Meet the Miss Beerfest contestants.
Meet the Miss Beerfest contestants.
Photo courtesy of Angela LaMuse

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beerfest, Croquetapalooza, Free Ms. Cheezious

Once again, we've lived through another workweek. With Friday comes a plethora of activities. As the weather cools, Miami heats up with happenings, openings, and parties. 

This weekend, you can feast on Miami's favorite snack, sample as much beer as you want, and snag a free grilled cheese sandwich. 

Weekend starts now!

Beerfest returns to Fort Lauderdale.
Beerfest returns to Fort Lauderdale.
Photo courtesy of Beerfest

New Times' Beerfest
New Times'  18th-annual "Original" Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park this Saturday, October 10, with more than 100 beers to sample, including local favorites Funky Buddha, LauderAle Brewery, Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery, Wynwood Brewing, and Miami Brewing Co. The fun begins at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP and Brewmaster ticketholders) and includes live music and great food.

In addition to all the beer you can drink, you can watch the Miami Hurricanes take on the Florida State Seminoles at 8 p.m. in the ultimate watch-party area, and cheer on the Miss Beerfest contestants as they hoist and drink their way to victory. If you haven't gotten your Beerfest tickets, there's still time — but hurry, because VIP is already sold out.

Advance-purchase tickets cost $30 for general admission, with a special four-pack for only $75. Brewmaster tickets cost $65 and grant access to the event at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets at NewTimesBeerfest.com. General-admission tickets will be sold at the gate, if available, for $40 each.

Croquetapalooza cures your munchies.
Croquetapalooza cures your munchies.
Photo courtesy Burger Beast

Burger Beast's Croquetapalooza returns to Magic City Casino this Sunday, October 11, from noon to 3 p.m. More than a dozen Miami restaurants will serve croquetas or croqueta-inspired dishes. There'll also be a pop-up re-creation of a Downstairs convenience store, where you can "shop" for Boar's Head sandwiches, 305:Cafecitos, and Ojala wine — for free! The $35 ticket price also includes hand-shaken daiquiris and other treats such as ice-cream cookie sandwiches from Azucar Ice Cream and Night Owl Cookie Co. To purchase tickets, visit croquetapalooza.com

This can be yours for free!
This can be yours for free!
Photo courtesy Ms. Cheezious

Free Ms. Cheezious During Art Walk
The only thing better than a gooey grilled cheese sandwich is a free gooey grilled cheese sandwich. That's why Ms. Cheezious has partnered with global travel search site Skyscanner to offer free grilled cheese sammies. Just hop over to the Ms. Cheezious food truck, parked in the Wynwood Second Saturday Art Walk food truck lot at NW Second Avenue and 22nd Lane this Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Simply ask for a grilled cheese combo, and it's yours free. You'll also have a chance to win two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in the domestic U.S. But remember — no matter where you roam, only Miami has Ms. Cheezious.

Cool off with a cone.
Cool off with a cone.
Photo courtesy of Freddo Helado

Freddo Helado Opens in Brickell
When Freddo Helado opened its first South Florida store on Lincoln Road a little less than a year ago, Miamians from Argentina were ecstatic to once again have their beloved treat. The gelato flavors are made from fresh, hormone-free milk, pure cane sugar, fruits, and other natural and raw ingredients in Argentina and shipped to Miami in climate-controlled conditions. That painstaking process and resulting creamy product won Freddo the title of Best Gelato 2015 from New Times. Now a second outpost has opened, at 1100 S. Miami Ave. in Brickell. The 1,000-square-foot store, located at the newly constructed 1100 Millecento building, also serves breakfast and lunch items, in case you want something more substantial than gelato. Freddo Gelato Brickell is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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