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What's happening in Tampa Bay food: Suncoast VegFest hits Dunedin, Riverview Crawfish Festival


This community festival salutes plant-based lifestyles with local drinks and dishes, beer, craft vendors, free yoga, live music and animal rescue organizations. Check out presentations from Suncoast VegFest speakers discussing topics including vegetarianism, the environment and veganism throughout the day, too. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 812-4530.

JUST A PINCH: Crawfish Festival

Cajun music bumps while the crowd enjoys crawfish flown in from Louisiana at the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview's Crawfish Festival, now in its ninth year. Dinners feature two pounds of the beloved crustaceans, plus corn and potatoes on the side. Jambalaya and etouffee are among the fare you can wash down with brews from the on-site beer truck. Benefits area charities and scholarship funds. Free (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Founders Square Park, 11109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview. (813) 330-9321.

HOP STUFF: Seeds of Hope IPA Can Release and Spring Beer Fest

Join Trinity brewery Escape for one big beer celebration. A sold-out event in the past, the Seeds of Hope IPA Can Release and Spring Beer Fest commemorates the annual arrival of Seeds of Hope, an imperial IPA available in packs of four. But the event also functions as an unlimited sampling of more than 40 locally brewed suds. Leave the kids and pups at home. Tickets are limited. $30. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. 9945 Trinity Blvd., Suite 108. (727) 807-6092.

RESTING BRUNCH FACE: Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

The Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival is another 21-and-up bash supplying bottomless pours of the classic brunch cocktail dreamed up by restaurants around town. In addition to the Bloodys, food and mimosas are available for purchase, and you can cast a vote for the Golden Celery Award. $40-$85. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. (813) 870-2255.

BOTTOMS UP: Spring Fling

Pair an array of gourmet chocolates, cheeses and desserts with 75-plus wines during this sip-and-shop soiree. As an added bonus, Ybor City Wine Bar offers a 25 percent discount on bottles, holiday items and baskets for guests itching to treat themselves or loved ones. $75. 4-7 p.m. Sunday. 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-4966. eventbrite.

FRUITFUL WEEKEND: Brooksville Blueberry Festival

Shindigs dedicated to these little bulbs of goodness just keep on comin'. The ninth annual Brooksville Blueberry Festival invades downtown over two days, spotlighting blueberry goodies like pie, beer, shortcake and wine. Other highlights include 125-plus vendors with arts and crafts, a children's fun zone and butterfly encounters. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. (727) 410-0072.

BASIL-TOV: PestoFesto

Earlier this month, a fervent fundraising effort led by locals Chris Kenrick and Joni Spencer saved Sweetwater Organic Community Farm from the brink of closure. And good thing, too, or else PestoFesto would have ended its more than 25-year run. The benefit party delivers fresh pesto pasta, salad, rolls, juice and dessert alongside wine, organic coffee and beer, available via donation. Outdoor and basil-themed activities, a silent auction, raffle prizes and live tunes complete the evening. $25-$30, free for 12 and younger. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (727) 455-9275.

GREEK OUT: Little Greek fundraiser

Little Greek Fresh Grill's South Tampa location joins forces with Tampa Preparatory School sophomore Jordan Peloubet to give back to Tanzania, the African country where he was born and where he met his adoptive parents, Drew and Susan Peloubet at 4. He has help from Tampa Bay Rowdies player Farrukh Quraishi, who is on the board of the nonprofit that raises money to build soccer fields worldwide. Jordan Peloubet aims to collect $115,000 through the fundraiser to bring Tanzania its own facility. Put your receipt in a jar at the front counter, as the fast-casual franchise plans to donate 20 percent of all sales. 5-8 p.m. Friday. 1155 S Dale Mabry Highway, No. 3, Tampa. (813) 443-4594.