What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Dunedin hosts the Beer Olympics, Simmer and Sift brings rum cake to the MFA

Plus, Coppertail and the Florida Aquarium relaunch Coral Haze and Hotel Bar creates a cocktail to celebrate Honey Bee Day.
Published August 14

DRINK LIKE A CHAMP: Beer Olympics

During the Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside’s Beer Olympics, test your skills in beer pong, flip cup, cornhole and other bar games. You’re invited to form a team with two to five friends and don “Level Up”-themed costumes before hopping around downtown to compete at five venues — Reboot, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin House of Beer, Crown and Bull and Rosie’s Tavern — offering one drink each. The top three winners score prizes from local businesses, and best dressed also goes home with a surprise. Registration takes place in front of the Dunedin History Museum. $25 in advance, $30 day of. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Corner of Main Street and the Pinellas Trail (349 Main St.). (845) 901-2177. dunedinwaterside.com/beer-olympics.

BATTER UP: Simmer and Sift

Florida Cane Distillery rum cake is on the menu as pastry chef Alicia Wolding, a.k.a. the Girl with the Whisk Tattoo, leads the latest installment of this annual cooking demonstration and tasting. Simmer and Sift allows you to watch Wolding talk about the science behind baking and showcase how to whip up her featured dessert, everything from the rum-infused fruit filling and Swiss meringue buttercream icing to the artful decorating. Cocktails from Ybor City spirits maker Florida Cane complete the evening. $30, $25 members. 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 22. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.

HIVE FIVE: Hotel Bar celebrates the bees

In honor of National Honey Bee Day, Hotel Bar serves a celebratory libation featuring local honey and lavender syrup while supplies last. The craft cocktail hub will contribute 25 percent of the Lavender Bees Knees proceeds to the Honeybee Conservancy. Monin, the Clearwater-based purveyor of gourmet beverage flavorings, supplies the syrup, while the honey comes from Bayshore Bees in Tarpon Springs. And Bayshore Bees and Monin, also set to give its own lump sum to the conservancy, aren’t strangers, either. Monin donates its excess syrups to Tampa area bee farms — including Bayshore Bees, which raises queen honeybees to repopulate hives — on the regular and even packages some of the sweet nectar they produce. $12. 4 p.m. Saturday. 200 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 533-3650. hotelbartampa.com.

BENEFIT BREW: Florida Aquarium, Coppertail relaunch Coral Haze

Serial collaborators Coppertail Brewing Co. and the Florida Aquarium have once again teamed up to bring back Coral Haze, their benefit brew originally released last year, for a limited time. In addition to drafts and new cans of the popular pale ale, the relaunch promises custom beer glasses for sale and surprise animal encounters. A portion of every four-pack and pour purchased will help fund the aquarium’s coral reef research and conservation efforts in coastal Florida and the Caribbean. Free, food and drink additional. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1500. coppertailbrewing.com.

GET ON CLOUD WINE: Summer Whites and Light Reds

Pair hors d’oeurves and artisan cheeses with more than 20 wines that taste great in the summertime. As its name suggests, Summer Whites and Light Reds spotlights whites and roses as well some easy-drinking reds. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP by phone. $25. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Bella Vino, 100 Indian Rocks Road N, Belleair Bluffs. (727) 584-5552. bellavinowinemarket.com.

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