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August 31-Nov 13, 2017
Epcot Int’l Food & Wine Festival
Lake Buena Vista, FL
September 15-October 15, 2017 WineDine Key West - Florida
Sept 29-October 1, 2017
Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival
September 29-October 7, 2017 Baker County Fair - Macclenny, Florida
October 1, 2017 8th Annual SAiRA Food & Wine Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA) hosts its major event, The SAiRA Food & Wine Festival, annually to raise money for a local charity. Guests to the event are greeted at the door with a beautiful souvenir wine glass. Then they can roam where their taste buds lead–appetizers, main courses, salads, or desserts. This is the place where SAiRA restaurants serve tasting plates of their best foods. With food selections from city’s best local independent restaurants and more than 100 wines from around the world this is an event not to miss.
October 2-8, 2017 St. Augustine Restaurant Week
St. Augustine, Florida
Take a Tour of St. Augustine’s Independently Owned Restaurants. Dine at 5 Participating Restaurants During the Week & Get $25 Off at a 6th SAiRA Member Restaurant! $20 Lunch Experience - $35 Dinner Experience.
October 6-7, 2017
21st Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival
Port St. Joe, Florida
Don't miss this year's event where Arts & crafts vendors, educational exhibits, our popular Kidz Zone, and many food vendors will be offered throughout comfortable George Core Park around the pond and under the shade. Fried scallop plates will be available for sale and frozen scallops for take home. (also: www.visitgulf.com/ )
October 6-8, 2017 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival
The festival will set up alongside the Destin Harbor in the Fishing Fleet Marina, City of Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park, and Fisherman's Wharf! Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, delicious seafood, and more!
October 7, 2017 North Central Florida Peanut Festival
First Saturday of October each year. The festival is truly everything peanuts: Arts & crafts, great food, rides for the children, petting zoo, entertainment, Little King, Queen & Baby Peanut Contest, dessert contest.
October 7-8, 2017 Datil Pepper Festival - St. Augustine, Florida
UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center. This annual event celebrates the spicy little Datil Pepper. There’ll be a variety of vendors, inside and out, showcasing their unique items for sale as well as rain barrels for sale, the popular Master Gardener plant sale, and a food court. The Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-off is on Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm. Local chefs will be offering their Datil inspired cuisine. Purchase tickets for $1 each, then sample the dishes and vote for your favorite in each category (appetizer and entree).
October 7-10, 2017 - National Frozen & Refrigerated Food Convention
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention is truly an industry event providing significant, tangible value. (also: www.nfraweb.org/ )
October 9-13, 2017 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
October 11-13, 2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show
The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is the only comprehensive industry event devoted to the Southeast U.S. restaurant, foodservice and hospitality market. The show will provide you with the strategic forum to demonstrate your food products, technology and equipment as well as discuss service solutions with current customers and new prospects.
October 13-14, 2017 BBQ and Blues Festival - Clermont, Florida
Get ready for a major Clash of the BBQ Titans! We've invited five of the nation’s top BBQ Rib Competitors from all around the country to compete in an epic battle for the top spot as the Lakeridge Winery "Rib King". While you’re feasting on delicious BBQ you can enjoy LIVE music on our outdoor stage with some of the area’s top Blues Bands, plus some great solo acts inside at our Our Wine & Cheese Bar. We'll have a large assortment of Arts & Craft vendors set up offering a wide variety of art and hand crafted items. As always you'll be able to enjoy your favorite Lakeridge wines, cold beer, ice cream, and a variety of other tasty treats.
October 13-14, 2017 Oktoberfest - Panama City, Florida
It’s that time of year! It’s time for great beer and brats in Panama City Beach! Aaron Bessant Park in Pier Park, PCB Oktoberfest is on for two days of German and locally brewed beer, food, music and activities for kids and families. Get ready for great German food! Pair your beer with brats, either famous or smoked, meterwurst, hot dogs (with or without sauerkraut). Plus, nothing is better with your new and old favorite beer than giant pretzels with beer-infused cheese. Come out for good eats including other traditional Oktoberfest fare.
