Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Sprung!, Pizza Festival, and Grillin N Chillin

Get Sprung! this weekend.
Get Sprung! this weekend.
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Happy Friday!

This weekend has an event for you no matter your tastes.

If you're daring, check out the Place Invaders/Phuc Yea pop-up, with a mystery location divulged to guests the day of the dinner.

Saturday, choose between the Sprung! beer festival or South Florida's first pizza festival. Then make room for ribs at Sunday's Grillin N Chillin festival.

Finally, be entertained at the Cabaret South Beach in the Shelborne's Drawing Room or take in the C'est Rouge dinner show at Faena.

Weekend starts now!

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Sprung!, Pizza Festival, and Grillin N Chillin
Courtesy of the Shelborne

The Cabaret South Beach at Shelborne’s Drawing Room
6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2
The Shelborne's Drawing Room lounge turns into the Cabaret South Beach this Friday through Sunday, when Miami's top cabaret and piano performers will entertain all evening. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy happy-hour beat-the-clock specials on food and drinks, along with Ricky Williams on the piano. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., you'll find a host of rotating musicians and singers. While you're there, enjoy bites courtesy of Sarsaparilla Club's Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, including fried chicken, a beef burger, and beet and goat cheese dumplings.
Fair Food at the Youth Fair
All weekend
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (also known for generations as the Youth Fair or simply the Fair) is celebrating its 66th anniversary. The 2017 edition is open daily March 23 through April 16 (except March 27 and 28 and April 3 and 4). Presented by Ford, the Coca-Cola Company, and Sedano's Supermarkets, the Fair is the largest in Florida. In 2016, it drew more than 612,000 attendees. This adrenaline-filled, 21-day event includes more than 90 heart-pounding rides, two giant Kiddielands, outrageous fair foods, livestock and agricultural competitions, live concerts, blockbuster shows, a European-style circus, and more at an 86-acre complex located in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Sprung!, Pizza Festival, and Grillin N Chillin
Courtesy of Phuc Yea

Place Invaders and Phuc Yea Pop-Up
7 p.m. Friday, March 31, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 2
For years, Place Invaders has traveled across the United States for its roving dinner series. Now the rogue pop-up is partnering with the Miami restaurant Phuc Yea to invade the Magic City for the weekend. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, enjoy a five-course dinner with wine and cocktails by chef Cesar Zapata that traces his culinary journey and celebrates the immigrant experience. The catch: You won't know where you'll dine until the day of the event. Locations will be divulged via email the morning of the dinner (and will be within a five-mile radius of downtown Miami). Tickets cost $100 per person via placeinvaders.com and include cocktails, wine pairings, tax, and gratuity.
C'est Rouge! Dinner Show at Faena Theater
9 p.m. Friday, March 31, 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1
Epicure meets entertainment at Faena Theater with C’est Rouge! Dinner Show Friday and Saturday evening. Served in a grand, opulent theater, a decadent three-course prix fixe includes two glasses of wine, sparkling wine, or beer per person enjoyed with live musical acts before curtains rise for the grand spectacle, C’est Rouge! Visit faena.com for tickets, starting at $65.

See the next page for more food and drink events in Miami this weekend...
El Portal Village Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1
Miami-Dade's most charming hidden village is also home to a monthly farmers' market. Shop for organic produce and wares from local vendors, participate in yoga, and enjoy kids' activities. In addition, check out the area's ever-growing art and antiques scene at the Antique and Design Mall on Biscayne Boulevard and NE 87th Street (where the market is located).
Burger Beast Museum at Magic City Casino
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1
If you're a fan of fast food, check out the Burger Beast Museum. Located inside Magic City Casino, the museum is a carefully curated trip down memory lane courtesy of Miami's Sef "Burger Beast" Gonzalez. Admission normally costs $10, but it's free Saturday afternoon if you say, "Happy April Fool's Day." When all of that burger memorabilia makes you hungry, grab a snack at the Burger Beast Burger Cart, debuting with Burger Beast burgers, chips, and sodas. The cart opens at 11 a.m. and closes when the food sells out.
Sprung! at the RC Cola Plant
2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1
Spring has sprung. Even though that doesn't mean much in a city with two barely distinguishable seasons, it's another excuse to have a party. Enter the Sprung! Spring Beer Festival — an afternoon affair with hundreds of craft beers, demos from local chefs, competitive games with prizes, a homebrewers' tent (if regular craft beers aren't hip enough for you), and beer “treatments” to add new flavors to the beers you already know and love. Your ticket gets you unlimited beer samples, so go ahead — let spring fever hit you. Visit sprungbeerfest.com for tickets ($45 to $90).

The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival will take place Saturday, April 1.
The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival will take place Saturday, April 1.
Photo by Matt Keever / Flickr

Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival at the War Memorial Auditorium
1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1
The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival will feature craft beer and wine tents, live music, lawn games, cooking demos, and more than 120 vendors specializing in pizza. The fest will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium, located at 800 NE Eighth St. in Holiday Park, and admission ($30) includes access to the festival, two slices of pizza, and a beverage. VIP tickets ($75) include early entrance at noon, perks, and a gift bag. Visit fortlauderdalepizzafestival.com.
Grillin N Chillin at the RC Cola Plant
11 a.m. Sunday, April 2
It's time for Miami to take its barbecue from the boring backyard to the place where everything is happening: Wynwood. While the weather is still tolerable, the whole family can wolf down slow-cooked meats and cornbread at Grillin N Chillin. There will be barbecue for all palates, from Carolina to Texas styles. The Kitchen Lab will share its secrets from the pit for newbie smokers in the audience and even host a cook-off. Cocktails, live bands, kids' stuff, and even a dog area make this event one you have no excuse missing unless you're vegan. Visit wynwoodbbqfest.com for tickets ($15 to $25).

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