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December 1-2, 2018
Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival
Siesta Beach, Florida
The event is a unique blending of food, music and visual entertainment affording attendees a potpourri of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota.  Combined with the mouth-watering foods will be outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicans in a diversity of genres from Scottish bagpies and classical quartests to bands of various flavors: rock-and-roll, jazz, calypso and reggae.  Another component is an outdoor gallery of arts, crafts and food products.  Included are painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sauces, dips, candles and a variety of other arts, crafts and products.

December 6, 2018  The Whisky Extravaganza - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Features a sampling of unlimited expressions of the world's finest whiskies.   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 7-9, 2018  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, 2018 - 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 2, 2017 - South Florida VegFest - Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Larger Marketplace - Expanded Variety Food Vendors.  Free Food Samples - Cooking Demonstrations - 125+ Vendors - Live Music - Kids Activities - Free Parking.


Enjoy this weekend of world-class food, wine, spirits and microbrews while tantalizing your taste buds and soothing your senses.  A percentage of ticket sales from the event will benefit the University of South Florida School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership, Feeding Tampa Bay, and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association ProStart program.

December 2-3, 2017
Green Festival Expo - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Join the Green Festival Marketplace by exploring over 200 exhibitors, learning from over 50 inspirational speakers, indulging in some delicious vegan or vegetarian food and learning all you need to know to live a more sustainable lifestyle! SHOP. TASTE. ENJOY

December 9, 2017  Okeechobee Main Street Christmas Festival
Okeechobee, Florida
Okeechobee Main Street celebrates the holiday season with their annual Christmas Festival held in beautiful Flager Park.  The Saturday festival begins at 10 AM and ends that evening with the popular lighted night parade.  The festival includes a variety of food, gift ideas, arts and crafts, kids activities, music and fun!

December 11-13, 2017  24th Annual St. Augustine Holiday B&B Tour & Tasting - St. Augustine, Florida
This two-day holiday tour and tasting event, opening 23 beautiful, historic bed and breakfasts of St. Augustine, and sampling food from 23 of our finest restaurants and eateries, has been a tradition for over 20 years.  "Christmas Through the Years" will influence the theme decorations, making this an exciting event for all ages.

December 14-17, 2017  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 16-17, 2017 - 2nd Annual Seafood Festival - Davie, Florida
NEW DATES. (Changed from October 28-29).  Seafood prepared the way it was meant to be, along with great tasting side dishes and plenty of entertainment, fantastic time for the whole family and all of your friends! Put the 1st Annual Seafood Festival on your calendar now. The grouper, snapper, lobster and dolphin will be waiting for you at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds!!  Admission: $10 - Children under 5 Enter Free. For more information email: [email protected] or call (561) 633-6034

December 31, 2017  25th 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, 2017  Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala
St. Augustine, Florida
After much thought, discussion and review the College’s administration has decided not to host the New Year’s Eve Ball this year. A decision has not yet been made regarding future New Year’s Eve celebrations.

December 31, 2017  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, 2017  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, 2017  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!

December 31, 2017  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.

December 31, 2017  Olde Englewood Village New Year’s Eve Celebration - Englewood, Florida
Ring in the New Year on Dearborn Street, Olde Englewood Village for a non-stop party. Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio will be playing all night long in Pioneer Park, DJ Tom Brooks will be spinning the sounds of the 70s and 80s on Dearborn Street, a variety of rides, midway games, food, beer garden and attractions for all ages! Festivities start Saturday, December 30, at 2PM.


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December 31, 2016  Venetian Masquerade - Miami, Florida
Segafredo Brickell.  Join us for a party of grand proportions at the Venetian Masquerade New Year’s Eve celebration. Be transported to the illuminating palaces along the beautiful Grand Canal as colorful surprises unfold throughout the night. Feast on a sumptuous 4-course Northern Italian dinner, as live music, all night entertainment, champagne toast, party favors and New Year’s countdown make this enchanting masked event, an unforgettable one.  • 4-Course gourmet dinner with welcome glass of champagne $95 per person / with Bottle of Champagne $145 per person  • Open bar package 9:30pm to 12:30am $85 per person.  For reservations or more information, contact 305.577.9809 or [email protected]

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December 14, 2015  Meat Matters Sarasota - Sarasota, Florida


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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.

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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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