beach
How much surf, sand, and shrimp can one person soak up on a Saturday night? Find out at this weekend's 4th-annual "Toes in the Sand" Shrimp Boil on the Beach to benefit the Financial Assistance Program for families who have a child receiving extended hospital care for heart surgery. The boil is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Lauderdale Surf Club (2 Palm Ave. in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea). A VIP reception is 5 to 6 p.m. The party will feature all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp and sides, beer, wine, and live entertainment. The dress code is "beach chic." Tickets are $50 per person; VIP tickets ($100) are sold only in advance. Call 954-318-2020.
4. 10th-anniversary Flavors Wellington Food & Wine Festival
Saddle up and bust out the riding crop: Wellington is hosting its annual Flavors food festival with food, wine, live music, and of course, equestrian exhibitions. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Tickets are $30 at the door.
3. 18th-annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration
The Museum of Discovery and Science is throwing down this weekend with its annual festival of gluttony. The 18th-annual Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration is 6 p.m. Friday at the Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The festival will include bites from restaurants like 3030 Ocean, Casa Frida, Grateful Palate, Market 17, SAIA, ROK:BRGR Burger Bar, and Texas de Brazil, among many others. There also will be a selection of craft beers and more than 200 wines and spirits. Tickets are $85 for general admission or $150 for VIP. Tickets available online or at the door.
2. Wilton Manors Wine and Food Festival
Just when you think the food festival market is thoroughly saturated, along comes a new contender to enter the race. The first-ever Wilton Manors Wines and Food Festival benefits a good cause: Poverello, an organization that provides food and other resources to local HIV/AIDS patients who are living in poverty. The festival is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Eucalyptus Gardens. The cost is $75 for general admission or $100 for VIP. The evening includes a wine mixer, small bites, and entertainment. Call 954-39204322.
1. 16th-annual New Times "Original" Beerfest
Celebrate Beerfest's Sweet 16 this Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. in Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. Sample more than 100 beers from around the world -- including South Florida's own backyard -- and soak it up with bites from local restaurants. Tickets are $40 and $85 at the gate, or save $10 on the ticket price and get 'em in advance at ticketfly.com. What to do in the painfully long minutes leading up to Saturday night's festivities? Study up on this handy New Times Beerfest 2013 Survival Guide, of course.
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