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2019 FLORIDA - MAY 20189
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(see also: 2018  -  2017  -  2016   -  2015  -  2014  -  2011)


May 3, 2019
School Lunch Hero Day
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 3, 2019
10th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Recently named Trip Advisor's #1 Beach in America, Clearwater Beach will host this scrumptious event at the newly renovated and iconic Pier 60 Park. This event will feature tastings from over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, live entertainment. In true Taste Fest tradition we'll boast exquisite raffle items, a live auction, vendors and more!

May 3-4, 2019  45th Annual Panacea Blue Crab Fest
Panacea, Florida
Held annually at Woolley Park on scenic Dickerson Bay, the festival promotes the crab industry in Wakulla County. Enjoy a parade, live music, dance performances, historic demonstrations, a crab picking contest, fireworks, and lots of good food including boiled blue crab.

May 3-5, 2019 - Venice Seafood & Music Festival
Venice, Florida
Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.  Admission is free.  The Venice Seafood & Music Festival is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  We offer all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.  While enjoying your meal and drinks, be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through the marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.


May 3-5, 2019
56th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Held in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida since 1964, the family friendly, free admission Shrimp Festival offers delicious shrimp prepared every way imaginable by 25 food booths all staffed and run exclusively by local Nassau County non-profit groups as fund-raisers.  Wear your walking shoes to visit over 300 Fine Artisan & Crafters, 50 Antique Dealers, 25 Kid Fun Zone Activities, Live Music on 2 Stages, and lots of Pirates.

May 5, 2019  Annual Taste of Collier - Naples, Florida
NO EVENT IN MAY - NEXT EVENT WILL BE IN DECEMBER 2019.  Family fun featuring live performances by local entertainers, an ice-carving contest, chefs competition and savory samples from 30 of the best local restaurants in Collier County!  The event raises money for local charities.

May 8-11, 2019  Haute Cuisine: Bal Harbour
Bal Harbour Village, Florida
Boasting a total of nine Michelin stars, six international chefs are collaborating for the North American debut of Haute Cuisine. Created in Switzerland at W Verbier in 2015, this yearly experience in the Swiss Alps has chosen to launch in Bal Harbour Village – South Florida’s most exclusive neighborhood.  A platform for internationally recognized chefs to share their culinary passions with food lovers, Haute Cuisine offers a dynamic schedule of interactive cooking classes and intimate theme-based dinners with specially curated menus of tantalizing dishes.  • Six interactive cooking classes, each led by Michelin-starred chefs from France, Spain and the Netherlands.  • Four intimate theme-based dinners curated by the talented team of chefs including a fashion-focused dinner at Bal Harbour Shops, the nation’s top-producing luxury shopping center.

May 11, 2019  Taste for Learning - Orlando, Florida
Vintners from around the world will donate and pour their finest wines, thanks to ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. Hundreds of wine and spirits options will be available. Please join us by inviting friends and colleagues, sponsoring a table and contributing auction items.

May 11, 2019  35th Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival - Windsor, Florida
The Festival will be a day of fun for everyone! Activities include Duke of Zuke & Zuqueenie Pageant, arts & crafts, Cook-a-Zuke contest, live music, hay rides, fried zucchini, zucchini ice cream, and contests for the biggest, ugliest and best carved zucchinis.

May 11, 2019 - 25th Annual Dine on the Wild Side
St. Augustine, Florida
HAWKE (Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education) announces their Annual Dine on the Wild Side fund-raising dinner to be held at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. This popular event is sponsored each year by the Alligator Farm Zoological Park ( - check them out its more than a park, it’s the zoo for you! Have your family and friends come to a wild Saturday they will never forget and also help injured and orphaned wildlife.

May 12, 2019 - MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.


