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Florida Food and Wine Festivals
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.
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
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.
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
Ongoing 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.
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.
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.