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2016 FLORIDA - February 2016
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011- 2010)

February 13-14, 2016  Florida Prepare to Survive Expo 2016
DeLand, Florida
The Prepare to Survive Expo is an action-packed weekend that features a hands-on exploration into prepping and self-reliance. Prepping and homesteading are lifestyles of self-sufficiency and you will always have something else that you can learn and something else to do. Workshops, exhibits, and vendors will show you how to grow, harvest, preserve and cook your own food. Demonstrations include open fire cooking, solar oven cooking, cast iron pan cooking, and more. Learn skill techniques like home butchering, making cheese, and smoking meat. 
(also: www.naturalamerica.net/ )


February 14, 2016
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 24-28, 2016
South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2016
South Beach, Florida
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine is a national, star-studded, destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine & spirits producers, chefs & culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the festival benefits FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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February 5-16, 2015  Florida State Fair
Florida State Fair Grounds, Tampa, Florida

February 6-8, 2015  Wine Weekend St. Pete 2015
St. Petersburg, Florida
Wine Weekend St Pete 2015 is a series of sumptuous, over-the-top events centered on great food, great wines, and a stellar auction, all to benefit the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

February 6-8, 2015  Everglades Seafood Festival
Everglades City, Florida
All the Fun of a Country Fair - with Live Music and Great fresh Seafood.  Over 150 Arts and Crafts Booths, Local Indian Arts & Food, State of the Art Rides and Attractions

February 6-14, 2015  Highlands County Fair 2015 - Sebring, Florida
The Highlands County Fair brings together the best livestock displays, food vendors, carnival rides, contests and entertainment for one of the most enjoyed annual events in Highlands County. In addition to carnival rides, The Highlands County Fair features tons of exhibits and contests for cooking, photography, horticulture, fine arts, sewing and more! Some examples of the entertainment are the Chainsaw Carving Show, The Master Hypnotist Show and the Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Highlands County Pageants. Don't miss this annual event that features everything you love about county fairs.

February 7, 2015  Taste of Okeechobee - Okeechobee, Florida
Taste of Okeechobee a division of the Top of the Lake Art Fest.


February 7, 2015
Tropical Rum Fest
West Palm Beach, Florida
The 3rd Annual Tropical Rum Festival will be hosted once again at the Meyer Amphitheatre.  Diversity at its highest peak as patrons enjoyed the tropical set ambiance and atmosphere with music and some of the best rum mixes, topping the evening off with LIVE Bands and some local disc jockeys playing the best Reggae, Electronic, House and Trance music. Along with an array of some of the most delectable, flavorsome and tantalizing food from all over such as Conch Fritters, Jerk Chicken, Rum Cake and our Official Drink - 'Rum and Coconut Water'.

February 7, 2015  Chili Cook Off 2015 - Pinecrest, Florida
Come to compete, or come to eat! Pinecrest Gardens is pleased to announce the inaugural Chili Cook-Off.  Prepare your tastebuds for an encounter with some of the most delicious chili in Miami-Dade County.  Restaurants, caterers and novices compete for the title of "Best Chili in Town".  Enjoy great live music, good food, and good brew as you take part in activities for the entire family.  This is an amateur-friendly cook-off, so dust off your apron, grab your spices, and let's get cookin'!

February 7-8, 2015  4th Annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach Uncorked, touted as the hippest beachfront gastronomic event on Florida’s west coast, is your ticket to unwind and wiggle your toes in the sugar white sand while enjoying the finest fare and wines this side of fabulous. Your ticket includes access to the private Grand Tasting Village, and the über-cool Uncorked Spirits Beach Club, presented by Publix Liquor Stores and nestled in a private hideaway beneath the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy this weekend of world-class food, wine, spirits and microbrews while tantalizing your taste buds and soothing your senses.

February 8, 2015  Nosh Fest VI - Cooper City, Florida
Nosh [taste] traditional Jewish style foods such as corned beef and pastrami, lox and bagels, falafel and Israeli salads, matzo ball soup, potato pancakes (latkes), noodle kugel, and more, plus snacks and treats from local food vendors. Entertainment options included a cooking competition, cooking demonstration, musical performers and plenty of children’s activities.

February 8, 2015  Annual Forgotten Coast Chef's Sampler
St. George Island, Florida
Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Fort Coombs Armory located on 4th street and Avenue D in Apalachicola. Sample an array from our area restaurants. Our talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually. The tables range from elegant to artistic and funky. Join us for our 19th year. Tickets are $60.

February 11, 2015  Simply Italian - Miami, Florida
The best Italian wine trade tasting event, the Simply Italian – Great Wines US Tour, has assembled Italy’s most prestigious wineries under one roof. This spectacular showcase, highlighting producers from various Italian regions including: Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, Marches, and Veneto, will be an event you won't want to miss!

