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

(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2011)


May 20-21, 2017  St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival 2017
Sarasota, Florida
Come to St. Armands Circle Park to enjoy delectable seafood dishes prepared by local Sarasota restaurants using indigenous and sustainable seafood resources from Florida's coastal water.  Be entertained by top local and regional musical performances in such genre as R&B, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae and more.  Find selections of culinary dips and sauces, soaps and lotions and candle, including much more.  Also explore the creativity of the works of arts and crafts exhibitors.

May 14, 2017  MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.


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

events still waiting for new dates

May 1, 2016 - 33rd Annual Taste of Collier - Naples, Florida
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 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 3-7, 2016  National Association of Flour Distributors Annual Convention - Palm Beach, 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 6, 2016  The Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
Clearwater Beach, Florida
This event will feature a tasting from over 30 participating restaurant, wine & craft beer, live music from contemporary jazz player, Eric Darius, exquisite raffle items and an awesome fireworks display at 9 pm! We proudly announce Morton Plant Mease Health Foundation as the beneficiary this year.

May 7, 2016  42nd 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 7, 2016 - 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 9-22, 2016  7th 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 7th 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 13-15, 2016  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 14, 2016  32nd 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 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.

May 14, 2016  Dine on the Wild Side - St. Augustine, Florida
HAWKE (Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education) announces their 22nd 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 20, 2016  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 21, 2016  71st 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 26, 2016  Boynton Beach Food, Wine & Brew Festival
Boynton Beach, Florida
The Boynton Beach Food, Wine & Brew Festival, formerly known as the Taste of Boynton, is an exclusive showcase of Boynton Beach cuisines.  This annual event features 30 of Boynton’s finest restaurants and lounges along with wine and craft beer tastings.  Our festival is paradise for all foodies and winos that strive to eat and drink local.

May 27-28, 2016  Central Florida's BBQ Blowout - Oviedo, Florida
Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout is smokin’ ready for its fourth year! This Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event will be held at the Oviedo Mall on May 27th, 2016 from 6pm-10pm and May 28th, 2016 from 10am-6pm. Professional BBQ teams from all over the country compete at this event to qualify for the World Food Championships! BBQ Blowout has quickly become a signature event in the community and is free to attend. You can sample delicious barbeque from 15 of the professional teams and peruse local vendors at the same time! The kids area will have plenty of fun for our younger attendees with water rides and bounce houses. BBQ Blowout is produced by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and benefits Helpful Hands, Inc.

May 27-30, 2016  Blue Crab Festival - Palatka, Florida
28th Annual Festival--as always, on Memorial Day Weekend. Arts & crafts, beauty pageant, seafood cookoff, and entertainment.


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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