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2017 FLORIDA - January 2017
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2013 - 2011)


January 5-15, 2017
Uncorked...Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
Upper Keys, Florida
Come on down to the Keys and enjoy all of the tasty temptations, and some of your favorite wines, as South Florida’s culinary experts step up to the plate to show you what Key Largo and Islamorada have to offer. Eleven glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows, and of course, our fabulous sunsets, scuba diving, fishing, many tourist attractions, shopping, and a great time!

January 6-7, 2017  Brew on the Bay 2017 - 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!  100% of money raised from Brew on the Bay is for LOCAL scholarships.

January 6-7, 2017  Big Swamp Smoke-Off - Naples, Florida
The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its 5th annual Big Swamp Smoke-Off Bar-B-Que competition. A large contingent of the country's top cook teams will arrive in Naples to compete as the top cooks. Our two day event will include activities for the kids, live entertainment, and other vendors. The competition will take place at the Collier County Fairgrounds. Admission is Free for Adults and Children.

January 14-15, 2017 - 12th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
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 21-22, 2017  Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
Sarasota, Florida
FREE. The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association is pleased to announce the inaugural Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. The mission of the event is to celebrate the nautical and cultural heritage of Sarasota. The festival will offer a mix of the freshest sustainable and indigenous seafood and varying genres of local entertainment. Also showcased in this extraordinary event will be seafood cooking demos, fishing workshops, arts and crafts, educational programs and exhibits.  The event celebrates community thru camaraderie, great music and scrumptious foods. Seafood lovers can expect to sample many different kinds of fin-fish and shellfish served by local restaurants and food purveyors. The ‘menus’ includes grouper, stone crabs, jambalaya, crab cakes, low country boil and much, much more! Foods are prepared onsite.  Performing live on stage are musical genres from Rock N’ Roll, R&B, Blues, Rumba Flamenco, Reggae and Jazz. In addition, enjoy original handmade artwork from a select group of local, regional and national artisans.


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

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January 15, 2016  Winter Bacchanalia - St. George Island, Florida
A Celebration of Food & Wine


January 15-16, 2016  6th 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 15-24, 2016  DeSoto County Fair & Livestock Show
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, 2016  5th 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 2016 “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 18, 2016  The Dinner - West Palm Beach, Florida
The Dinner will feature tastings from the area’s finest chefs who will prepare a selection of gourmet tastings from their fabulous menus. Each dish will be paired with a complimentary wine. This spectacular culinary evening is not to be missed! Proceeds benefit Quantum House families.  Tickets are $150 per person.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Silent auction, live music and wine pull. All proceeds benefit Quantum House.

January 21-24, 2016  Annual Frog Leg Festival - Fellsmere, Florida
Live entertainment, midway, crafters, and frog leg dinners. Proceeds benefit children's recreation in Fellsmere. Attendance: 80,000.

January 22-24, 2016  10th 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 22-31, 2016  Amelia Island Restaurant Week
Amelia Island, Florida
During the 2016 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.  Additionally, Amelia Island Restaurant Week will also offer special events, including a kick-off dinner, Mixology Tours, etc.

January 23, 2016  Taste of Okeechobee - Okeechobee, Florida
Taste of Okeechobee a division of the Top of the Lake Art Fest.

January 23-24, 2016  Coral Gables Festival of the Arts
Coral Gables, Florida
The Art of Fine Wine & Craft Spirits"  a special ticketed area where you will enjoy unlimited sample fine wine and craft spirits (sorry beer is not included). The area is limited to no more than 500 people each day. Hours are from 2-6PM with admission to Art of Wine & Spirits being just $59.00.

January 23-24, 2016  Pine Island ClamJam Music & Food Festival
Pine Island, Florida

January 27-31, 2016  Key West Food and Wine Festival 2016
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 29-30, 2016  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 29-31, 2016  32nd Annual Mullet Festival - 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.Attendance: 5,000

January 29-31, 2016  Delray Beach Garlic Fest - Delray Beach, Florida
An international award winning gourmet food and entertainment event featuring national act entertainment, Gourmet Alley food area with over 80 garlic laced menu items, a large children’s area, 200 artist and craft vendors, Garlic Chef cooking competition, Cloves & Vines Wine Garden and full liquor bar. The Delray Beach Garlic Fest was founded by a group of local folks looking to establish a fund-raising source for local non-profit organizations serving education and arts organizations for youth. The event relies on volunteer organizations to staff the event. That non-profit organization, appropriately named Delray Beach Arts, Inc. has reached a milestone this year donating over $600,000 and proudly continues to grow its charitable donations each year.  Event Times: (Jan. 29th   5:00 pm – 11 pm; Jan. 30th 11 am-11 pm; Jan. 31st 11 am – 7 pm)   Admission: $30 Friday, $12 Saturday before 6:00 pm/$20 after 6:00 pm; $12 all day Sunday.

