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October -, 2022
Datil Pepper Fall Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
EVENT POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.  UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center.  FREE.  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 1, 2022 - 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 2-3, 2022 - 37th 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.

October 7-9, 2022  Annual Destin Seafood Festival - Destin, Florida
One of Destin’s most celebrated traditions, the Destin Seafood Festival kicks off the Destin Fishing Rodeo that extends the entire month of October. The event was started in 1978 by the Destin Charter Boat Association Women’s Auxiliary. While the festival has grown into its new home on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, the Destin Seafood Festival remains the primary fundraiser for the Destin Charter Boat Association.

October 7-9, 2022  25th 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 8, 2022  The Great Scarecrow Build-Off & Expo
Leesburg, Florida
Build your own your scarecrow to represent your family, business, school or organization.  Music during the event in the Towne Square.  All scarecrows are entered into competition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following categories, “City Department”, “Individual/Business” and “Downtown Businesses”, judging will occur in the afternoon.  All Scarecrows will be displayed in the Street of Historic Downtown Leesburg through the month of October!  We provide all the supplies or you can bring your own.

October 8-11, 2022  Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition
Orlando, Florida
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

October 12, 2022  Annual Grapes for Grades - Dania Beach, Florida
The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presents the Annual Grapes for Grades, benefiting the Hollywood Florida Scholarship Foundation.  Enjoy fine wines, live jazz, silent auction, and tantalizing food.


October 13-15, 2022  Food Industry Truck Driving Championship
Orlando, Florida
IFDA (International Foodservice Distributors Association) Truck Driving Championship.  This is the only national-level competition held for the food distribution industry. Drivers representing foodservice distributors, foodservice manufacturers with private fleets, retail/wholesale distributors, self-distributing retail supermarket companies, and other types of food companies across North America gather to compete each year.  Reward your best drivers and take your company's safety program to the next level by participating in this premier food industry championship.

October 14-15, 2022  Annual Taste of the Beach - Pensacola, Florida
The Festival kicks off Friday night with a special progressive VIP Dinner that will transport diners to four of the island's best restaurants via trolley.  Saturday’s day-long festival will take place October 19, from 10 am to 6 pm. The day is filled with chefs’ challenges, team cook offs, live music, tastings, restaurants’ signature dishes, a frozen zone, dining tent, hospitality tent, kids area, t-shirt sales and much more - all along the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Pensacola Beach. You’ll have so much fun you’ll want to stay the whole day. Entry is free for Saturday’s festival, with nearly two dozen restaurants showcasing their signature dishes for $5 each.

October 14-16, 2022  Sarasota Rocktoberfest - Sarasota, Florida
No matter where it is celebrated, there are a universally common staples: lively music, mouthwatering food, and big, big pints of beer.  You will be able to stuff yourself silly with smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage, and pretzels while enjoying authentic German music and dancers.

October 14-16, 2022  Panama City Beach 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 14-16, 2022  Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival
St. Augustine, Florida
The annual festival features award-winning barbecue, great live music and children's activities. Sponsored by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, the event benefits local and international charities.  Attendance: 20,000.

October 15-16, 2022  52nd 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 15-18, 2022  National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention
Orlando, Florida
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention is truly an industry event providing significant, tangible value. (also: )

October 21-23, 2022  Annual Greek Festival
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Greek food & pastries, dancers & music, silent auction, craft booths.

October 22, 2022 - 40th Annual Chili Cookoff - Fort Pierce, Florida
This year's theme is 'Around The World: Share your Culture'.  Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County.  Attendance: 10,000.

October 22, 2022  17th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest
Orlando, Florida
We know how much you love Central Florida Veg Fest, so this year we’ve created a safer format for our community. If you attend, you must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.  Vegetarians of Central Florida is hosting two days of mini fests at three locations across town. Join us for delicious food, local vendors, along with safe activities and entertainment at each location! This event is free, kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and smoke-free. Masks are mandatory.  See Website for full details.

October 22, 2022  Dessert Wars - Tampa, Florida
Largest Dessert Festival in America.  Florida State Fairgrounds.

October 23, 2022  Annual Florida Jerk Festival: Orlando Edition
Orlando, Florida
One of Florida’s premier Jerk foodie events, will be taking over Orlando's Lake Lorna Doone Park located at 1519 W Church Street.  This event will include… • LIVE performances from Caribbean legends Third World, Baby Cham, Nadia Batson and Pumpa.  • The Kid Zone, a fun area for all ages.  • The Jerk Experience Bar, an unlimited tasting experience of all the things.  • All of the necessary safety precautions per the COVID-19 safety regulations.  • Over 30 of Central Florida’s top restaurants.  • And other fun surprises and goodies.

October 26-30, 2022  Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

October 27-29, 2022  Global Produce & Floral Show - Orlando, Florida
The show is the single best place to meet the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain. You'll make lasting new connections and reconnect with your favorite peers who help your business grow.

