June is the official start of summer for many South Floridians. It’s when the temperatures really start to heat up, and school is out as students from all over take to the beach. Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with these exciting events. Join a brunch bar crawl in FTL, take in some views and vino at a delightful hotel, and participate in a watermelon eating contest!
CATS AND COFFEE
Are you passionate about kittens and coffee? If so, you should mark your calendars for the Abandoned Pet Rescue’s Pop-Up Cat Café! Set inside the beautiful Blanco Y Blanco Arts venue, you’ll be able to pet, cuddle, and feed cats while enjoying coffee, tea, pastries and more. Cat-themed arts and crafts will also be going on throughout the day for kids, and all of APR’s cats will be adoptable, so you can come and pick out the next member of your family! If you can’t take in a cat right now, donations will be accepted, and all of the money from the beverages and food will go towards the organization.
BRUNCHIN’ IN FTL
Fort Lauderdale’s first brunch crawl has finally arrived, and considering how popular the activity is in SoFlo, it’s going to be a crazy day! From 12-6 p.m., enjoy exclusive drink specials and brunch bites at participating bars, exclusive access to the best venues, red carpet photography, giveaways at each bar, and even more surprises! Some venues that have joined the bar crawl are Booze Garden, Public House, Township, America’s Backyard, and Briny’s Irish Pub. It’s limited to 1,000 tickets so sign up fast!
CELEBRATING BLACK FILM
Come check out some amazing films and celebrate diversity at the American Black Film Festival! Since 1997, this festival has worked hard to shine the spotlight on black artists, helping to empower them and provide them with the “same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts.” There are five tiers of passes, with the first being the “Movie Lover’s Pass.” This will grant you access to indie film screenings, Miami community day screenings, and one festival program guide. If you wish to explore the festival further, look into the other tiers!
BETTER IN THE CARIBBEAN
Since 1993, the Taste of the Caribbean has brought the lovely smells and tastes of the islands to Miami. The Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams come together to compete in different categories like the bartender competition, the seafood competition, and the pastry competition. There’s also an announcement of “Chef of the Year” and an awards ceremony dinner. The participating countries this year are Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and many others. Head out to the Hyatt Regency Miami for a delicious evening!
BRING ON THE VINO!
Take a trip to Ilios Terrace on the top of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort for a magnificent evening at Vino and Views. This event will feature a four-course prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Nicole Rhone, and carefully selected wine pairings for each course! Savor Filet Mignon paired with J Vineyards Pinot Noir, and Chocolate Gateaux paired with William Hill Benchland Series Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s going to be a delectable and spectacular time!
FRUIT, SPICE, EVERYTHING NICE
The Redland Summer Fruit Festival is one of the best ways to cool off when the temperatures seem to soar. The festival acts as a showcase of Florida’s best wines, agriculture, fruits, vegetables, and more, where you can view colorful flowers, snack on tasty fruits, and sip on sweet smoothies. You can bring the little ones too, as there will be a kids’ area with farm animals, pony rides, and even a watermelon eating contest!
By Aaliyah Pasols