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What's happening in Tampa Bay food: 4/20 celebrations, Safety Harbor's Beer and Burger Throw Down

A vegan chili dog from Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli, which hosts the 4/20 Hot Dog Party & Bake Sale Saturday in Gulfport. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2018)]
A vegan chili dog from Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli, which hosts the 4/20 Hot Dog Party & Bake Sale Saturday in Gulfport. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2018)]
Published Apr. 17, 2019

This weekend isn't just about Easter brunch. On Saturday, several Tampa Bay food and drink spots also ring in 4/20, the unofficial holiday observed by cannabis enthusiasts.

All plant-based dogs go to heaven at Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli's 4/20 Hot Dog Party & Bake Sale, where the loaded condiment bar is stocked with fermented goodness from St. Pete Ferments and house sauces and toppings for sausages and franks. Vegan-friendly baked goods by Mise En Plantes (proceeds benefit CASA) and beer specials complete the spread. 5-9 p.m. 2930 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 873-6901.

In case your idea of 4/20 revelry involves more meatless wieners, St. Petersburg vegan hot dog cart Nah Dogs feeds the public its links for the first time throughout the "ungrand" opening of Antibrewery. 2-9 p.m. 1367 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Dunedin.

Omnivores can fulfill their munchies cravings at Florida craft beer haven C. 1949. In conjunction with the holiday, the latest popup from Tampa's forthcoming Cass Street Deli offers a menu that includes smoked turkey sandwiches, cucumber salad and grass-fed wagyu hot dogs. Man, weenies and 4/20 seem to be a popular combo. 4-10 p.m. 6905 N Orleans Ave., Tampa. (813) 990-8883.

Check out the 4/20 Bocce Block Party, presented by Nebraska Mini Mart and the American Bocce Co., to score free games of bocce, shuffleboard, cornhole, pingpong and giant Jenga, in addition to dreamy bites, 40-ounce bottles of rose and DJ tunes. Noon-10 p.m. 4815 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 231-9522.

Good Mood Food's vegan eats and other local vendors make up the night market portion of the 4/20 Party at the Bends. But specialty cocktails with CBD and a soundtrack from DJ Qeys and Turnt Philosopher are in store, too. No cover. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 202-8931.

Arkane Aleworks breaks out pastry beers and some selections from its friends for Baked. Noon-midnight. 2480 East Bay Drive, No. 23, Largo. (727) 270-7117.

7venth Sun wants you to Get Sticky for the holiday. A canned collaboration beer between 7venth Sun and Tampa brewery Late Start, Sticky is a "heavily hopped" double IPA brewed with barley, rye and wheat. Late Start and 4/20-inspired 7venth Sun brews drive the tap list. 4:20 p.m.-1 a.m. 6809 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 231-5900.

Coppertail Brewing Co. spotlights its own dank IPA, featuring citrus and tangerine notes and hints of pine, during the Kiko Santiago Release (cans go on sale at 11 a.m.). Taproom kitchen S&V provides the indoor munchies, backed by plant-based delights from 3 Dot Dash Vegan Kitchen outside. 2 p.m. 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1500.

TACO 'BOUT IT: Tampa Taqueria Tour

On the Tampa Taqueria Tour, Brew Bus Brewing takes you to Lolis Mexican Cravings, Acapulco Taqueria and Xilo Street Mexican at the Hall on Franklin. Tacos, vegetarian options among them, from this trio of popular eateries accompany the two Brew Bus beers served on board. Seating is limited. $37.45-$48.82. 6:15-9:30 p.m. Thursday. 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 990-7310.

NICE BUNS: Beer and Burger Throw Down

Wash down burger samples from area restaurants with a selection of craft beers while enjoying live music and outdoor games. There is even a play zone for kids at the Beer and Burger Throw Down. You decide the "Best Brew" and "Most Creative Craft," and a panel of judges crowns the "Best Burger in Pinellas." Benefits the Safety Harbor Chamber and Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth foundations. $5. Noon Saturday. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. (727) 674-1464.

SPRING SOIREE: Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival

You don't need a plane ticket to experience the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival's 14th annual tropical bash, featuring food, island jams (think DJs and steel pan artists), a parade and two music-fueled after-parties in Tampa: one at Bounce Boy, 5008 E 10th Ave., and a second at Jerk Hut, 1241 E Fowler Ave. $20, $10 ages 5-10, 4 and younger free. 1 p.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 445-9010.

BETTER THAN WINE: 'Thrones' single malts hit Datz

Datz debuted Oban and Talisker, the first two Scotch whiskies in Diageo's limited-edition collection of eight single malts, on Sunday. Why? To celebrate the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, of course. Poured on a first-come, first-served basis, each bottle is created at a different distillery and inspired by a major Thrones house (with the exception of Oban, inspired by the Night's Watch). The next Scotch rolls out on the next episode's air date, so plan accordingly. Datz will keep the order of these bottle releases under wraps until the day of, but it is expected to flow with the plot. 2616 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 831-7000.

SIP, SIP HOORAY: Hospitality Night Tiki Pop-Up

Tiki drinks by the Pink Pineapple, which benefit locals Juni and Gina Serrano, who lost everything in a house fire earlier this month, come to Tampa Heights hangout Shuffle for the Hospitality Night Tiki Pop-Up. Industry folks nab 25 percent off. 4-11 p.m. Monday. 2612 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 450-3797.