October 13-15, 2017 20th Annual Greek Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Church. Savor the aromas and flavors of freshly prepared Greek food and Pastries! Enjoy costumed dancers performing to the music of a live Greek band, then join in the fun! Celebrate the Greek culture that is an integral part of St. Augustine’s history! Come see why this is one of St. Augustine’s largest annual community events! A portion of the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
October 14, 2017 Grovetoberfest: Miami's Beer Festival
The LARGEST Craft Beer Festival in Florida! Beer enthusiasts from all over will converge at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for Grovetoberfest - a festival that allows guests to sample over 300 great beers from across the country and the world. Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will take an active role in beer sampling by voting for their favorite beers in three different categories. Entertainment stage. Homebrew Pavilion, a Kitchen Lab for beer/food pairings, a VIP area and a designated driver program. Attendance: 7,000.
October 14, 2017 CROCtoberfest - St. Augustine, Florida
Celebrate CROCtoberfest with German specialities including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German chocolate cake, potato salad and Sam Adams Octoberfest beer at the zoo's Toucantina. Plus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, face painting for kids. Admission is $22.95 Adults; Kids 3-11 $11.95.
October 14, 2017 14th Annual Taste of Tamarac - Tamarac, Florida
Open to the public, this event brings in restaurants from Tamarac and the surrounding communities, allowing for attendees to get a great taste of our community. From Mexican to Chinese to Jamaican and so much more, Taste of Tamarac allows local restaurants and businesses to expand their professional network and showcase their tasty food and products. 1,000+ people will attend this event for delicious tastings, cooking demos, chef participation, giveaways, kids’ corner, and more!
October 14-15, 2017 Annual Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival
Vero Beach, Florida
Over 200 marine-themed vendors will be offering a variety of items for your every fishing and boating needs. Musical entertainment and food vendors will be on hand throughout the weekend providing guests with items such as lobster rolls, clams, oysters and more.
October 15, 2017 Annual Taste of the Beach - St. Augustine, Florida
THIS EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA. NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. Local restaurants will again compete to for bragging rights as a Taste of the Beach winner in the categories of entree, Appetizer and desert. Admission is free and food and beverages can be purchased throughout the day. Proceeds from this year's event will again go to the Betty Griffin House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
October 19, 2017 'Sabor y Vino' - Latin Food & Wine Festival
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
From 5:30-9pm. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & South Florida Ford at the Sabor y Vino – Latin Food Wine Festival. Enjoy unlimited tastings of delicious Latin food, endless samplings of Latin wines & beers, and authentic Latin music and dancing! The festival features over 20 of Palm Beach counties favorite Latin restaurants with an array of cuisine including Mexican, Spanish, Colobian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and Cuban.
October 19-22, 2017 Cooters 24th Annual Crab Fest
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Celebrate the opening of Stone Crab Season! Features fresh Florida Stone Crab, Snow Crab, King Crab, Dungeness Crab and more at reduced prices. Huge party under the big tent with live music and drink specials.
October 19-29, 2017 Hillsborough County Fair - Dover, Florida
Antique Tractor, Engine and Equipment Show - Livestock Shows - Swine Sale - Talent Showcase - Kids Cooking Contest, Arts & Crafts - Hay Bale Decorating - Horse Show - Horticulture Competition - Recycled Yard Art - Western Wear Contest - Cow Whip Contest - Entertainment - Much More. Oct 19-22 and Oc 22-29, 2017.
October 20-22, 2017 41st Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Fest
This annual event promises a great time for the entire family with entertainment, the highest quality fine art and home hand-crafts and a staggering array of food concessions!
October 20-22, 2017 St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA) hosts its major event, This festival helps connect St. Augustine, the Spanish Wine Capitol of America, to our city’s Spanish history through a series of special events that feature Spanish wine, cuisine and culture.
