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

(see also: 2014 - 2011)


May 1-2, 2015  Smokin Blues Bikes & BBQ - St. Cloud, Florida
Live music, professional & backyard BBQ competition, bike rally/show, beer/wine, a kids' zone and much more. Always fun and always free.

May 1-3, 2015  31st Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Pensacola, Florida
The event is one of the largest crawfish boils in the state and features thousands of pounds of boiled crawfish in addition to other traditional Cajun and Creole fare such as red beans & rice, crawfish pie, boudin balls, and even fried gator tails.

 

May 1-3, 2015
52nd 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 2, 2015  41st 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 8, 2015  The Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
Clearwater Beach, Florida
The Clearwater Beach Taste Fest is a celebration party introducing you to the participating restaurants that invite you to EAT – VOTE – WIN at their restaurants’ during Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week. The event is on Clearwater Beach’s Beach Walk Promenade between the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce office & the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa.  There is a ticket needed to attend this event. Tickets are $25 per person, children 6-13 years old $12.00 and children 5 and under free. We will I.D. and apply wrist bands to all attendees. Entrance Tickets will be available at the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Office or at the gate during the event.

May 9, 2015  31st 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 9, 2015  9th 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.

May 10, 2015  MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 11-22, 2015  6th Annual Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, an event promoted by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating its 6th year. The 2 week-long culinary celebration offers ‘foodies’ an opportunity to experience top-notch dining or casual cuisine, at all your favorite hot spots. Don’t hesitate to try something new! The annual event is a great benefit for both diners and the restaurant community. An incredible array of different cuisines is a cornerstone of the beach vibrancy.  During Restaurant Week, each participating restaurant will offer a delicious prix fixe menu priced from $15 to $35. Some restaurants offer a prix fixe menu for lunch at prices of $10 to $15. Restaurants will be competing for the “Best in Class” in a variety of categories. Diners will have an opportunity to vote on their experience at each restaurant. Each vote will be entered into a drawing for great prizes.

 

May 16, 2015  70th 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 16, 2015  Arcadia Watermelon Festival - Arcadia, Florida
Food and Entertainment; Arts and Crafts; Wacky River Race; Bed Race; Kids Korner; Watermelon Pageants, etc.

May 16, 2015  Dine on the Wild Side - St. Augustine, Florida
HAWKE (Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education) announces their 21st annual Dine on the Wild Side fund-raising dinner to be held at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm on Saturday evening, May 16, 2015. This popular event is sponsored each year by the Alligator Farm Zoological Park (www.alligatorfarm.com) - 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 16, 2015  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 16, 2015  Sour, Berliner Weisse, and Lambic Festival
Pinellas Park, Florida
Cajun Café on the Bayou.  Beer lovers will enjoy over 150 beers to taste, including the most sought after Sours,  Berliner Weisses and Lambics. The beer-garden atmosphere is 90% under cover. Admission includes souvenir tasting glass, Cajun plate and other food included. The event hosts a fundraiser for Dunedin Doggie Rescue.

May 22-25, 2015  Blue Crab Festival - Palatka, Florida
27th Annual Festival--as always, on Memorial Day Weekend. Arts & crafts, beauty pageant, seafood cookoff, and entertainment.

May 29, 2015  The OBIES: A Taste of South Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The OBIES features a night of extraordinary food, entertainment and giving as the Orange Bowl Committee celebrates those who share organization's values in giving back to the South Florida community. Many of the area's top culinary chefs and restaurants will serve their best bites for the chance to be named Flavor of South Florida.   A combination of Broward and Miami-Dade restaurants will compete against Siena Tavern for the Flavor of South Florida and People's Choice Awards including Kuro, Shake Shack, Casa D'Angelo Ristorante, 3030 Ocean, Truluck's, YOLO, S3, Diplomat Prime, Ms. Cheezious, Bull Dog Barbeque & Burger, Novecento Aventura, Fork & Balls, Misha's Cupcakes, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel.

May 29-30, 2015  19th Annual Wine Quest - Orlando, Florida
The Annual Wine Quest returns at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando to celebrate wines from around the world, delight in exquisite cuisine and partake in the silent and live auctions that benefit Quest, Inc. and all of the people we serve.  Together, we will be working to change lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and help them achieve their dreams to live, learn, work and play.

May 30, 2015  Taste of Brandon - Riverview, Florida
Music, Food & Drink Festival.  Join us for a family day of fun at the all new Taste of Brandon 2015. Come enjoy tastes from your favorite restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Cast your vote for the 2015 Best Taste Award and Best Dessert Award. This year's event will include beer and wine tastings along with music and fun for the whole family.

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!

May 30, 2015  Meadlennium - Winter Springs, Florida
Open to all homebrewers, Meadlennium is one of the nation's premier mead-only competitions. Sponsored by Central Florida Home Brewers.
 

 

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 14-18, 2014  National Association of Flour Distributors Convention
Naples, Florida
The 2015 convention is in Southampton, Bermuda.

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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