2014 FLORIDA - OCTOBER 2014
Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events
(see also: 2015 - 2013 - 2011 - 2010 - 2008)
September 26-October 4, 2014 Baker County Fair
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 3-5, 2014 36th Destin Seafood Festival - Destin, Florida
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 4, 2014 Octoberfest at Marlin’s Park - Miami, Florida
South Florida’s biggest Octoberfest returns to Miami once again for it’s 3rd 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, 2014 Annual 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 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 5, 2014 17th Annual Arts & Olive Festival
Redwood City, California
The celebration brings together more than 80 vendors consisting of some of the olive industry’s top experts to provide the community with olive education, olive and olive oil tasting, olive related products, and an abundance of quality art works and gifts. The event benefits student scholarships.
October 10-12, 2014 17th 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 11, 2014 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 11, 2014 The 2014 Big Bend Seafood Festival - Panacea, Florida
(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 11-14, 2014 National Frozen & Refrigerated Food Convention
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention is truly an industry event providing significant, tangible value.
October 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
October 13-17, 2014 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
October 17-18, 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival
Panama City, Florida
Celebrating seafood, fishing, culinary arts, music, entertainment, arts and culture in Panama City Beach, Florida, with the support of local fishing and seafood industries, local restaurants, local and state sponsors, local and regional business partners, local and state government, civic organizations, local schools, other volunteers and the local community.
October 17-18, 2014 Big Swamp Smoke-Off - Naples, Florida
The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its Third annual Big Swamp Smoke-Off Bar-B-Que competition. A large contingent of the country's top cook teams will arrive in Naples to compete as the top cooks. Our two day event will include activities for the kids, live entertainment, and other vendors. The competition will take place at the Collier County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children 12 and under is Free.
October 17-19, 2014 38th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Fest
The 38th 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 18, 2014 Annual Rattlesnake & Music Festival - San Antonio, Fla
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 18, 2014 2nd Annual Food Truck Wars - St. Augustine, Florida
From 2 to 8 p.m., 40 Gourmet Food Trucks from around Florida battle for awards at St. Augustine's 2nd Annual Food Truck War. Features celebrity judges, live music, beer garden, a kids area and lots of food. A portion of proceeds benefit Kiwanis of Historic St Augustine. Food costs range $3 to $18. Free Admission.
October 18, 2014 Grovetoberfest: Miami's Beer Festival - Miami, 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 18, 2014 4th 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. The entry fee is $20 per contestant until Oct. 1 and $25 per person after that date. Contestants must be at least 18 years old.
October 18-19, 2014 St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
Celebrate maritime history and a love of the sea at this two-day festival at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Events include the Quick and Dirty Boat Building Competition and Race, the Old City Bartending Challenge, educational exhibits, craft vendors, book signings, lecturers, a beer and wine tent, the Astillero de Perro Dog Agility Contest, Ponce de Leon Paddle Battle SUP Race, kids' activities, live music and the popular Saturday Night Minorcan Chowder and Pilau Party. The festival is 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets (includes admission to the Fountain of Youth) are Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children 6-12, $8 and free for those 6 and under.
October 18-19, 2014 45th 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 19, 2014 8th 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 19, 2014 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 23-25, 2014 NAMA Annual Meeting - Palm Beach, Florida
North American Millers' Association. The North American Millers' Association (NAMA) is the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industries. Member companies operate mills in 38 states and Canada, representing more than 90 percent of total industry production capacity.
October 23-26, 2014 Cooters 21st 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 23-November 2, 2014 Brevard County Fair - Melbourne, Florida
Ours is a State Sanctioned County Fair dedicated to serving Our Community...complete with Charity booths benefitting Brevard organizations, a Ranch Rodeo event, AKC Dog Show trials, Blue Ribbon Contests, Educational Displays, 4-H Youth Competitions and Shows, Local Bands and...yes... Carnival Rides too! Join us for this family friendly event and support our community!
October 23-November 2, 2014 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
October 24-26, 2014 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 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 25, 2014 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 25, 2014 9th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest - Orlando, Florida
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 25, 2014 5th 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 27-28, 2014 18th Americas Food & Beverage Show & Conference
Miami Beach, Florida
The largest Americas-focused trade show in the hemisphere for the F&B industry. Explore and sample the largest selection of foods and beverages from around the world catering to the taste of the Americas. Attendance: 10,500.
October 27-28, 2014 USA Pavilion at Americas Food & Beverage Show
Miami Beach, Florida
This event, unparalleled in the Western Hemisphere, brings buyers, suppliers and industry experts together in a high-energy environment. As an exhibitor in the USA Pavilion, you’ll meet qualified buyers from the Americas and the Caribbean.
October 28-30, 2014 Safe Quality Food International Conference
The conference is your opportunity to enhance your food safety and food quality assurance programs. It will introduce attendees to new technologies, tools and potential partners to further increase their ability to protect their customers, branding and bottom line.
October 31, 2014 10th Annual Downtown Oyster Roast
We'll have roasted oysters, oyster on the half shell, creamy artichoke and oyster bisque, shrimp, locally caught blue crab, and scratch-made cakes and desserts. Live Music.
October 31-Nov 1, 2014 Florida Seafood Festival - Apalachicola, Florida
Florida's oldest Maritime Event. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, and musical entertainment. Some of the notable events include oyster eating and oyster shucking contest, blue crab races, cooking contest, parade, 5k Redfish Run and The Blessing of the Fleet.
October 31-November 8, 2014 Columbia County Fair - Lake City, Florida
Exhibit Buildings, Live Stock Show and Sale; Entertainment and Attractions; much more.