Valentine’s Day is upon us, what better way to show your love and affection for your significant other than to revel in your mutual affinity for tasty yummies. Display your devotion with offerings of severed plants, fruit that has been sensuously embraced by dried warm chocolate goo, and a delicious meal. May Cupid’s arrow be one made of delicious cured meats shot into a well-tempered vat of your heart’s fondue.
Now that I’ve written the creepiest paragraph known to mankind, here’s some stuff to do.
-First Magnitude Brewing Company and Mayflower Cellars are hosting a Valentine’s Day Snow Ball Dance tomorrow, February 8th from 8 PM to 11 PM. The “Stranger Things” themed 80’s prom will take place in the warehouse, transformed into a winter wonderland much like the Snow Ball ’84 from the show. Come dressed in your best 80’s costume for a chance to be crowned Snowball King and Snowball Queen. This is a good one.
-Another Food Festival is being hosted at Magnolia Parke this Sunday, February 10th from 4 PM to 8:30 PM. There is a large lineup of food trucks, live music, and a portion of proceeds goes to charity. Pet friendly and family friendly. Rain is in the forecast, and there’s little to no cover, so proceed with caution.
-Dragonfly Sushi will have a special Valentine’s Day menu on the 14th that includes oysters, a lobster roll, a sashimi special, and a special cocktail for the evening. There’s limited availability left, call 352-371-3359 to make your reservation.
-Embers will also have a special Valentine’s Day menu on the 14th. $100 a person for a 5 course menu that includes options like lobster tail, filet mignon, grouper, salads, soups, and a dessert. Call 352-380-0901 for reservations. Tickets are also on sale for the annual Food & Wine Festival on March 22nd to 24th if you really want to bring the heat with the 1-2 food combo.
-Mark’s Prime Steakhouse located downtown will also have a prix fixe menu on the 14th. $135 per couple gets you a 5 course menu that includes a choice of side dish. Options include a surf and turf filet mignon and lobster, NY strip and shrimp, salmon, chicken, and more. Call 352-336-0077 for reservations.
-Swamp Head Brewery will be hosting another Valentine’s Day cookie and beer tasting on the 14th from 4 PM to 10 PM. Special beer releases will be paired with cookies for a flight of awesome. Show up early!
-Downtown Wine and Cheese will have a special on the patio on the 14th from 6 PM to 11 PM. $25 for two gets you a dessert to share and a glass of wine each. Reservations can be made by calling 352-222-1348
-Shula’s Steak House is offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $75 a person on the 14th, paired with select wines and champagnes. Items will include crab, beef carpaccio, and halibut or filet mignon as the main course. Call 352-384-3460 for reservations.