2015 FLORIDA - JANUARY 2015
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL EVENTS
(see also: 2014 - 2013 - 2011)
January 7-9, 2015 Potato Expo 2015
POTATO EXPO is the largest conference and tradeshow for the potato industry held in North America. Network with key decision makers and international industry leaders, learn about the latest trends and innovations in the industry and grow your business!
January 8-17, 2015
Uncorked...Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
Upper Keys, Florida
Culinary and "how-to" cooking events pair the flavorful tastes of two Upper Keys areas together during Uncorked: the Key Largo and Islamorada Food and Wine Festival. The 10-day food, wine and spirits celebration features 30-plus sensory events at Upper Keys venues. Festival highlights include Lobsterfest at Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Café on Friday, with every-which-way lobster paired with wines, and the Keys' version of the popular television cooking show "Chopped" returning Sunday. New this year is a Spanish-themed evening with celebrity guest Chef Norman Van Aken, accentuated by a flamenco show and a Dine-in-the-Dark experience with a five-course tapas menu. Multiple Sunday brunch opportunities also are planned, as are several art-inspired food and wine events. A junior chocolatiers' cooking class as well as an adults' Cabernet-Meets-Chocolate event are each to be held at Key Largo Chocolates. Much more.
January 9-10, 2015 National Potato Council Annual Meeting
The NPC 2015 Annual Meeting is your opportunity to connect with other grower leaders from across the country and to shape national public policy impacting potato production and distribution. These policies have a real impact on the day-to-day operation of your business and there is no voice too small to make a real impact. Topics of discussion include trade, environment, legislative and government affairs, and more. Held immediately following POTATO EXPO, the Annual Meeting provides a way to get up-to-date on issues facing potato growers and network with others in the industry. The meeting includes with a reception and awards banquet recognizing leaders and innovators in the industry.
January 10, 2015 Brew on the Bay 2015 - Key Largo, Florida
More than 100 craft beers will be featured for an unlimited tasting on the waterfront at the Rowell’s Marina property. Enjoy live music, specialty vendors, food and fun!
January 15-18, 2015 Annual Frog Leg Festival 2015 - Fellsmere, Florida
Live entertainment, midway, crafters, and frog leg dinners. Proceeds benefit children's recreation in Fellsmere. Attendance: 80,000.
January 16-17, 2015 5th Annual Oyster Cook-Off - Apalachicola, Florida
Welcome to the Annual Oyster Cook-Off to benefit the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department! The event is held every year on the Friday and Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in downtown Historic Apalachicola at Riverfront Park. All proceeds goes directly towards paying for the brand new fire truck they were able to purchase a few years ago, due to this sole fundraising event! The event features a silent auction, oysters galore, shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, dancing performances and a 5K run! Enter your best recipe and be a contestant in the oyster cook-off or just come out and enjoy a day of wonderful food, refreshments and music.
January 16-25, 2015 DeSoto County Fair 2015 - Arcadia, Florida
Our Fair consists of pageants for the young ladies and talent shows for the youth and adults. In the barn, beef, swine, rabbit, poultry and goats are exhibited and judged. Beef and swine are sold at auction to benefit our exhibiting youth. Your support in this area is important, as many of our youth use the proceeds from the sale of their animals to build an educational fund. Sales often exceed $200,000.00 in revenue for our youth. Our exhibit building provides space for the 4-H exhibitors and students to show off their projects and earn awards.
January 16-25, 2015 Amelia Island Restaurant Week
Amelia Island, Florida
During the 2015 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, 30 of the island’s popular dining hotspots are offering special fixed menus for lunch and dinner, with different restaurants participating in each. The lunch option will be priced at $12 and includes an entrée and a drink. The dinner option (priced at either $19 or $29 per person) includes three courses and a beverage. Additionally, Amelia Island Restaurant Week will also offer special events, including a kick-off dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, four special Mixology Tours with Amelia Island Tasting Tours and a finale tour at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. (also: www.ameliaisland.com/yummy)
January 17, 2015 4th Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival
Port Canaveral, Florida
This year’s event will feature everything to do with the Sunshine State’s favorite citrus, the “Florida Key Lime”. The Florida Key Lime Pie Company will be featuring an array of the company’s delicious Real Florida Key Lime Pie to include their ever popular “Key Lime Pie in a Cup”, “Key Lime Pie in a Coconut”, as well as "Key Lime Pie by the Slice”. The Florida Key Lime Pie Company will also be hosting a contest for a 2015 “Miss Florida Key Lime Pie” as well as the company’s ever popular “Florida Key Lime Pie Eating Contest” and The Best of Florida’s Bartenders “Key Lime Pie Martini” and “Key Lime Pie Margarita” challenge.
January 17-18, 2015 10th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival 2015
Key West, Florida
The Florida Keys Seafood Festival's purpose is to raise money for the fishing industry, to showcase the great local seafood harvested by the commercial fishermen of the Keys, to provide scholarships to college-bound children of commercial fishermen, and to celebrate our community by bringing families and friends together.
January 17-18, 2015 The Festival of Chocolate 2015 - Miami, 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!
