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2023 FLORIDA - January 2023
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

(see also: 2022  -  2021  -  2020  -  2018  -  2016  -  2015)


January 6-8, 2023
Ft. Myers Seafood & Music Festival - Fort Myers, Florida
Join us for the Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival held on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers, FL.  Enjoy foods cooked fresh onsite (seafood, meat, vegetarian) with a variety of side dishes and of course - desserts!  For drinks, choose from alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks, While eating, listen to the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents from such genres as R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds.

January 9-15, 2023  Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Showcases Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs, restaurateurs and local food & beverage establishments. VLFWF is also pleased to announce that proceeds from the Food & Wine Festival will benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

January 13-14, 2023  Annual Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off
Apalachicola, Florida
This year’s Oyster Cook-Off 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.  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!

January 13-15, 2023  Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival
Punta Gorda, Florida
Enjoy delectable foods cooked fresh on site including seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Seafood dishes are prepared using indigenous and sustainable seafood from Florida's coastal waters. Add to your main course with selections from a diverse menu of side dishes and choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Live Music.

January 14-15, 2023  17th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Key West, Florida
A two day celebration of the bounty of the sea at Bayview Park, Key West. There is a $10 admission charge per person for adults, good for both days, which enters that person into a raffle for $250 worth of seafood. Children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds benefit sustainable fisheries management programs and youth scholarships.

January 19-22, 2023  32nd Annual Frog Leg Festival - Fellsmere, Florida
Frog leg and gator tail dinners. Hundreds of booths for unique gifts. Hear some great music and enjoy the fun rides. Free parking   Attendance: 80,000.


January 20-22, 2023  Englewood Seafood & Music Festival
Englewood, Florida
A weekend of great food and music as a new tradition in Englewood commences: the Englewood Seafood & Music Festival. Held in Pioneer Park on West Dearborn Street, hours both Saturday and Sunday are 10 am to 6 pm and general admission to the event and live musical performances is FREE.  Hosted by the Olde Englewood Village Association, Sarasota County Government and the Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency.  Delicious foods are cooked onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors using only the freshest ingredients.  All seafood dishes are prepared using sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast.  Meat entrees and a variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are on the menus. Alcoholic drinks (beer, wine and mixed-drinks) and non-alcoholic drinks (water, sodas and blended fruit drinks) are available. Enjoy your meal while listening to some of Florida’s top musical groups. Also enjoy a Marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products.

January 20-29, 2023  Amelia Island Restaurant Week
Amelia Island, Florida
During the 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 22, 2023 - Palm Beach VegFest - West Palm Beach, Florida
Meyer Amphitheater, West Palm Beach.  Always FREE admission, free parking, 100% vegan, lawn games,  vegan food vendors, shopping, and more!

January 22-25, 2023  Dairy Forum - Orlando, Florida
IDFA's Dairy Forum brings together the leadership of the U.S. dairy industry — processors, producers, suppliers, retailers, policy makers, academics and agricultural media — to build relationships and discuss the current landscape as it relates to the future of the dairy industry.

January 24-26, 2023  St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida
Choose from a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes all cooked fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Seafood dishes are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Select from a diversity of side dishes and of course - awesome desserts!  Liquid refreshments include alcoholic drinks and both non-alcoholic and fruit drinks.  While dining on your food, sit back and listen to some of Florida’s top musical groups in genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds.

January 25-29, 2023  14th Annual Key West Food and Wine Festival
Key West, Florida
Welcome Center at Ocean Sotheby’s Realty;  Opening Reception at Ocean Sir;  Swanky Home Tour sponsored by Ocean Sir;  Fiesta on Fitzpatrick;  Panama Hats, Rodriguez Cigars and Spanish Wine, Bad Boy Burrito, papas Pilar, Music;  “Bubbles & Bites” at Key West Collective ;  Special Art signing by Amanda Johnson;  Last Friday on Fleming Hosted by SHOP LOCAL KW;  A Night in Tuscany Wine Dinner at Hyatt Centric Resort & Spa;  A Taste of Tuscany Wine Seminar;  Rooster Grand Tasting;  Rooster Brunch.

January 27-28, 2023  Annual Lakeland Pigfest - Lakeland, Florida
Join the Lakeland Pigfest Board of Directors and the over 150 competition barbecue teams for a weekend of good eatin’, good friends, and good tunes to benefit Lakeland-area charities as we kick off the Annual Lakeland Pigfest!  Admission to Lakeland Pigfest will be free. The good eatin’ will cost you some grub. Stop by a Pig Bucks booth (located near the entrance and various locations throught) and exchange your cash for Pig Bucks, the official currency of the Lakeland Pigfest. By purchasing food from competition teams, you are supporting their efforts and local charities.  Attendance: 30,000.

January 27-29, 2023  Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
Sarasota, Florida
Join us for the Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. Both Saturday and Sunday from 10-6. Admission and parking are free. Come enjoy downtown Sarasota with friends and family. The event is graciously hosted by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association.  Select from exquisite foods cooked onsite incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Choose from grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp and soft-shell crabs, crab cakes and more. Meat entrees include Italian and Polish sausage, steak sandwiches and chicken-on-a-stick and a variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are offered.  While savoring your meal, sit back and relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups. Performances are live on-stage in musical genres from Rock N’ Roll, R&B, Blues, Rumba and Flamenco to Reggae, Jazz and Big Band sounds.

