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The Eight Best Food and Drink Events in Miami This Weekend

This year's Valentine's Day treats from the Salty Donut.EXPAND
This year's Valentine's Day treats from the Salty Donut.
Photo courtesy of the Salty Donut

Looking for the best food and drink events this weekend? Restaurants host romantic dinners across Miami for Valentine's Day, J. Wakefield's fifth-annual WakeFest presents more than 120 breweries, Beat Culture debuts sake flights, and the Salty Donut's farmers' market, Salty Sunday, returns.

Cecconi's
Cecconi's
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Restaurants Serve Romantic Meals for Valentine's Day

Wondering how to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? A romantic meal at one of a local spot is the perfect love letter. Tasting amazing dishes and sharing cocktails might just make for the most memorable date you've ever experienced. Check out Miami's best Valentine's Day menus. All special meals will be served Friday, February 14, unless otherwise specified. Prices do not reflect tip, tax, and drinks unless noted. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Toast to your Valentine.
Toast to your Valentine.
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Toast to Valentine's Day

Today marks another Valentine's Day, and whether you're wading through the five stages of a breakup or you're love-struck by Cupid's arrow, Miami bars and restaurants are here to cater to your every emotion. Scrap the overpriced dinner and cozy up to the bar with your lover or your bestie. From romantic champagne coupes festooned with petals to over-the-top goblets of Vanderpump Rosé, these heartfelt tipples are guaranteed to get you in the mood. Here are the Magic City's top Valentine's Day-themed libations.

Shred your ex and eat some wings.
Shred your ex and eat some wings.
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Where to Go If You're Single on Valentine's Day

February 14 is a day fraught with terror for couples, who are forced to wear red, pay for supposedly romantic dinners, and toast to so-called love with overpriced bottles of champagne — even if they hate champagne. If you're single, feel free to scour Instagram for photos of perfect-looking couples using hashtags like #blessed and #lovegoals or troll Tinder for a date. Or you can check out these cool options for singletons. From drag shows to revenge food, here are the best ways for singles to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Red velvet cookies by Jenny Hales.
Red velvet cookies by Jenny Hales.
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Valentine's Day 2020 Miami Gift Guide

Who doesn't like a nice gift as an expression of love? This Valentine's Day, trade the tired last-minute card and flowers and surprise your favorite foodie with a heartfelt gift of delectables instead. These ten best finds will spark some real-life romance and keep the flame burning.

Beat Culture Brewery makes sake too.EXPAND
Beat Culture Brewery makes sake too.
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Sake at Beat Culture Brewery

As of today, Beat Culture is the first brewery in Florida to produce sake. Three limited-edition sakes are available as a $15 flight, including Saisho, a blend of water, koji-kin, yeast, and rice milled down to 50 percent of its original size; Kumo, an unfiltered sake refermented with local mango; and ōku, made similarly to Saisho but aged with American Oak. Beginning Friday, February 14, at Beat Culture Brewing, 7250 NW 11th St., Miami; beatculture.com.

Ralph Pagano
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Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Now in its 57th year, the festival will be plenty of fun even if you don't intend to buy art. Some of the planned events include culinary demonstrations from the likes of Ralph Pagano and Michael Beltran, live entertainment, a family zone, and other diversions. 10 a.m. Saturday, February 15, through Monday, February 17, at 2700 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. Tickets cost $15 per day via cgaf.com, and discounts are available.

Explore a world of beer at WakeFest.EXPAND
Explore a world of beer at WakeFest.
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WakeFest

Get ready to sip suds, because WakeFest Invitational — the annual festival that celebrates the craft of independent brewers — is back. More than 120 independently owned craft breweries from across the world are expected to participate, and nearly 30 JWB brews will be on draft. General-admission tickets include unlimited pours. Noon Saturday, February 15, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; manawynwood.com. Tickets start at $75 via jwakefieldbrewing.com.

Salty Sunday returns this weekend.
Salty Sunday returns this weekend.
Photo courtesy of the Salty Donut

Valentine's Day Doughnuts and Salty Sunday Farmers' Market

This Sunday, Salty Sunday will return to South Miami with an all-new lineup of vendors and items. Plus, customers can stop by the shop today for a one-day-only Valentine's Day doughnut. This year, the bakery is offering a chocolate raspberry trifle, for which a heart-shaped brioche doughnut is layered with chocolate cake and raspberry whipped cream, chocolate glaze, and a fresh raspberry. It's available at both locations — Wynwood and South Miami — as well as via UberEats. Fans can extend their Valentine's Day celebrations by visiting Salty's pop-up market this Sunday. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market will bring back the Salty Bakehouse, a concept that allows the Salty Donut's pastry chefs to offer items far different from their usual doughnuts. Expect strawberry jam, croissants, jalapeño cheddar biscuits, salted whipped butter, brioche loaves, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-based items made specially for Valentine's Day weekend. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at the Salty Donut South Miami, 6022 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami; saltydonut.com. Admission is free.

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