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2018 FLORIDA - APRIL 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also:  2017  - 2016  -  2015  -  2014  -  2013  -  2012  -  2011)


March 3-April 29, 2018
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Tampa, Florida

March 26-April 1, 2018
Citrus County Fair
Inverness, Florida

March 29-April 7, 2018
Clay County Agricultural Fair
Green Cove Springs, Florida

April 5, 2018  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Palm Beach, Florida
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

April 5-7, 2018  APC National Pie Championship - Orlando, Florida
Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs and commercial pie companies from around the country and Canada have been competing at the NPC since 1995. The APC has created a standard of quality in pie making on all levels. We have a well-established record in the pie-judging field for both amateur bakers, professional and commercial bakers alike. Our commercial members have shown that winning an APC award can substantially increase sales and market share in that category and the competition gets tougher each year.

April 5-8, 2018 - Levy County Fair - Williston, Florida
A Blue Ribbon County Fair.

April 5-14, 2018  Lake County Fair - Eustis, Florida


April 5-8, 2018
Florida Winefest & Auction
Sarasota, Florida
Food and wine event showcasing wineries from all over the world.  Together we turn food, wine and entertainment into funding for charities serving disadvantaged children in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. You are invited to sip and sample some of the world's best wine on the shore of Sarasota Bay, dine and dance in the streets of downtown, savor the flavors of local chefs and raise your bid paddle for some of the best auction lots in the wine business.

April 6-7, 2018 - The Boca Bacchanal - Boca Raton, Florida
A weekend of great wine matched with delectable culinary delights featuring acclaimed chefs and prized vintners will tempt the savvy palates of patrons at the  Annual Boca Bacchanal.

April 6-7, 2018 - Rotary Club 40th Annual Catfish Festival
Crescent City, Florida
The festival is more than catfish dinners (although the catfish fingerlings and filet sandwiches are a good reason to come). There is live music entertainment Friday night and all day Saturday; games for the kids; arts and crafts vendors; and a parade. If catfish is not your thing, we have burgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, fresh strawberry shortcake, and even frog legs and swamp cabbage!  Come on out to Crescent City for a day of food and fun and support a great cause while you are doing it!  Attendance: 20,000.

April 6-8, 2018  Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
The annual festival features award-winning barbecue, great live music and children's activities. Sponsored by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, the event benefits local and international charities.  Attendance: 20,000.

April 7, 2018 - Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine - Apalachicola, Florida
Art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents.The festivities continue into the evening with a wine tasting at 1-4:00pm. Afterwards, area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants paired with special wines.

April 7-8, 2018  20th Annual Bradford County Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida
Held in historic downtown Starke, the festival includes a car show, crafts, fresh strawberries and lots of homemade strawberry goodies.

April 8-11, 2018  Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo - Bonita Springs, Florida
The event brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

April 10-11, 2018  Ice Cream Technology Conference
Fort Myers, Florida
The Ice Cream Technology Conference is the premier event for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals and is the only meeting that focuses specifically on innovations in frozen dessert research, technology and new market trends. It provides unique opportunities to learn from experts on food safety, labeling and regulations that affect the industry. Ice Cream Tech is the place to learn and share, and to engage in an open exchange among participants and experts on technical and practical processing issues in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. The conference features networking opportunities, hands-on sessions and product tasting, including the annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition.

April 12-15, 2018 - 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival 2018
Sandestin, Florida
Take part in Sandestin wine tastings showcasing more than 800 domestic and international wines. Wine novices are able to learn more about wines and sample from a comprehensive selection including the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Wine aficionados enjoy meeting winemakers, asking detailed questions and acquiring hard-to-get selections.  (also: )

April 13-21, 2018  Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show
Brooksville, Florida

April 14-15, 2018  Spring Garden Festival and 39th Annual Spring Plant Sale - Coral Gables, Florida
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Come and see what’s growing at Fairchild during our annual celebration of spring, local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, and then take home spectacular plants from our 38th Annual Spring Plant Sale. And, as a special treat this year, learn about the charismatic world of butterflies at our annual Butterfly Days!  Celebrate the season with crisp and refreshing spring brews and summer ales in our Spring Beer Garden, sponsored by Whole Foods Market.  Gather new tips and recipes from local chefs at a culinary demonstration, all with a sweet twist. Chefs will be highlighting honey in their recipes. Discover Fairchild’s Edible Garden, lush and delicious with peppers and chilies, perfect for preparing your garden for the summer.  Enjoy hands-on scientific activities, as well as, culinary demonstrations for kids and families.  Shop the Annual Spring Plant Sale with thousands of plants from Fairchild’s nursery and local plant vendors.  Shop local vendors array of vegetables, herbs, handmade foods and artisan products.

April 14-15, 2018  Nautical Flea Market and Fishing Show
Vero Beach, Florida
The Treasure Coast largest 'Nautical Flea Market'. For boat owners, fisherman, divers and anyone with an interest in all things nautical, the Show is a bargain hunter's dream-come true. Private individuals and marine related businesses will be selling new and used marine equipment, marine antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating and fishing related items at unbelievably low prices.

