BE KUGEL: TAMPA BAY JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL
Ready for one big celebration of classic Jewish nosh? The Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival, back for another year, promises eats like Carnegie Deli corned beef and pastrami, kosher hot dogs, stuffed cabbage, bagels and lox, potato knishes, noodle kugel, chocolate babka, matzo ball soup and chopped liver. It’s all accented by live tunes from local synagogue choirs, a kids’ zone and educational lectures and demonstrations. Free, food and drink additional. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Temple B’nai Israel, 1658 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 531-5829. tampabayjewishfoodfestival.com.
OUZO AND OPA: SUPER GREEK FESTIVAL
The Super Greek Festival takes over St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church with a three-day showcase of Greek culture. Food is a big draw, as the annual tradition offers everything from pastitsio and pork gyros to lamb shank and dolmades made by church parishioners. The featured sweets include baklava, loukoumades (fried honey puffs) and bougatsa, plus expect to see beer and wine, Metaxa and ouzo for sale. Dance performances, live music, an area for children, vendors and church tours should keep you busy. Free, food and drink additional. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 345-8235.
CRABTIVATING: ART AND SEAFOOD ON THE WATERFRONT
Go to Art and Seafood on the Waterfront for seafood dishes from Tampa Bay restaurants and food trucks and pours of beer and wine. But stay to admire and purchase the work of artists locally and beyond. A talent show, interactive kids’ activities and live music complete this festival’s highlights over two days. Free, food and drink additional. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. (727) 726-2890. safetyharborchamber.com.
PARTY TIME: MARDI GRAS
Here are two worthwhile places to get down New Orleans style for Mardi Gras.
Cajun Cafe on the Bayou: This long-running restaurant, which reopened in a new Pinellas Park location in September, opens on Fat Tuesday (the doors are usually closed that day of the week) to celebrate with its lineup of Louisiana bites. Reservations are recommended. 4-9 p.m. Tuesday. 8260 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 546-6732. cafeonthebayou.com.
Big Easy: During the Ybor City bar’s Mardi Gras bash right on Seventh Avenue, enjoy NOLA-inspired cuisine from chef Robert Maggi and cocktails off the new menu that rolled out last week. A raffle, burlesque performances and live music are also planned. No cover. 8 p.m.-midnight Tuesday. 1704 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-3444. thebigeasybar.com.