Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend
We can bitch and complain all we want about our laborious weekdays at work, but when it comes to the weekend, the bitching needs to stop.
Ain't nobody got time fo' anything besides chocolate festivals, beer festivals, and Calle Ocho. So quit your complaining and start planning your sure-to-be-awesome weekend.
Missed some deadlines? Chocolate at Pincrest Gardens can fix that. Got yelled at by the boss? A spring and summer craft beer festival in Coconut Grove should do the trick. Lacking a little sazón? A Latin American pride party will do right by you.
OK, so, we're gonna take a wild guess and say you haven't had a spring break in a really long time. Are we right? It's cool. That stuff is meant to stay in your past. But the organizers behind Grovetoberfest say different. Sprung! Spring Beer Festival kicks off this Saturday, offering you the opportunity to sample more than 150 spring and summer craft beers. Breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery, Kona, Magic Hat, Shiner, Shipyard, Harpoon, Blue Moon, and many others will offer their spring and summer crafts. There will be a complete lineup of Florida breweries in addition to the nationals. Once you've had your taste of six of each brew, play giant Jenga, human bowling (yes, human bowling), Mega Twister, cornhole, or beer pong (kick it old school!). The weather will be perfect, and the beer will be flowing.
Chocolate aficionados need not fret over the wasteland that is the convenience store any longer. True chocolate has entered the building. Well, it will this Saturday. Pinecrest Gardens will host a true chocolate experience to attendees/lovers of all things chocolate, cheese, wine, spirits, and art. Savory nosh will be available by the likes of Norman Van Aken, Allen Susser, and Adrianne Calvo, complete with demos and seminars. Nibble on organic truffles, bars, and -- wait for it -- chocolate macarons. After you've had one of those, surely heaven awaits.
There is nothing more Miami than Calle Ocho's annual festival. There is nothing more Latino. There is nothing more exotic. There is nothing more fun and festive than Latin America's pride fest in Little Havana. This year, we've provided you with a nifty guide to follow the fun madness: Calle Ocho 2013: A Guide to the Many Stages. It's got a picture of Mr. 305 and everything; superfancy. Don't miss out on one of Miami's greatest -- most "Miami" -- weekends ever. Paella, empanadas, chicharrones, flan, Jupiña, and Materva eagerly await your visit. ¡Dále!
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