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South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: Ninth-Annual Taste of the Island, Food Trucks in Arts Park, and More

Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of a spring in your step from some indulgent weekend activities. If not, don't fret; there are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.

Whether you're looking to get down on some pig and pints, celebrate American soccer, or get in on some free doughnut action, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

See also: Coppertop Brewing Company Coming to Boynton Beach


Food Trucks at Arts Park

Every Monday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Arts Park in Hollywood is home to a regular food-truck event. It's probably one of the nicest spots in South Florida to bring out the family, enjoy the park, and eat. More than 20 food trucks are in attendance from all over Broward, Miami, and Palm Beach counties. That includes 90 Miles to Go (Cuban), Boba Station (bubble teas and smoothies), El Rincon del Coqui (Puerto Rican), and HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars (ice cream).

Ninth-Annual Taste of the Island

This will be an evening of food and libation with more than 50 area restaurants, elite caterers, and drinking establishments featuring cuisines from many nations and highlighting the local restaurants. Patrons will be able to eat and drink while enjoying music from live DJs. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wilton Manors Kiwanis club, Wilton Manors Historical Society, and the Wilton Manors Development Alliance. Also, the Friends of Wilton Manors Library will host a silent auction. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve at 1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Visit

Dine Out Lauderdale

This week marks the last for the city's annual Dine Out Lauderdale, a six-week celebration of the area's top restaurants, chefs, and cuisine. There's still time to cash in on some edible savings: The specials continue through Friday, November 7. Many of Fort Lauderdale's top restaurants are offering specially created, three-course menus at a $35 fixed price. Some blackout dates apply, however, so be sure to check with individual restaurant for details. This year's participants include Amatsu Sushi & Sake at the Westin, Beauty & the Feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Dos Caminos at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale, Spazio Italian Restaurant & Wine Lounge, Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale, and 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Visit

Paint Nite at Funky Buddha Brewery

Like to drink beer? Like to paint (or wish you could)? Try your hand at both at Funky Buddha Brewery during Monday's Paint Nite, when a master artist walks patrons through the steps to create a "16x20" acrylic masterpiece. The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. To attend, purchase tickets here (fee includes all necessary painting supplies as well as an apron to protect your clothing from paint and beer). No art experience needed; just show up and have fun.


Shooters Waterfront Cafe Happy Hour

Get half-off cocktails, wine, beer, and appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shooters Waterfront. The special is every weekday, but we think Tuesday is a great day to stop by (so you can start your weekend early). The restaurant is also celebrating the opening of its newly constructed and renovated dock this week, so it's the perfect time to take in the view with a cocktail special -- or two.

Seasonal Specialities Released at Relish

Over pumpkin-spiced everything yet? Well, just in case you're not, there's good news: Relish in West Palm Beach's Northwood Village announced it will be continuing its seasonal pumpkin-pie milk shake this month -- for a limited time. Stop by today and get one. You can pair it with a duck burger, a rotating meat option that isn't always on the menu, released for this month (but not for long).


Reggae Thursday at Dada

Dada in Delray Beach is known for hosting some of the best live music acts around. And every Thursday, beginning this fall, it's reggae night. Starting at 10 p.m., stop by for a dose of Lifted Levels -- along with a few of the restaurant's famous mojitos.

Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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