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A guide to Tampa Bay food and drink events this weekend

Hamburger Mary’s rolls out its new Clearwater digs and drinks, plus Hernando Untapped, Rapp Brewing and Marker 48 Brewing celebrate milestones and Taste of Tarpon.
Kenny Lawson performs in 2016 as Juno Vibrantz during a drag show at Hamburger Mary's in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times (2016)]
Kenny Lawson performs in 2016 as Juno Vibrantz during a drag show at Hamburger Mary's in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2016)]
Published Nov. 13
Updated Nov. 15


The Clearwater Hamburger Mary’s plans to host a grand reopening with a double-header drag show featuring Chad Michaels of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. Launched in 2013, the neighborhood bar and grill didn’t close, but it did go through a revamp to overhaul its look and beverage menu. This Hamburger Mary’s is also the only one left locally. Last year, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said a worker at the flagship Ybor City location tested positive for hepatitis A, an accusation that co-owner Kurt King has called false. A lawsuit filed last month said the health department report led to the shuttering of Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor, St. Petersburg and Brandon. During the Clearwater location’s grand reopening, check out the updated drinks and digs, alongside specials, a red carpet and giveaways. $15, food and drink additional. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Hamburger Mary’s, 28910 U.S. 19 N. (727) 831-2679.

Clearwater neighborhood bar and grill Hamburger Mary's, known for its ties to the LGBT community, launched in 2013. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2016)]


Wear Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts to this luau-themed sampling. Taste of Tarpon offers bites by local restaurants, a cash bar, entertainment and a pair of auctions. Benefits children of Tarpon Springs. $25. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 938-3774.


Rapp Brewing Company’s anniversary bash observes seven years with high-gravity drafts, a limited release of holiday beers and crowler deals. Expect hourly toasts to late founder Greg Rapp, too. Rocky’s Brick Oven Pizza and Gizzy’s provide the celebratory eats. Free, food and drink additional. Noon-midnight Saturday. 10930 Endeavor Way, Suite C, Seminole. (727) 385-4793.

On Saturday, Seminole's Rapp Brewing Company will cheers to its seventh birthday with beer, hourly toasts and food. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2013)]


The fourth anniversary of owners Tina and Maurice Ryman’s Marker 48 Brewing promises an all-day party with special releases, live music over two stages, two axe-throwing target courses and food trucks. Offerings from the sour barrel room and foeder at the Hernando County brewery and Florida guest taps are among the anticipated beers, sold on a token system. It’s $5 per token, and each are good for a full pour or two half-pours. “It surpassed our expectations,” Tina Ryman said of Marker 48 in a statement. “It’s created a fantastic avenue for us to bring the community together. We’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime, too.” A free anniversary glass goes to the first 200 people who spend $20 or more. Free, food and drink additional. Noon-midnight Saturday. 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 606-2509. marker48months.

Marker 48 Brewing will use a daylong celebration on Saturday to mark four years in Hernando County. [Courtesy of Marker 48 Brewing]


Food trucks accompany the craft beer and wine at Hernando Untapped. Vendors from across the county, live music and displays of planes, motorcycles, cars and boats round out the highlights. No kids or pets are permitted. $35, VIP $75. 5-9 p.m. Friday. American Aviation Flight Academy, 17076 Helicopter Drive, Brooksville. (352) 796-5173.


CBD-infused and cannabis-inspired nonalcoholic drinks drive the inaugural Battle of the Beverages. Launched in Phoenix earlier this year, the competition tasks bartenders with whipping up a bevvy in 30 minutes with mystery ingredients from its sponsors. A panel of judges then critiques each entry on flavor, creativity and presentation. Coveted prizes for the winning bartender include $250. Benefits Scottsdale Research Institute. 4:20-9 p.m. Friday. Flying Boat Brewing Co., 1776 11th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2999.

Dr. Kelly King holds a bottle of CBD oil while talking with a patient during a followup consultation at the ReleafMD Center for Medical Marijuana in Brandon. [DIRK SHADD | Times]


Now in its 11th year, the Chili Cook-Off marries a chili tasting with live music. You cast a vote for your favorite recipe. Benefits Silver Santas of Pinellas County. $5. 11:30 a.m. The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 812-3197.


Arrive with an appetite. In addition to the featured grub, the Great American BBQ showcases ’cue-eating contests, live music, cornhole, volleyball and a sauce showdown. Benefits Hudson Elementary School. $5, food and drink additional. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. (727) 674-1464.


Join UF/IFAS Urban Horticulture Agent Theresa Badurek, who leads the Pollinators and the Food Supply talk. Badurek is set to discuss Sunshine State crops and pollinators, which the food supply depends on, plus how you can help protect them both. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. (727) 784-3332.

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