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Dine, Wine & Food Finds, Jan. 28 - Feb. 8

Jan 28th 2011 11:01AM / by Nanette Wiser

Get your dog on a leash and spend an hour squeezing organic vegetables and fruits at area farmers' markets. In addition to those listed below, visit Gulfport (Tuesday), Largo (Thursday), and downtown Clearwater or Dunedin (Friday). Enophiles, enjoy dozens of fine vintages, many for a good cause.

Art & Eats: The Corey Avenue Sunday Market (10am to 2pm) boasts produce vendors, local arts and crafts, live music, foods and fun! On Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30, the annual 17th Art & Craft Fair is in full swing from 10am to 5pm. When you're done strolling and nibbling, make a beeline for the Twisted Tarpon or the Swigwam for more food and drink.
Corey Avenue, just off Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach; 727-498-8778.
Italian Dinner & Wines: Enjoy wines and prosecco and Shor American Seafood Grill's chef supper (osso bucco, beef carpaccio and zabaglione), as well as a wine auction to benefit Abilities Foundation job placement services for veterans with disabilities.
Tue., Feb. 1; $85 per person
Hyatt Regency, 301 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater; 727-373-4780
Wing It: Live music, chicken wing eating contest, and dozens of restaurants showcase their flats for a saucy Saturday.
Sat., Feb. 5, 11am - 7pm; Free
Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave., N.E., St. Petersburg; 404-456-4655
Toasty Tidbits: Sip Napa's Krupp Brother Wines and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6:30pm ($25), or raise money for LARC on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the wine and appetizer tasting ($5).
Tosti's Spirits & Fine Wine, 5125 34th St. S., St. Petersburg; 727-867-7772
Friday Farmers Tampa Downtown Market: The market is one of the best around, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables, exotic cheeses, affordable food and gourmet products.
Fri., Jan. 28, 10am - 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square -- Tampa Street and Kennedy Boulevard, downtown Tampa.
Saturday Farmers Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market: Browse crafts and cool clothes, fresh fruits, veggies, boiled peanuts, and good local eats.
Sat., Jan. 29, Opens at 8am
11109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview
Ybor Saturday Market: Get produce, gourmet foods, hot sauces, fresh breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, orchids, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles and a lot of great people-watching.
Sat., Jan 29, 9am to 3pm
Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 19th Street
Land O' Lakes Market: Enjoy live music and good shopping, all for a good cause that benefits the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank.
Sat., Jan. 29, 9am to 2pm
Land O' Lakes Community Center, U.S. 41
St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Come early before the crowds throng the market. Enjoy live bands (there's even seating), crepes, English meat pies, blintzes, sausage, gyros, and dozens of other yummies from the ethnic vendors. Take home mulled wine mixes, organic produce, beignets and breads, cunning desserts, flowers, crafts, jewelry, spices, herbs, Adirondack chairs and cool new recipes.
Sat., Jan. 29, 9am to 2pm
Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 1st Avenue South and 1st Street, downtown


 
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