October 28-30, 2022  13th Annual Naples Stone Crab Festival
Naples, Florida
An action-packed weekend at Tin City in Downtown Naples.  Plenty of fresh stone crab claws, live music, events of all kinds, art and a ton of fun activities.

October 28-November 5, 2022  Florida Gateway Fair - Lake City, Florida
Formerly Columbia County Fair.  Florida Gateway Fairgrounds Formerly Columbia County Fairgrounds.  Exhibit Buildings, Live Stock Show and Sale; Entertainment and Attractions; much more.

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October 21, 2021  St. Augustine Mystery Wine & Dine
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA).  Enjoy a Five-Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings at a Participating SAiRA Restaurant.  Reserve Your Table Online and Choose a Restaurant Based on Your Group Size.  $150 Per Person (Limited Availability).  All Proceeds Benefit THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club in St. Augustine.


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October 9-11, 2020 - 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 16-18, 2020  San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run
Thomas Promise Foundation welcomes you to the Annual Rattlesnake Festival in Pasco County Fairgrounds in Central Florida. Food, arts & crafts, live music, wildlife, children’s games, and local history are highlighted each year. Family fun and entertainment are a main focus of the event.


October 22-25, 2020
Cooters 27th 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 23-25, 2020
Fort Myers Oktoberfest
Fort Myers, Florida
Stuff yourself with smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage, and pretzels while enjoying authentic German music and dancers. Also enjoy live music performances by local and regional musicians in rock, soul, funk, R&B, blues, samba and more!

October 27-29, 2020
Foodservice Distribution
Solutions Conference
International Foodservice Distributors Association.  At this industry-wide conference, you will hear best practices from other distributors, visit top vendors to discuss the latest solutions, and meet peers to build a network of professional contacts who share the same challenges you do. You get face-to-face contact with hundreds of companies, meet leaders from across the industry, and find solutions that make your company more competitive.


Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

October 5, 2019  31st 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 7-13, 2019  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 12, 2019 - 16th 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 14-16, 2019 - DiRoNA Week 2019 - Tampa, Florida
The Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) is excited to welcome you to join fellow restaurateurs, chefs, and our partners for three days showcasing the best Tampa has to offer. DiRoNA Week includes exciting excursions and networking along with culinary experiences at some of Tampa’s finest DiRoNA Awarded restaurants including Armani’s.  Tampa’s rich history will be highlighted with a cigar factory and brewery tours in Ybor City, while the city’s transformed downtown waterfront will be enjoyed by riverboat and at the all-new Armature Works where attendees will compete as teams in a culinary contest.  Three exciting days will conclude with a gala dinner at the World Famous Columbia Restaurant which will feature DiRoNA’s annual presentations followed by a captivating performance by the Columbia Restaurant Dance Troupe!

October 19, 2019  Bubbles and Bow Ties - Orlando, Florida
The inaugural Bubbles and Bow Ties charity fundraiser benefits The Adam Michael Rosen Foundation and its fight against brain cancer. The Halloween-themed event celebrates Adam’s love of bow ties, and features his favorite foods, drinks and music. Costumes without masks are encouraged. In addition to individual tickets, a private table is available for a party of four, seated at a reserved cocktail table. The VIP Lounge includes tickets for eight in a reserved lounge-style soft seating area, dedicated cocktail service and a champagne magnum bottle.  COST: $125 individual ticket.

October 19-20, 2019 - St. Pete Beach Oktoberfest
St. Pete Beach, Florida
Fall means it's time for Oktoberfest!  Wherever it is celebrated, there are common ingredients: lively music, mouthwatering food, and big, BIG pints of beer. You will be able to stuff yourself silly with smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage, and pretzels while enjoying authentic German music and dancers.

October 26, 2019  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 26-27, 2019  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.

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events waiting for new dates

October 1-2, 2018 - USA Pavilion at Americas Food & Beverage Show
Miami, 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 13-14, 2018 - 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 16, 2018  Fine Food & Wine Celebration
Pompano Beach, Florida
Enjoy a selection of delectable treats and eats from Pompano Beach's finest restaurants tastefully paired with over 200 fine wines & spirits plus locally crafted brews and rums.

October 19-21, 2018  Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Fest
Niceville, Florida
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 26, 2018 - Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm
Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is hosting its second annual Homestead Harvest event at Grande Lakes’ own Whisper Creek Farm.  The charity culinary event, supporting local sustainable agriculture programs Fleet Farming and Free Mulch Incorporated by Frog Song Organics, will feature a lineup of Florida's most celebrated chefs-- from Iron Chef participant Todd Richards to James Beard Award-winning Norman Van Aken.  This event is a collaborative effort to bring awareness to Fleet Farming and Song Frog Organics’ Free Mulch program and their joint missions to shift how Orlando eats.

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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 28-29, 2017 - 2nd Annual Seafood Festival - Davie, Florida
DATES HAVE CHANGED TO December 16-17, 2017.


events still waiting for new dates

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.

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 - Rockledge, Florida
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.


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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 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.



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