Total Meltdown: Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival
Get your comfort food fix as food trucks, including Burger Culture, the Big Cheese and Bacon Boss, along with restaurants and other eateries offer up their best ooey gooey sandwiches for the Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival on Sunday. Generation Food Truck's pet-friendly festival also features other foods for guests to savor, but let's get real: It's all in the cheese. Free admission, menu prices vary; VIP on-site parking is $5 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 562-9599. centroasturianotampa.org.
Feeling Brunch-y: Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival
If you need a little more culinary comfort on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival celebrates all things brunch with unlimited samplings (yes, please!) of brunch's beloved cocktail. Area restaurants serve up their creative incarnations of the drink, along with fellow brunch staple the mimosa, and the edibles to go with those fine drinkables. Vote for your favorite Bloody Mary to win the coveted Golden Celery award as Busted Blues provides the tunes. Admission ($40 advance, $50 day of) includes one full-size Bloody Mary, mimosa or beer. VIP tickets ($80 advance, $90 day of) get you unlimited full-size drinks and into the Brunch Bash under the VIP tent from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 870-2255. tampabloodymaryfest.com.
Brew Bash: Bad A** Beerfest III
Beer, food and music come together 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Westchase outpost for the naughtily named Bad A** Beerfest III, a celebration of some of the best local brews Tampa Bay has to offer. Sample craft beer from more than 50 brewers, and choose from an array of cuisines from the food court or food trucks. The fete features live music by Kings of Denmark, the Black Honkeys and all-brewer band the Fermenters. There's also a raffle for a charter fishing trip ($1 one ticket, $10 for 15 tickets). Benefits Ocean Media Institute's ocean conservation efforts. $35, $50 day of at Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa. (813) 247-1422. tampabaybrewingcompany.com.
District Delights: Savor the Edge
The Edge District's eateries, brews and fashion are showcased in Savor the Edge Thursday at Green Bench Brewing Co., including specialty plates from Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana and Pastaria, Cafe 1001 and new kid on the block Hawkers Asian Street Fare, plus Green Bench brews on tap and beer cocktails. The entertainment side dishes include a Fashion Stroll with designs from Edge boutiques and an after-party at 9 p.m. at the adorably retro Kings Street Food Counter, 937 Central Ave. It's $20 for a three-plate option, $30 for a five-plate option from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-7836. edgestpete.org.