FORK YEAH: Dining Out for Life
Support the work of Empath Partners in Care with your appetite Thursday during Dining Out for Life. This year, 40-plus Tampa Bay restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner will participate in the worldwide benefit, which donates at least 25 percent of every bill to vital services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Nationally, Dining Out for Life has raised more than $4 million. For a list of eateries and percentages to be donated, visit diningoutforlife.com.
WINE DOWN: Los Vinos de Dalí
Hosted on the downtown waterfront, Los Vinos de Dalí offers fine wines and gourmet bites from local eateries, along with craft beer and booze. Live music and a silent auction complete the highlights of the annual fundraiser, but you can also peruse the Dalí Museum galleries (“Magritte and Dalí” included). $90, $80 members. 4 p.m. Sunday. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.
VIVA LA FOOD: Havana Nights
Coconut shrimp, beef empanadas, a tostones station (yep, you read that right), chicken fricassee and tres leches are some of the menu items showcased at Havana Nights. Tickets to this Latin-inspired party also include tunes by Orquesta Infinidad and a welcome cocktail. $39. 7 p.m. Friday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. (727) 420-9876. eventbrite.com.
BERRY SWEET: Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival
Keel and Curley Winery’s Keel Farms puts on the family-friendly Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival, with more than 100 food and craft vendors, live music, a kids zone, U-pick blueberries and a wine-tasting school. Parking $10. 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. (813) 752-3892. keelfarms.com.
COGNAC AND CHILL: Hardy Cognac and the Harry Waugh Dessert Room Seminar
In case you’re feeling particularly splurgy, head for the Hardy Cognac and the Harry Waugh Dessert Room Seminar. This celebration of influential women, which is part of Bern’s Winefest No. 22, pairs Winefest speaker Bénédicte Hardy’s cognacs with treats dreamed up by Harry Waugh Dessert Room pastry chefs Amber Menendez and Heather Birr in the Epicurean Theatre. $300. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-2421. bernswinefest.com.
SAY CHEESE: Food Photography Class
Want to take those iPhone images you snapped while dining out to the next level? Professional food photographer Chip Weiner leads the two-hour Food Photography Class that breaks down the tips and techniques you need to make your Instagram feed more drool-worthy. On-site sweets spot Bake’n Babes refunds your $25 deposit for the lesson with a $25 coupon valid on merchandise. 9 a.m. Saturday. The Hall on Franklin, 1701 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 786-7780. artstampabay.com.
POUR DECISIONS: Barns and Beer Craft Beer Festival
Hosted on the grounds of Old McMicky’s Farm, featuring a big red barn and all, the Barns and Beer Craft Beer Festival samples more than 100 brews and wines paired with musical entertainment and farm games. Benefits the Old McMicky’s Farm Foundation. $45-$50. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa. (813) 920-1948. oldmcmickys.com.