It’s that time again. Wine and food extravaganza. Invasion of Food Network celebrities. Crowds. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicks off today and goes through Sunday. There are still some tickets available if you’re interested, but if you’d rather stay away from the madness or from spending big bucks, here are a few things you can do as we head into the weekend.
$5 Burger Night – Racks has been hosting this event every Wednesday for a few weeks. From 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. burgers and cocktails are $5. You could eat 40 of those burgers for the price of the Burger Bash. 3933 NE 163 rd Street, North Miami Beach; 305-917-7225.
Beers of Abraxas Beer Tasting – From 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. taste 12 beer samples from the beer list at Abraxas. If you haven’t been there, this is a laid back hidden lounge on Miami Beach. $15 per person. See tonight’s beer listing here. 407 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-534-9005. This event via @SFLBeerBlog.
Area 31 Fish + Wine Dinner – There are still seats available to this sustainable fish dinner. Call 305.424.5234 to reserve and check the restaurant’s Facebook page, they’ve been offering discounts of up to 50% for the restaurant’s fans. 270 Biscayne Boulevard.
Q Grand Opening – Jonathan Eismann’s barbecue restaurant Q is opening its doors at 8 p.m. with “rubbin’ and smokin’ drinkin’ and jokin.'” The night features music by The Cat Daddies. Free samples, shots and beer. 4029 N. Miami Avenue, 305.BARBEQUE (love that phone number).
Paul Dolan Vineyards at Escopazzo – Vineyard proprietor and winemaker Paul Dolan will be at Escopazzo for a wine dinner featuring five of his organic and biodynamic wines paired with Giancarla Bodoni’s food. Reception starts at 7:00 p.m. $69 per person. Reservations required. 1311 Washington Avenue; 305.674.9450.
The Offal Tasting – To coincide with the festival, Talula is featuring a seven-course menu featuring offal — animal parts including among other things beef hearts, duck hearts, pig ears and tripe. To end, foie gras donuts. Come on, be daring. The menu is $78 per person and will be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 305.672.0778. 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach.
93Rock Best Brew Review – Who needs wine when there’s beer? Featuring over 200 beers, food samples and live music. Tickets are $20 in advance at Total Wine locations and $25 at the door. Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino from 8pm-12am. 21 and over.
Mr. Yum’s Anniversary Party – The Little Havana restaurant celebrates its one-year anniversary with music by Locos por Juana. The party starts at 6 p.m. with free sushi and drinks from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Locos por Juana performs at 10 p.m. 1945 SW 8th St., 786.360.2371. RSVP@mryummiami.com.
Dewar’s Scotch Tasting – Dewar’s has been holding a series of free private tastings in Miami at the Ice Palace. There are several dates to select from through March 10, but maybe this weekend is a good time to do it. Check dates and sign up here.