Pom­pano Seafood fest and a Taste of Oak­land Park

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - DINING - By Michael Mayo

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.

Up­com­ing

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. mmayo@south­florida.com, 954-356-4508. Fol­low my food ad­ven­tures on In­sta­gram: @mike­may­oeats. Sign up for my weekly din­ing news­let­ter at South­Florida.com/EatBeatMail.

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