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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: YardFest, Star Wars Day, and Cinco de Mayo

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: YardFest, Star Wars Day, and Cinco de Mayo
Courtesy of the Wynwood Yard
This weekend, the Wynwood Yard will say goodbye to the neighborhood by offering nonstop food, drinks, and music events through Sunday. J. Wakefield will celebrate Star Wars Day at the brewery with limited-edition beers, food trucks, raffles, and a lightsaber battle, while numerous restaurants will honor the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo with themed cocktails and drink specials. Plus, Icebox Cafe launches a three-day gluten-free tamale pop-up, and more than a dozen soul-food chefs will unite for the Vegan Takeover, a brunch experience on the MUCE Campus.

YardFest at the Wynwood Yard. When the Wynwood Yard closes for good this Sunday, a bit of the neighborhood's soul will go with it. But for now, there's still time to eat, drink, and be merry in Wynwood. This Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., check out the final Taste of the Yard. A $25 ticket will get you tasting portions from five Yard food vendors plus the Bar at the Yard. You'll also enjoy specially priced cocktails, beer, and wine all weekend. You'll probably want to have one last Della bowl for the road. Della Bowls will also offer its special green sauce for purchase so you can enjoy it after the Yard has served its last bowl of veggie goodness. Because the Yard's last day happens to be Cinco de Mayo, celebrate with tacos from Pasilla Tacos, located at the Yard. 5 p.m. Friday, May 3, to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-771-4810; Admission is free with RSVP via
Gro Wynwood. This pop-up community space is designed to be sustainable. The green-lit dome allows shade and air circulation without the cost of A/C, and grow pyramids provide the herbs for the cocktails served at Gro. Sit on the grass, enjoy a beer by sponsor Cerveza Patagonia, and chow down on fare from several food trucks. The space offers recyclable straws and cutlery to cut down on plastic use. This Saturday, Gro will host a Star Wars-themed afternoon in honor of May the Fourth and music the rest of the weekend. The pop-up is open weekends through May 11. 2700 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-461-2700; Admission is free. Opens 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday.
click to enlarge Let the Wookiee win. - J. WAKEFIELD BREWING
Let the Wookiee win.
J. Wakefield Brewing
Star Wars Day at J. Wakefield Brewery. This Saturday, J. Wakefield will celebrate Star Wars Day with a series of limited-edition beers that honor the world of Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca. Beginning at noon, the brewery will pour a series of nine Star Wars-themed beers. Each brew is a limited edition, with only one or two kegs made. The tappings will be timed throughout the day, so that there's no rush. In addition, there will be two can releases: Haterade, a 6 percent ABV fruit-punch-inspired Florida Weisse; and Troll So Hard, a 6 percent ABV lemon and key lime Florida Weisse. Plus, expect food trucks, raffles, and a lightsaber battle at 7:30 p.m. Of course, you're encouraged to dress as your favorite member of the Star Wars galaxy. Noon Saturday, May 4, at 120 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-254-7779; Admission is free.
click to enlarge Mint julep - SEEK & FIND
Mint julep
Seek & Find
Kentucky Derby Watch Parties. Saturday marks the 145th Kentucky Derby. At exactly 6:50 p.m., a field of 20 thoroughbreds will run a mile and a quarter at Churchill Downs in Louisville in what's become the most famous horse race in the world. If you can't make it to Louisville, Miami is geared up with mint juleps and Southern festivities for the greatest two minutes in sports. So don your best hat and race to one of the Magic City's top Kentucky Derby parties.
click to enlarge Tacos - COURTESY OF CHARLY’S VEGAN TACOS
Courtesy of Charly’s Vegan Tacos
Cinco de Mayo. Charly's Vegan Tacos is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with food and drink deals, beer pong competitions, and DJs sets. Enjoy $5 tacos, $5 agave-based margaritas, and $3 Chihuahua beer. Check this list for more Miami restaurant Cinco de Mayo specials. 172 NW 24th St., Miami;
Courtesy of Miami Urban Contemporary Experience
Vegan Takeover at the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience Campus. More than a dozen soul-food chefs will unite for the Vegan Takeover, a brunch experience on the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE) campus. During this kickoff of MUCE's fifth cultural season, enjoy live music, spoken-word performances, and art while digging into a selection of creative, plant-based eats. Menu highlights, which are subject to change, include cashew dip, veggie skewers, vegan chili, Impossible burger bites, and curry red lentil soup with naan. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the MUCE Campus, 246 NW 54th St., Miami; Tickets cost $40 via
Courtesy of Icebox Cafe
Gluten-Free Tamales at Icebox Cafe. This Sunday, Icebox Cafe in South Beach will debut a new pop-up experience, this time featuring gluten-free tamales. Owner Robert Seigmann, who was born in Mexico City, is responsible for three different tamales ($12 each). During dinner service, pair a tamale with Icebox’s popular mezcal-based cocktail, the Jalapeño Paloma, which will be available at a discounted price of $4. Tamale favors include wild mushroom with roasted poblano pepper, fire-roasted corn, chipotle, and cilantro; roasted chicken with traditional tomatillo salsa; and sautéed shrimp with red mole and cilantro. Sunday, May 5, through Wednesday, May 8, at Icebox Cafe, 1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-8448;
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