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March 18-19, 2016  2nd Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest 2016
Delray Beach, Florida
The Bacon & Bourbon Festival shines a loving light on our most flavorful food-Bacon, and the quintessential American liquor, Bourbon.  The 2 day event features four course Bacon & Bourbon dining experiences, over 80 bacon inspired menu items  and a soon to be famous Sunday Brunch, great live music,  and a collection of over 40 bourbons and whiskeys for your tasting pleasure. There is also a full bar, wines and Heineken Light too.  Extensive Bacon and Bourbon Pairing Seminars including 2 exclusive Pappy Van Winkle tastings.  The distiller’s art and patient techniques are shared in the seminars and tastings by South Florida’s foremost Bourbon experts. All intended to enhance your knowledge and pleasure of American made Bourbon and whiskey.  The event’s strong commitment to the community is that they are designed as a fund-raising opportunity for non-profit organizations that staff the event. Admission: $20 - $150.



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

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March 2-6, 2015  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide

March 5-10, 2015  Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show 2015
Gainesville, Florida

March 6-8, 2015  30A Wine Festival 2015 - Alys Beach, Florida
The 4th Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful surroundings of Alys Beach, and is a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites. This newly expanded three-day event features a Friday night gathering, "Bourbon, Beer, and Butts",  Saturday wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, band party at nightfall, and Sunday's exclusive event, "Fruits de Mer & Sancerre" complete with croquet tournament (appropriate croquet attire encouraged). Weekend tickets are $300 per person and proceeds from the event benefit Children's Volunteer Health Network.

March 6-8, 2015  Lions 34th Seafood & Music Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
Eat, Shop and Tap your toes at the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival. The Festival features great Seafood, Arts & Crafts, Live Music and the Kids Zone. Eat loads of seafood before shopping with more than 100 artists and crafters while enjoying the music. You might go home the winner of groceries, cash and other prizes.  These are just a few of the highlights of the  St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival. This event, drawing over 20,000 people is a favorite throughout northeast Florida. It is fun for all ages while helping out a worthy cause.

March 7, 2015  5th Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest 2015
Jacksonville, Florida
At Riverside Park located next to Historic Five Points.  Join us for an amazing day celebrating all the wonderful things this world, better yet, our community has to offer! The best of the best local, sustainable, eco-friendly, compassionate, organic, healthy and humane organizations and businesses will come together to elevate the consciousness in Jacksonville. The day-long event will feature live music, dynamic speakers, cooking demonstrations, beer garden, kids' zone, pie-eating contest, exceptional freebies, raffles, scavenger hunt and much more!  We invite everyone interested in becoming leaner, greener, or cleaner to join us for a day of family fun and positive action.

March 7, 2015  St. George Island Charity Chill Cook-off
St. George Island, Florida
The St George Island Regional Chili Cook off will take place Saturday, March 7. Friday, the Auction Art Preview is in the evening from 5 - 7 at the island's firehouse (324 E. Pine Ave.).  Saturday includes the 5K Red Pepper Run at 8:00 am, Crock Pot Judging 10-11:00 am, the Auction begins at 11:00, booth showmanship judging is at 11:30 - 12:15pm Miss Chili Pepper and Miss Hot Sauce judging at 12:15pm, taste awards 3:30pm.  Head to the center of the island for all of Saturday’s events.  There is a $5 entry fee.  Proceeds benefit the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.


March 7, 2015  6th Annual Orlando Chili Cook-Off - Orlando , Florida
This premier chili competition is sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). Since its inception, CASI has sanctioned thousands of Cook-offs and has raised millions of dollars for charities — and this tradition continues here in Orlando.  The Orlando Chili Cook Off, which began as a small gathering of friends and chili-lovers, has now become a regional event attracting cooks and attendees throughout Central Florida and the southeastern states. Teams can win trophies and prizes for the best CASI chili or the best open chili categories. Also, a best-in-showmanship award will be presented for the most entertaining chili team.

