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Florida Food and Wine Festivals

South/Central/North FL


2019 

  

May

FOOD AND WINE ON PINE 

Top chefs and culinary students from around the region prepare their best dishes, including lobster and shrimp ceviche. gourmet tater tots and frozen wine slushies, as guests watch chalk demonstrations and sip Kentucky Derby drink specials along Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. 
Where: Anna Maria
Web: foodandwineonpine.com

CLEARWATER BEACH TASTE FEST 

 The Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest, on a beach recently named Trip Advisor's #1 in America, features tastings from more than 30 participating restaurants, wine and craftbeer, live entertainment, a live auction, and vendors.
Where: Clearwater Beach
Web: clearwaterbeachrestaurantweek.com

 
June

HISTORIC COCOA VILLAGE’S BBQ & BLUES – In one of Cocoa Village’s most competitive events of the year, culinary teams from around the southeastern United States bring their pork butts, ribs, sauces and A-games to grill, smoke and slow-cook their way to win cash prizes. You be the judge of People’s Choice, Best Sauce and Best Dessert.
Where: Historic Cocoa Village
Web: cocoavillagebbqandblues.com/

July

DUNEDIN ORANGE FESTIVAL 

 In a town known for its history of oranges, orange groves and citrus packing, this festival became a natural fit in 2010 and has been held every July in Edgewater Park since. Sample some contest entries in the local restaurant Mojo cook-Off Contest, or try some fruity ice cream, smoothies and juice blends.
Where: Dunedin
Web: dunedinorangefestival.com/

August

WAZOO  

Named one of the “10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country” by USA Today, this annual tasting event features 275 beers and beverages from around the world, tasty food samplings from favorite Tampa Bay area restaurants and live music throughout the Zoo.
Where: Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
Web: facebook.com/WaZooBeerFest
 
September
 
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 

 If it’s at Walt Disney World, you know it’s going to be magical. Here, you’ll “dine around the world” with tasting events and enjoy big-name entertainment, plus culinary demonstrations and seminars on mixology, beverages, cheeses.
Where: Walt Disney World Epcot
Web: epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/
 
October

CENTRAL FLORIDA PEANUT FESTIVAL –

Truly Florida’s nuttiest event, Levy County’s peanut festival features all manner and preparations of this prized legume crop. Try peanuts boiled, fried, roasted, mashed into butter, mixed into cookies and cakes, dumped into stews and even fashioned into arts and crafts. Stick around for the crowing of the Little Peanut Baby, King and Queen.
Where: Williston
Web: willistonfl.com/peanut-festival

November


FOOD, WINE & BREW FESTIVAL 

 This annual festival, on the scenic banks of the Intracoastal Waterway in Downtown Daytona Beach, starts with a beer dinner, and includes food samples from the best local restaurants along with 100 craft beers and 30 wines from around the country. Enjoy the sports bar with college football games, live entertainment and a Cigar Lounge.
Where: News-Journal Center
Web: daytonabeach.com

WHEN PIGS FLY SOUTH BBQ CHALLENGE 

Held at Lakeland’s SUN ‘n FUN, a convention campus devoted to all things aviation, this popular Florida BBQ competition draws dozens of teams boasting their brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork, as well as country-style sides, desserts, sauce tastings and plenty of beer and soda to wash it all down.
Where: Lakeland
Web: sun-n-fun.org/PigsFlySout

ZOOFARI 

 Zoofari draws some of the area’s best restaurants to prepare delicious bites such as bacon mac ‘n cheese,  tenderloin nachos, Cuban sandwiches, artisan pizzas, seared tuna and more. Come hungry!
Where: Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
Web: facebook.com/Zoofari

 

Ongoing Central Florida events

The Food Truck Bazaar

 which recurs every fourth Monday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m., draws hundreds to its caravan of meals on wheels serving up tacos, cupcakes, Thai food and other delicious made-to-order treats.

Sand Point Park, Titusville 


Melbourne: For fresh produce, honey, jams, hot food and drinks, homemade pasta sauce, bread, baked goods and more, hit the Old Eau Gallie Farmer's Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eau Gallie Square Park​.

​Cocoa Village:  Local artisans and vendors offer a variety of baked goods, fresh vegetables, herbs, spices, local raw honey, jams and jellies at the quaint Historic Cocoa Village Farmer's Market every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Melbourne: Sample pestos, buy bunches of biscotti, sip gourmet coffee and grab a slice of pizza at the Downtown Melbourne Farmer's Marketevery Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tampa: Stroll among the brick streets and Spanish-style architecture at the Ybor City Saturday Market, where you can pick up organic fruits and veggies, Cuban guava pastries, fresh pasta, smoothies and coffee.

St. Petersburg: Downtown St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market is a popular stomping ground among humans and dogs alike. Between early October and late May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., check out the squash and radishes from Pinellas County small farms, order an empanada for lunch and buy some fresh bread with dipping oils and herbs for later.​ 

Dunedin: Buy a $10 wristband for the Wine/Art Walk, held the second Friday evening every month, and taste various red, white and rose wines as you stroll the streets of downtown Dunedin and take in the art and boutique shop displays.



