What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Grand Central District burger battle, 97X Craft Beer Experience

Plus, the Okra Occasion wants you to eat or compete and two sparkling wine events bring more bubbly into your life.
Published August 7

PATTY POWER: Battle of the Burg(er)

A competition now in its seventh year, Battle of the Burg(er) has returned with $8 off-the-menu patties created by 11 eateries across St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District. Help crown the winner by ordering the featured burgers until the end of the month, then voting for your favorite online. Meant to appeal to veg-heads and meat eaters alike, Entries include NuMex’s Hatch Green Chile Bacon Relleno Burger — an Angus beef patty with green chile topped with applewood-smoked bacon and cheese-stuffed chile relleno (which is different from the green chile cheeseburger offered on its regular lineup) — and the Craftsman House’s Psychedelic Burger, a veggie patty with mushrooms, garbanzo beans, quinoa, zucchini, pumpkin, corn, onion and spices on a bed of greens topped with buttered avocado, tomatoes and curry tzatziki sauce. And heads up: Get each eatery’s “unique voting number” at the time of purchase to make your taste buds heard. Runs through Aug. 31. grandcentraldistrict.org.

HOPS TO IT: 97X Craft Beer Experience

The 97X Craft Beer Experience, around since 2012, showcases more than 100 kinds of suds. Most of this year’s participating breweries hail from outside the state, but Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Big Storm Brewing Company and Florida Avenue Brewing Co. are among the locals. Live tunes, grub from St. Petersburg restaurants and prizes mingle with the beer, served in a commemorative festival cup. $45. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com.

YOU FEELING OKRA? Okra Occasion

Down samples of okra dishes during the fifth annual celebration, or face off against other home cooks who think they have the tastiest recipe with okra. Okra Occasion judges award three prizes while spectators snag an okra recipe booklet and fresh okra for sale by local farmers. To compete, call Dell deChant at (727) 849-1626. Free. 6-8 p.m. Monday. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St.

GOODIES AROUND THE GLOBE: International Pastry Sweets

International Pastry Sweets drive Berghoff Culinary Center’s next hands-on cooking class led by pastry chef Cathleen Ryan. Orange almond madeleines, rosemary shortbread wedges, chocolate espresso torte, plum jam mezzaluna and hazelnut almond baklava are on the menu. Seating is limited. $45. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 11063 State Road 54, Odessa. (727) 853-3373. shopberghoff.com.

SUMMERTIME SIPPERS: Sparkling Wine Tasting

Drink your way around 10 bubblies throughout the Sparking Wine Tasting. Highlighting summertime sippers, this affordable showcase pairs cava, Champagne and prosecco with California selections. $20. 7-9 p.m. Friday. Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813) 879-2931. vintagewinecellars.net.

MALL MEETUP: Bubbly and Bingo

Need some more sparklers in your life? Don’t miss Bubbly and Bingo, where prosecco and Champagne accompany different kinds of bingo at the Westfield Countryside mall. The afternoon session promises eight regular games and one blackout game, then expect four rounds of jukebox bingo — sing-along and all — in the evening. Registration is required. Noon and 6 p.m. Aug. 14. 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 796-1070. westfield.com.

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