October 21, 2017 7th Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest
Stone Crab Eating Contest for amateur eaters. Contestants are tasked with cracking and eating 25 succulent stone crab claws, picking them completely clean in the fastest time. Although they are provided with shell crackers, entrants also can smack the shell gently with the back of a large spoon -- Keys residents' secret tool for claw cracking. Prizes for the top three finishers in the crab-consuming contest include two-night vacation getaways, gift certificates from Keys Fisheries Restaurant and a Dolphin Dip encounter at the Dolphin Research Center. Interested eaters are encouraged to register early. Individual participants and two-person teams can enter the test of crab-eating capacity. Fees are $50 per individual entrant and $100 per team.
October 21-22, 2017 Cocount Grove Seafood Festival
Coconut Grove, Florida
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is all about celebrating seafood, waterfront living and giving people their fill of the freshest, tastiest delicacies of the sea. Bushels of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams and fresh fish will soon overflow at the quaint neighborhood of Coconut Grove, just in time for the opening of stone crab season in October.
October 21-22, 2017 48th Annual Seafood Festival - Cedar Key, Florida
This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood food in City Park. There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning.
October 21-22, 2017 51st San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run
San Antonio, Florida
R.A.G.E. (Rattlesnake and Gopher Enthusiasts) welcomes you to the Annual Rattlesnake Festival in the beautiful San Antonio City Park in Central Florida. Snake Show, Gopher Races, Entertainment, Kids Fun & Games, Food, and much more.
October 21-22, 2017 Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
The Annual Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival celebrates with local and international artists, musicians, businesses and designers to promote their work and showcase the diverse and unique flavors that the Hispanic community and all cultures from around the world bring to Coral Gables and the South Florida region.
October 23-24, 2017 UNwineD - Panama City, Florida
This award-winning event takes place at Aaron Bessant Park and features craft beer, spirits and wine from around the world, culinary creations by the region's leading chefs and a Southern garden party presented by Southern Living. Indulge in tailor-made travel - you’ll find everything from championship golf courses, spas, and sporting events to award-winning restaurants and diverse recreational excursions, all with the naturally beautiful backdrop of Panama City Beach. This is a perfect place for families, couples, and adventure seekers alike.
October 24-26, 2017 SHFM National Conference - Hollywood, Florida
Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management.
October 25-27, 2017 HFTP Annual Convention - Orlando, Florida
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals. Join hospitality controllers and industry experts for two full days of club and hotel specific education, designed to help you solve professional challenges and maximize the potential of your workplace.
October 27-29, 2017 Naples Stone Crab Festival - Naples, Florida
An action-packed weekend at various locations on the historic Old Naples Waterfront! Plenty of fresh stone crab claws, live music, events of all kinds, art and a ton of fun activities.
October 27-Nov 4, 2017 Columbia County Fair - Lake City, Florida
Exhibit Buildings, Live Stock Show and Sale; Entertainment and Attractions; much more.
October 28, 2017 12th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest
Educational exhibits and events. Admission is free! Veg Fest is a family-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event. Enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine and lifestyle.
October 28, 2017 St. Marks Stone Crab Festival - St. Marks, Florida
We know fall has arrived when our fishermen start hauling in the Stone Crabs. It is a celebration of the stone crab season opening in October
October 28-29, 2017 - 2nd Annual Seafood Festival - Davie, Florida
DATES HAVE CHANGED TO December 16-17, 2017.
October 29, 2017 Right Whale Festival - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
The Right Whale Festival celebrates the annual return of the endangered North Atlantic right whales and the beginning of right whale calving season off the coast of northeast Florida and Georgia. It’s a fun and free outdoor event for all ages, and its also an opportunity to expand awareness about the threats to right whales such as accidental ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Less than 500 right whales exist today and their home waters span the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and parts of Canada. Attendance: 5,000.