March 7, 2015  Taste of Ocala - Ocala, Florida
The annual event is held at the College of Central Florida campus. There will be food from over twenty area restaurants and caterers, plus family entertainment and prizes. Benefits scholarships through the CFCC Foundation.

March 7, 2015  Clayton's Seafood Market 3rd Annual Cajun Festival
Rockledge, Florida     (no website)
Live local band, playing a wide variety of music including Zydeco.  Classic Car Show, Mardi Gras Stilt Walker, Face Painter,Balloon Guy,a Kids Workshop sponsored by Lowes and Brevard zoo will be bringing out some small animals. Local businesses will have an awesome Cajun Menu Long doggers, River Rocks, Blue Bayou, Brooklyn Pizza and also ourselves here at Claytons Crab  Company, just to name a few. Some of the counties best arts and crafts vendors. Raffle drawing for gift certificates and gifts donated by local businesses, with proceeds going to the Brevard Zoo Education program. Free Event With Free Parking. If you have any questions please call us at 321-636-6673 or email us at

March 7-8, 2015  Floral City Strawberry Festival - Floral City, Florida
The 28th Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival. There will be plenty of activities for all ages including craft vendors, live entertainment, the Miss Strawberry Pageant, children's activities, and boatloads of fresh strawberries straight from the award-winning Ferris Farms. Don't forget the mouth-watering strawberry shortcake - eater-tainment at it's very best! Come early and enjoy the day!

March 7-15, 2015  Tampa Bay Beer Week - Tampa Bay, Florida
Celebrate Tampa Bay beer culture and showcase the area as an emerging and vibrant craft and specialty beer destination.

March 7-April 26, 2015  Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Tampa, Florida
Busch Gardens Tampa is introducing some flavor to its entertainment lineup in spring 2015 with the Food & Wine Festival, offering a variety of food, wine and entertainment. Saturdays and Sundays, March 7 through April 26.  Busch Gardens is tempting taste buds and offering experiences found nowhere else in the world. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will be included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission.

March 8-11, 2015  WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference
Orlando, Florida
Women's Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference

March 10-15, 2015  Bradford County Fair 2015 - Starke, Florida
The Bradford County Fair has been in existence for more than 60 years.  Livestock: Rabbits & Poultry; Swine; Goats; Steer; Showmanship Contest; Beef Breeding Show & Sale; Youth Judging Contest; Midway; Entertainment; much more.

March 12-22, 2015  Collier County Fair 2015 - Naples, Florida
Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition.

March 13, 2015  20th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This year’s event will showcase a sequence of spirits, wine or beer with food pairings, each bound to delight, educate and entertain guests and their palates. The highlights of the evening are tastings from nearly 40 of South Florida’s leading restaurants, and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world courtesy Southern Wine and Spirits as well as craft beers.   Tickets are $150 for the Grand Tasting.

March 13-14, 2015  Safety Harbor Seafood Festival
Safety Harbor, Florida
Live Entertainment all weekend. Arts and Crafts vendors. Family Area and of course plenty of seafood. Land lovers food will also be available. Bring the whole family.

March 13-15, 2015  Fairchild's 13th Annual International Orchid Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
Immerse yourself within the world of orchids with over 10,000 orchid plants from local and international vendors. Learn about growing and care for orchids at home, pick up handmade products from artisan vendors, enjoy delicious foods from local vendors or marvel at the rare orchid species in the American Orchid Society juried show, presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables.

March 14, 2015  St. Patrick's Day, South Florida - Coral Gables, Florida
Spend the day with family and friends, enjoying a taste of Irish culture. Wear your green, and join us for a day filled with merriment as you enjoy Irish music, dance and food, along with the arts.

March 14, 2015  Taste of Oviedo - Oviedo, Florida
10am - 6pm.  A celebration of Oviedo, Winter Springs and east Orlando businesses, talented locals and city traditions. Enjoy delectable food from the city’s best vendors while mingling with local businesses. Support local agriculture by taking part in the Citrus and Celery Cook-Off, The Chicken Chomp Contest and check out children’s activities and live entertainment.

