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


2014 FLORIDA - MAY 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
events still waiting for new dates

May 2-3, 2014  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 2-4, 2014  30th Annual 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 3, 2014  40th 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 9-10, 2014  A Taste of Pinellas - St. Petersburg, Florida
A Taste of Pinellas benefiting All Children's Hospital

May 10, 2014  8th 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, 2014  30th 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 12-18, 2014  5th Annual Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Featuring succulent fine dining and casual cuisine from dozens of your favorite restaurants on beautiful Clearwater Beach.  Restaurant Week will celebrate with the Clearwater Beach Taste Fest on May 9, 2014 (5:30-8:30 pm) on picturesque Beach Walk and So. Gulfview Blvd. (between the Hyatt Regency Resort and the Clearwater Beach Chamber) on Clearwater Beach. This event will feature a tasting from each participating restaurant, a premium wine & craft beer village, live music, exquisite raffle items and an awesome fireworks display at 9 pm. Once you've whet your appetite, embark on the food adventure that awaits you during Restaurant Week - Monday through Sunday.


May 14-18, 2014  National Association of Flour Distributors Convention
Naples, Florida
The NAFD sponsors an all-industry forum addressing strategic issues impacting the flour distribution supply chain. In addition to manufacturer and distributor decision makers, senior-level ingredient suppliers participate in the NAFD four-day meeting. The program is designed with an intensive educational agenda to assist members in improving their bottom lines. This conference is an excellent opportunity to network with key customers, potential customers and other flour industry colleagues.

May 15, 2014  Annual Brandon Business Expo & Taste of Brandon
Florida State Fair Grounds, Florida
Attendees will get to see more than 200 exhibitors plus receive FREE samples from "Taste of Brandon" participants including: Chick-fil A, Smokey Bones, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Mimi's Cafe.......and more! Registration is available now & open to all types of business!

May 17, 2014  69th 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 17, 2014  Dine on the Wild Side - St. Augustine, Florida
A great mothers day present! Treat yourself, Mom, wife, family, and friends to a wild Saturday they will never forget? How about dining next to a roseate spoonbill while being serenaded by the sounds of a roaring gator, all while supporting our wildlife center. Your event ticket will help us pay for the meals of our orphaned wild birds, mammals and reptiles. Come to our 20th annual "Dine on the Wild Side" fund-raising dinner will be held at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm on Saturday evening. The Alligator Farm and Zoological Park ( sponsors this popular event every year for HAWKE. This wonderful zoo has everything from the cute and fuzzy to the largest and rarest alligators and crocs.

May 17, 2014  Bunnell Potato Festival - Bunnell, Florida
For five years the Bunnell Chamber and the City of Bunnell joined forces to celebrate Flagler County's agricultural roots as part of the Potato Festival. On May 17, 2014, expect to see this popular event under "new management" and as one of the City of Bunnell's signature events.  You can expect the same family friendly fun and activities including live music, vendors, fresh cut french fries, cold beer, a beauty pageant, a dog show, a cook off, and, you guessed it, potatoes. 
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May 17, 2014  A Taste for Learning - Orlando, Florida
Plan to join us at the Rosen Shingle Creek to enjoy wine, spirits, food and an auction! Vintners from around the world donate and pour their finest wines and spirits to help raise funds for scholarships benefiting both Valencia College and Orlando Health’s medical education program. 100% of all dollars raised from tickets, sponsorships and auction items will go back to these foundations. Tickets purchased by February 14, 2014, will be $200 per couple--20% off the regular price! After that date they are $125 per ticket. (also: )

May 17, 2014  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 17, 2014  DeSoto County Watermelon Festival - Arcadia, Florida
Food and Entertainment; Arts and Crafts; Wacky River Race; Bed Race; Kids Korner; Watermelon Pageants, etc

May 18, 2014  9th Annual Taste of the Beach - St. Augustine, Florida
The event is held each year at the St. Augustine Pier and Pavilion from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm. Local restaurants within the beach community are featured.

May 23-26, 2014  Blue Crab Festival - Palatka, Florida
26th Annual Festival--as always, on Memorial Day Weekend. Arts & crafts, beauty pageant, seafood cookoff, and entertainment.

May 30-31, 2014  18th Annual Wine Quest - Orlando, Florida
This year at the 18th annual Wine Quest Grand Tasting & Auction you will enter "A Summer Nights Dream" as you explore nearly 250 wines from around the world during this whimsical, fun and garden festival inspired evening.  Grab your wine passport and explore each wine station discovering new worlds that excite your senses as you listen to live musical entertainment and sample a variety of contemporary hors d’oeuvres crafted by the chefs at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando.  You wont want to miss the silent auction with more than 60 items including wine collections, excursions, dining opportunities and much more!  $80 per guest - advance tickets only.


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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