With wine competitions, wine festivals, beer festivals, and all manner of pairings on the docket, this is a busy week for food and drink fans in South Florida. In addition to the typical end-of-season flood of events, there are a few special observances this week. Tax day is Tuesday and if you need to drink away your sorrows, Melissa McCart has rounded up a list of special drink suggestions for the occasion. Also on the calendar is Earth Day this Sunday, so expect to find a few earthy events in the list of food and drink activities in Broward and Palm Beach counties, after the jump.
Lindsay Autry pop-up restaurant -- Top Chef contestant Lindsay Autry hosts a pop-up at kitchen store/culinary school In the Kitchen in Tequesta. Seating is $170 to $195. More details here.
Wine & Dine at Lake Worth Playhouse -- The Lake Worth Playhouse will close its 59th season with a dinner and wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and guests include the principal cast of "The Music Man." The event is at Paradiso Ristorante in Lake Worth.
Fine Wines and Canines -- Wine tastings and food samplings from 20 local restaurants from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Tickets are $25 to $35 with money benefiting PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership). Bring your dog and enter him or her in a contest like "best dressed" or "owner look-a-like." Tickets at www.propelyourfuture.com or call 561-955-8553.
American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner -- The American Fine Wine Competition culminates in this gala event with a dinner prepared by Emeril Lagasse. Late Show with David Letterman announcer Alan Kalter will act as emcee.
Olive oil tasting and talk with Beth Sadowsky -- The Thousand Pound Egg will host an olive oil tasting and talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Space is very limited, but a waiting list may become available. Find more details here.
17th-Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival -- The 17th-Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival is 7:30 to 10 p.m. with 70 participating restaurants and 45 tables of beer, wine, and liquor. Tickets are $100 and help to benefit the American Lung Association. The event includes a Cupcake Battle hosted by the New Times. Find more details about the event here.
Walmart Choice Steak Challenge -- South Florida chefs face-off during the Walmart Choice competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter in Coral Springs. Find details about the event here.
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival -- The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival moves to the pier in Pompano Beach for the three-day event. Listen to live music and stuff yourself with seafood. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12.
Old School Beerfest -- Sample at least 50 craft beers and chow down on food truck fare from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Old School Beerfest at Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach. Admission is $30 to $85. More details here.
Earth Day Celebration at Marando Farms -- Broward County Community Outreach will host speaker Trish Sheldon from Millions Against Monsanto, plus family-friendly activities on the farm. Hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marando Farms, 1401 SW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Boys & Girls Club's 45th Annual Dinner Auction -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County will host the 45th Annual Dinner Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $250 and The Spinners will perform.
Dig In! Farm to Table Event -- Bedner's Farm Fresh Market will host an Earth Day-centric food event from 1 to 5 p.m. with demos on home brewing, composting, wine pairings, and organic gardening, among other things. Food and beer/wine pairings are included in the $55 price.
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