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

(see also: 20162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2009)


April 1-2, 2017  Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival
Vero Beach, Florida
Plenty of great seafood.  Hundreds of vendors will exhibit and sell their marine related merchandise and services during the two day festival. In today's economy, the Marine Flea Market will provide an outlet for the marine industry and private individuals to sell overstocked, new and used marine equipment at a fraction of the original retail cost.

April 22, 2017  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.


2016 FLORIDA - APRIL 2016

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April 1-2, 2016  Rotary Club 38th 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 1-3, 2016 - 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 1-3, 2016  DeSoto Heritage Seafood Festival - Palmetto, Florida
Sponsored by the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, the festival is attended by thousands each year. The event offers some of the best seafood around, continuous entertainment, artisans and crafters and other activities for the whole family.

April 2, 2016  Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival
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 3:00pm. Afterwards, area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants paired with special wines.

April 2, 2016  5th 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 2-3, 2016  Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration
Dania Beach, Florida
Arts and seafood celebration sponsored by Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

April 7-16, 2016 - Lake County Fair - Eustis, Florida

April 8, 2016  21st Annual Wine, Spirits & Culinary Celebration
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This year’s event highlights include tastings from South Florida’s leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. There will also be an assortment of craft beers to taste, amazing prizes in the silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.  Tickets are $150 for the Grand Tasting.

April 8, 2016  9th Annual American Fine Wine Competition and Gala
Hollywood, 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.

April 8-9, 2016 - 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 9-10, 2016  18th 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 9-10, 2016  Spring Garden Festival - 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 35th 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 35th 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 10-13, 2016  Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo - Fort Myers, 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 12-13, 2016  Ice Cream Technology Conference
Bonita Springs, 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 13-24, 2016  Brevard County Fair 2016 - Melbourne, Florida
Ours is a State Sanctioned County Fair dedicated to serving Our Community...complete with Charity booths benefitting Brevard organizations, a Ranch Rodeo event, AKC Dog Show trials, Blue Ribbon Contests, Educational Displays, 4-H Youth Competitions and Shows, Local Bands and...yes... Carnival Rides too! Join us for this family friendly event and support our community!

April 14, 2016  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 14-17, 2016  30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival
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 15-17, 2016  Miami Rum Renaissance Festival - Miami, Florida
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world's premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing and blending fine cane spirits.  Enjoy a full week of exclusive VIP parties at Miami's most notable venues, a grand two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.

April 15-23, 2016  Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show
Brooksville, Florida

April 16, 2016  Suncoast BBQ Bluegrass Bash - Venice, Florida
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 16-17, 2016  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 16, 2016  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 16-17, 2016  21st Annual Flower & Garden Expo
St. Augustine, Florida
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 18, 2016  21st Annual Taste of Key West - Key West, Florida
More than fifty Key West restaurants offer delicious tapas-sized portions along the Truman waterfront. Always well attended, this lively event will have you bouncing from cuisine to cuisine, all the while enjoying the generous selection of fine wines available in a commerative wine glass. Proceeds benefit AIDS Help.

April 22-24, 2016  32nd 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 23, 2016  20th Annual Taste of 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 23, 2016  7th Annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
Whether you like your oysters raw, steamed or in specialty oyster dishes, a good time will be had by all. In addition to oysters, oysters and more oysters, you'll find some great local cuisine in "Restaurant Row."  Proceeds from this event go to helping local oyster bed restoration efforts - It's a Party with a Purpose - a great reason to come and enjoy two beautiful days filled with good food, live music, cold beverages and even colder beer!

April 24, 2016  Sweet Corn Fiesta - 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!

April 27-29, 2016  Ingredient Marketplace 2016 - Orlando, Florida
In 2015 Ingredient buyers and sellers from around the world explored more than 350 booths, learned from renowned speakers offering valuable education and trends, and participated in industry shaping training programs.

April 29-30, 2016  National Pie Championships 2016 - Orlando, Florida
American Pie Council (APC) National Pie Championships.

April 29-30, 2016  The Great American Pie Festival 2016
Orlando, Florida
The Great American Pie Festival will be placed on hold this year so that we may make the 2016 Pie Learning Center bigger and better!

April 29-30, 2016  Pie Learning Center - Orlando, Florida
In 2016 the American Pie Council will be concentrating 100% of its efforts on making great pies even better in the pie industry, restaurants and at home. Because of this, the Great American Pie Festival will be placed on hold this year so that we may make the 2016 Pie Learning Center bigger and better!  So, if you'd like to be a better pie baker- attend the Pie Learning Center on April 29 & 30, 2016. See you there!

April 29-May 1, 2016  32nd Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Pensacola, Florida
The event is one of the largest crawfish boils in the state and features thousands of pounds of boiled crawfish in addition to other traditional Cajun and Creole fare such as red beans & rice, crawfish pie, boudin balls, and even fried gator tails.

April 29-May 1, 2016  53rd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Held in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida since 1964, the family friendly, free admission Shrimp Festival offers delicious shrimp prepared every way imaginable by 25 food booths all staffed and run exclusively by local Nassau County non-profit groups as fund-raisers.  Wear your walking shoes to visit over 300 Fine Artisan & Crafters, 50 Antique Dealers, 25 Kid Fun Zone Activities, Live Music on 2 Stages, and lots of Pirates.

April 30, 2016  Smokin Blues, Bikes & BBQ - St. Cloud, Florida
Live music, professional & backyard BBQ competition, bike rally/show, beer/wine, a kids' zone and much more. Always fun and always free.

April 30, 2016  9th 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. SingOut@PigOut 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 30, 2016  Taste of Brandon - Riverview, Florida
Music, Food & Drink Festival.  Come enjoy tastes from your favorite restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Cast your vote for the 2015 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 30-May 1, 2016  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 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 10-12, 2015  Better Living Home & Garden Show - Miami, Florida
Meet 100's of Experts and experience Thousands of products and services!  Shop, Compare, See, Try, and Buy!  The Better Living Home & Garden Shows are regional shows  that aim to bring local and regional businesses together with consumers for the sole purpose of creating a better home, gardening  and healthier lifestyle.

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

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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

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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.


2009 FLORIDA - APRIL 2009

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April 25, 2009  5th Annual Circle on the Square - 'Dish and Disco'
Delray Beach, Florida
Sip international wines and liquors. Sample culinary delights and desserts from 20 Delray hot spots. Circle on the Square is Old School Square's Signature Fundraising Event, Is hosted by Square One - Delray's Entertainment Society supporting Old School Square.




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