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January 5-7, 2024
Ft. Myers Seafood & Music Festival - Fort Myers, Florida
Join us for the Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival held on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers, FL.  Enjoy foods cooked fresh onsite (seafood, meat, vegetarian) with a variety of side dishes and of course - desserts!  For drinks, choose from alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks, While eating, listen to the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents from such genres as R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds.

January 8-14, 2024  Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Showcases Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs, restaurateurs and local food & beverage establishments. VLFWF is also pleased to announce that proceeds from the Food & Wine Festival will benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

January 11, 2024  Easter Seals South Florida 33rd Annual Festival of Chefs - Jungle Island, Miami, Florida
Miami's finest chefs bring their talents and delicious sample foods to the Annual Festival of Chefs.  It's a night of wining and dining, while meeting chefs, and bidding on incredible silent auction items featuring fine art, jewelry, rare wines and getaway packages.  All proceeds will benefit the Easter Seals Culinary Arts school for young adults ages 16 to 22 with special needs.  Students from the Easter Seals Culinary Arts school will also participate in the event.

January 12-14, 2024  Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival
Punta Gorda, Florida
Enjoy delectable foods cooked fresh on site including seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Seafood dishes are prepared using indigenous and sustainable seafood from Florida's coastal waters. Add to your main course with selections from a diverse menu of side dishes and choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Live Music.

January 13, 2024  Annual Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off
Apalachicola, Florida
This year’s Oyster Cook-Off features a silent auction, oysters galore, shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, dancing performances and a 5K run! Enter your best recipe and be a contestant in the oyster cook-off or just come out and enjoy a day of wonderful food, refreshments and music.  All proceeds goes directly towards paying for the brand new fire truck they were able to purchase a few years ago, due to this sole fundraising event!


January 13-14, 2024  18th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Key West, Florida
A two day celebration of the bounty of the sea at Bayview Park, Key West. There is a $10 admission charge per person for adults, good for both days, which enters that person into a raffle for $250 worth of seafood. Children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds benefit sustainable fisheries management programs and youth scholarships.

January 14-16, 2024  School Nutrition Industry Conference
Orlando, Florida
School Nutrition Association. Strengthen your business connections, further your professional knowledge and help SNA build the future of School Nutrition

January 18-21, 2024  Seed Food & Wine Week - Miami, Florida
Seed Food and Wine is not just a festival, we are a movement, a community of ideas and passionate people committed to elevating the conversation around plant-based foods, sustainability, conscious living and the welfare of animals.  200+ exhibitors - 10,000+ attendees - 40 + Celebrity Plant Based Chefs - 30 + VEGAN Experts, Athletes, Authors and Celebrities.  Attendance: 10,000+.

January 18-21, 2024  33rd Annual Frog Leg Festival - Fellsmere, Florida
Frog leg and gator tail dinners. Hundreds of booths for unique gifts. Hear some great music and enjoy the fun rides. Free parking   Attendance: 80,000.

January 19-21, 2024  St. Armands Food Truck Rally & Music Festival
Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota, we’re back with another culinary and musical extravaganza! This time, we’re bringing the party to Ken Thompson Park. Delicious food and lively music.

January 19-28, 2024  Amelia Island Restaurant Week
Amelia Island, Florida
During the Amelia Island Restaurant Week, the island’s popular dining hotspots are offering special fixed menus for lunch and dinner, with different restaurants participating in each.

January 22-24, 2024  Global Organic Produce Expo (GOPEX)
Hollywood, Florida
This international trade show and conference provides the ideal opportunity for organic professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas, source new products and services, and do business with the industry’s leading growers, distributors, packer and retailers.

January 23-28, 2024  15th Annual Key West Food and Wine Festival
Key West, Florida
Welcome Center at Ocean Sotheby’s Realty.  Spain is the worlds largest producer of olive oil with 42% of the worlds production & second largest producer of wine.  This years events are presented by famous Spanish artists, the food and wine will be from the regions they were born. From Malaga on the Southern coast to Barcelona on the northern coast, Jerez in the south and the Basque Country to the north.  The foods will be all about Spain, including Tapas, Pintxos, Valencian Paella, roast suckling pig, Jamón Ibérico & Crema Catalana.

January 26-27, 2024  27th Annual Lakeland Pigfest - Lakeland, Florida
SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland.  Join the Lakeland Pigfest Board of Directors and the over 150 competition barbecue teams for a weekend of good eatin’, good friends, and good tunes to benefit Lakeland-area charities as we kick off the Annual Lakeland Pigfest!  Free Parking. Admission $5, under 12 free. The good eatin’ will cost you some grub. Stop by a Pig Bucks booth (located near the entrance and various locations throught) and exchange your cash for Pig Bucks, the official currency of the Lakeland Pigfest. By purchasing food from competition teams, you are supporting their efforts and local charities.  Attendance: 30,000.

