Barring any unforeseen changes in weather (ahem, Irene), seismic activity, floods, or locust swarms, there will be plenty of food events this weekend -- ideally none will involve your having to mix Ramen noodles with a bottle of tepid water and a can of "emergency hurricane" tuna that's been collecting dust on your pantry shelf since roughly November 2005.
If you're ready to get things started early, drop into the Cigar City tap takeover at World of Beer in Coconut Creek from 5 to 7 tonight and try one -- or several -- of the more than a dozen Cigar City brews available on tap.
Looking ahead, here are seven other events this weekend:
Burger Beast Food Truck Tracker iPhone App Launch Party -- Yeah, yeah, this one isn't technically in Broward/PBC, but it's too big to not mention, especially for those of you who worship at the altar of the food truck movement and long to play stalker to your favorite roving eatery. At least 60 food trucks are slated to appear, including some out-of-town guests from as far away as Orlando and Tampa. Event giveaways include an iPad2. The party is 6 to 11 p.m. at Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24th St. in Miami.
Flavor Palm Beach Kick-Off Party -- The crap economy could make a penny pincher out of even the biggest spendthrift foodie, but this event may be worth the relatively modest splurge. For $35 ($40 at the door), you'll get to sample the goods from many of the Palm Beach County restaurants participating in the monthlong food event Flavor Palm Beach, which kicks off next Thursday. Buy Flavor Palm Beach Kick-Off Party tickets online or wing it and hope there's still some available at the door.
Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop -- Skip the total pain in the ass that is trying to strong-arm a friend into playing designated driver by hitching a ride on this party bus that runs five different circuits from 6 p.m. to midnight throughout Fort Lauderdale. The New Times-sponsored "facilitator of fun" is $20 in advance and $25 at the event. The cost covers transportation, plus a free food or drink item at participating venues. The bus loop coincides with Saturday Nite Alive, and proceeds go to local nonprofits.
"Casino" Movie Night -- Dine like a made man at "Mobster's & Meatballs" at Talia's Tuscan Table & Baba's Shrimp Shack with an outdoor viewing of Casino after indulging in a hearty Italian feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. Call and reserve a spot at 561-362-0874. Dinner is at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:05 p.m.
Miami Food Trucks at Fort Lauderdale Strikers Game -- This is how tailgating should work: Show up at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Football Game and gorge yourself while letting someone else put in all the labor. More than 15 food trucks -- among them, Sugar Yummy Mama, Mr. Good Stuff, and Latin Burger and Taco -- are scheduled to be there from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Usual routine, which means, bring cash. The game, against Tampa Bay, starts at 7:30 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium.
Hands-On Sushi Class -- If you can't quite master the art of the perfect -- or even semi-edible -- California roll, learn the art from a sushi genius himself. Fort Lauderdale-based sushi hero Takeshi Kamioka -- who made a splash in our "Kitchen Ink" cover story in July 2010 -- will lead a class at 10:30 a.m. with instruction on how to make sushi rice and a few of the more popular rolls. The class costs $85 and will be held at Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School. Class size is seriously limited, so hurry up and book if you're interested.
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Battle of the Bars 3 -- Original Fat Cat's has devised the perfect antidote to a weekend spent on your feet serving food and drink to a more-than-likely insufferable public: hurling a heavy object at a group of stationary pins (and also: beer and loud rock music). The bar is spearheading a Battle of the Bars bowling tourney from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at Manor Lanes Bowling Alley. Restaurant and bar employees can form groups of four -- they're seeking 18 teams, max -- to hit the lanes for $100 per team. Panic Disorder will provide the tunes. Call 954-467-5867 for details on how to register.