May 16, 2019
Boynton Beach Food, Wine & Brew Festival
Boynton Beach, Florida
The Boynton Beach Food, Wine & Brew Fest is an exclusive showcase of Boynton Beach cuisines. This annual event features some of Boynton's finest restaurants and lounges along with wine and craft beer tastings from local breweries. Our festival is a paradise for all foodies, wine connoisseurs & beer lovers that strive to eat and drink local!  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

May 17, 2019
Taste of the Nation South Florida - Miami, Florida
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

May 17-18, 2019
Wine Quest Annual Wine Tasting and Auction
Orlando, Florida
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.  This 2 night event features wines from around the world, exquisite cuisine and auctions that benefit Quest, Inc. Together, we can change lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and help them achieve their dreams to live, learn, work and play. Friday night’s tickets include access to the Grand Tasting of more than 200 wines from wineries all over the world and heavy hor d’oeuvres prepared by the gourmet chefs at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Saturday night’s tickets include a 5-course exquisite dining experience with wine pairings. All nights will include raffles, games, and auctions with all proceeds benefiting individuals with developmental disabilities who Quest, Inc. serves. Valet and self-parking available. Cocktail attire.

May 17-18, 2019  11th Annual Miami Rum Fest: Rum Renaissance Tasting Event - Coral Gables, Florida
The Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world's premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing and blending fine cane spirits.  Enjoy a full week of exclusive VIP parties at Miami's most notable venues, a grand two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.

May 18, 2019 - Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event
Jacksonville, Florida

May 18, 2019  Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival
Newberry, Florida
Since 1946. Some of the favorite festival activities started many years ago and still continue today. These activities include contests for watermelon eating, seed spitting, hog calling, pie/cake baking, and of course the 'Big Melon.´

May 19, 2019 - Cochon555 - Miami, Florida
5 - 7:30 pm.  Cochon555, the nation’s acclaimed culinary, wine and spirit celebration in support of charity and education, is celebrating 10 years during their 2019 nationwide tour. The events will feature more than 100 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers, and barkeeps all working to create luxurious moments that educate the palate. The tour stated in Dallas and culiminates with the national finale, Grand Cochon, in Chicago. At each stop on the tour, five notable chefs are tasked with preparing a 200-pound pig and presenting a "Judge's Plate" that will be scored by celebrity judges and participants. The winner of each local competition will advance to the finale in September.

May 24-26, 2019 - St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival
Sarasota, Florida
St. Armands Circle Park, both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.  Admission is free.  The is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  We offer all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.  All the while, floating across the landscape will be the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.

May 25, 2019  Food Truck Wars - Port St Lucie, Florida
40 Gourmet Food Trucks competing for 5 awards.  Live Music ~ Kids Area ~ Beer Garden ~ Executive & Celebrity Judges.

May 26, 2019  Central Florida's BBQ Blowout - Oviedo, Florida
EVENT DISCONTINUED.  The annual BBQ Blowout Has been Discontinued.  For information on other Sponsorship and Participation opportunities, Please call Halie at 407 365-6500.

2018 FLORIDA - MAY 2018
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Event
events waiting for new dates

May 5, 2018 - 11th Annual American Fine Wine Competition and Gala
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC) is celebrating 11 years of promoting the finest wines produced in the United States. The AFWC will host the 11th annual Charity Wine Gala on May 5, 2018 at Pier 66 where we will award the ”Winemaker and Winery of the Year”.  More than 600 award-winning wines will be poured at this spectacular event, accompanied by a dazzling feast, winery tasting rooms hosted by the winemakers, exciting auctions, music and celebrations. A portion of the proceeds from the gala benefit the Autism Society of Florida.

May 5, 2018 - 12th Annual Island Grove Blueberry Festival
Island Grove, Florida
Fun for the whole family! Delicious Florida foods, Blueberry Bake Sale, Cake Baking Contest, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities and entertainment, blueberries and plants. Proceeds benefit the local fire department.

May 11, 2018  Orange Bowl Food and Wine Celebration
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Orange Bowl's annual signature wine and food event showcasing more than 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and chefs featuring live entertainment throughout the evening. Guests will enjoy an intimate party atmosphere featuring an all-inclusive offering of premium quality sample sized portions with little to no waiting in lines. As a South Florida based non-profit, please know that the community is incredibly thankful of your support. Our goal is to raise more than $100k for organizations including Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida.

May 12, 2018 - Smokin Blues, Boats, Bikes & BBQ
St. Cloud, Florida
Live music, professional & backyard BBQ competition, bike rally/show, boats, Cardboard Boat Race, beer/wine, a kids' zone and much more. Always fun and always free.

