U.S. Food Festival & Food Show Section
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February 25-March 13, 2016 Central Florida Fair 2016 - Orlando, Florida
March 3-8, 2016 Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show
March 3-13, 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Florida
Exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts await you. Ethnic traditions, social events, competitive contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, parades.
March 4-6, 2016 Lions 35th Seafood & Music Festival 2016
St. Augustine, Florida
Get ready to eat great seafood; tap your toes to live music, and then stroll through more than 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. These are just a few of the highlights of the 35th St Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, presented by Winn Dixie. Featuring tons of delicious seafood, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts, Families enjoy the Zone, Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Friday night is Jazz night. Saturday and Sunday feature a range of Americana music. Characters, Actors, Rides, Magic Shows, Pirates, Belly Dancers and more fun are awaiting you. Festival hours are 3-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Arts Village closes at sundown. NO pets. Attendance: 20,000.
March 4-6, 2016 Better Living Home & Garden Expo - Miami, Florida
Meet 100's of Experts and experience Thousands of products and services! Shop, Compare, See, Try, and Buy! The Better Living Home & Garden Shows are regional shows that aim to bring local and regional businesses together with consumers for the sole purpose of creating a better home, gardening and healthier lifestyle.
March 5, 2016 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 5, 2016 6th Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest
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 5, 2016 St. George Island Charity Chill Cook-off & Auction
St. George Island, Florida
The St George Island Regional Chili Cook-off. Proceeds benefit the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders. • Golf Tournament • 5K Red Pepper Run • Crock Pot Chili • Miss Chili Pepper • Mister Hot Sauce • Chili Cook-off • Auction
(also: www.apalachicolabay.org/index.cfm/m/73/sectionId/0/Events/ ) Attendance: 5,000.
March 5, 2016 Beertopia
8th Annual Beertopia. Sample beers from around the world paired with dishes from local restaurants. Sponsored by the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society. Live Music, Silent Auction and Raffle.
March 5, 2016 Community Cookout Presented by The Boca Chamber - Boca Raton, Florida
The Boca Chamber is hosting a fun day of food and games for the whole family. Chamber Members and Non-Members are invited to come celebrate this gorgeous community in which we live, work and play! There will be tons of food - including hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies, chips and much more. Fun games for family members of all ages, bounce houses, slides, DJ and the South Florida Sun! Admission to the Community Cookout is FREE! You can purchase a meal ticket for $5 which includes a burger or hotdog, cold salad, chips and a beverage. Children under 10 years old will receive one complimentary meal ticket.
March 5-6, 2016 50th Annual Grant Seafood Festival
Free admission, free parking, over 100 crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, along with a scrumptious menu of succulent seafood makes this a weekend no one wants to miss. What sets this seafood festival apart from others is that it runs through a 100% volunteer effort! All preparation , whether it be on the grounds or with the purchasing, cooking or serving of the various menu items is accomplished by volunteers of the community. We do not have any food vendors on site. All booths are run with volunteers: many booths are made up of family members, often times having several generations working along side one another. It is this complete volunteer effort that makes our festival unique. The total commitment of our community and all our volunteers makes the Grant Seafood Festival a time honored tradition unlike any other. We are proud of our community and our festival is a testament to that fact.
March 5-6, 2016 Floral City Strawberry Festival - Floral City, Florida
The 29th 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 5-13, 2016 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 5 & 12-13, 2016 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 5-April 24, 2016 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Busch Gardens Tampa is introducing some flavor to its entertainment lineup in spring 2016 with the Food & Wine Festival, offering a variety of food, wine and entertainment. Saturdays and Sundays, March 5 through April 24. 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 6-9, 2016 RFA 36th Annual Conference & Exhibition
St. Petersburg, Florida
To successfully position your company in today’s marketplace, it is imperative to stay abreast of current market trends, food safety regulations, and technical procedures. Attend the Refrigerated Foods Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition as we work toward “Advancing & Safeguarding the Refrigerated Foods Industry.”
March 7-11, 2016 National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
March 8-13, 2016 Bradford County Fair - 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 9-11, 2016 FPSA Annual Conference - Bonita Springs, Florida
Food Processing Suppliers Association.
March 9-12, 2016 Nat’l Barbecue Association Conference & Trade Show
Want to take advantage of the exploding industry of barbecue? Then join hundreds of restaurateurs, caterers, competitors, and suppliers at the National Conference. There is no better way to connect! Four days of educational workshops, networking, industry expert panels, inspiration and fun that are not to be missed. Truly THE place to be where BBQ Means Business!
March 11, 2016 VeritageMiami Spring Edition - Miami, Florida
With proceeds benefiting United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, this one-night wine and food interactive experience stars an exciting lineup of great local chefs, who will also be featured in INDULGE magazine's annual food edition, along with specially selected wines.
