What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Grand Central District Beer Day, new options at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Clearwater Craft Beer Fest also throws a block party, plus Metro Diner and Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen add to their menus.
Published May 29
Updated May 29

REFRESHING RETURN: Clearwater Craft Beer Fest

Billed as a “block party like no other,” Clearwater Craft Beer Fest, now in its third year, features food trucks and local restaurants, art demonstrations, live music, a children’s area and interactive games downtown. That’s on top of a solid selection of brews from Dunedin House of Beer. Free. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. 500-600 Cleveland St. clearwaterdowntownpartnership.com.

DRINK FOR A CAUSE: Grand Central District Beer Day

The inaugural Grand Central District Beer Day is another sudsy soiree to check out this weekend. Five breweries that call St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District home — Right Around the Corner, Avid Brew Company, Pinellas Ale Works, left, If I Brewed the World and 3 Daughters Brewing — have joined forces to create and release the Grand Central (Fruited) Wheat collaboration beer. For every pint sold at each of their tasting rooms, $1 goes to Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Locations vary.

SIP HAPPENS: Wine tasting benefit

Locale Market restaurant FarmTable Cucina invites you to a wine tasting benefit showcasing 16 global selections paired with chef-driven appetizers. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. $40. 6 p.m. Thursday. 179 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 523-6297. farmtable.tocktix.com.

SEASONAL SWITCH: Summer menu at Tibby’s

Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen rolls out a new menu of Cajun and Creole specialities on Monday in honor of the summertime. Boudin and pepper jack rolls, blackened catch of the day topped with crawfish etouffee, Southern-style chicken-fried steak, alligator bites and sauteed shrimp and spinach salad are among the dishes available through Aug. 31. Need more French Quarter flair in your life? Also head to Tibby’s June 8 and 9 for a $10 crawfish boil plate. 1721 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. (813) 315-8443. tibbys.com.

RESTING BRUNCH FACE: $2.99 adult bevvieS

Guess what, brunch fiends? Metro Diner has added $2.99 Bloody Marys and mimosas to its regular beverage lineup, offered all day. Pineapple, grapefruit, “sunrise” (an orange juice and grenadine mashup), cranberry and, of course, O.J. are among the featured mimosa flavors. Putting a twist on comfort food favorites, the Tampa-based chain operates locally on both sides of the bay. Locations vary. metrodiner.com.

A MOUTHFUL: New options at MidFlo

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre recently introduced some updated drinks and dishes. Additions on the food side include Questlove’s vegan Philly cheese steak with Impossible Foods meat, Italian bites from Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani (who has two restaurants in town), smoked barbecue and California-based wiener chain Dog Haus’ sausages and hot dogs. The new cocktail program developed by 2014 American Bartender of the Year Sean Kenyon is worth noting as well. But that’s not all: Concertgoers should look forward to a new center lawn bar, a new cocktail bar on the east plaza, a wine bar and a new food court, where Cuban sandwiches, Greek cuisine, the California Pizza Kitchen chain, smoothies and Thai eats are planned. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

CHOP IT LIKE IT’S HOT: Cooking kids

Put these upcoming children’s cooking camps in Pinellas and Pasco on your radar.

Junior Chef: Master Class Cooking Camp: Designed to inspire young kitchen wizards, the last installment of a workshop covering topics like knife skills, plus dinner and dessert. Participants take home aprons, spatulas and cookbooks. $75. 10 a.m. Thursday. Williams-Sonoma at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28250 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 991-0311. newtampafl.macaronikid.com.

Kids Cooking Camp: This four-day lesson led by professional chefs spotlights five to six recipes daily. It’s part of a larger series running through Aug. 5. $195. 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 433-1889.

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