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December 3, 2016  South Florida VegFest - Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Free Food Samples - Cooking Demonstrations - 125+ Vendors - Live Music - Kids Activities - Free Parking.

December 10-11, 2016  6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival
Clermont, Florida
Enjoy music by incredible bands on an outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend. Local artists and crafters will display their work. Wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary winery tours and tasting.


December 10, 2016
Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


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December 3, 2015  The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Features a sampling of over 100 of Scotland's most prestigious single malt & Scotch whiskies, as well as unique single malts from Ireland and Japan.  The Extravaganza takes place during the spring and fall seasons. Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment. Tickets by advance purchase only.

December 10-13, 2015  Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
Palm Beach, Florida
The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival is the premier tasting event in Palm Beach. This year it will feature tasting stations hosted by the most exclusive restaurants in Palm Beach.

December 14, 2015  Meat Matters Sarasota - Sarasota, Florida

December 31, 2015  23rd Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell
Key West, Florida
Sloppy Joe’s will host its Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell. Anything goes New Year’s Eve in Key West on Duval Street. You’ll find people all decked out for the midnight celebration, and folks still in their bathing suits and flip flops when the Conch Shell drops from the roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar

December 31, 2015  Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala
St. Augustine, Florida
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Historic Elegance at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon.  Ring in the New Year at the former Hotel Ponce de Leon with an evening of historic elegance- dining and dancing the night away. Experience the magic of the Gilded Age amid an architectural wonder where presidents stayed and innovators played. The New Year’s Eve Gala takes place in Flagler College's Ponce de Leon Dining Hall, built in 1888 as part of the Gilded Age gem Hotel Ponce de Leon. The opulent setting is ringed with glass windows, golden chandeliers, wall sconces, all designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Muralist George W. Maynard adorned the dining hall ceiling and walls with beautiful murals to complement Tiffany's designs.  Guests enter through the magnificent 80-foot-tall Rotunda, which is adorned with gold-leaf murals, hand-carved caryatids and intricate mosaic African tile.  The event raises money for the Flagler College Scholarship Fund, which helps offset tuition costs for many students with financial need. 30% of the ticket price is tax deductible.


December 31, 2015  New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop
Panama City Beach, Florida
A great family-friendly celebration at the New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop on December 31st. The streets of Pier Park are closed off to traffic as thousands of revelers enjoy free live music, entertainment, and good cheer.  For young revelers, there's even an 8 p.m. countdown, with over 10,000 inflated beach balls dropped from nets stretched over the street, followed by fireworks.  On the way to midnight, bands perform for the gathering crowd, anticipating the countdown to the New Year when a huge, glowing beach ball is lowered to signal the start of the New Year, and another great fireworks display. Time Square has nothing on this NYE party!

December 31, 2015  New Year's Eve Orange Drop - Orlando, Florida
Downtown Orlando celebrates the New Year with the annual Orange Drop. The massive street party has a video wall, fireworks and confetti cannons.

December 31, 2015  Pensacola Pelican Drop - Pensacola, Florida
Only Pensacola can boast of a giant, illuminated, pelican atop a 100-foot platform.  At midnight this might bird makes his descent amidst fireworks and confetti as we usher in the New Year!



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December 5, 2014  9th Annual Celebrate Brevard - Food and Wine Event
Palm Bay, Florida
Fire & Ice" is the theme for this years 9th annual Celebrate Brevard Food & Wine Tasting Extravaganza hosted each year by the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce according to Cynthia Dale, marketing manager.  From 5:30pm to 9:00pm at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Palm Bay, the event offers guests samplings of cuisines from around the world, wine tasting, music, and black, red and white décor.  Guests may opt to dress in those colors for the evening if they wish.   The annual fundraiser will include over 25 food, wine and merchant vendors.  Event organizers are also planning raffles and door prizes, along with entertainment for the evening. Cooking demonstrations may also be available at the restaurant tables.

December 6, 2014  St. Augustine Distillery’s 2nd Sugar Cane Harvest
St. Augustine, Florida
The event features local restaurants, farmers and artisans that source their produce and ingredients locally. It is an old fashioned cane boil and music fair, with fresh from the farm drinks and delicious meals.  Attendees are invited to watch sugar cane milled in a Cast Iron Sugar mill built in 1883 and enjoy a traditional old fashioned cane boil. Other activities include tractor tours and games. Live Music.  The event is $5 per person and all ages are welcome. Parking is $10 per car and we encourage you to carpool.

December 31, 2014  The Big Orange New Year's Countdown
Miami, Florida
Ring in the new year in the heart of downtown Miami and watch firsthand the countdown as the Big Orange rises 400 feet to the top of the Intercontinental Hotel.


Food Festivals & Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

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December 1-2, 2012  Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival
Ruskin, Florida
The Ruskin area was once referred to as the ‘Salad Bowl of America’, mainly because of the wonderful vine-ripe ‘Ruskin Tomato’. The agricultural diversity of the area is celebrated at this annual festival. Events include a plant show & sale, car & tractor shows, crafts, history exhibit, and entertainment.

December 5, 2012  Celebrity Chef Tour - Sarasota, Florida
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.

December 7, 2012  Death By Chocolate - Largo, Florida
Presented by the Rotary Club of Largo, the event includes dessert samples from local restaurants, live entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes in the beautiful setting of Largo's Central Park. Supports local youth and empowerment initiatives.

December 7, 2012  17th Annual City Link BeerFest
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Join us for the largest one-night beer festival to ring in the holidays. Sample over 100 of the world's best brews and check out live stage performances by local bands.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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December 4, 2011  Hanukkah Celebration 2011 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Held at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, this is South Florida's largest Hanukkah celebration. Jewish cooking demonstrations will feature sweet & sour meatballs, matzo ball soup, potato latkes and more. There will be rides, a kids corner, vendors and entertainment.

December 10, 2011  Latin Spice - Pinecrest, Florida
Billed as the Hottest Food Festival in Town, the event is held at Pinecrest Gardens and includes fare, wine and spirits from Latin America, an artisan marketplace, live music, restaurant best dish competition, cigar rolling and an evening concert.



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December 12-13, 2009  International Olive Oil Festival
West Palm Beach, Florida
Mediterranean & Organic: Food, Wine, and Arts Experience.



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