GO HOG WILD: PLANT CITY PIG JAM
Catch professional and amateur teams competing for the titles of best barbecue ribs, pork, beef brisket and chicken during the Plant City Pig Jam. Now in its 17th year, this two-day Kansas City Barbeque Society state championship event offers food samples, live entertainment, children’s activities and merchandise. Parking is $10. Free, food and drink additional. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1401 Gordon Food Service Drive, Plant City. (813) 754-3707. plantcitypigjam.com.
THAT’S AMORE: ITALIAN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
More than 25 sweet and savory restaurants-on-wheels are scheduled to attend the Italian Food & Wine Festival, another food truck rally presented by the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association. Engine 53 Pizza, Impasto and Pasta di Guy are among the participating mobile kitchens. They plan to serve Italian-inspired dishes as well as their regular menus, which accompany wine and other adult beverages. Free, food and drink additional. 6-11 p.m. Friday. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE, St. Petersburg. gulftobayfta.org.
GOOD THYME: FALL AT THE FARM
Food samples, a DIY herb-planting station, coffee and Bloody Marys take over Brick Street Farms during Fall at the Farm. Embark on a $5 tour of Brick Street’s high-tech indoor hydroponic farm containers. Then enjoy links by vegan hot dog cart Nah Dogs featuring St. Pete Ferments, alongside the Bloody Mary bar that showcases the Urban Canning Company and Florida Pure Sea Salt. Free henna tattoos, a photo booth and holiday gift sets are also in store. Free, food and drink additional. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 2001 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 329-6750. brickstreetfarms.com.
WINE TASTING: TALKING TURKEY
’Tis the season to start mapping out your Thanksgiving menu. The next Vintage Wine Cellars tasting, Talking Turkey, highlights 10 selections in honor of the upcoming holiday, helping you find just the right wine to complement the big meal’s bird. $15. 7-9 p.m. Friday. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813) 879-2931. vintagewinecellars.net.
SWEET COLLABORATION: DOUGHNUT SOCIAL
The latest collaboration for indoor shuffleboard hangout Shuffle and its neighbor Hidden Springs Ale Works? Doughnut Social. This sweet pairing, which follows the ice cream social that the duo held in August, pairs three seasonal Hidden Springs beer releases with a trio of specialty doughnuts from the Shuffle kitchen. You should order all the pairings as a flight, but you can order individually, too. Doughnut proceeds go to No Kid Hungry. Free, food and drink additional. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Shuffle, 2612 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 450-3797. shuffletampa.com.
GET LIT: HOPS NIGHT IN THE GARDENS
Hops Night in the Gardens invites you to sip local craft beer and snack on catered appetizers at the Florida Botanical Gardens while previewing this year’s display of more than a million LED holiday lights. Live music provides the soundtrack. $40. 6-9 p.m. Friday. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 582-2117. flbgfoundation.org.
PAWESOME: BARK AND BRUNCH
The Dunedin Smokehouse hosts Bark and Brunch, which combines a Bloody Mary bar fueled by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and pooch-friendly fun for a cause. You and your pup chow down on brunch specials (yes, there’s a dog menu) or partake in raffles and on-site adoptions. Benefits Dunedin Doggie Rescue. Free, food and drink additional. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 471 Main St. (727) 736-2227. thedunedinsmokehouse.com.