January 28, 2023  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.

January 28, 2023  Coral Gables Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
General Admission is from $29 to $79.   With General Admission you get open bar drinks from over 200 brands of fine wine & spirits as well as craft beer, live music and 20 great restaurants to choose from. This is not about little tiny samples, but rather respectable portions.

January 28-29, 2023  Port St. Lucie Seafood Festival
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Enjoy a delicious variety of seafood and tropical drinks while you browse an amazing collection of arts & craft and nautical vendors, exhibitors and artists.  Younger children will have loads of fun in the FREE "Little Fins Kids' Zone"  Adults will enjoy the attractions as well as two stages of entertainment.

January 28-29, 2023  Miami Art & Mega Festival -  Miami, Florida
6 Festivals At The Same Place & Time All With Free Admission.  Featuring: Fine Art, Fine Craft, Kids, Kids Talent Competition, Fashion, Dog & Pet, Craft Beer, Home Show,  And  Food, Wine & Spirits.

January 30-February 1, 2023  Global Organic Produce Expo (GOPEX)
Hollywood, Florida
This international trade show and conference provides the ideal opportunity for organic professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas, source new products and services, and do business with the industry’s leading growers, distributors, packer and retailers.

2022 FLORIDA - January 2022
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 9-16, 2022  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 29, 2022  12th Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off
Ave Maria, Florida
The Largest Steak Competition East of the Mississippi River.  Join us for the Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-off, featuring tens of grill teams vying for a top prize in this professionally-judged event! This fundraiser is hosted by Ave Maria Quasi Parish to benefit local charities. This year, the cook-off is in conjunction with the "Great American Saturday," hosted by Ave Maria Development.  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 water.

January 29, 2022  Dessert Wars - Miami, Florida
Largest Dessert Festival in America.  Desserts After Dark Miami will take place at River Landing from 4PM-8PM

2021 FLORIDA - January 2021
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 15, 2021  FWA Auction Night on the Farm - Fort Myers, Florida
Florida Watermelon Association.  Join the FWA for Auction Night on the Farm and help raise money for marketing and promotions for 2021.  This is a free event but registration is required. Please RSVP below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Debbie Johnson at 239-658-1442.

January 21-23, 2021  Butts & Clucks Cook-Off on the Bay
Apalachicola, Florida
The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce’s newest event.  The Butts & Clucks Cook-off on the Bay, has been sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and is now a regional championship BBQ Cook-off with over $15,000 in prizes to be awarded and the winner moving on to the Jack Daniels Championship.  Include there will be a Judging seminar on Thursday, January 24th for anyone interested in being a state certified BBQ Judge.  Also, during the event we will be having a Deviled Egg (The Cluck that came from the Butt Contest) contest).

2020 FLORIDA - January 2020
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 4, 2020  Big Swamp Smoke-Off 2020 - Naples, Florida
The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its 8th 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 10-12, 2020  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 18, 2020 - 9th Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival
Merritt Island, Florida
The Florida Key Lime Pie Company will be presenting its Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival at Brevard Veterans Memorial Park in Merritt Island. It’s a fun filled day with live music, food trucks, street performances, Key Lime Pie Contests and Florida’s best Key Lime Pie.  Admission: $10 For Adults; $5 Children 12 and under; children 4 and under free. A percentage of this year’s ticket sales will be donated to the veterans memorial fund as well as all current and retired United States Military Members will receive free admittance with your military I.D.

January 24-26, 2020  36th Annual Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope
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 24-26, 2020  Wine Weekend St. Pete - St. Petersburg, Florida
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society invites you to join us for the most spectacular weekend ever in St Petersburg, Florida. Wine Weekend St Pete benefits the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, the arts, its legacy, and its many children’s programs. It is the largest fundraising event for the Museum of Fine Arts representing all that is exquisite, including a elegant wine pairing dinner, an exciting auction and a celebratory champagne brunch plus, optional events that you will not want to miss! This year our theme is Putting on the Glitz: Old Hollywood Style.

January 25-26, 2020  14th 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 31-February 8, 2020  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.

2018 FLORIDA - January 2018
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 15, 2018  The Dinner - West Palm Beach, Florida
The Dinner is an evening of discovery for the taste buds with a five-course offering prepared and provided by the top chefs and restaurants in Palm Beach County. Travel from course to course while pausing to enjoy wine from Southern Wine & Spirits, live entertainment, silent auction, wine pull, and more! Travel from course to course while pausing to enjoy wine from Southern Wine & Spirits, live entertainment, silent auction, wine pull, and more!

January 20, 2018  Brew on the Bay 2018 - Key Largo, Florida
CANCELLED - The Rotary Club of Key Largo has had to cancel our Brew of the Bay craft beer festival scheduled for January 20, 2018.  This was a very difficult decision but ultimately the uncertainty regarding the venue, Rowell's Waterfront Park,  which is currently being used to handle Hurricane Irma debris put too much at risk at this late of date.


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

these events are waiting for new dates

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


these events are waiting for new dates

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



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