May 25-26, 2018  Old Town BBQ Throwdown - Kissimmee, Florida
Considered one of the Sunshine State's richest contests with a guaranteed purse of $10,000, the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Old Town BBQ Throwdown is considered a state championship, offers a People's Choice Pork & Steak championship for bragging rights. We're spreading the love by paying top three overall and through five places in all four categories.

May 25-28, 2018  Blue Crab Festival - Palatka, Florida
FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOR 2018.  May return in 2019.

2017 FLORIDA - MAY 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 19-21, 2017  Food & Wine Conference - Orlando, Florida
The cutting-edge summit will bring together bloggers, small business owners, marketing professionals, winemakers, chefs and other key players to teach and learn about making the most of online opportunities to grow their businesses.  Food bloggers and others with online outlets in particular will gain insight into search engine optimization, social media marketing, food photography, effective writing and networking with others in the wine-and-dine industry.

May 20-21, 2017  Annual Maritime Fun Fest - St. Augustine, Florida
St Augustine Maritime Heritage Festival, Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.

May 27, 2017  Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival - Miami, Florida
The 6th annual community outreach event will feature samplings from Brickell area restaurants, wine tastings, kids zone, art exhibition and more!

2016 FLORIDA - MAY 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 1, 2016 - Destination Cuisine Food and Travel Festival
Sarasota, Florida
Destination Cuisine is proud to announce it’s 1st Annual Food and Travel Festival. This exciting combination of international food, wine, craft beer, music, culinary stage, adventure activities, destination travel companies and international marketplace takes place in beautiful downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park from 11am-6pm. The event is a fundraiser to battle hunger in America and a portion of the proceeds will go to All Faiths Food Bank to contribute to the Summer Hunger Campaign. Located near the number one beach in the U. S., Sarasota can now be touted as the number one destination for international food and travel festivals.

May 14, 2016  10th Annual May Day Festival & BBQ Cook-Off
Defuniak Springs, Florida
There will be a host of activities for the kids, such as face painting, a magician as well as a model airplane show and demo.  Come and be prepared for the various food vendors selling from fried Oreos, candy apples to oriental food to polish sausages.

2015 FLORIDA - MAY 2015
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Event

events still waiting for new dates

May 16, 2015  Arcadia Watermelon Festival - Arcadia, Florida
Food and Entertainment; Arts and Crafts; Wacky River Race; Bed Race; Kids Korner; Watermelon Pageants, etc.

May 30, 2015  5th Annual Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Here’s a great family-friendly event to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer, so pack up the kids and head out to Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach to enjoy a wide range of noshing opportunities from a lineup of south Florida restaurateurs, private caterers and your favorite food trucks. There will be Craft Beers and Specialty Wines for the Adults and fun beverages for the Kids. There’s something for everyone!

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

events still waiting for new dates

May 9-10, 2014  A Taste of Pinellas - St. Petersburg, Florida
A Taste of Pinellas benefiting All Children's Hospital.

May 17, 2014  Bunnell Potato Festival - Bunnell, Florida
This event has been cancelled for 2015.

May 18, 2014  9th Annual Taste of the Beach - St. Augustine, Florida
Taste of the Beach has moved to the Fall - New Date for 2015 Taste of the Beach is Sunday, October 18.

2011 FLORIDA - MAY 2011
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 7, 2011  Hastings Potato and Cabbage Festival - Hastings, Florida
Come help celebrate this year's harvest season as this annual event returns to St.Johns County. Known as the Potato Capitol of Florida, the town of Hastings will host a fun-filled day with entertainment of all kinds, kids' activities, art and history exhibits and a Farmer's Market.

May 14-15, 2011  Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival - Zellwood, Florida
Will NOT take place in 2012. UPDATE: no festival in 2013 either.

May 27-28, 2011  4th Annual Blazin-n-Butts & Brisket BBQ Competition
Brooksville, Florida
Over 35 professional teams and more than a dozen regional “backyard” amateurs are expected to compete. Enjoy award winning BBQ, family entertainment, and exhibits! Proceeds will support the not for profit Friends of the Children.



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