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2018 FLORIDA - MARCH 2018
March 1-18, 2018
Central Florida Fair
Founded in 1910 by a group of community leaders who sought an outlet to celebrate the agricultural industry in Orlando and its surrounding counties. With an average annual attendance of 250,000, the Central Florida Fair successfully continues its mission to preserve and enhance the agricultural, cultural, educational, and historical legacy of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia Counties, known collectively as “Central Florida.” One of the top five largest fairs in the state. Creative Arts; Food Arts & Sciences – a feast of baked goods, canned fruits, decorated cakes, and decorative touches for the home, plus dozens of daily chef demonstrations on a state-of-the-art kitchen stage; Horticulture – lush displays of flowers and foliage, plus information on gardening, water conservation, landscaping, and more; FFA – local middle and high school chapters present educational booths on landscaping, animal husbandry, veterinary care, and more; 4-H – this leadership-building organization presents a year’s worth of youth activities in informative booths and creative contests; Livestock – featuring over 2,000 cows, horses, sheep, hogs, goats, chickens, and rabbits; Entertainment – over 100 groups featuring 800 singers, dancers and musicians on three stages. Attendance: 250,000.
March 3, 2018 35th Annual 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. Attendance: 5,000.
March 3, 2018 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 3, 2018 7th Northeast Florida Veg Fest - Jacksonville, Florida
We are looking forward to our 7th Veg Fest happening again at Riverside Park in Jacksonville, Florida. This year's event will be packed with many new elements and surprises including an expanded beer garden allowing you to roam freely while sipping on local libations. NEW HOURS: 11AM to 6PM.
March 3, 2018 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show - Lake City, Florida
If you are a business, civic organization, law enforcement, or just a group of friends, get your team together, along with your best chili recipe and join us to compete for the best chili in town. Each 10' x 10' space is $10.00 (additional $5.00 if electricity is required). Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Other awards will be given for best decorated tent/space, most unusual chili, and craziest dressed team. Also a trophy will be awarded for the People's Choice Award. Admission for the public is $5.00 for a wristband and a spoon for unlimited sampling of chili. Hot dos, chips, sodas/water will be available PLUS $1.00 draft beer. Presented by: American Legion Riders-Post 57.
March 3-4, 2018 - Jupiter Seafood Festival - Jupiter, Florida
New Location! Carlin Park! Three Days of Local Fresh Seafood • Live Entertainment • Nautical Vendors • Family Rides & Entertainment.
March 3-4, 2018 - Floral City Strawberry Festival - Floral City, Florida
The 31st 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! (also: www.citruscountychamber.com/ )
March 3-4, 2018 52nd Annual Grant Seafood Festival - Grant, Florida
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 3-April 29, 2018 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Offering a variety of food, wine and entertainment. 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 4-10, 2018 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 5-8, 2018 Seatrade Cruise Global - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Seatrade Cruise Global 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 5-9, 2018 - National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
March 6-11, 2018 68th Annual 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, 2018 - Fairchild's 16th 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 9-11, 2018 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 10, 2018 Taste of Oviedo
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 10, 2018 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 10, 2018 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 10-11, 2018 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 10-11, 2018 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.
March 10-11, 2018 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 10-11, 2018 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 15-25, 2018 Collier County Fair - Naples, Florida
Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition
March 16, 2018 23rd Annual Wine, Spirits & Culinary Celebration
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Grand Tasting will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and highlight over 40 South Florida premier restaurants, an array of wine and spirits, assortment of craft beers and a silent auction. The Platinum experience includes early access to the Grand Tasting. All proceeds of the event benefit the Museum. For additional information please contact Hillary Wallace at 954.713.0918 or [email protected]
March 16-18, 2018 Lions 37th Seafood & Music Festival
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 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, Pirate Fun, Super Heros & Princesses 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 16-18, 2018 - ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo 2018
Three days of Shrimp, Craft Brews, Live Music, Vendors and Kids' Events! Our Shrimp Cook-off has local restaurants competing for the coveted "3rd Annual Golden Shrimp Award" for the best recipe using Florida shrimp. Complimenting the shrimp will be local Florida craft brews which you can enjoy while listing to live music. Florida wines from Summer Crush Winery will also be available. March 16 is our pre-St. Patty's day party from 3:00 pm to 9:00, celebrate St. Patty's day Florida style. On Saturday, March 17th, food, beer, wine and music flow from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm with a special Motorcycle Show & Ride-in noon to 5:00 and a Florida Craft Beer Tasting 1:00 to 4:00 ($35). Sunday, March 18th, the festivities start again at 10:00 and a car show from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Funds raised go to youth activities and prevention of child abuse. This event is a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Sebastian and Exchange Club of Fellsmere.
March 17, 2018 Annual Clewiston Sugar Festival - Clewiston, Florida
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 17, 2018 17th 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 17, 2018 Wine & Dine in the Vines - Bradenton, Florida
Wine & Dine ($65.00 per person plus tax): On Saturdays only from 5:00pm to 8:00pm come out and enjoy our WINE & DINE IN THE VINEYARDS Menu. Click here to view our invitation. Includes Sangria, 3 Hour Open bar with 3 x different Rosa Fiorelli Wines, 5-6 x course dinner, dessert and coffee.
March 18-20, 2018 National Pasta Association Annual Meeting
NPA members include pasta producers, millers, ingredient suppliers and pasta equipment manufacturers.
March 20, 2018 - 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture
March 23-24, 2018 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.
March 23-25, 2018 10th 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 23-25, 2018 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 24, 2018 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 24, 2018 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 24, 2018 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 24, 2018 Eggstravaganza - Pinecrest, Florida
Be a part of Miami-Dade’s most exciting day of mayhem and madness at Pinecrest Gardens’ 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 24-25, 2018 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 24-25, 2018 9th Annual Halifax Oyster Jam Music Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
Join us for delicious oysters, live music, and a good time all for a great cause! This festival helps raise awareness and restore the local oyster population and the importance they play in the ecosystem.
March 25, 2018 14th 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-April 1, 2018 Citrus County Fair - Inverness, Florida
Youth Public Speaking Contest; Adult & Youth World Info; Livestock Shows and Competitions; much more.
March 29-April 7, 2018 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 24-26, 2017 Heintz and Becker De Soto 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. (also: www.desotohq.com/events )
March 12, 2016 Clayton's Crab Company 4th Annual Cajun festival - Rockledge, Florida
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 19, 2016 Great Atlantic Festival - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
This is now a music festival.
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 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, Florida
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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