April 16, 2018  23rd Annual Taste of Key West - Key West, Florida
For the 1st time at Mallory Square, home of the famous Key West sunset!  Visiting gourmets can find Key West chefs specializing in seafood, tropical and Caribbean flavors, European delicacies, vegetarian dishes and more. From 6:00 – 9:00 PM when the island’s top culinary professionals gather to produce Taste of Key West.  Chefs from more than 50 local restaurants and catering companies are to showcase their specialties at the open-air event.  Proceeds benefit AIDS Help.

April 20-21, 2018 - Suncoast BBQ Bluegrass Bash - Venice, Florida
Venice Airport Festival Grounds.  Its a huge food party with great entertainment and lots of fun things to do and see! The event starts on Friday with a day of sporting clays followed by a kick off party at 5:00pm where you can Meet & Greet participants and sponsors, enjoy a hot air balloon ride, a fish fry dinner, and live music. All day Saturday you can feast on Championship BBQ, Chili, Desserts and festive foods! Other than food, there are lots of exhibits, concessions, a kids park and an Afternoon of Bluegrass featuring Award Winning Bluegrass artists. We promise you'll have a lot of fun and you won't leave hungry!

April 21, 2018  Taste of Brandon - Riverview, Florida
Music, Food & Drink Festival.  Come enjoy tastes from your favorite restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Cast your vote for the Best Taste Award and Best Dessert Award. This year's event will include beer and wine tastings along with music and fun for the whole family.

April 21-22, 2018 - Annual Flower & Garden Expo
St. Augustine, Florida
Garden Club of St. Augustine.  A weekend of food, fun and flowers offering gourmet dining, a food festival and a garden show.  This year’s show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, African violets, anthuriums (the ‘love flower’), bamboo, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants and more plus gardening accessories and art. Everything needed to restart and enhance gardens will be available at the Expo.

April 22, 2018  Earth Day - Worldwide
Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 27-29, 2018  34th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
Pompano Beach, Florida
On the Beach. Every kind of seafood imaginable, huge art & crafts display area and fabulous music.

April 29, 2018  Annual Taste of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
Pairs great food with great music. St. Augustine's finest restaurants offer samples of their signature dishes as they compete for the coveted T.O.St.A. and People's Choice Awards.

April 29, 2018  Sweet Corn Fiesta 2018 - West Palm Beach, Florida
A celebration of Palm Beach County sweet corn spring growing season and those who make it happen. Live music, kids rides, lots of family fun, and of course...the sweetest corn in the world!


2017 FLORIDA - APRIL 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 1-2, 2017  6th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida
Sea-Life Habitat Improvement Project, Inc., presents the Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Festival. This one day festival celebrates the waterfront and its bounty with delicious oysters, seafood, land lubber food, live music, arts & crafts, river science symposiums, a children's area, the Great Coconut Float Race and fun for the whole family.  We are dedicated to saving our oyster shells for the "Oyster Reef Restoration Projects" in St. Lucie County.  Attendance: 8,000.

April 13-24, 2017  Brevard County Fair - Melbourne, Florida

April 15, 2017  Spring Beer Fest - Pinellas Park, Florida
200+ Craft Beers available to taste!  Craft Ales from USA & Europe, including Florida Beers.  Also Ciders & Meads.  Our beautiful beer-garden setting on Cross Bayou is 90% Under Cover.  Tickets include a Souvenir Tasting Glass and Food.  Pre-Sale Tickets $50. Admission at the gate: $65   Dunedin Doggie Rescue Fundraiser will be hosted at the event!  Fun raffles and prizes!

April 16, 2017  Easter Lunch Cruise - Sandestin, Florida
Hop past the crowded restaurants and cruise through a relaxing Easter Lunch buffet prepared by our executive chefs. After taking in the warm coastal breezes and panoramic views from the sky deck, guests will indulge in a three-course meal and special children’s menu. Options include Southern Shrimp and Grits, Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Chicken Marsala. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

April 22, 2017  Planes, Trains & BBQ/Seaplane Fly-In - Tavares, Florida
Held in Wooten Park, the annual event includes People's Choice BBQ Tasting, air shows, model train displays, and musical entertainment all day. Free admission, Free Parking.

April 22, 2017  10th Annual PigOut 'n Deerfield
Deerfield Beach, Florida
A Bar-B-Q competition that includes Backyard & Professional Cookers. Categories are Chicken, Ribs, Brisket and Pork. Judges determine the winner in each category but everyone attending has the opportunity to sample each cookers’ entries and vote for the People’s Choice Winner. [email protected] spotlights singing talent from Deerfield public and private schools competing for prizes and trophies from 10:30am to Noon. Live bands entertain throughout the day, A Kid’s Corner with face painting, balloon twister and bounce house keep the children entertained. Adult & soft drinks and water available for purchase, Vendors will be exhibiting their products throughout the day.

