SouthFlorida.com
Hungry for a good conversation? Join our Facebook group "Let's Eat, South Florida" where our readers and writers share tips about restaurants, recipes and more.

Best events this week: Florence and the Machine and Riverwalk Burger Battle VII

3 fun SoFla events this week: Florence and the Machine (@flo_tweet) @AAArena & @DueSouthBrewing's anniversary

 

Thursday, May 12

Perhaps unwilling to risk colliding with another unstoppable force, Florence and the Machine will perform 8 p.m. Thursday at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) instead of Friday. The rescheduled date accommodates the Miami Heat's surge through the playoffs (Game 6 would happen Friday). Florence Welch and company are hardly slouches themselves, coming off five 2016 Grammy nods for their album "How Big How Blue How Beautiful," with two of those nods (for singles "Ship to Wreck" and "What Kind of Man") earning kudos on many publications' Best of 2015 lists. Tickets cost $27.50-$77.50, with openers Grimes and Of Monsters and Men. Tickets bought for Friday's show will be honored for Thursday's performance. 786-777-1000 or AAArena.com.

 

Friday, May 13

The 16 juiciest sirloin-slinging restaurants from Broward and beyond will go mayo a mayo for the Riverwalk Burger Battle VII, firing up platters of patties and acid reflux from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Huizenga Park (31 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Only one Burger Battle trophy winner can be found on the fight card -- Tucker Duke's Lunchbox -- which will be joined by familiar names (Timpano Italian Chophouse, Shula Burger, Historic DownTowner) and newcomers (Funky Buddha Brewery, BRGR Stop, Burger Craze). Our cholesterol-clogged hearts are also set on repeat battlers Shooters Waterfront and M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom Boca. Judging the burger creations will be chefs Robyn Almodovar of Palate Party, Nicole Votano of Dirt and four other judges. $45 admission ($125 for the VIP lanyard and early 6:30 p.m. access.) grants access to 16 burger bites, three drink tickets and a french fry bar. 954-468-1541 or GoRiverwalk.com.

Saturday, May 14

Good news for Mike Halker's Due South Brewing Company first came in March, when the brewmaster revealed plans to knock down the wall to his brewery's neighboring warehouse bay and double Due South's size to 27,000 square feet. Now more good news: the Boynton Beach microbrewery (2900 High Ridge Road, No. 3) marks its fourth birthday with a sudsy celebration from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, uncorking limited-release brews and bottle releases all day, including its rare One Eyed Tiki Porter (with oak-aged coconut). The MV My Food Truck will roast a pig, and Due South will offer free brewery tours at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Free. 561-463-2337 or DueSouthBrewing.com

Copyright © 2018, South Florida
73°