March 14, 2015  Great Atlantic Festival - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
26th Annual Autoline Great Atlantic Festival returns to the Seawalk Pavilion on 1st Street, right behind City Hall in Jacksonville Beach. The Great Atlantic Festival celebrates all the best in local culture and cuisine. The event is free, so come on down and enjoy music, seafood, and fun in the Jax Beach sunshine!

March 14, 2015  Shrimpapalooza - Homosasa, Florida
Mardi Gras Homosassa Style.  Family event to eat great seafood, tap your toes to the music, and stroll through arts and crafts exhibitors.  Special activities and contests make this fun for all ages.

March 14-15, 2015  Original Marathon Seafood Festival
Marathon, Florida
Best and longest-standing seafood festival in the Florida Keys!  Over 200 vendors, fresh seafood caught and sold by local commercial keys fishermen; live music and rides/games for the kids!  A real family affair and treat in the Islands of Marathon in the Florida Keys.
Attendance: 20,000.

March 14-15, 2015  Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest - Lakeland, Florida
Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without) magazine wants you to know that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesn’t need to be about deprivation and missing out.  So, come join us, over a hundred of our favorite exhibitors and thousands of our closest friends as we celebrate LIVING WELL!!   Our nationwide series will expand to seven cities by 2015.  At every event, you get to sample tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, learn from experts in the community and hang out with others who understand our world.

March 14-15, 2015  Speckled Perch Festival and Parade
Okeechobee, Florida
The Speckled Perch Festival is the oldest celebration in Okeechobee, dating back to 1965.  At that time the festival honored the fishing industry with a parade and fish fry in the park during the height of the tourist season and the tradition continues today.  There will be local talent, food, arts and crafts and fun.  Our Speckled Perch Parade on Saturday at 11:00 am sets the stage for the remainder of the weekend. There is a $10.00 parade permit fee for this parade.  This festival has no admission; just fun!  This festival is in collaboration with the Cow Town PRCA rodeo.  Rodeo fans get ready to watch the roughest-and-toughest professional bull riders and bullfighters at Florida’s Cow Town Rodeo.

March 14-15, 2015  Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival
Fort Myers, Florida
Raising thousands of dollars for charities, the festival includes the Princess Ball, fun run, parade, more than 100 craft vendors, and shrimp dinners.

March 14 & 28, 2015  Wine & Dine in the Vines - Bradenton, Florida
Dine in our Pavilion Among our Estate Vineyards.  Featuring Live Music.  Rosa Fiorelli Winery’s Signature Sangria.  Buffet Style Italian Dinner prepared by Seven Continents Catering.  Pair Your Dinner with the Handcrafted Fiorelli  Wines of Your Choice.  $55/person, gratuity not included.  Saturday 5-8pm

March 15, 2015  Pass the Plate: The FHM Passover Cook-off
St. Petersburg, Florida
Recipes help keep our links to the past alive. Celebrate the 1st Annual FHM Passover Cook-off with special recipes from local Survivors. The public will have a chance to taste the dishes and vote on their favorites.  Author Joanne Caras will help kick off the new competition, and share her experiences compiling The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook, which is filled with Survivors’ recipes and stories to pass down to future generations.  Free to all.

March 16-19, 2015  Cruise Shipping Miami - Miami Beach, Florida
For nearly 30 years, Cruise Shipping Miami has been and continues to be the must attend event for buyers and suppliers. The Cruise Industry's Premier Global Event.

March 18, 2015  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

March 19-22, 2015  Florida Winefest & Auction 2015 - Sarasota, Florida
Food and wine event showcasing wineries from all over the world.  Together we turn food, wine and entertainment into funding for charities serving disadvantaged children in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. You are invited to sip and sample some of the world's best wine on the shore of Sarasota Bay, dine and dance in the streets of downtown, savor the flavors of local chefs and raise your bid paddle for some of the best auction lots in the wine business.

