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A guide to Tampa Bay food and drink events this weekend

Treat your taste buds at the Tampa Greek Festival, Chowder Challenge, Tampa Bay Veg Fest, Flavor of West Tampa, Florida Ferment Fest and more.
The Tampa Greek Festival will invade St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend with Mediterranean-style food, including pastries. [Times (2002)]
Published Nov. 6


Around for more than three decades, the Tampa Greek Festival returns with three days of Mediterranean-style food, dancing, music and shopping. Pair pastries with spirits at the Grand Hall’s Opa! Party Tent. Or peruse the market to find a variety of treasures. The bash features an area for kids, too. $2, free for 11 and younger/military and family with ID. Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 W Swann Ave., Tampa.

The Tampa Greek Festival will invade St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend with Mediterranean-style food, including pastries. [Times (2002)]


Ukrainian AutumnFest, now in its 39th year, brings traditional eats like borscht (beet soup), potato pancakes, holubtsi (stuffed cabbage), pierogi and Ukrainian beer. Also expect arts and crafts, vendors, live tunes, church tours, a bounce house and games. $3, free for 12 and younger. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 430 90th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 465-8455.


Dig in to cooking demonstrations, speakers, the new vegan barbecue cookoff and eco-friendly vendors at Tampa Bay Veg Fest. On top of meatless munchies, the 10th annual plant-based party spotlights nonprofit exhibits, a children’s zone, live music and animal adoptions. Free, food and drink additional. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E Harrison St., Tampa. (727) 656-8368.

On Saturday, a plant-based party full of meatless munchies will hit Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Tampa for Tampa Bay Veg Fest. [Times (2014)]


Workshops on a variety of fermentation subjects drive the third annual Florida Ferment Fest. Food producers and microbe enthusiasts throughout the state lead the in-depth educational classes at a few St. Petersburg venues. Topics include fermenting honey, composting 101 and homebrewing beer. But the amazake and shio koji workshop from master fermenters Kirsten and Christopher Shockey of FermentWorks, who are set to show you how to ferment grains, beans and other eats with koji enzymes, just might be the most exciting. (If you can’t make the festival, the New York Times bestselling authors will teach a $75 master koji class at 10 a.m. Saturday in the St. Pete Ferments kitchen, 4922 Eighth Ave. S, Gulfport.) Started by St. Pete Ferments founder Sarah Arrazola and Jackie Vitale of Sunshine + Microbes, Florida Ferment Fest also offers — for the first time — its main events for free in the courtyard of the Grand Central District’s Black Crow Coffee. The all-day fun consists of a fermentation competition and help desk, demonstrations, a culture share, an artisan market and a pickle mob. Arrazola elaborated on the pickle mob in an email to the Tampa Bay Times: “Participants can take home, ferment, and enjoy their very own fermented creation using locally grown produce.” There’s a donation-based beer garden, too, where you can taste suds from local breweries like Avid Brew Co., If I Brewed the World and Flying Boat Brewing Co. Free, $25 per workshop. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Black Crow Coffee, 2157 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Koji is used to ferment grains, beans and other eats. [Courtesy of FermentWorks]


Dinner on the Lawn is the splurgy spread curated by the chefs behind two Armature Works restaurants: Nathan Hardin of Steelbach and Anne Kearney of Oak & Ola. "I am very much looking forward to sharing the menu Chef Nathan and I collaborated on, highlighting flavors of the season,” Kearney said in a statement. The chefs teamed up on five courses for this outdoor popup, including grilled pork tenderloin with prune-tarragon farce, pork crepinette, griddled polenta, Armagnac-braised shallots, prune demi reduction and Armagnac gastrique. Live music and wine complement each dish — and the primo view of the Hillsborough River. $155. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa.

James Beard Award-winning chef Anne Kearney prepares endive salad at Oak & Ola, a restaurant that's part of Tampa's Armature Works [Times]


Featuring a “Sangria and Cigars” theme and family-friendly appeal, the seventh annual Flavor of West Tampa pays tribute to the neighborhood’s cultures with local food and beer and wine, plus giveaways, entertainment and games like dominoes. Benefits the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. Free, food and drink additional. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Boulevard, Tampa.


Taste of IRB showcases the grub of Indian Rocks Beach through restaurants in the area. Wine and beer accompany raffles, live music and dancing as well. Price TBA. 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Chic-A-Si Park, 271 Fourth Ave., Indian Rocks Beach. (816) 215-0161.


Pours of wine from vineyards around the country and blues music across four stages collide during Dunedin Wines the Blues, which also promises food by local vendors and restaurants. VIP provides a lounge-style setting with hors d’oeuvres and unlimited wine and beer. Free, food and drink additional; $135 VIP. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Main Street, Dunedin. (813) 922-1264.


Now in its sixth year, the kid-friendly Chowder Challenge pits area chefs against each other as they try to whip up the best chowder, soup or stew for the crowd to sample. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Nonfood draws: raffles, live music, a silent auction and face painting. Celebrity judges crown the winner of the coveted “Golden Ladle,” while spectators declare the People’s Choice. Benefits the Pass-a-Grille Woman’s Club. $15 in advance, $20 day of; free for 11 and younger. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (703) 989-4745.

The Chowder Challenge on Sunday will bring chowder, soup and stew recipes for tasting to Horan Park in St. Pete Beach. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2013)]


Down craft beer, eats from dozens of local restaurants, spirits and fine wine at the 12th annual Sustainable Buzz. A fashion show, live entertainment, a popup shop and tiny homes round out this fundraiser celebrating sustainable living on the Riverwalk. Benefits the Sustany Foundation. $50, $150 VIP. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa.


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