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June 9-10, 2018
Rum Renaissance Festival
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world's premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing and blending fine cane spirits.  Enjoy a full week of exclusive VIP parties at Miami's most notable venues, a grand two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.

June 10, 2018  Cochon555 - Miami, Florida
Five chefs will prepare five, whole heritage breed pigs from family farms, and each chef will have one week to prepare 6 portions for 450+ guests. During each event, guests and notable judges will vote for the best bite from over 1,200 pounds of heritage pork. The winner is then crowned the “Prince or Princess of Porc” and guaranteed a slot at Grand Cochon in October. The Sunday afternoon event unites diners with farmers, winemakers, craft brewers, and distillers in a culinary showdown with a singular focus: ensuring a safe, honest, and delicious future for our food system and the children who will inherit it.  Ensuring a future of safe, honest, and delicious food will be the dominant theme of this year’s tour. In support of this, Cochon555 will donate a portion of all proceeds to its sister charity, Piggy Bank. This nonprofit foundation is a genetic sanctuary and Missouri farm established to provide free genetics to emerging family farmers.



2017 FLORIDA - JUNE 2017

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June 2-3, 2017
Wine Quest Annual Wine Tasting and Auction 20th Anniversary
Orlando, Florida
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.  This 2 night event features wines from around the world, exquisite cuisine and auctions that benefit Quest, Inc. Together, we can change lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and help them achieve their dreams to live, learn, work and play. Friday night’s tickets include access to the Grand Tasting of more than 200 wines from wineries all over the world and heavy hor d’oeuvres prepared by the gourmet chefs at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Saturday night’s tickets include a 5-course exquisite dining experience with wine pairings. All nights will include raffles, games, and auctions with all proceeds benefiting individuals with developmental disabilities who Quest, Inc. serves. Valet and self-parking available. Cocktail attire.

June 2-6, 2017  Taste of the Caribbean -  Miami, Florida
Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition and cultural showcase. Once a year the best chefs and culinary teams unite to learn, demonstrate their skills and provide the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most savory and delectable treats of the islands. A showcase of the hottest and most popular trends in Caribbean gastronomy.  The trade show at this event is a one-stop forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors, all on hand to help Taste of the Caribbean registrants build food and beverage business – and yield benefits on the bottom line.  This year’s Taste of the Caribbean will bring innovative and exciting educational sessions for food and beverage professionals that promise to enhance individual skills.  (also: )

June 3, 2017  24th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival
Wellborn, Florida
The annual event includes a blueberry bake-off, pancake breakfast, talent contest, arts & crafts, and entertainment.

June 3, 2017  63rd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival
Chiefland, Florida
Held on the first Saturday in June, the annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. It includes arts & crafts, children's activities, watermelon auction, weighing contest, parade, and queen contest.

June 3-4, 2017 - Cocoa Beach Uncorked - Cocoa Beach, Florida
Cocoa Beach Uncorked celebrates the areas’ most celebrated chefs, restaurants, and breweries while serving up an 180-degree Atlantic Ocean views artfully blending local chef rock stars with national brand partners offering tastes and sips to please every palate.  Cocoa Beach Uncorked, touted as the hippest beachfront gastronomic event to launch on the Space Coast, is your ticket to unwind and wiggle your toes in the sand while enjoying the finest fare, craft beers, and wines in this tourist destination.

June 5, 2017  Culinary Creations Dinner - West Palm Beach, Florida
Quantum House.  Culinary Creations celebrates the extraordinary talents of some of the finest chefs in South Florida. This unique evening is unlike any other food & wine event in Palm Beach County.  75 Chers -- 400 Hours of Prep - 5 Courses - 1100 Plates - 500 Glasses of Wine.  A gourmet assortment of dishes prepared by the American Culinary Federation PBC Chefs Association.  $175 per person - $1500 per table of ten.

June 5-25, 2017  10th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Coral Gables, Florida
Downtown Coral Gables is celebrating our Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week with exciting new restaurants and new unique events. This year, you have three whole weeks to taste your way through Coral Gables, giving you plenty of time to try new eateries and return to old favorites, all offering amazing prix-fixe menus at a discounted price.  For three weeks, restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus.

June 8-11, 2017  Southeastern Meat Association Convention
Daytona Beach, Florida
SEMA Annual Convention. Top meat and poultry packers, processors and distributors in the Southeast annual meeting and exhibition.