March 20-22, 2015  7th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival
Clermont, Florida
Lakeridge Winery.  This signature event marks the beginning of springtime.  Live outside music and entertainment.  Local Artists and Crafters are invited to display their work. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of tasty seafood specialties will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.

March 21, 2015  14th Annual Charity Rib Cookoff  - Eastpoint, Florida
Come eat some of the best BBQ ribs and chicken! All proceeds go to The Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department. Festivites include, live music, car show, kids activities, and did I mention BBQ! Join us for a day of fun and good eatin'.

March 21, 2015  GastroFest - Jacksonville, Florida
Celebrate the food of the first coast at this Jacksonville food festival! Tastings, local beer, activities, live entertainment and more. 11am-10pm.

March 21, 2015  Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida
Warning: Website has loud autoplay music.  The festival looks to be an annual Ft Pierce tradition and features great food, music, exhibits, arts and crafts and so much more!

March 21-22, 2015  Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration 2015
Dania Beach, Florida
Arts and seafood celebration sponsored by Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

March 21-22, 2015  Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
Marco Island, Florida
In addition to a weekend of great music, all your favorite seafood specialties will be available fresh fish, grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder and more. There is a huge assortment of traditional landlubber favorites, too. Beer and wine will be served to quench your thirst. Over 60 arts and crafts vendors will open Friday morning at 11:00 AM. A kid’s zone with bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall, trampoline and more to wear off some of that energy while you enjoy the music, the food and the friends.

March 23-29, 2015  Citrus County Fair 2015 - Inverness, Florida
Youth Public Speaking Contest; Adult & Youth World Info; Livestock Shows and Competitions; much more.

March 27-28, 2015  The Boca Bacchanal - Boca Raton, Florida
A weekend of great wine matched with delectable culinary delights featuring acclaimed chefs and prized vintners will tempt the savvy palates of patrons at the  Annual Boca Bacchanal.

March 27-29, 2015  DeSoto Heritage Seafood Festival - Palmetto, Florida
Sponsored by the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, the festival is attended by thousands each year. The event offers some of the best seafood around, continuous entertainment, artisans and crafters and other activities for the whole family.

March 28, 2015  4th Annual Gluten-Free for Life Expo
St. Petersburg, Florida
This yearly event is designed to promote awareness of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.  Through the utilization of educational speakers, both local and national, the Expo seeks to educate the public on the Gluten-Free lifestyle as well as provide information and updates to the Gluten-Free Community.  Tickets are $10.00 and kids under 12 are free.  Attendees can sample or purchase Gluten-Free products from local and national vendors.  The ten dollar requested Ticket donation at the door will benefit Camp Weekaneatit, a week long kid's summer camp for Gluten Intolerant and Celiac kids. Additionally, Gluten-Free non-perishable food donations will be accepted to restock the Gluten Free Emergency Food Pantry at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.

March 28, 2015  Eggstravaganza - Pinecrest, Florida
Be a part of Miami-Dade’s most exciting day of mayhem and madness at Pinecrest Gardens’ 12th Annual Eggstravaganza presented by Williamson Automotive - the biggest and the best egg hunt in town. Over 50,000 eggs featured at scheduled egg hunts throughout the day, along with prizes, face painting, balloon art, interactive games, music, arts and crafts, our petting zoo, story-telling, delicious food, and even a wild life show. It's a virtual wonderland of activities.

March 28-29, 2015  Jupiter Seafood Festival 2015 - Jupiter, Florida
Three Days of Local Fresh Seafood • Live Entertainment • Nautical Vendors • Family Rides & Entertainment.

March 28-31, 2015  SNAXPO 2015 - Orlando, Florida
78th Annual Exhibition & Conference.  SNAXPO is the world’s largest, most comprehensive trade show devoted exclusively to the international snack food industry. SNAXPO brings together owners, executives and buyers from every segment of the industry who are actively looking for new equipment, ingredients, products and services.

