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Third Annual Pairings Event Returns to Downtown West Palm Beach May 29

Downtown West Palm Beach residents and visitors will have the chance to experience the finest city flavors from the Clematis district's international array of menus during its third annual Pairings Food & Wine Festival event slated to take place later this month. The concept is simple: participating downtown bars and restaurants will put together a specialty menu item and matching beverage for tour-takers to try during an evening of food and fun.

The dining samples can be anything, from an entrée, a tasty tapas bite or a devilishly delightful dessert, while the sip can be anything from a specialty cocktail or craft brew to aperitifs and cappuccino. This year is set to be a grand tasting, as the event returns bigger and better than ever before with more than 25 participating establishments offering guests a chance to wine and dine on signature menu items.

The progressive dinner tour will take place on Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will feature a wide variety of delicious samplings from some of downtown's most desirable restaurants and other exciting activities. That includes indulging in dishes and cocktails that range from buttermilk fried chicken paired with a French Kitten martini from Oli's Fashion Cuisine, to coconut oatmeal cookies and fresh brewed coffee from newly-opened micro roaster Subculture Coffee.

Guests can enjoy a wide selection of light appetizers, entrées and desserts paired with specialty cocktails, wines and coffee. The event, organized by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will be donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit Families First of Palm Beach County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for children and their families in Palm Beach County through innovative approaches.

Pairings patrons can purchase advance passes online at for $25, or by visiting the DDA office located at 301 Clematis Street, Suite 200. On-site tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $30 at the ticket booth in the City Hall Courtyard located at 401 Clematis Street. Tickets include entry and sampling at each of the participating restaurants and a map showcasing locations and menu items.

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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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