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September 16-Oct 16, 2016  WineDine KeyWest - Key West, Florida
Sept 30-Oct 1, 2016  20th Florida Scallop & Music Festival - Port St. Joe, Florida
September 30-Oct 2, 2016  Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival - Pensacola, Florida
Sept 30-October 2, 2016  38th Annual Destin Seafood Festival - Destin, Florida
September 30-October 8, 2016  Baker County Fair - Macclenny, Florida

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 2, 2016
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 3, 2016  28th Annual Central Florida Fall Harvest & 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, 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 7-9, 2016  19th 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, 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 10-14, 2016
National School Lunch Week

October 13, 2016 - '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 14-16, 2016  PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo
Orlando, Florida
Produce Marketing Association event. With 21,000+ industry professionals from 61 countries and nearly 4,000 buyers, Fresh Summit delivered Global Connections, Consumer Insights and Innovative Business Solutions

October 15, 2016  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 15, 2016  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 15-16, 2016  47th 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 15-16, 2016  50th 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 16, 2016  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 16, 2016  11th Annual Taste of the Beach
St. Augustine, Florida
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.  14 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 16-18, 2016  Foodservice Distribution Solutions Conference
Tampa, Florida
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.

October 20-23, 2016  Cooters 23rd 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 20-30, 2016  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 20-23 and Oc 27-30, 2016

October 21-23, 2016  40th 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 22, 2016  6th 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 22, 2016 - Taste of Tamarac - Tamarac, Florida
This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Taste of Tamarac. 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!  Tickets are at $10 an adult, $5 children 6-12 years old and under 6 free

October 22, 2016  11th 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 22, 2016  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 25-27, 2016  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 28-30, 2016  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 28-Nov 5, 2016  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 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 16-17, 2015  UNwineD - Panama City, Florida
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce presents UNwineD, a spectacular weekend celebration of vines, steins and palate-pleasing food. Join us at Aaron Bessant Park as we enjoy perfectly paired wine, craft beer and appetizers, while enjoying the spectacular fall weather in Panama City Beach.

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.


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
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.



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!


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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, Florida
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

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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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