April 22-23, 2017  Florida Blueberry Festival - Brooksville, Florida
Highlighting the Florida Blueberry and the 17 county growing region.  Located in the northern Tampa Bay region, Brooksville will host the inaugural festival. Blueberry Stomp, Food Truck Rally, Fresh Florida Blueberries, Contests, Gourmet Foods, Live Entertainment, and more.

April 29, 2017  10th Annual American Fine Wine Competition and Gala
Dania Beach, Florida
The AFWC is the world's largest and most prestigious invitational devoted solely to fine wines produced in the United States. The Gala is where the public comes to enjoy them.


2016 FLORIDA - APRIL 2016

events still waiting for new dates

April 30-May 1, 2016  Discover the Food Festival - Tampa, Florida
Florida State Fair Grounds.  The event is an expansion of the Food Truck Festival that has been held at the Fairgrounds annually for the past three years. While food trucks still will be featured, this year’s Festival includes offerings from buzzy new restaurants as well as tried and true area eateries and caterers – and the return of some Florida State Fair favorites. The Discover the Food Festival also will highlight multicultural cuisine including authentic Indian and Caribbean flavors. Attendees are encouraged to sample a new ethnic dish and perhaps find a new favorite.  Radio Crime, Tampa Bay’s premiere classic rock band, will headline the event. Entertainment also will include cultural celebrations and a children's story time  The popular Kid’s Fun Zone with an inflatable slide, bounce houses and more will make a return appearance.


2015 FLORIDA - APRIL 2015
Food Shows & Local Food, Beer and Wine Event

events still waiting for new dates

April 10-11, 2015  2015 Pie Learning Center - Orlando, Florida
In 2015 the American Pie Council will be concentrating on making great pies even better in the pie industry, restaurants and at home.  We will be concentrating our efforts at the 2015 Pie Learning Center.  If you'd like to be a better pie baker, attend the Pie Learning Center.

April 18-19, 2015  The Festival of Chocolate 2015 - Tampa, Florida
Florida's Largest All-Chocolate Event features tastes from the best local and regional chocolatiers and confection companies; demonstrations by world renown pastry chefs, chocolate and wine pairings; hands-on classes; a one-of-a-kind chocolate museum; Kids-4-Chocolate workshop;  crazy chocolate contests for children and adults, chocolate game show stage and live professional chocolate showpiece and cake decorating competitions.  And, don't miss Brownie Bingo!


2014 FLORIDA - APRIL 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 6, 2014  Taste of Pinecrest 2014 - Pinecrest, Florida


2013 FLORIDA - APRIL 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 13, 2013  Taste of Spring - Ocala, Florida
An affordable way to taste the cuisine of local restaurants and caterers.  Be a food critic and come vote on your best dishes in various categories. The Taste of Spring will be held along with the Spring Expo.

April 13-14, 2013  The Great Taste of the Grove
Coconut Grove, Florida
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce invites you to bring your family and friends to the 23rd annual Great Taste of the Grove, Miami’s original family-friendly outdoor food and wine festival!    Taking place in the beautiful waterfront setting of Peacock Park, the Great Taste of the Grove showcases Coconut Grove at its finest.  Nearly 20,000 attendees will enjoy great food from more than 20 of Coconut Grove’s best restaurants, plus fine wine and spirits, while enjoying live music and entertainment all weekend long!

April 20, 2013  Acreage Music & Chili Cook-Off - Loxahatchee, Florida
South Florida's hottest family fun, food, and music event and fastest growing chili cookoff.


2012 FLORIDA - APRIL 2012

events still waiting for new dates

April 13-22, 2012  Flavors of Florida: 21st Annual Florida Film Festival
Various, Florida
A 10-day international film event that includes a spectacular food and wine celebration.  Featuring a stellar lineup of casual brunches, elegant dinners, food and film pairings, and parties, previous special guests include Anthony Bourdain, Iron Chef Cat Cora, Chef John Currance, Chefs Matt and Ted Lee, and many more.

April 20, 2012  Las Olas Wine & Food Festival - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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You will sample an array of culinary delights from over 60 of the area's finest restaurants & taste fantastic wine selections from around the world. Live music.

April 27-29, 2012  The Festival of Chocolate 2012 - Orlando, Florida
Florida's Largest All-Chocolate Event features tastes from the best local and regional chocolatiers and confection companies; demonstrations by world renown pastry chefs, chocolate and wine pairings; hands-on classes; a one-of-a-kind chocolate museum; Kids-4-Chocolate workshop;  crazy chocolate contests for children and adults, chocolate game show stage and live professional chocolate showpiece and cake decorating competitions.  And, don't miss Brownie Bingo!


2011 FLORIDA - APRIL 2011
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 9, 2011  Winter Haven Brewfest - Winter Haven, Florida
Craft Beer and Food Pairing Event--live music, local area food and craft beers.

April 16-17, 2011
2nd Charlotte County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival
Port Charlotte, Florida
400 Nautical and Marine Vendors, Boats, Boat Auction, Seafood, Music Fest. Antique Boat Show and Competition. Workshops and Demonstrations. Original Nautical and Marine Art and Arts and Crafts.



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