January 29-31, 2016  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

January 30, 2016  6th Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off
Ave Maria, Florida
The Largest Steak Competition East of the Mississippi River.  Featuring grill teams vying for a top prize in this professionally-judged event. All grill teams are welcome. Entry fee is per team. Tickets for the Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off are $20.00 per person and include live music, kids fun zone, and 16oz Ribeye steak, salad, roll, baked potato, and beverage.  This is a fundraiser for the Rhodora J. Donahue K-12 Academy of Ave Maria.

January 30, 2016  10th Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival
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 30, 2016  Annual Kumquat Festival - 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.  (also: )

January 30-31, 2016  Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival
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 7TH 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 30-31, 2016  Taste of Pine Island - Pine Island, Florida
11:00 am-5:00 pm at Phillips Park at Pine Island Center.  Admission to the event is a donation of $6.00 for adults. Children age 10 and under are admitted free. We are also collecting canned and dry goods for the Pine Island Food Pantry.  The event provides visitors the unique and rare occasion to sample various familiar and not-so familiar local cuisine.  This annual event offers a wide variety of food from area establishments, arts and craft vendors, music, and activities; including the famous Chowder and Chili Cook-offs and the legendary Fish Drop. Also returning this year will be bounce houses and other activities for the kids and for the adults Pine Island Kiwanis’ signature Iwanakiwana rum drinks, margaritas, and selections from Budweiser will be available

January 30-31, 2016  St. George Annual Greek Festival
Hollywood, Florida
Come Join Us and Be Greek For A Day!  Enjoy Live Greek Music, Dancing & Authentic Greek Food and Pastries, including lamb shanks, souvlaki, fresh-carved gyro off the spit, pastichio, moussaka, and more!  Live Music & DJ.

January 31, 2016  22nd 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:

January 31, 2016  Cochon555 - Miami, Florida
Cochon555, the signature culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause.  The tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming. The event unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers in each city for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown celebrating family farms. At each event, 500 guests including notable judges will vote for the best bite amongst 2,000 pounds of awesomeness and the winning chef will be announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. On June 18th, the ten regional winners of Cochon555 fly to Aspen/Snowmass to compete at Grand Cochon, a spotlight of 10 chefs, 10 pigs and the best 30 bites from tour. The winner of the grand finale walks away with the crown and title of “2016 King or Queen of Porc”.



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January 17, 2015  20th Annual Einstein on Food & Wine
Tampa, Florida
The event combines food, wine, music and a silent auction to raise funds for the Museum of Science and Industry's educational programs.

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 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


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

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January 13, 2013  Pleasures of the Palate 2013 - Miami Beach, Florida
Prepare to be dazzled as Van Aken designs and prepares a tantalizing, gourmet dinner at the exclusive La Gorce Country Club on Miami Beach.  The evening will start with a cocktail party featuring an array of delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine, then continue with four courses of Chef Norman's signature dishes from My Key West Kitchen, paired with perfect wines to enhance flavors.  One of the event's highlights is a spectacular auction of rare, fine wines, extraordinary travel experiences and more. Don't miss this fabulous affair! 


2011 FLORIDA - January 2011

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Jan 6-16, 2011  The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature
Key West, Florida
29th annual Key West Literary Seminar. Each year the Key West Literary Seminar explores a different literary theme. This year, for the first time, we explore food in literature. The Hungry Muse will present dozens of today’s most compelling, thought-provoking, and funniest writers– memoirists, novelists, poets, historians, journalists, and all manner of lettered gastronome, gourmand, and epicure. It promises to be a mouthwatering and fascinating investigation not simply of the stuff we eat, but of all the things food stands for in our thoughts and words and stories.




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