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Sept 25-Nov 16, 2015  Epcot Int’l Food & Wine Festival - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

October 1, 2015  Signature Chefs Auction - Fort Lauderdale, 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 1, 2015  Signature Chefs Auction - Bonita Springs, Florida
An evening of food, drink, entertainment, and live and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes.


October 2-3, 2015  19th 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: )

October 2-4, 2015  37th Annual 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 2-10, 2015  Baker County Fair - Macclenny, Florida
Steer Show and Sale; Youth Beef Show; Youth Dairy Show; Cross Bred Heifer Show; Poultry Show; Youth Goat Show; Swine Show and Sale; Rabbit Show; Youth Sheep Show; Horticulture; Home Arts; Pagent; Entertainment; much more.

October 3, 2015  27th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival
Williston, Florida
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, 2015  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, 2015  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 6-8, 2015  Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show
Orlando, Florida
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 7-10, 2015  MBAA Annual Convention - Jacksonville, Florida
Master Brewers Association of the Americas

October 9-11, 2015  18th 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 10, 2015  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 10, 2015  Clayton's Crab Company's 3rd Annual Seafood Festival
Rockledge, Florida
Clayton's Crab Company is hosting their 3rd Annual Seafood Festival on October 10, 2015. We will be having a pumpkin patch, mud trucks, kids area, corvette car show, live band, lots of great food from our local seafood restaurants and food trucks, lots of arts and craft vendors, produce stand, lots of local businesses. If you have any questions please call us at 321-639-0161.

October 12-16, 2015  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide

October 18, 2015  10th Annual Taste of the Beach - St. Augustine, Florida
The annual Taste of the Beach has a new date and sponsor.  Noon until 5 pm at the St Johns County Pier Park and Pavilion. The park is located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd in St Augustine Beach.  A dozen 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 17, 2015  5th Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest
Marathon, Florida
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 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 29, 2015  Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival
Miami, Florida
The 5th annual community outreach event will feature samplings from Brickell area restaurants, wine tastings, kids zone, art exhibition and more!


Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer & Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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 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 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 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
Niceville, Florida
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 18-19, 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
Orlando, Florida
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
Apalachicola, Florida
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-November 8, 2014  Columbia County Fair - Lake City, Florida
Exhibit Buildings, Live Stock Show and Sale; Entertainment and Attractions; much more.



events still waiting for new dates

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.

Oct 23-25, 2013  2nd Int’l Conference & Exhibition on Probiotics & Functional Foods     Orlando, Florida
Probiotics-2013 Conference is encouraging student and young scientist participation as we have “Student Poster Award” and “Young Scientist Challenge Trophy”.  The event serves as a meeting ground for scientists in the broad areas of Probiotics and Food Technology. This conference aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Probiotics and Food Technology, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

October 26-27, 2013  Edible Garden Festival - Coral Gables, Florida
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Join us for a weekend full of delicious food, cooking demonstrations from South Florida’s most loved chefs, gardening demonstrations, edible garden workshops, lectures and tours, hands-on educational activities and more.  And don’t miss our fall inspired activities! Including, our annual Scarecrow Competition and Pumpkin Patch and the Fall Beer Garden!


Food Festivals and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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
The St. George Island Business Association has cancelled the Franklin County Oyster Festival due to the uncertainty of having enough of our oysters available at the time of the festival.  We wish to back the efforts of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association to gain support from the State of Florida for studies of the Apalachicola Bay in order to bring it back to its previous production levels.

October 15, 2011  North Florida WIne & Food Festival
Tallahassee, Florida
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 22, 2011  Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival - Coral Gables, Fla
This year will presented "Taste of Culture", a VIP Pabillion featuring culinary local Chef's, showing the diverse flavor and traditional food and a wine tasting. Latin Lounge, latin rhythms in a nice atmosphere.

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.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

events still waiting for new dates

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.



events still waiting for new dates

October 10-13, 2008  New Smyrna Beach Uncorked
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
A food and wine event.



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