Pompano Seafood fest and a Taste of Oakland Park
Welcome to the latest edition of Hot Plates, your weekly guide to upcoming food events and restaurant promotions around South Florida. The plates will pile up today, as three big events take place in Pompano Beach, Oakland Park and Miami.
The 35th edition of the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, with live music and tasty sea creatures, kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday on the beach near the Pompano Pier, at Atlantic Avenue and A1A. The festival will feature numerous vendors with lobster, shrimp, clams, oysters and items for landlubbers (chicken, burgers, etc.).
The festival runs 5-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce launched the event in 1984, and it benefits many local charities and institutions, including Blanche Ely High, Pompano Beach High, the Boy Scouts of America, the Kiwanis Club and the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo. Three-day passes (available online only) cost $30, not including food or drink. Single-day tickets will be available at the gate: $10 today, $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday.
After a successful inaugural in 2017, the Taste of Oakland Park returns to Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, from 6 to 9 p.mtonight. More than two dozen local restaurants, along with beverages from homegrown brewing success Funky Buddha Brewery will be featured. Participating restaurants include Alberte’s Caribbean, Angelo Elia Bakery Bar, Char-hut, Cucina Caruso Italian Restaurant, Dixie Pig BBQ, Garlic Knot, Pink Sub, Quates Mexican Restaurant, Rendez-vous French Restaurant, Tatts & Tacos, Tijuana Flats and the Whole Enchilada. Tickets cost $15 for adults (children under 12 free), and include samples from all food and beverage vendors.
Taste of the Nation, the annual event to fight childhood hunger by benefiting national nonprofit No Child Hungry, will take place today at Ice Palace Film Studios, 59 NW14th St., in Miami. The event is age restricted to those 21 and older, and tickets cost $150 and up. VIP tickets ($250 each) allow for entry at 6 p.m., standard tickets at 7 p.m. Dozens of top chefs and restaurants from MiamiDade and Broward will take part, including James Beard Award finalist Brad Kilgore of Alter in Miami, and Paula DaSilva from Burlock Coast in Fort Lauderdale.
May 3: Delish to benefit Arc Broward and its culinary program, at the Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Tickets cost $150 and up.
May 5: A double dose of partying — with tacos, margaritas and mint juleps — will break out with the confluence of Cinco de Mayo and the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Many Mexican restaurants (and other bars) will have specials to mark the Battle of Puebla, and Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach and its surrounding restaurants will celebrate the annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
May11: Orange Bowl Food and Wine Celebration, Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $95 and up.
May 22: Check, Please! Tasting Tour, North Miami Beach. Tickets cost $150.
June 2: Taste of Recovery to benefit Crossroads Club for addiction recovery, hosted by Louie Bossi, Old School Square, Delray Beach. Tickets cost $40. email@example.com, 954-356-4508. Follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats. Sign up for my weekly dining newsletter at SouthFlorida.com/EatBeatMail.