January 26-28, 2024  Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
Sarasota, Florida
Join us for the Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. Both Saturday and Sunday from 10-6. Admission and parking are free. Come enjoy downtown Sarasota with friends and family. The event is graciously hosted by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association.  Select from exquisite foods cooked onsite incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Choose from grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp and soft-shell crabs, crab cakes and more. Meat entrees include Italian and Polish sausage, steak sandwiches and chicken-on-a-stick and a variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are offered.  While savoring your meal, sit back and relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups. Performances are live on-stage in musical genres from Rock N’ Roll, R&B, Blues, Rumba and Flamenco to Reggae, Jazz and Big Band sounds.

January 26-28, 2024  Naples Winter Wine Festival - Naples, Florida
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. This ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. Since 2004, the festival has earned the distinction of being the most successful charity wine auction in the nation according to Wine Spectator. The event brings many of the world's finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida.

January 27, 2024  Annual Kumquat Festival - Dade City, Florida
Celebrates the harvest of kumquats, a sweet and sour fruit that is a member of the citrus family. Some festivities include: a farmer”s market, wagon rides, antique cars and tractors, tasty kumquat dishes and craft shows.

January 27, 2024  14th Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off
Ave Maria, Florida
The Largest Steak Competition East of the Mississippi River.  Join us for the Annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-off, featuring tens of grill teams vying for a top prize in this professionally-judged event! This fundraiser is hosted by Ave Maria Quasi Parish to benefit local charities. This year, the cook-off is in conjunction with the "Great American Saturday," hosted by Ave Maria Development.  All grill teams are welcome. Entry fee is per team. Tickets for the Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off are $30.00 per person and include live music, kids fun zone, and 16oz Ribeye steak, salad, roll, baked potato, and water.

January 27-28, 2024  Port St. Lucie Seafood Festival
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Enjoy a delicious variety of seafood and tropical drinks while you browse an amazing collection of arts & craft and nautical vendors, exhibitors and artists.  Younger children will have loads of fun in the FREE "Little Fins Kids' Zone"  Adults will enjoy the attractions as well as two stages of entertainment.

January 27-28, 2024  10th Annual Miami Brickell Art Festival
Miami, Florida
After 9 years as the Miami/Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival, this annual art fest has moved to a new location in the Brickell area and renamed itself accordingly.  There will also be live music, food, activations and more. As part of the main art fest, festival goers can enjoy a lineup of food and and drink festivals and events that include the Miami/Brickell Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival; the Brickell Seafood Festival and Burgers, Beer & Babaloo.  Free admission includes access to festival events. Festival events featuring unlimited samples of food, beer, wine and spirits require a separate ticket

January 31-February 2, 2024  Cattlecon 2024 - Orlando, Florida
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Annual Convention.  The largest, most advanced trade show for the cattle industry, with over 250 companies in attendance.

2023 FLORIDA - January 2023
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 22, 2023 - Palm Beach VegFest - West Palm Beach, Florida
Meyer Amphitheater, West Palm Beach.  Always FREE admission, free parking, 100% vegan, lawn games,  vegan food vendors, shopping, and more!

2022 FLORIDA - January 2022
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 9-16, 2022  Uncorked...Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival - Upper Keys, Florida
Come on down to the Keys and enjoy all of the tasty temptations, and some of your favorite wines, as South Florida’s culinary experts step up to the plate to show you what Key Largo and Islamorada have to offer. Eleven glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows, and of course, our fabulous sunsets, scuba diving, fishing, many tourist attractions, shopping, and a great time!

2021 FLORIDA - January 2021
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 15, 2021  FWA Auction Night on the Farm - Fort Myers, Florida
Florida Watermelon Association.  Join the FWA for Auction Night on the Farm and help raise money for marketing and promotions for 2021.  This is a free event but registration is required. Please RSVP below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Debbie Johnson at 239-658-1442.

January 21-23, 2021  Butts & Clucks Cook-Off on the Bay
Apalachicola, Florida
The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce’s newest event.  The Butts & Clucks Cook-off on the Bay, has been sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and is now a regional championship BBQ Cook-off with over $15,000 in prizes to be awarded and the winner moving on to the Jack Daniels Championship.  Include there will be a Judging seminar on Thursday, January 24th for anyone interested in being a state certified BBQ Judge.  Also, during the event we will be having a Deviled Egg (The Cluck that came from the Butt Contest) contest).

2020 FLORIDA - January 2020
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 4, 2020  Big Swamp Smoke-Off 2020 - Naples, Florida
The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its 8th 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 Free for Adults and Children.