January 19, 2015 Taste of Compassion 2015 - West Palm Beach, Florida
Taste of Compassion is the premier food and wine tasting in Palm Beach County. "Dine Around the World" with twenty-five of the area's finest chefs who will prepare a complete selection of gourmet tastings from their fabulous menus. Southern Wine and Spirits will provide exquisite wines to compliment each dish. All proceeds benefit Quantum House.
January 23-25, 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival - Naples, Florida
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. This ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. Since 2004, the festival has earned the distinction of being the most successful charity wine auction in the nation according to Wine Spectator. The event brings many of the world's finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the festival; please contact Barrett Farmer at 239-514-2239 or email@example.com
January 23-25, 2015 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. The Chocolate Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or on the website.
January 24, 2015 9th Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival 2015
Port Salerno, Florida
Local Florida seafood specialties, live music, family fun area, maritime exhibitors, arts and crafts and more in historic Port Salerno along the waterfront.
January 24, 2015 5th Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off
Ave Maria, Florida
Have You Ever Smelled 2000 Steaks Grilling Over Hot Coals? The Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off is a fundraiser for the Donahue Academy of Ave Maria.
January 24-25, 2015 Annual Mullet Festival 2015 - Goodland, Florida
The three-day festival attracts nearly 5,000 people to Goodland. Fried and smoked mullet are featured and the Buzzard Lope Queen is named during the event. Held annually at Stan's Idle Hour the weekend before the Super Bowl.
January 24-25, 2015 Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival 2015
Key Largo, Florida
Featuring fresh local seafood, live musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, contests and kids' activities. Sponsored by the Key Largo Fisheries and Key Largo Merchants Association, the 6TH Annual family-fun event takes place at Rowell's Marina, MM 104.5 bayside. Seafood booths are to serve up succulent stone crab claws, homemade smoked fish dip, conch fritters, chowders, tuna nachos, lobster and more. Attendees also can visit cooking tents for tips on how to devise and devour favorite Keys dishes. Other attractions include arts and crafts, vendor booths, fireworks, shrimp and Key lime pie-eating contests, a car show and even piratical escapades for kids.
January 24-25, 2015 Taste of Pine Island 2015 - Pine Island, Florida
The event provides visitors the unique and rare occasion to sample various familiar and not-so familiar local cuisine. In addition, but equally important is the opportunity for the visitor to enhance a restaurant’s reputation by choosing the winner of the “Seafood Chowder Cook-off Contest” for the year. In addition to the food fest, Pine Island Restaurants will be on-site serving some of the best dishes they serve at their restaurants and at a reduced price. Live Entertainment: 'Taste' always delivers the best in live music and entertainment.
January 24-25, 2015 Coral Gables Festival of the Arts 2015
Coral Gables, Florida
The 5th Edition of the Miami Fine Wine & Spirits Festival offers 7 shows in one. 1. VIP Pavilion - offers the best deal in town with the all inclusive package of beer, wine and spirits, food, music, private restroom, valet, private area all for only $39 one day and $49 two day pass. Hurry only 250 tickets will be sold per day! 2. Fine Wine & Spirits featuring 4 separate pavilions. Fine Chocolate Pavilion - this totally air conditioned tent will insure the over 20 fine chocolatiers offer you only the best and freshest chocolates. 3. Culinary Pavilion: 30 restaurants - Packaged gourmet foods - Non-edibles food products - gourmet knives and decorative kitchen items for example.
January 25, 2015 21st Annual Master Chefs Classic - Key West, Florida
A culinary competition and tasting that benefits the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens (MARC provides life services for developmentally disabled adults in the Florida Keys). This event has become the premier food event of the Key West season. Restaurants compete in appetizer, entrée and dessert categories providing incredible food for 450 lucky people. Awards are given in each category. (also: http://masterchefsclassic.com/)
January 27-February 1, 2015 Key West Food and Wine Festival 2015
Key West, Florida
Hospitality Suite; International Girls Night Out; The Bean-To-Bar Experience At Lush; Henry Flagler’s Welcome Beach Party; Banfi Italian Wine Dinner; Santa Barbara County Winemaker Brunch; Key West Kitchen Tour; Grand Tasting at The Marker Waterfront Resort; California Sparkling Wine Brunch; Key West Shrimp Boil; A Taste of Santa Barbara County Seminar; Duval Uncorked Deconstructed; Key West's famous Duval Street will be host to the Key West Food and Wine Festival; Winemaker Dinner; Cheeseburger in Paradise; Pizza & Prosecco Sunday Jazz Brunch; Key West Outdoor Artisan Wine Market; Winemaker Brunch.
January 30-31, 2015 Lakeland Pigfest - Lakeland, Florida
Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned event. Plenty of food, music, and friends for the benefit of local charities! Attendance: 30,000
January 31, 2015 Annual Kumquat Festival 2015 - Dade City, Florida
Celebrates the harvest of kumquats, a sweet and sour fruit that is a member of the citrus family. Some festivities include: a farmer”s market, wagon rides, antique cars and tractors, tasty kumquat dishes and craft shows.
January 31, 2015 SOUPer Book & Bread Sale! - St. George Island, Florida
Delicious homemade soups and breads PLUS great used books of all kinds! Enjoy a bowl while you browse, or just buy by the quart for later. All proceeds benefit the county libraries in Eastpoint and Carrabelle. Want to donate books, soups, or containers? Got questions? Want to volunteer? Call Anna Carmichael at (850) 273-1174