June 9-11, 2017  27th Annual Harvest Festival - Clermont, Florida
Lakeridge Winery's flagship festival has the ever popular annual stomping of the grapes and loads of fun for the entire family. Over 80 local artists and crafters are invited to display their work. Incredible live music can be enjoyed during the entire weekend. Complimentary winery tours and tasting.

June 10, 2017  Annual Mullet Toss - St. George Island, Florida
This event takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. The Mullet Toss is sponsored by The Blue Parrot for the benefit of the Apalachicola bay Charter School. For a $30.00 entry fee you get a unique Mullet Toss T Shirt, and 2 mullet to throw. Visitors and Locals compete for prizes and bragging rights.  There are prizes for the longest throws in the men's, women's and kids divisions. Located on the Blue Parrot Beach 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

June 16-17, 2017  67th Annual Watermelon Festival
Monticello, Florida
The Watermelon Festival is the highlight of community activities in Jefferson County. Recognizing the watermelon growers of the county, the festival includes beauty pageants, dinners, street dance, arts and crafts, Melon Run and more.

June 23-24, 2017  61st Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival
Chipley, Florida
Great Food & Entertainment. Free Admission. Seed Spitting Contest, Watermelon Auction, Car show, Art show, Horseshoe tournament & Street fair. Family Fun!  Legendary country music acts.

June 29-30, 2017  IV Savbor Fine Food & Beverage Trade Show
Miami, Florida
An annual exhibition in the city of Miami, where more than 100 top quality food products and beverages of Spanish origin are set out, celebrates its 4th edition in 2017.  Characterized by the highest specialization in product quality, and focused on the needs of the food and wine industry, SAVBOR is the best showcase and platform to bring together the finest producers and industry professionals who are seeking international business through immense exposure and expanding trade relations in the United States and surrounding area.


2016 FLORIDA - JUNE 2016
events waiting for new dates

June 6-10, 2016  APGA Conference - Miami, Florida
The 2017 Conference is in Ontario, Canada.  American Public Gardens Association (APGA) Annual Conference.  Changing Perspectives: Planting for the Future.

June 18, 2016  Sour, Berliner Weisse, and Lambic Festival
Pinellas Park, Florida.
Cajun Café on the Bayou.  Beer lovers will enjoy over 150 beers to taste, including the most sought after Sours,  Berliner Weisses and Lambics. The beer-garden atmosphere is 90% under cover. Admission includes souvenir tasting glass, Cajun plate and other food included. The event hosts a fundraiser for Dunedin Doggie Rescue.

June 26, 2016  Meadlennium - Orlando, Florida
Open to all homebrewers, Meadlennium is one of the nation's premier mead-only competitions. Sponsored by Central Florida Home Brewers.


2015 FLORIDA - JUNE 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

June 4, 2015  25th Annual Jacksonville Foodfight
Jacksonville, Florida
Each year volunteers representing the local restaurant community host this event, featuring 50 or more of Jacksonville’s finest restaurants and beverage distributors who come together in friendly competition to “take a bite out of hunger” by raising funds and awareness for Second Harvest North Florida.  Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door. VIP tickets are $100.

June 6, 2015  6th Annual Pigfest 2015 - Tallahassee, Florida
We regret that the 2016 Southeast Regional Pigfest event is postponed until the organization has a chance to explore how to make the event sustainable. This is a fundraiser for Community Action.

June 13-14, 2015  6th Annual Key West Bacchanalia
Key West, Florida
Key West Bacchanalia food, wine and spirits festival is a fiesta filled with Celebrity Chefs, Sommeliers, Master Mixologists, dinners, seminars and parties.


2012 FLORIDA - JUNE 2012

events waiting for new dates

June 16, 2012  Harvest Festival - Bradenton, Florida
A portion of the sales will benefit the American Red Cross of Southwest Florida. There will be many activities during the festival including harvesting grapes, food and gift vendors, and a grape stomp.  Admission will be free and we encourage everyone to come out and join in the festivities. You know you've always wanted to stomp on grapes. We hope to see you there!

June 17, 2012  Real Men Cook - Miami, Florida
Real Men Cook promotes male involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. Takes place each year on Father's Day in cities across the U.S. A national movement-get involved!



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