U.S. Food Festival & Food Show Section
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Feb 26-March 1, 2017 RFA 37th Conference & Exhibition - St. Petersburg, Florida
March 2-7, 2017 Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show
March 2-12, 2017
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 2-19, 2017 Central Florida Fair 2017 - Orlando, Florida
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 3-5, 2017 Lions 36th 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 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, 2017 - 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 4, 2017 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 4, 2017 Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest - Jacksonville, Florida
The 2017 Northeast Florida Veg Fest has been cancelled. We will return in 2018!
March 4-5, 2017 - Floral City Strawberry Festival - Floral City, Florida
The 30th 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 4-5, 2017 51st 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 4-5, 2017 Jupiter Seafood Festival - Jupiter, Florida
New Location! Carlin Park! Three Days of Local Fresh Seafood • Live Entertainment • Nautical Vendors • Family Rides & Entertainment
March 4-12, 2017 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 4 & 11-12, 2017 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 4-April 30, 2017 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Offering a variety of food, wine and entertainment. Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 through April 30, 2017. 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 5-7, 2017 National Pasta Association Annual Meeting
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
NPA members include pasta producers, millers, ingredient suppliers and pasta equipment manufacturers.
March 6-10, 2017 National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
March 7-12, 2017 67th 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 9-12, 2017 6th 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 10-12, 2017 Fairchild's 15th 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 10-12, 2017 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 11, 2017 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 11, 2017 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 11, 2017 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 11-12, 2017 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 11-12, 2017 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 11-12, 2017 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 13-16, 2017 Seatrade Cruise Global - Fort Lauderdale, 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 16-26, 2017 Collier County Fair - Naples, Florida
Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition
March 18, 2017 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 18, 2017 Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida
WARNING: Website has loud 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 18, 2017 16th 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 18, 2017 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 18, 2017 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 18, 2017 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 21, 2017 - 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture
March 24-25, 2017 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 24-26, 2017 9th 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 24-26, 2017 Heintz and Becker De Soto Seafood Festival
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 24-26, 2017 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 25, 2017 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 25-26, 2017 St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida
North Straub Park, both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. Join us for a weekend of food and live music while enjoying the downtown St. Petersburg community in the company and camaraderie of family and friends! The Festival is created as all good dishes: by incorporating and blending the finest ingredients. We offer fresh dishes prepared onsite by top local restaurants and food purveyors mixing a variety of ingredients (seafood, meats and vegetarian). Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters. Select from a diverse menu of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to accompany your meal! Musical entertainment consists of live on-stage performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Genres of music vary from soul, classic rock, R&B, jazz, salsa and more. General admission is $5 at the gate, $3 in advance. VIP Tent admission is $50 that includes a free t-shirt, open bar, private lounge area and dedicated service staff. The event is hosted by the City of St. Petersburg with proceeds benefitting the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
March 25-29, 2017 American Bakers Association Annual Convention
Boca Raton, 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 26, 2017 13th 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, 2017 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.
March 26, 2017 VeritageMiami - Miami, Florida
On Sunday, March 26, 2017 VeritageMiami will culminate with an Auction and Bubbly Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Led by the king of southern fare John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken. The family-style brunch is paired with free-flowing bubbly, bourbon-infused cocktails and other spirited libations, all kicked off with a lively auction of one-of-a-kind experiences.
March 27-April 2, 2017 Citrus County Fair - Inverness, Florida
Youth Public Speaking Contest; Adult & Youth World Info; Livestock Shows and Competitions; much more.
March 30-April 2, 2017 Levy County Fair - Williston, Florida
A Blue Ribbon County Fair.
March 30-April 8, 2017 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 31-April 1, 2017 Rotary Club 39th Annual Catfish Festival
Crescent City, Florida
The festival is more than catfish dinners (although the catfish fingerlings and filet sandwiches are a good reason to come). There is live music entertainment Friday night and all day Saturday; games for the kids; arts and crafts vendors; and a parade. If catfish is not your thing, we have burgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, fresh strawberry shortcake, and even frog legs and swamp cabbage! Come on out to Crescent City for a day of food and fun and support a great cause while you are doing it! Attendance: 20,000
March 31-April 2, 2017 Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
The annual festival features award-winning barbecue, great live music and children's activities. Sponsored by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, the event benefits local and international charities. Attendance: 20,000
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 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 19, 2016 Great Atlantic Festival - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER FORCAST. 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 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 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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