October 1, 2016 - Octoberfest at Marlin’s Park - Miami, Florida
South Florida’s biggest Octoberfest returns to Miami once again for it’s third annual year. For the past two years Octoberfest at Marlin’s Park, formerly known as BrickellFest, has executed the city’s most exciting examples of an Octoberfest party. This time, making it’s home at Marlins Park, the festival is set to be the largest and most extravagent illustration of the German tradition this city has ever seen. The event will include authentic German food, live music, carnival rides and games, and of coarse, plenty of different styles of beer to choose from.
October 4, 2016 - Signature Chefs Auction - Melbourne, Florida
An evening of food, drink, entertainment, and live and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. Guests will be sampling exquisite wines and spirits, sumptuous samplings from our 30 Signature Chefs, and auction dining packages that will surpass your expectations.
October 5-9, 2016 VeritageMiami Late Harvest - Miami, Florida
Four days of upscale wine and food wonder with craft beers, fine wines, culinary treats, celebrity chefs, one-of-a-kind auction experiences and spirited bidding.
October 8, 2016 Clayton's Crab Company's 4th Annual Seafood Festival
There will be a huge kids section with lots for kids to do like Panama Pearl's Pirate World Pirate Ship, Home Depot kids workshop, a golf pro, Jr. Mad Scientist, Safari Todd Unlimited will have live reptiles for kids to touch and hold, face painting, and much more. We have 2 live bands performing Micah Read (American Idol) and Coco Locos. We will have a car show, over 50 vendors from around the state of Florida, and lots of food vendors from some of the best restaurants in Brevard such as The Fat Snook and Crush XI. We have over 40 acres of parking with 2 golf carts carrying people from their cars to the festival entrance. This event is kid friendly, free admission and free parking. If you have any questions please call us at 321-639-0161.
October 23, 2016 Trash Fish Fort Myers - Fort Myers, Florida
Join us at Pink Shell Beach Resort – Jack’s Farm to Fork for the debut of Trash Fish Fort Myers! Ten of Fort Myers’ favorite chefs are teaming up for a delicious evening to celebrate underutilized and invasive seafood species. Buy your tickets today to take part in this exclusive meal, learn about the future of sustainable seafood, and connect with leading change makers in the Fort Myers culinary community.
October 4, 2015 9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival - St. Augustine, Florida
Keepers of the Coast host the Annual Sea Turtle Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. The family-oriented festival features live music, conservation and wildlife education tables, great food by Dirty Bird Winds, beer from SweetWater brewery and local art work from local artisans. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person and all proceeds fund annual local beach clean-up efforts and summer education programs.
October 18, 2015 Oktoberfest - St. Augustine, Florida
The Sertoma Club of St. Augustine is pleased to announce the First Annual Oktoberfest set for Sunday October 18. The event, to be held at Francis Field, will kick off at 11AM and conclude at 8PM. Oktoberfest will feature traditional food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, as well as German and domestic beers and even desserts. Oktoberfest will also include a stage within a biergarten tent where bands will entertain throughout the day. A wide range of arts and crafts with local and regional significance will be offered, as well as child-related activities to include a bounce house, face painting and other activities for families.
October 24, 2015 6th Annual OceanWise - An Evening for the Estuaries
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
The Friends of the GTM Reserve will be hosting their 5th annual OceanWise - An Evening for the Estuaries. This fund-raiser supports the mission of protecting and preserving our ocean and estuary resources. This exciting event will take place overlooking the Guana River as guests sample sustainable seafood dishes from area restaurants. Money raised from this event helps to fund ecological education programs for local youth, research by local and visiting scientists, and stewardship of the Reserve landscape.
October 1-31, 2014 Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast
Ponte Vedra Beach & St. Augustine, Florida
Chefs on Florida’s Historic Coast are once again making history with signature dishes featuring local favorites and heritage-inspired flavors. From the elegant resorts of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Old World bistros in St. Augustine, dozens of participating restaurants will be presenting prix fixe (fixed price) three-course menus representative of their best culinary skills. Great food, paired with a wide variety of lodging options make October the perfect month to visit Florida’s Historic Coast.