February 12, 2015  Flavors of Boca Raton - Boca Raton, Florida
Flavors 2015, a Culinary Event hosted by the Junior League of Boca Raton.  This year’s event will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Sonoma House.  Previously known as Chocolate Decadence, JLBR has been hosting tasting events for over 13 years. Traditionally, our events have been a huge success, thanks to the generous support of our chefs, restaurant partners, sponsors, underwriters, donors and advertisers.  (also: http://www.jlbr.org/flavors-of-boca/ )

February 13-15, 2015  7th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival
Steinhatchee, Florida
Parade, Fiddler Crab Racing, The Swampwater Cookoff, Food Venders, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Photo Contest, Fishing Tournament, Entertainment: Crab Jam, Suwannee River Jam and much more.

February 13-15, 2015  Winefest XXV - Clermont, Florida
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards.  Winefest is an opportunity to enjoy all the fruits of our bountiful previous year's harvest. Our full range of award-winning table wines, from dry to sweet, are sure to entice newcomers as well as draw rave reviews from longtime devotees. Over 80 local Artists and Crafters are invited to display their work, Enjoy live music on outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.

February 13-15, 2015  St. Sophia Greek Festival - Winter Haven, Florida
Come and enjoy a taste of Greek Culture. Greek food, entertainment and more... This year we are having a Sweetheart Dance for those who want to enjoy the festival but still want to sneak a little dance with their sweethearts.  OPA!!

February 13-21, 2015  Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show 2015
Clewiston, Florida

February 14, 2015  Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival - Tampa, Florida
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

February 14, 2015  26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival
Destin, Florida
This winter festival favorite is back for the Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival.  Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner! Dark or light roux? Chicken, sausage or seafood? Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best,” and award the most creative set-up as “Best Display.” Gulf Coasts restaurants will be featured along with live music and children’s activities.

February 14-15, 2015  Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Cortez, Florida
Celebrate Florida's commercial seafood industry – its past, present and future. The festival will also feature seafood, live music, nautical arts and crafts, children's activities and environmental exhibits. Annually, 3rd weekend in February.

February 14-21, 2015  Hardee County Fair 2015 - Wauchula, Florida
We are celebrating the 74th annual Fair and each year we strive to provide good ol' fashioned fun with some unique experiences mixed in.  If you've never been to the Hardee County Fair, you've been missing out! Our Fair, first and foremost, is all about the kids. We offer a range of livestock exhibitions, pageants, arts & crafts competitions and we added a Citrus program in 2014.  Of course we also feature a thrilling midway provided by Arnold Amusements, along with all the Fair food you can handle.

February 15-17, 2015  46th CASBA Annual Convention
St. Augustine, Florida
Cookie and Snack Bakers Association

February 16-22, 2015  68th Annual Pasco County Fair - Dade City, Florida
The fair will host a variety of livestock events, including Hog Show, Youth Dairy, Sheep, Beef Heifer and Bull Show and Rodeo.

February 21, 2015  Treasure Coast BBQ Championship 2015
Fort Pierce, Florida
Enjoy eating some great food, listening to music, and strolling with a cold brew along the beautiful Indian River on a fun, family-friendly day. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.

February 21-22, 2015  LIADO's 12th Annual San Gennaro Festa
Safety Harbor, Florida
Each year LIADO, The Italian-American Women of Today, organize a spectacular festa to celebrate and share our Italian heritage.  We create a bustling street fair in the beautiful city of Safety Harbor, Florida. Whether you are Italian or simply love things Italian, join us!

February 21-22, 2015  Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival - Clearwater, Florida
8th Annual Seafood & Blues Festival, Clearwater Sea Blues, presented by The City of Clearwater.  Some of the best blues musicians in live concert and some of Tampa Bay’s finest seafood delights.

February 21-22, 2015  LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival - LaBelle, Florida
For 48 years LaBelle has been celebrating swamp cabbage with a down-home festival. Sample dishes made with swamp cabbage (also known as hearts of palm), which comes from the state tree, the sabal or cabbage palm. The event includes a parade, motorcycle & car shows, entertainment, a carnival, a 5-K run, a bass tournament, a rodeo, and the "Grasscar" lawnmower race.

February 21-22, 2015  Downtown Food & Wine Fest - Orlando, Florida
The tradition continues as more than 20,000 foodies and wine lovers experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.  Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 40 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.

February 26-March 8, 2015  Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City, Florida
Exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts await you. Ethnic traditions, social events, competitive contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, parades.

February 27-March 1, 2015  Florida Gourd Society Gourd Show
Melbourne, Florida
'Gourds American Style'   A group of Floridians interested in growing and crafting gourds got together and formed the Florida Gourd Society, Inc. Actually, we're the Lambda Chapter of the American Gourd Society - one of twenty-three such state chapters in the U.S. having the common goal of enjoying and promoting gourding as a hobby.