March 11-13, 2016 5th Annual 30A Wine Festival - Alys Beach, Florida
The 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 11-13, 2016 Fairchild's 14th 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 12, 2016 37th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival
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 12, 2016 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 12, 2016 Clayton's Crab Company 4th Annual Cajun festival
Clayton’s Crab Company is hosting their 4th Annual Cajun Festival on March 12, 2016. There will be a live Cajun band performing (The Porch Dogs), a huge kids zone (The Home Depot kids workshop, Monster Trucks and so much more), there will be over 60 arts and craft vendors, over 15 food vendors. There will also be Airboats on display, a car show, and a wood carving demo and so much more. This is a free event and free parking. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 321-639-0161. We are located at 5775 South US 1 Rockledge FL 32955.
March 12-13, 2016 Original Marathon Seafood Festival
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 12-13, 2016 Speckled Perch Festival and Parade
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 12-13, 2016 Marion County Master Gardeners' Spring Festival
Mark your calendars for the international award-winning Marion County Master Gardeners’ Spring Festival, the area’s largest all-in-one plant sale and gardening expo featuring hand-picked vendors-plus classes, educational booths and garden tours. It’s next to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. Event sponsor Ag-Pro of Ocala; community sponsor Ocala Star-Banner; community partner Florida Gardening Magazine. This year we’re hosting 14 food trucks in our largest rally ever! Admission is $1 for everyone over 12. Service animals are the only pets permitted.
March 12-15, 2016 82nd Annual NIOP Convention
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
The National Institute of Oilseed Products is an international trade association with the principal objective of promoting the general business welfare of persons, firms and corporations engaged in the buying, selling, processing, shipping, storage and use of vegetable oils and raw materials.
March 12 & 26, 2016 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 13-15, 2016 National Pasta Association Annual Meeting
NPA members include pasta producers, millers, ingredient suppliers and pasta equipment manufacturers.
March 14-17, 2016 Seatrade Cruise Global - Miami Beach, Florida
Seatrade Cruise Global (formerly Cruise Shipping Miami) is the Cruise Industry's Premier Global Event. It is the only event guaranteed to bring together every facet of the business including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners. As the epicenter of the cruise industry, Seatrade Cruise Global features exhibitors and attendees from around the world; a multi-track conference program headlined by the industry's most knowledgeable speakers; and the State of the Global Cruise Industry keynote.
March 15, 2016 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture
March 17-20, 2016 Florida Winefest & Auction - 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 17-27, 2016 Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition
40th Anniversary. Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition
March 18-19, 2016 2nd Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest
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.
March 18-20, 2016 8th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival
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 18-20, 2016 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 19, 2016 Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida
Website has autoplay music with no mute. The festival looks to be an annual Ft Pierce tradition and features great food, music, exhibits, arts and crafts and so much more!
March 19, 2016 15th 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 19, 2016 GastroFest - Jacksonville, Florida
It’s time Northeast Florida showed the world what our awesome culinary scene has to offer. We need a food fest that celebrates all of it, from fine dining to food trucks, from microbrews to local cookbooks, from vegans to local beef. That’s why we’ve been inspired to start GastroFest.
March 19, 2016 Shrimpapalooza - Homosasa, Florida
Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs. 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 19, 2016 Great Atlantic Festival - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
27th 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 19, 2016 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 19, 2016 30th Annual Clewiston Sugar Festival
The annual festival celebrates the area's primary industry, the growing of sugarcane. This year the festival will build on the tradition of family, community and a list of events that last four days to continue its annual celebration of the end of the SUGAR CANE harvest. Free community concert that will be surrounded by food vendors, arts & crafts, kids rides, information booths, a car show, sports events, the Raising Cane Rodeo and a whole lot more. Check out our pages for lots more.
March 20, 2016 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 26, 2016 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 27, 2016 Easter Lunch Cruise - Sandestin, Florida
Hop past the crowded restaurants and cruise through a relaxing Easter Lunch buffet prepared by our executive chefs. After taking in the warm coastal breezes and panoramic views from the sky deck, guests will indulge in a three-course meal and special children’s menu. Options include Southern Shrimp and Grits, Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Chicken Marsala. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.
March 28-April 3, 2016 Citrus County Fair 2016 - Inverness, Florida
Youth Public Speaking Contest; Adult & Youth World Info; Livestock Shows and Competitions; much more.
March 31-April 3, 2016 Levy County Fair - Williston, Florida
A Blue Ribbon County Fair.
March 31-April 9, 2016 Clay County Agricultural Fair
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Livestock Shows; Entertainment; 4H / FFA Youth Agricultural Shows and Competitions; Hog Calling Contest; Husband Calling Contest; Early Florida Village; Entertainment; much more.
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 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 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 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
March 1, 2014 3rd Annual ConchFest 2014 - Key West, Florida
CONCHFEST NEW DATE IS T.B.D IN MAY 2015 AT BAYVIEW PARK IN OLD TOWN KEY WEST.
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 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 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.
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 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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