Best Things to Do in Miami This Week: Food and Drink Events May 6-8, 2022

Catch the inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix this weekend at a local restaurant or bar, including Batch Gastropub or the Freehold. Plus, Ralph Pagano’s 28th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, the Seventh Annual Taste of Haiti event, and Mother’s Day brunches on Sundays.

click to enlarge The Fontainebleau - PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH

The Fontainebleau

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Miracles await at la Ventanita in Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Brugal 1888 rum hosts its next “Wonders Await at la Ventanita” – a rotating neighborhood pop-up series inspired by Miami’s coffee culture – in the lobby of Fontainebleau Miami Beach, just in time for Formula 1 weekend, featuring art installations from the worldwide known Mexican artist Cesar Menchaca of Menchaca Studio. Enjoy afternoon cafecito and pastries (2-4pm), plus a lively Brugal 1888 rum bar (2-4pm) all weekend. Local bartenders will shake up craft cocktails with the premium rums, such as the “Don Nano’s Favorite”, the “Caribbean Negroni” and the Brugal 1888 espresso martini. Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; fontainebleau.com.

click to enlarge A mural on NE Second Avenue in Little Haiti.  - PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

A mural on NE Second Avenue in Little Haiti.

Taste of Haiti

This Saturday, the seventh annual Taste of Haiti returns to Miami. Hosted by the City of North Miami Beach and the NMB Community Redevelopment Agency (NMBCRA), the open-air culinary festival takes place in front of the NMB City Hall building and highlights Haiti’s rich flavors, cuisine, and culture. Expect live music, special performances, craft vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, chef competitions, and a Haitian art exhibit, among other things. This event is free and open to the public. Saturday, May 7 from 4 to 10 p.m. on NE 19th Avenue between 169th to 171st Streets. Entry is free with RSVP at eventbrite.com.

click to enlarge Ralph Pagano - PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Ralph Pagano

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Ralph Pagano’s Annual Kentucky Derby Party

Chef Ralph Pagano is hosting his 28th annual Kentucky Derby party this Saturday at Naked Taco. Throw in your hat to Naked Taco’s “Best Hat” contest as you sip Mint Juleps, snack on tacos, and enjoy other food and drink specials. 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Naked Taco, 1111 Collins Ave., Miami; 305-534-8455; lovenakedtaco.com.

click to enlarge Freehold Miami's Bar - PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF FREEHOLD MIAMIA

Freehold Miami’s bar

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Race day Sunday Viewing party at the Freehold

On Sunday, the Hard Rock Stadium will crown the winner of the inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. The action takes place at the Miami International Autodrome, a temporary circuit built around the stadium that is more than three miles long and includes 19 turns. Tickets have long sold out, but if you want to see the race in a communal setting, head to the Freehold on Sunday for the Race Day Sunday viewing party. It’s free to attend, but if you want to enjoy an open bar with bottomless brunch cocktails, good drinks, and draft beer for the duration of the race, you’ll pay $40. Sunday at 1:00 PM, at Freehold Miami, 2219 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-280-0330; freeholdmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP; open bar tickets cost $40 through posh.vip.

click to enlarge The dining room of Batch Gastropub Miami - PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BATCH GASTROPUB

The dining room of Batch Gastropub Miami

Photo Courtesy of Batch Gastropub

Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix Viewing at Batch Gastropub

Park yourself at Batch Gastropub for Sunday’s Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. With 15 TVs and three projectors on the other side of the bar, you can see every minute of the race while enjoying $5 Bud Light draft, mix-and-match buckets of five for $25, and shots of $5 , coupled with the elevated bar food. Sunday, May 8 at Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th St., Miami; 305-808-5555; batchgastropub.com.

click to enlarge Brunch at Jaguar Restaurant - PHOTO COURTESY OF JAGUAR RESTAURANT

A brunch spread at Jaguar Restaurant

Photo Courtesy of Jaguar Restaurant

Mother’s Day Brunch in South Florida

Have you already made a plan for Mother’s Day? Treating your mom to a special Sunday brunch is a great way to show your love and gratitude. She doesn’t have to think about anything but all the great times you’ve spent together, while you both enjoy delicious food and drinks. Check out the most tempting brunch options for Mother’s Day in Miami. All brunches are offered on Mother’s Day, Sunday 8 May. Reservations are recommended and prices do not include taxes and gratuities.

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