March 28-April 1, 2015  American Bakers Association Annual Convention
Orlando, Florida
The ABA Annual Convention is the one time each year that the entire baking industry gathers together to chart new business courses, explore innovative opportunities, hear from policy and business leaders, and network with industry colleagues.

March 29, 2015  11th Annual Deering Seafood Festival - Miami, Florida
A magical celebration for all ages with Florida's freshest seafood, on-going live entertainment, cooking demos with local celebrity chefs, historic tours, Artist Village etc.

March 29, 2015  Spring IBA Membership Meeting - Orlando, Florida
Join us and return with information and tools to address the most pressing challenges of the baking industry.  The Spring Meeting features discussion of the best methods to motivate the next generation of baking business leaders.  Learn the future path of genetically modified wheat and other baking ingredients at the Spring Meeting.  Over lunch, get the latest political predictions for Congress and the Presidency!

March 29, 2015  Crawfish and Blues Cruise - Destin, Florida
Celebrate Spring Break on the water! Enjoy cruise & blues, bugs & brews on SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS’s 2nd annual Crawfish Cruise from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.. Enjoy a spread fit for a Cajun King (or queen!) that includes freshly boiled, perfectly seasoned crawfish while you cruise local waters & listen to authentic Blues music live by Cadillac Willy. Other food options include shrimp, jambalaya and hot do with chips for kids. $45/pp including food, live music & a three hour cruise. $25 for children with hot dog and chips. Reservations required online or call 850.650.2519


2014 FLORIDA - March 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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March 1, 2014  3rd Annual ConchFest 2014 - Key West, Florida
A Celebration of Conch Heritage.  There will be a host of activities to attract folks from all walks of life to this wonderful community celebration of our Conch Heritage. All are invited; Conchs, Freshwater Conchs, Non-Conchs, and Conch wanna-be’s.  There will be lots of great food for sale including conch fritters, conch salad, pork, and other more traditional fare. There will be children’s activities; music and much more.

March 8-9, 2014  Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show - Pinecrest, FL
Pinecrest Gardens.  The Fine Chocolate & Food Show, a unique fine chocolate and culinary event featuring fine artisanal chocolate vendors and creations from around the world.  The event will also showcase the gourmet talents of local chefs and present a selection of fine food products and beverages.  Stroll through the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens as you sample delicious creations from over 150 vendors.

March 15, 2014  5th Annual Pigfest - Tallahassee, Florida
BBQ Competition, Arts and Crafts Fair, Music Festival: Come out and bring the family as you enjoy a fun-filled day at PIGFEST! Rock out to the sounds of live and local bands as you pig out on some of the best BBQ around; prepared by top chefs who are cooking their way to the top to claim bragging rights for best BBQ in the Southeast. After you've had your fill of delicious food, venture out to see what local vendors and artist have to show off at their booths, and car collectors' prize winning cars, trucks, and bikes.


2012 FLORIDA - MARCH 2012

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March 7-9, 2012  Beef Safety Summit - Tampa, Florida
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual event.

March 31, 2012  The Grind - Miami, Florida
30 of the best burgers in South Florida will compete under one roof for the coveted Golden Grinder and title. Guests and local celebrity judges will vote for their favorite burgers. The Grind has partnered with Miami Culinary Institute to give culinary students the opportunity to work along-side Miami’s top restaurants.


2011 FLORIDA - March 2011

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March 19-20, 2011  Wine Tasting at Peace River Masters Art Festival
Punta Gorda, Florida
Please come and visit us in Laishley Park and sample 4 South African wines. Wine will be offered for sale as well at a discount only on that weekend.

March 26, 2011  Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival - Coral Gables, Florida
8th Annual Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival.

March 31-April 1, 2011  International Rum Festival - Tampa Bay, Florida
6th Annual International Rum Tasting Competition--the first and longest running competition for sugar cane based spirits in the United States.



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