February 27-March 8, 2015  Central Florida Fair 2015 - Orlando, Florida
Founded in 1910 by a group of community leaders who sought an outlet to celebrate the agricultural industry in Orlando and its surrounding counties. With an average annual attendance of 250,000, the Central Florida Fair successfully continues its mission to preserve and enhance the agricultural, cultural, educational, and historical legacy of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia Counties, known collectively as “Central Florida.” One of the top five largest fairs in the state.  Creative Arts; Food Arts & Sciences – a feast of baked goods, canned fruits, decorated cakes, and decorative touches for the home, plus dozens of daily chef demonstrations on a state-of-the-art kitchen stage; Horticulture – lush displays of flowers and foliage, plus information on gardening, water conservation, landscaping, and more; FFA – local middle and high school chapters present educational booths on landscaping, animal husbandry, veterinary care, and more; 4-H – this leadership-building organization presents a year’s worth of youth activities in informative booths and creative contests; Livestock – featuring over 2,000 cows, horses, sheep, hogs, goats, chickens, and rabbits; Entertainment – over 100 groups featuring 800 singers, dancers and musicians on three stages.

February 28, 2015  1st Annual Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show
Lake City, Florida
If you are a business, civic organization, law enforcement, or just a group of friends, get your team together, along with your best chili recipe and join us to compete for the best chili in town.  Each 10' x 10' space is $10.00 (additional $5.00 if electricity is required).  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Other awards will be given for best decorated tent/space, most unusual chili, and craziest dressed team.  Also a trophy will be awarded for the People's Choice Award.  Admission for the public is $5.00 for a wristband and a spoon for unlimited sampling of chili.  Hot dos, chips, sodas/water will be available PLUS $1.00 draft beer.  Presented by:  American Legion Riders-Post 57.

February 28, 2015  8th 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.

February 28-March 1, 2015  Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival
West Palm Beach, Florida

February 28-March 1, 2015
Mixon Fruit Farms Annual Orange Blossom Festival - Bradenton, Florida
Lots of fun for the family. Kids activities and games. Bounce house, Bungi jump, Rock Climbing Wall.  Live entertainment. Craft vendors and food.

February 28-March 1, 2015  49th Annual Grant Seafood Festival
Grant, Florida
Free admission, free parking, over 100 crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, along with a scrumptious menu of succulent seafood makes this a weekend no one wants to miss. What sets this seafood festival apart from others is that it runs through a 100% volunteer effort! All preparation , whether it be on the grounds or with the purchasing, cooking or serving of the various menu items is accomplished by volunteers of the community. We do not have any food vendors on site. All booths are run with volunteers: many booths are made up of family members, often times having several generations working along side one another. It is this complete volunteer effort that makes our festival unique. The total commitment of our community and all our volunteers makes the Grant Seafood Festival a time honored tradition unlike any other. We are proud of our community and our festival is a testament to that fact.


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February 23, 2014  A Celebration of Wine - Gainesville, Florida
Savor the flavor of wines from around the world as Florida's 89.1 WUFT-FM and 90.1 WJUF-FM present the 25th annual wine tasting and auction to benefit public radio in North Central and Mid Florida.  This fundraising event features 300 wines for tasting and culinary treats, desserts, and specialty coffees.  A silent auction runs through the wine tasting and the live auction begins at 3:30 p.m.  The auction features a wide variety of treasures including wine, winery items, wine related art, trips, gift certificates and other collectibles. The event is appealing to both wine enthusiasts and novices. Winery representatives are on hand to discuss the finer points of the various offerings.

February 24-27, 2014  20th FSMA Top2Top Conference - Orlando, Florida
Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association annual conference.

February 28-March 2, 2014  National Pig Days 2014 - Marathon, Florida
Live Pig Racing; Silent Auction, Hat Contest, Food, Driks, Live Music, and more. Benefits Grace Jones Day Care.


2013 FLORIDA - February 2013
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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February 21-24, 2013  Miami Wine & Spirits Expo 2013 - Miami Beach, FL
Come enjoy tasty vinos, beers and spirits at this one-of-a-kind event. There will be distributors, importers, wholesalers and retailers showcasing their best products. There will also be hourly seminars on tastings, pairings and responsible consumption.  An Entertainment Stage with a great line up of regional performers and a launch of new products will delight your evening!  A 2014 Expo is planned for OCTOBER 2014 (domain expired, may be renewed:  www.miamiwineexpo.com )



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February 12, 2012  Taste of Finland - Lake Worth, Florida
(domain has expired: www.finlandiadays.com/ )
Part of Finlandia Days (Feb12-20). A competition judged by attendees; with over 30 different traditional Finnish dishes, appetizers and soups, entrees, and desserts and breads.  This highly successful event has become a highlight of the annual Finlandia Days Festival.  Over the years it has brought together more and more people who enjoy great tasting food, including both locals and tourists.


2011 FLORIDA - February 2011

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February 23, 2011  Wine, Dine & Design - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Meet the vintners of California & the region's most celebrated chefs. Enjoy premium tastings of fine wine & gourmet cuisine. Indulge in a captivating showcase featuring the region's most celebrated artists, interior designers and more. Proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief & Development, and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.


2010 FLORIDA - February 2010
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

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February 24, 2010  6th Annual Miami Crawfish Boil & Cajun Festival
Miami, Florida
Free Admission to the event, beer sampling and throw beads.  Prizes and live music.   Family Fun. No purchase necessary to attend.


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