January 10-12, 2020  St. George Annual Greek Festival
Hollywood, Florida
Come Join Us and Be Greek For A Day!  Enjoy Live Greek Music, Dancing & Authentic Greek Food and Pastries, including lamb shanks, souvlaki, fresh-carved gyro off the spit, pastichio, moussaka, and more!  Live Music & DJ.

January 18, 2020 - 9th Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival
Merritt Island, Florida
The Florida Key Lime Pie Company will be presenting its Annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival at Brevard Veterans Memorial Park in Merritt Island. It’s a fun filled day with live music, food trucks, street performances, Key Lime Pie Contests and Florida’s best Key Lime Pie.  Admission: $10 For Adults; $5 Children 12 and under; children 4 and under free. A percentage of this year’s ticket sales will be donated to the veterans memorial fund as well as all current and retired United States Military Members will receive free admittance with your military I.D.

January 24-26, 2020  36th Annual Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope
Goodland, Florida
The three-day festival attracts nearly 5,000 people to Goodland. Fried and smoked mullet are featured and the Buzzard Lope Queen is named during the event. Held annually at Stan's Idle Hour the weekend before the Super Bowl.  Attendance: 5,000.

January 24-26, 2020  Wine Weekend St. Pete - St. Petersburg, Florida
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society invites you to join us for the most spectacular weekend ever in St Petersburg, Florida. Wine Weekend St Pete benefits the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, the arts, its legacy, and its many children’s programs. It is the largest fundraising event for the Museum of Fine Arts representing all that is exquisite, including a elegant wine pairing dinner, an exciting auction and a celebratory champagne brunch plus, optional events that you will not want to miss! This year our theme is Putting on the Glitz: Old Hollywood Style.

January 25-26, 2020  14th Annual International Chocolate Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.  The Chocolate Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or on the website.

January 31-February 8, 2020  DeSoto County Fair & Livestock Show
Arcadia, Florida
Our Fair consists of pageants for the young ladies and talent shows for the youth and adults. In the barn, beef, swine, rabbit, poultry and goats are exhibited and judged. Beef and swine are sold at auction to benefit our exhibiting youth. Your support in this area is important, as many of our youth use the proceeds from the sale of their animals to build an educational fund. Sales often exceed $200,000.00 in revenue for our youth. Our exhibit building provides space for the 4-H exhibitors and students to show off their projects and earn awards.

2018 FLORIDA - January 2018
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events
events waiting for new dates

January 15, 2018  The Dinner - West Palm Beach, Florida
The Dinner is an evening of discovery for the taste buds with a five-course offering prepared and provided by the top chefs and restaurants in Palm Beach County. Travel from course to course while pausing to enjoy wine from Southern Wine & Spirits, live entertainment, silent auction, wine pull, and more! Travel from course to course while pausing to enjoy wine from Southern Wine & Spirits, live entertainment, silent auction, wine pull, and more!

January 20, 2018  Brew on the Bay 2018 - Key Largo, Florida
CANCELLED - The Rotary Club of Key Largo has had to cancel our Brew of the Bay craft beer festival scheduled for January 20, 2018.  This was a very difficult decision but ultimately the uncertainty regarding the venue, Rowell's Waterfront Park,  which is currently being used to handle Hurricane Irma debris put too much at risk at this late of date.


2016 FLORIDA - January 2016
Food Shows and Local Food, Beer and Wine Events

these events are waiting for new dates

January 30-31, 2016  Taste of Pine Island - Pine Island, Florida
11:00 am-5:00 pm at Phillips Park at Pine Island Center.  Admission to the event is a donation of $6.00 for adults. Children age 10 and under are admitted free. We are also collecting canned and dry goods for the Pine Island Food Pantry.  The event provides visitors the unique and rare occasion to sample various familiar and not-so familiar local cuisine.  This annual event offers a wide variety of food from area establishments, arts and craft vendors, music, and activities; including the famous Chowder and Chili Cook-offs and the legendary Fish Drop. Also returning this year will be bounce houses and other activities for the kids and for the adults Pine Island Kiwanis’ signature Iwanakiwana rum drinks, margaritas, and selections from Budweiser will be available


these events are waiting for new dates

January 17, 2015  20th Annual Einstein on Food & Wine
Tampa, Florida
The event combines food, wine, music and a silent auction to raise funds for the Museum of Science and Industry's educational programs.

January 17-18, 2015  The Festival of Chocolate 2015
Miami, 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!

January 31, 2015  SOUPer Book & Bread Sale!
St. George Island, Florida
Delicious homemade soups and breads PLUS great used books of all kinds!  Enjoy a bowl while you browse, or just buy by the quart for later.  All proceeds benefit the county libraries in Eastpoint and Carrabelle.  Want to donate books, soups, or containers? Got questions? Want to volunteer? Call Anna Carmichael at (850) 273-1174



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