NORTH FLORIDA

April
 
ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL

 Amelia Island’s “Isle of Eight Flags” story is a long and complicated one, involving bloody battles and a clash of cultures, but the main takeaway from it all is that the island’s deep-water harbors contain shrimp. Lots of shrimp. This festival honors Florida’s shrimping industry by serving the little guys up hot, cold, fried, on skewers, in gumbo and chopped into salads. There’s also an ice cream contest for the brave and brain-freeze immune.
Where: Fernandina Beach
Web: shrimpfestival.com/

SOUTH WALTON BEACHES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL  

Wash down fine cheeses, olives, sushi, oysters, charcuterie and chocolates with a selection of more than 800 wines. This jam-packed weekend of events is spread among several resorts, wine shops and other venues where people can smell and taste different reds, whites and champagnes, sample craft beer and try creative and unusual wine and cheese pairings.
Where: South Walton
Web: sowalwine.com


A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE 

The Taste of St. Augustine is a great way to become familiar with more than 20 of the city’s best restaurants as they all bring their A-game to compete for food contest categories such as Best Family Dining, Best Upscale, Best Ethnic and Best Dessert. Local breweries and wineries also get in on the fun, and there are soft drinks and familiar finger foods for the kids.
Where: St. Augustine
Web: epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustine

 
May
 
JACKSONVILLE CRAFT AND IMPORT BEER FESTIVAL

 As Florida’s beer scene grows, so does this festival, which typically draws between 40 and 50 breweries and more than 20 restaurants, working together in gastronomic harmony. Pair various Belgian beers, ciders and ales with pizza, burgers, seafood dishes and desserts.
Where: Jacksonville
Web: beerfestjax.com/

September

ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL

 This festival features Spanish foods and wines presented at a variety of special events and restaurants. The festival includes Vino Veritas, where guests learn the secrets of authentic Spanish recipes and Spanish wine pairings from Spanish food and wine experts, and the Grand Tasting, where folks sample more than 120 different types of wines made in Spain.
Where: Various locations in St. Augustine
Web: SpanishWineFestival.com

ANNUAL TASTE OF AMELIA ISLAND - The Taste of Amelia Island offers guests the opportunity to sample cuisine from the island’s best chefs, while enjoying a selection of fine wines from a variety of distributors. The event includes a live chef demo during the cocktail hour, live music, a 50/50 raffle, and a Best Dish of the Taste award voted on by attendees and announced on the main stage.
Where: Amelia Island
Web: 904tix.com/taste-of-amelia-island



October


GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL – Florida’s Greek population brings a lot of great things to the Sunshine State, not the least of which is delicious Mediterranean cuisine such as gyros, spanakopita, baklava, moussaka, Greek salad and the anise-infused ouzo. Try them all at the two-day Greek Food Festival, held at the Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church.
Where: Tallahassee
Web: visittallahassee.com/greek-food-festival


TALLAHASSEE BREWFEST – The Brewfest’s popularity stems from its massive and eclectic beer list, as dozens of national beer brewers, local breweries and home brewers bring their ales, IPAs, stouts and ciders, all served inside the Tallahassee Auto Museum. Food is also provided and usually included in the ticket price.
Where: Tallahassee
Web: brewfesttallahassee.com

ST. MARKS STONE CRAB FESTIVAL – As the fishing boats begin hauling in giant-clawed Florida stone crabs in October, you’ll know it’s time for this small-town festival. Sit down with a platter of tough-shelled and messy (but delicious!) claws, served with lemon, drawn butter and/or cocktail sauce, or take a break from the cracking with hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, funnel cakes and other fun foods.
Where: St. Marks
Web: stmarksstonecrabfest.com/

 
November


THE GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE – Thousands gather for St. Augustine’s famous Great Chowder Debate, hosted by the Conch House Marina Resort. More than 30 area restaurants compete for top honors at this fundraiser for Shriners Children's Hospitals, where tastes are $1 each and winners are selected for New England, Minorcan and various conch and seafood categories.
Where: St. Augustine
Web: conch-house.com

SEEING RED WINE FESTIVAL – The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants showcase how their farm-to-fork and gulf-to-table offerings pair beautifully with the featured red wines.
Where: Seaside
Web: seeingredwinefestival.com

FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – A two-day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the  historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, musical entertainment and more.
Where: Apalachicola
Web: floridaseafoodfestival.com/

 

December


ST. AUGUSTINE DISTILLERY SUGAR CANE HARVEST FESTIVAL – Watch sugar cane milled in a Cast Iron Sugar mill built in 1883 and experience a traditional old fashioned cane boil. The sugar cane boil is a North Florida tradition where families and friends get together to harvest the sugar cane and create syrup. Guests can help out with the harvesting of the sugar cane and taste it in its purest form, as well as tasting spirits and cocktails made at the distillery and eating food made from local restaurants and artisans.
Where: St. Augustine
Web: staugustinedistillery.com

 

Ongoing North Florida events 


Tallahassee: Every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., locals make their way to the popular Food Truck Thursdays inside the Cottages at Lake Ella. It’s a great way to try new cuisine from mobile restaurants.


Fernandina Beach: Tucked away at the south end of Amelia Island sits a fun and educational wine tasting at A Taste of Wine by Steve. Try two whites and two reds every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
 

Other


FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE – Indulge in chocolate and wine pairings, participate in interactive classes and be amazed at chocolate-themed fashion shows during this festival.
Where: Various times in Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach. 
Web: festivalofchocolate.com/

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