TAP THAT: BARREL AGED SATURDAY
Barrel Aged Saturday takes over Pinellas Ale Works with a release of five special beers on tap. Aged in whiskey barrels for more than a year, the featured drafts include Howlin’ (strong Scotch ale), Play Dead (barleywine), Pomeranian Porter (Baltic porter) and Cocomutt (toasted coconut Baltic porter). But the award-winning 1888 Russian Imperial Stout leads the pack. Bonus: Bottles of Cocomutt also make their tasting room debut. Filipino food truck Flip’n Tasty supplies the eats, while live music comes from Brittany Baldwin. Free, food and drink additional. Noon-midnight Saturday. 1962 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 235-0970. pawbeer.com.
SAMPLE AWAY: FLORIDA FOOD & BREWS FESTIVAL
The Florida Food & Brews Festival brings beer and grub samples and a friendly competition to England Brothers Park. Dozens of restaurants and breweries are set to face off for several titles, including Best Entree, Best Vegan Entree, Best Food Truck, Best Side Dish and Best Dessert. Tunes, a pet treat contest, wiener dog races, musical bingo and vendors complete the afternoon. Benefits antiviolence and community programs. $5, food and drink additional. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. foodbrewsfestival.com.
HOT CHOCOLATE: FLAVORS OF LOVE
Ratza Chocolate owner Sara Ratza and Two Lions Winery & Palm Harbor Brewery join forces for Flavors of Love: A Craft Chocolate and Wine Pairing. Hosted at Two Lions, this 21-and-older event with limited seating matches Ratza’s single-origin organic chocolates with a curated flight of four wines. Ratza Chocolate uses the raw cacao bean — roasted, peeled and ground in small batches — to pull off its sweet signature. During the pairing, the owner will walk you through the bean-to-bar process while discussing the history behind cacao and love. Tickets include access to the wine and chocolate, plus tip and a chocolate bar for the road. $40. 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday. 1022 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor. eventbrite.com.
FAIR-TASTIC FOOD: CONTEST WINNERS
The Florida State Fair has named the winners of its annual Fair-Tastic Food Contest. High school culinary students from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties threw down with out-there fair food recipes earlier this month. Three came out on top: Natalia Collazo of Durant High School for Apple Fingers with caramel and powdered sugar; Arianna Fratta of Bloomingdale High School for Decked-Out Fries with diced onions and tomatoes, beef, cheddar cheese, sliced scallions and jalapenos and sour cream; and Alexis Guyton of Bloomingdale High School for Cuban egg rolls with mayo, mustard and honey sauce. In addition to appearing in the digital Florida State Fair Cookbook, their victorious bites will be served in the Demonstration Kitchen at this year’s celebration, which returns to Tampa Feb. 6-17. Other planned fair foods include everything from new Cajun chili cheese fries to the peanut butter ramen burger. floridastatefair.com.