October 4, 2014 Grillin' & Chillin' BBQ Competition
Lake Alfred, Florida
BBQ Competition with cash prizes and trophies. Local crafts and vendors, kids activities, and live entertainment including Joey Foley and the Midnight Clogging Express, Cross Trax, Jeff "Bull" Ferguson, and Acoustic Dos. For more information, or to enter a BBQ Team, become a judge, sponsor or volunteer the public can contact our Parks and Recreation Office at 863-291-5272. Free parking and free admission.
October 11, 2014 The 2014 Big Bend Seafood Festival
(Formerly Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival) The 2014 Big Bend Seafood Festival, a one-day outdoor event in Woolley Park located on the waterfront in Panacea, Florida. The Festival is a benefit for the Big Bend Maritime Center, a living museum that we are creating adjacent to Woolley Park to honor the maritime history and heritage of the Big Bend. So, mark your calendars now and submit your vendor booth application as soon as possible. Although there are plenty of great spots, we do assign them by the date your application is received. We will do our job on publicity and planning an exciting event with boating events, lots of games and contests for children and adults, maritime exhibits and demonstrations, and many other activities.
October 17-18, 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival
Panama City, Florida
The Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival won't be held in 2015. However, the PCB Chamber of Commerce will continue UNwineD, the beer and wine event that previously has run as an opening act to the festival.
October 24-26, 2014 John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival
Madeira Beach, Florida
Juried art show, plenty of fresh local seafood, unique shops, live music, street dance, fishing expo and a children's area.
October 5, 2013 Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Miami, Florida
Enjoy an entire day of of Sam Adams Beer Sampling, local food vendors, live bands, rides & attractions, djs & Octoberfest themed competitions.
October 12-13, 2013 The Festival of Chocolate 2013
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Florida's Largest All-Chocolate Event features tastes from the best local and regional chocolatiers and confection companies; demonstrations by world renown pastry chefs, chocolate and wine pairings; hands-on classes; a one-of-a-kind chocolate museum; Kids-4-Chocolate workshop; crazy chocolate contests for children and adults, chocolate game show stage and live professional chocolate showpiece and cake decorating competitions. And, don't miss Brownie Bingo!
October 18-19, 2013 Latin Food & Wine Festival - Orlando, Florida
Come and enjoy live music and delicious Latin cuisine.
October 19, 2013 Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival - Panacea, Florida
Beginning in 2014 this is now the Big Bend Seafood Festival.
October 6, 2011 Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce Expo & Culinary Competition - Lauderhill, Florida
Broward County Technical Schools - Sheridan, McFatter and Atlantic will compete during the 8th Annual Business Expo. Students will receive common ingredients and must incorporate additional items from a "mystery basket" in their dishes. The theme is "South Florida Flavors". Admission to the event is FREE.
October 7-9, 2011 Franklin County Oyster Festival 2011
St. George Island, Florida
EVENT CANCELLED for 2012.
October 15, 2011 North Florida WIne & Food Festival
The North Florida Wine & Food Festival has been merged with Old School's Fanconi Anemia fundraiser September event this year. Thanks to all of you who have supported the FSU Dedman School of Hospitality
October 28, 2011 Chefs Gone Wild - Orlando, Florida
Chefs Gone Wild is one of Girl Scouts of Citrus Council's signature fund raisers. The event gives local renowned chefs the opportunity to support Girl Scouts by showcasing their best appetizers and desserts.
October 30, 2010 ChocoVine Wine Tasting - Bradenton, Florida
The perfect blend of Dutch Chocolate and fine Cabernet wine! ChocoVine is a fine French Cabernet subtly combined with a rich dark chocolate from Holland, paired together to create a decadent silky smooth drink. It can be served on the rocks or as the main ingredient to an array of sinful cocktails. Come and taste this fine dessert wine and ChocoVine's newest flavor, ChocoVine Raspberry.
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