This weekend, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival returns, and Tap 42 opens its ninth venue in Kendall. In addition, Mitch’s Downtown celebrates National Bagel Day, Fairchild hosts its chocolate festival, and Wharf Fort Lauderdale presents Riverside Circus all weekend.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival
The third edition of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival returns to Sunday at a new location by the ocean. The festival, which pays tribute to Broward County’s food, wine, craft beer and spirits scene, will feature the highest number of activations to date – a total of 20 events held throughout the county. The highlight of the festival, however, is the big tasting, which takes place on Saturday in Las Olas Oceanside Park, where restaurants like Mastro’s Ocean Club and Pink Love Donuts and More participate (tickets start at $ 69). The festival closes with Family Day, a free event with kid-friendly activities, food trucks and cocktail bars on Sundays. Through Sunday, Jan. 16 at Las Olas Oceanside Park, 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and other venues. Visit gflfoodwine.com for ticket information and a complete schedule of events.
National Bagel Day in Mitch’s Downtown
On Saturday, Fort Lauderdale’s newest deli and bagel store, Mitch’s Downtown, celebrates New York-style National Bagel Day with a free half-dozen bagels for every dozen purchased ($ 17.50). Bagel selection includes bialy, eggs, everything, pumpernickel, poppy and wheat everything. (Or pick it up with Mitch’s rainbow-colored bagels.) Combine your choices with any of the fixations, such as sliced nova, homemade whitefish salad, or tuna salad. You can also choose from selected Carnegie Deli delicacies, including pastrami and corned beef. Saturday, Jan. 15 at Mitch’s Downtown, 540 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 754-779-7599; mitchsdowntown.com.
Fairchild Chocolate Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden celebrates its Chocolate Festival. From kl. From 10:00 to 16:00 daily, you can visit the “House of Chocolate”, where you can meet master chocolate makers, play giant lawn games like Jenga, chess and Connect Four and enjoy live music while sipping craft cocktails. Other activities include free “cocoa cooking” classes, food vendors and other surprises. Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets cost $ 24.95 for adults, $ 17.95 for seniors, $ 15.95 for students with ID; $ 11.95 for children 6-17; and free for children under 5 years.
Riverside Circus at Wharf Fort Lauderdale
Did you miss Wharf Miami’s Riverside Circus last weekend? Good news: The Wharf Fort Lauderdale will host its own edition through Sunday. Acrobats, jugglers, dancers and mimes perform along the New River all weekend. While enjoying live music and performances, try bites from local food trucks, including Even Keel, Lunchroom, The Piefather, Cookies & Cream and Mrs. Balloo. There will also be drink deals and beat-the-clock happy-hour rates from 16 to 19 daily. Until Sunday 16 January at Kajen Fort Lauderdale, 20 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; wharfftl.com/circus.
Press 42 Opens the ninth location
Craft beer bar and gastropub Tap 42 is behind another place – this time in Kendall. Tap 42 in Kendall’s Town & Country Center, which marks the brand’s ninth South Florida outpost, is the brand’s largest location to date. The local chain is known for its modern interpretations of gastropub dishes, a selection of over 40 craft beers on tap, and its offerings for the weekend’s bottomless brunch with options such as mimosas, bloody marys and Funky Buddha Floridan or 42 Hazy Daze. Now open at 11735 Sherry Ln., Miami; 305-279-1846; tap42.com.