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A guide to Tampa Bay food and drink events this weekend

Rick’s on the River celebrates 25 years in Tampa, Oktoberfest, wine tastings and Taste of Laura Street in Plant City.
Rick's on the River has called West Tampa home for 25 years. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times (2009)]
Rick's on the River has called West Tampa home for 25 years. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times (2009)]
Published Sep. 18, 2019
Updated Sep. 19, 2019

GET SCHNITZEL FACED: OKTOBERFESTS

Pair O’ Dice Brewing Company’s sixth annual Oktoberfest offers German beer and food (think sausages and bier cheese) and stein hoisting, alongside competitions for best dressed and best stein. The tap list includes Bone Daddy, a brown ale with pumpkin, brown sugar and spices, and the dunkel, one of co-owner Julia Rosenthal’s favorites. Free, food and drink additional. 1-11 p.m. Saturday. 4400 118th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 755-3423. pairodicebrewing.com.

Rapptoberfest, also in its sixth year, returns to the German-inspired Rapp Brewing Company with stein and crowler specials, more than 14 lagers, traditional grub, costume and stein contests and limited-edition shirts paying tribute to late brewmaster Greg Rapp. Bring in your half-liter Rapp stein for $5 pours of any featured lager. 2 p.m.-midnight Saturdays and 2-10 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29. 10930 Endeavor Way, Seminole. (727) 385-4793. rappbrewing.com.

Coppertail Brewing Co. rolls out the latest batch of Marzen, a dunkel and steins of select beer to observe Oktoberfest. The fourth annual celebration also promises classic German eats from the on-site Coppertail Kitchen, games and tunes by a live band. Want to score a $20 commemorative stein that comes with your first fill? Get there early. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1500. coppertailbrewing.com.

Tampa's Coppertail Brewing Co. will offer its annual Oktoberfest release on tap at the tasting room and in four-pack of 16-ounce cans statewide. [Courtesy of Coppertail Brewing Co.]

TAP THAT: SEPTEMBEERFEST

Twenty-five types of beer from local homebrew clubs hit Seminole Heights during the eighth annual SeptemBeerfest. You vote for your favorite while getting in on a raffle, free food and a silent auction. Games keep the kids occupied, too. Benefits Epilepsy Services Foundation. $25-$30, $20 students, $5 ages 12 and younger. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Southern Brewing & Winery, 4500 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-8907.

WOK THIS WAY: FLAVORS OF ASIA

Flavors of Asia is the theme behind the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association’s next food truck rally. In addition to regular menus, more than 30 mobile kitchens around town serve Asian-inspired dishes that mingle with sake, a craft beer garden and wine. Craft vendors and a taiko performance complete the highlights. To nab a free fan or pair of chopsticks, be among the first 300 attendees. Free, food and drink additional. 6-11 p.m. Friday. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg.

Margaret Loflin leads Maggie on the Move, one of the local food trucks set to serve at Flavors of Asia. [Tampa Bay Times (2012)]

PARTY TIME: RICK’S ON THE RIVER, OYSTER BAR ANNIVERSARIES

Rick’s on the River, the popular West Tampa bar and grill with a distinctly Key West vibe, rings in 25 years along the Hillsborough River with free beer, giveaways and live music. As always, come by land or water. Free, food and drink additional. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-0369. ricksontheriver.com.

Customer appreciation drives the Oyster Bar’s 20th anniversary reception. You’re invited to observe the milestone by downing free passed hors d’oeuvres and selections from a raw bar. Photo-ops are planned as well. Free, food and drink additional. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. 249 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 897-9728.

Rick's on the River has called West Tampa home for 25 years. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times (2009)]

JUST EAT IT: TASTE OF LAURA STREET

The former Laura Street African American Business District adjacent to midtown plays host to the Taste of Laura Street, a culinary competition in which you taste and judge local cuisine. Awards go to best entree, best side and best dessert. Bands will showcase jazz, reggae and Latin sounds and a traveling art exhibit. $10. 4-7:30 p.m. p.m. Saturday. Bing Rooming House Museum, 205 S Allen St., Plant City. (813) 757-6760. eventbrite.com.

LIFE IS GRAPE: WINE TASTINGS

During Follow the Vine, sip Santa Margherita wines on the west lawn of Armature Works. The immersive, 21-and-up outdoor sampling experience pairs the Italian winery’s pinot grigio, Prosecco Superiore, Chianti Classico Riserva and sparkling rose with light bites. Free. Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. RSVP at followthevine.com.

Bella Vino focuses on Organic Wines at this month’s tasting, where 20 wines that are organically farmed, sustainable or biodynamic take center stage. Banfi, Helfrich and Benzinger are a few of the labels offered alongside organic cheese and appetizers. Seating is limited, so RSVP by phone. $25. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. 100 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. (727) 584-5552. bellavinowinemarket.com.

Santa Margherita's Prosecco Superiore is among the featured Follow the Vine wines. [Courtesy of Santa Margherita]

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. The food is art at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, including this cookie that looks like a painter's palette. [Walt Disney World]
    The 39-day celebration of art, entertainment and food kicked off Jan. 17.
  2. Clockwise from left: Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Piña Colada Candy Apple, Candy Corn and Cheeseburger-On-A-Stick [Courtesy of the Florida State Fair]
    Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Piña Colada Candy Apples and more are coming to the Florida State Fair.
  3. The cans feature pups who are up for adoption at Shelter Manatee. [Motorworks Brewing]
    The beer, available for purchase in packs of four and cases of 24, will be available until they sell out, the brewery says.
  4. Kumquats in Dade City. [Times (2002)]
    Plus, St. Petersburg restaurant German Knodle made Yelp’s list of the top 100 places to eat.
  5. Beverage manager for the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Kasia Nowakowska prepares a Milk Punch cocktail, the club's signature drink for Gasparilla. Milk Punch contains brandy, simple syrup, heavy cream, milk and is garnished with nutmeg. Nowakowska says the club will make more than 120 gallons of Milk Punch for the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Jan. 25 -- and most of it will be consumed by noon prior to the invasion. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
    There’s a lot of history pouring into the glasses along the parade route for the brunch (and even breakfast) cocktails.
  6. Catrinas Tacos and Tequila brought its tacos back to Tampa in a new location on Jan. 17. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times (2012)]
    Plus, the chains Shake Shack and Huey Magoo’s are coming to town.
  7. German beer accompanies a serving of currywurst and schnitzel topped with mushrooms and garlic fries at German Knödle, 951 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
    Nutella-stuffed potato dumplings and rave reviews put German Knodle on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. list.
  8. Turkey Meatballs with hummus and an herby salad [MICHELLE STARK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    It comes together so fast for a weeknight dinner.
  9. St. Peterburg's iconic restaurant the Belmark was known as an inexpensive spot to grab a meal. [Times (1982)]
    Expect an updated take on classic diner fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  10. Kumquats that are yet to be harvested in the groves at Kumquat Growers, Inc. in Dade City. The local agriculture business provides fruit for the annual Kumquat Festival to be held Jan. 25 in downtown Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    After years of crop decline, there will be more fresh fruit at this year’s annual Kumquat Festival.
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