Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Calle Ocho, Feast With the Beasts, and More

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Happy Friday!  Miami's teeming with plenty to do. Get wild at Zoo Miami's Feast With the Beasts or take your four-legged friend out for a beer at Bark and Brew.

Enjoy a poolside barbecue at the Confidante or party at Calle Ocho!

Weekend starts now!

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Calle Ocho, Feast With the Beasts, and More
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Feast With the Beasts at Zoo Miami
Eating is the only primal activity that's condoned in public, both for propriety and sanitation. So if you're looking to get in touch with your wild side among friends, Zoo Miami has you covered with Feast With the Beasts. This annual fundraiser benefits education and conservation efforts at the zoo while indulging the Homo sapiens animal brain alongside our furry, scaly, or feathered counterparts. This year's edition boasts a new Everglades exhibit, food from more than 30 local restaurants, live painting, deep-sea virtual reality, and a demonstration by chef Ralph Pagano.
8 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; 305-255-5551; fwtb.org. Admission costs $250 to $500.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Calle Ocho, Feast With the Beasts, and More
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Bark and Brew at Lincoln's Beard Brewing Company
Though we might want to accept all manner of kisses from our pooches, recent science (and common sense) tells us it's a bad idea to cover our faces in dog saliva. "But where will my dog get the constant validation and physical affection he needs?" you ask. From other canines, of course — while you sit back and enjoy craft beers with other like-minded (and parasite-free) dog parents. Bark and Brew is hosted by the dog trainers at Applause Your Paws every second Friday of the month. So go ahead and facilitate some puppy love.
6 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Lincoln's Beard Brewing Company, 7360 SW 41st St., Miami; 305-912-7390; lincolnsbeardbrewing.com. Admission is free.

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Photo by Karli Evans

Bootcamp and Beer at J. Wakefield Brewing
Crossfit Wynwood is the kind of inclusive spot that can keep even the laziest of humans returning and strengthening their bods. The employees motivate you to actually do those methods of torture — burpees — and then come back to do more. Even though going to CrossFit hung-over is the worst idea ever, each Saturday this "box" offers Bootcamp and Beer by teaming up with the local brewery J. Wakefield. For only 15 bones, you can strengthen your weak core and try a new microbrew. Get high on weights and then on beer. Why didn’t someone think of this before?
10:45 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at J. Wakefield Brewing, 120 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-254-7779; jwakefieldbrewing.com. Admission costs $15.
Backyard Saturdays at the Confidante
Backyard barbecues are fun..but they're truly great when two chefs are doing the cooking (and cleaning) for you. On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., Richard Hales (Bird & Bone) and Dale Talde (Talde) are manning the grill to whip up tasty tidbits like chair sui pulled pork and a “Tipsy Texan” sandwich. It all goes down poolside at the Confidante. Tunes by DJ Dave Sol and DJ Unomas and $5 valet parking seal the deal. Admission is free and food and drink items are available to order a la carte.
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234; theconfidantehotel.com.
Marathon Seafood Festival
The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is truly a family friendly event; featuring and starring fresh-caught local keys seafood, cold beverages, live entertainment the entire weekend, over 220 vendors, a boat and art show, and rides for the kids. The 41st-annual festival spans two days, making it the perfect Keys weekend.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at 1222 Overseas Hwy., Marathon; 305-743-5417; marathonseafoodfestival.com.
Spanish Marie Brewing Groundbreaking Party
When deciding on a location for a brewery in Miami-Dade, Spanish Marie Brewery's Alby Cespedes didn't want anyone from the suburbs to have to drive an hour to enjoy local craft beer. So he and his business partners chose a space at 14241 SW 120th St. in West Kendall. This Sunday, March 12, from 3 to 6 p.m., Cespedes will open the brewery for a sneak peek and private tasting to a limited audience of 500.
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Spanish Marie Brewery, 14241 SW 120th St., Miami; 786-780-4872; facebook.com/spanishmarie. Free admission with RSVP at eventbrite.com.
Carnaval Miami's Calle Ocho Cuban Sandwich Smackdown
You can take part in the croqueta-eating competition or catch the musical lineup that includes Latin crooners at Carnaval Miami’s Calle Ocho, but you will not want to miss the third-annual Miami Cuban Sandwich Smackdown. Cubanos know how to make one greasy, meaty sangwish (as it’s called on SW Eighth Street). The competition is bringing area restaurants to craft this local delicacy with a side of conga lines. Participants will attempt to beat the world record of largest Cuban sandwich (128 feet) and feed the homeless with it.
11 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Calle Ocho Festival, SW Eighth Street and SW 19th Avenue, Miami; 813-319-5850; ilovecubansandwiches.com. Admission is free.

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