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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)]
Published Sep. 18
Updated Sep. 19

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]

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