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Tampa Bay food events this week: WineFest, Sweet n Spicy Festival

The Pasco Blues & Food Festival is also planned, alongside a class for green thumbs.

IN POUR TASTE: WINEFEST

WineFest returns to Tampa Theatre with a new theme: Cabbyshack. Tickets to this large annual fundraiser’s wine-paired dinner created by Mise en Place chef-owner Marty Blitz on Friday are sold out. But you can still sample dozens of boutique wines and eats from top local restaurants during the wine tasting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Be sure to don Caddyshack-inspired attire. $65, $55 members. Benefits Tampa Theatre. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Tampa Theatre will host its large annual fundraiser, WineFest, on Feb. 8.
Tampa Theatre will host its large annual fundraiser, WineFest, on Feb. 8. [ Times (2012) ]

FEEDING TIME: SWEET N SPICY FESTIVAL

Confectioners and fiery food purveyors take center stage at the Tampa Riverwalk Sweet n Spicy Festival. Try pepper and barbecue sauces, dry spices, jerky, honeys, cakes, rolled ice cream and waffles — and even vegan pastries — from vendors like food trucks and food tents before making a purchase. Free, food and drink additional. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. yourtampamarkets.com.

GRUB AND GROOVE: PASCO BLUES & FOOD FESTIVAL

Food trucks are behind the munchies portion of the fourth annual Pasco Blues & Food Festival, while bands and headliner Selwyn Birchwood provide the live music. Also expect wine and beer, vendors and a kids’ zone. Chairs and blankets are permitted, as are dogs. Leave your cooler at home. Benefits two Pasco County nonprofits. $10, children 11 and younger free. Noon-7 p.m. Saturday. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. eventbrite.com.

THAT’S THE SPIRIT: INTERNATIONAL SCOTCH DAY

In honor of International Scotch Day, Scotch brand representatives educate brown spirits enthusiasts about their products at Flute & Dram. There are $30 flights of Monkey Shoulder, the Balvenie and Glenfiddich planned, as well as specials on Scotch cocktails and live tunes. Free, food and drink additional. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. 234 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 350-5657. flutendram.com.

CLASS: GROWING MICROGREENS AND SPROUTS

Bring your green thumb to the Growing Microgreens and Sprouts class. You learn how to grow sprouts and microgreens year-round — right on your kitchen counter. Free. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. (813) 744-5519.

CAKE FOR A CAUSE: DOC B’S

Through the end of February, order the Rob’s Double Decker Chocolate Cake at Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar for a cause. The International Plaza eatery slinging elevated American cuisine will donate $5 for every slice sold to the American Brain Tumor Association in memory of Doc B’s founder Craig Bernstein’s late father, Robert, who had a fondness for dessert. Priced at $10, the cake comes topped with chocolate sauce and crispy wafer. 2223 N Westshore Blvd., No. B206, Tampa. (813) 498-6200. docbsrestaurant.com.

This month, Doc B's Restaurant + Bar in Tampa will donate $5 to the American Brain Tumor Association for every purchase of Rob's Double Decker Chocolate Cake.
This month, Doc B's Restaurant + Bar in Tampa will donate $5 to the American Brain Tumor Association for every purchase of Rob's Double Decker Chocolate Cake. [ Courtesy of Doc B's Restaurant + Bar ]

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