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January

South Florida

 

1. UNCORKED FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – Come on down to the Keys and enjoy all of the tasty temptations, and some of your favorite wines, as South Florida’s culinary experts step up to the plate to show you what Key Largo and Islamorada have to offer. Eleven glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows, and of course, our fabulous sunsets, scuba diving, fishing, many tourist attractions, shopping, and a great time!

Where: Key Largo and Islamorada

When: Starting on January 4-14, 2018

Web: https://floridakeysuncorked.com/

2.  NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVALNaples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, supports effective, disciplined charitable programs that significantly improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Florida. The 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival is pleased to feature more than 30 of the world’s preeminent wineries and 18 all-star celebrity chefs.

Where: Naples

When: January 15, 2018 - January 31, 2018
Web: https://www.napleswinefestival.com/about-the-
festival/

3. KEY WEST FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL – Those who have an appreciation for the finer culinary things in life will find plenty to enjoy in this week-long series of events all over town, such as a sunset wine tasting, a trolley tour of Key West’s most beautiful kitchens, a whiskey primer, a shrimp boil, a poolside happy hour with appetizers, a salt and honey tasting and other creative food and drink parties.

Where: Various locations in Key West

When: January 24
Web: keywestfoodandwinefestival.com

4. TASTE OF PINE ISLAND – Two full days of arts and craft vendors, fresh local Pine Island and Southwest Florida seafood and other great foods, live music and contests for all ages, family event offers kids games and rides

Where: Located at the German-American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, FL 33991.

When: January 27 -28, 2018
Web: http://www.clamjamswfl.com/

5. PORT SALERNO FOOD SEAFOOD FESTIVAL –  The Port Salerno Seafood Festival is hosted by The Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, Inc., a not for profit formed July 13, 2004. The Festival began as a neighborhood fish fry and dock party along the waterfront of Port Salerno.  In 2006, while the Port Salerno community was in the midst of a redevelopment phase, a small group gathered to take the fish fry to the next level in an effort to bring positive awareness to Salerno’s historic commercial fishing industry and garner support for the community. It was a resounding success and attendance has grown steadily ever since. Over 30,000 attended in 2017, enjoying what is now one the most successful Waterfront Seafood Festivals on Florida’s East Coast

Where: Port Salerno, FL

When: January 27, 2018
Web: http://www.portsalernoseafoodfestival.org/

6. CLEWISTON SUGAR FESTIVAL - The Clewiston Sugar Festival dates back to the 1930’s when the festival was originally created to celebrate the successful end of the sugarcane harvest season. Today the event hosts live music from artists like Big & Rich and Easton Corbin, a golf tournament, antique car show, the traditional crowing of Miss Sugar, and everybody's favorite—the Sweet Taste Contest. Get your fill of tasty, sugary delights in a day of wholesome family fun.

Where: Civic Park - Clewiston, Florida

When: March 17, 2018

Web: https://www.clewistonsugarfestival.com/

 Central Florida

1. CENTRAL FLORIDA RUM AND FOOD EXPERIENCE – A $50 ticket includes rum tastings, unlimited food tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations by local chefs and mixologists.

Where: Lakeland, FL

When: January 13, 2018 3-7 pm at the Lakeland Center
Web: http://www.rumandfood.com/

 

2. FELSMERE FROG LEG FESTIVAL – Join the frog leg festival for frog leg and gator tail dinners. Browse hundreds of booths for unique gifts. Hear some great music and enjoy the rides. Discover why this festival is a January tradition for so many.
Where: Fellsmere, Indian River County

When: January 18-21, 2018
Web: https://www.froglegfestival.com/

3. KUMQUAT FESTIVAL – Enjoy the unique, quaint and family fun of "old Florida" during the Annual Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City - it's one of a kind!!!
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce has established a flagship event that celebrates everything that makes the Dade City area unique, while encouraging visitors to participate in the fun! Since the nearby town of St. Joseph was already known as the Kumquat Capital of the World, the Chamber of Commerce decided that this little fruit with a funny name could be the focus of an annual festival."
Where: Downtown Dade City

When: January 27, 2018
Web: dadecitychamber.org

North Florida

1. APALACHICOLA OYSTER COOK-OFF – The event is held every year on the Friday and Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in downtown Historic Apalachicola at Riverfront Park. All proceeds goes directly towards paying for the brand new fire truck they were able to purchase a few years ago, due to this sole fundraising event!
Where: Downtown Historic Apalachicola

When: January 12-13, 2018
Web: www.oystercookoff.com/

2. AMELIA ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEKFor a decade, the ten-day culinary showcase will feature a selection of Amelia Island’s award-winning and popular dining establishments. Both lunch and dinner will offer a savory prix-fixe menu. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menu(s) at $12 for lunch and $21, $31 or $41 for dinner.

Where: Amelia Island, FL

When: From January 19-28, 2018, guests can enjoy Restaurant Week dining for lunch and dinner, with different restaurants participating in each.
Web: www.ameliaisland.com/landing-pages/restaurant-week

February

South Florida

 

1. DELRAY BEACH GARLIC FEST – The South Florida Garlic Fest is the epitome of homegrown talent and a cultural showcase providing an outlet for local artists and chefs to express themselves. In a variety of mediums, Garlic Fest serves as a gathering festival focal point for musicians, artist of every genre and culinary artists. Each year over 40,000 local South Floridians attend to enjoy the premier food and entertainment event in South Florida.

Where: Delray Beach, FL

When: February 9-11, 2018

Web: dbgarlicfest.com

2.  SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL  - The Food Network and Cooking Channel team up with Food & Wine Magazine during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for a huge culinary event.

Where: Miami Beach, FL

When: February 21, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Web: http://sobewff.org/

Central Florida

1. ORLANDO CHILLI COOK-OFF- Bringing the heat since 2009, the Orlando Chili Cook-Off presented by Northwestern Mutual is one of the city’s most mouthwatering festivals. Enjoy a day at Festival Park, sampling from 100+ chili booths, crafted by local restaurants and chefs. Dig into food truck fare, beer and wine, and family-friendly refreshments. Experience live music, games, vendors, multiple DJ stations, and a massive Kids Zone! Plus, the Orlando Chili Cook-Off is proud to showcase the World Chili Eating Challenge, featuring the world famous Joey Chestnut and other professional eaters.

Where: Festival Park, 2911 Robinson St. Orlando.

When: Saturday February 17, 2018; 12 pm – 6 pm
Web: https://orlandochilicookoff.com/#

North Florida

1. THE SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL – The Sandestin Gumbo Festival has been known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities & the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast.
Where: Sandestin, FL

When:  Kick-off the weekend Friday,Feb. 16 with a delicious Seafood Boil from 5-7pm at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grill. On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 12-4 p.m. guests will enjoy
Web: http://www.sandestingumbofestival.com/