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What's happening in Tampa Bay food: Zukku freebie on Sushi Day, Benoist Fest Crawfish Boil at Flying Boat

You might want to observe International Sushi Day at Tampa’s Heights Public Market next week. Zukku will throw in one free pair of chopsticks with your purchase of some sushi. [MONICA HERNDON | Times (2018)]
Published Jun. 12

Once again, Heights Public Market vendor Zukku is giving out a celebratory freebie for International Sushi Day. (Two years in a row makes it a tradition, right?) You score a free pair of custom-made, reusable bamboo chopsticks with each sushi, poke bowl or sushi burrito purchase. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-3725. zukkusushi.com.

SUMMER SUDS AND MUD BUGS: Benoist Fest

South Tampa restaurant Roux presents the food during Flying Boat Brewing Co.'s Benoist Fest Crawfish Boil, where crawfish mingle with sausage, potatoes and sausage. Featuring drafts like Crescent Lake Lager and a citrus pale ale called Sunken Gardens, the inaugural soiree is designed to celebrate a big moment in St. Petersburg history: the world's first ticketed flight. Live music and giveaways are an added bonus. $25. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 1776 11th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2999. eventbrite.com.

AU NATURALE: Chilean Wine Tasting

See what the new natural wine and beer program at Bandit Coffee Co. has to offer. During the Grand Central District coffee shop's Chilean Wine Tasting with Vinos del Rey of Miami, you sample five wines from Chile — and free empanadas courtesy of the Latin Lunch Box food truck. Nab tickets at the door with cash or card. $10. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. 2662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. banditcoffee.co.

TASTE OF GREECE: Opa! Palooza

Opa! Palooza, now in its third year, is a three-day celebration of Greek heritage and culture. The annual festival brings spirits and eats (think pastries) to the historic Sponge Docks, as well as seminars and workshops, dancing, games and live music. Free (food and drink additional). Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs. (727) 322-5217.

SQUEEZE THE DAY: Ade Your Lemon Pool Party

Four words: Grey Goose lemonade stand. This adult version of that sidewalk operation in front of your childhood home serves as the main draw of the Ade Your Lemon Pool Party, hosted by the Epicurean Hotel. However, the vodka brand's lemon-flavored expression Le Citron also promises blonde beer pong, DJ tunes and dancing in the sunshine. No cover. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (855) 829-2536. epicureanhotel.com.

GO FOR GOLD: Hard Rock Cafe's new menu items

On Friday, Hard Rock Cafe launches more than 20 new menu items to ring in Founders' Day, commemorating the 1971 premiere of the first Hard Rock Cafe in London. That's everything from boozy milkshakes to steak burgers, including one topped with an edible 24-karat gold leaf. In addition, Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul headline the '70s-themed party from 8 to 11 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7757. hardrockcafe.com.

PERFECT PAIR: Dinner and a Comedy Show

Bayside Banquets has teamed up with Coconuts Comedy Club for Dinner and a Comedy Show, which gets you a five-course meal and a ticket to the show next door. Reservations are required. Bayside Banquets is the brainchild of owners Rob and Debbie Stambaugh, who were also behind the late Silas Dent's Steakhouse; last year, their iconic eatery was sold to the Caddy's Restaurant Group after nearly four decades in business. Dinner and a Comedy Show is held every Friday throughout the summer. $65. 6 p.m. Friday. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 804-6547.

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