A Guide to Florida’s Fall Food Festivals

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The sweltering heat is finally breaking, which means it’s finally time to enjoy our State’s plethora of food-focused festivals. From north to south and dotting both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines, these epicurean affairs create an ideal getaway for Orlando locals looking for a fun, gourmet road trip.

SEPTEMBER

37th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival
September 26-28, 2014
Pensacola, Florida
Everything from grilled conch and seafood gumbo to oyster croquettes and Caribbean crab cakes will be available to sample at this long-running celebration of seafood.

OCTOBER

36th Annual Destin Seafood Festival
October 3-5, 2014
Destin, Florida
Set alongside the Destin Harbor in the Fishing Fleet Marina, this foodie fest features lots of live entertainment and arts and crafts in addition to the showcase of local nosh.

Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival
Williston, Florida
October 4, 2014
An ode to all things peanut, this one-day festival will feature peanuts of all types, including boiled, baked, roasted and fried.

17th Annual Greek Festival
October 10-12, 2013
St. Augustine, Florida
Greek food and pastries will abound at this cultural homage in the heart of historical St. Augustine.

*LOCAL* Latin Food & Wine Festival
October 18, 2014
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Uptown Altamonte will host a bevy of Latin food purveyors around the waters of Cranes Roost in addition to the Savor the Night event taking place on Friday, October 18, which gives guests the chance to take a culinary tour of Latin America and Spain.

Grovetoberfest
October 18, 2014
Miami, Florida
South Florida’s largest beer festival, this Coconut Grove event will feature more than 300 beers from across the county and across the world as well as lots of perfectly paired fare.

4th Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest
October 18, 2014
Marathon, Florida
Amateur eaters are invited to dive into 25 succulent stone crab claws during this speedy event where the fastest noshers can win Florida Keys getaways.

Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival
October 17-19, 2014
Panama City, Florida
Local restaurants and fishermen come together for this weekend-long festival featuring an extensive live music line-up.

45th Annual Seafood Festival
October 18-19, 2014
Cedar Key, Florida
Just a two-hour car ride takes you to this two-day festival where more than 200 arts, crafts and food purveyors will showcase the area’s best art and fare.

Naples Stone Crab Festival
October 24-26, 2014
Naples, Florida
Spread across various locations along the Old Naples Waterfront, this seafood celebration will host an ice-cream eating contest, trolley tours and bites from more than 30 local restaurants.

John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival
October 24-26, 2014
Madeira Beach, Florida
Besides a ton of fresh local seafood, this Gulf coast festival will host a juried art show, street dance and fishing expo.

*LOCAL* 9th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest
October 25, 2014
Orlando, Florida
Educational exhibits, live music and a ton of vegetarian cuisine make this local event held at Orlando Festival Park a must for Orlando foodies.

10th Annual Downtown Oyster Roast
October 31, 2014
Apalachicola, Florida
Oysters take center stage at this annual affair where attendees can sample everything from roasted oysters and oyster on the half shell to creamy artichoke and oyster bisque and locally caught blue crab.

NOVEMBER 

News-Journal’s Food, Wine & Brew Festival
November 8, 2014
Daytona Beach, Florida
Designed to support the United Way of Volusia/Flagler counties, this starlit affair will feature food from over 30 local restaurants, 35 wines and over 100 beers.

3rd Annual Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival
November 8-9, 2014
Delray Beach, Florida
Wine and food pairing seminars, live music and tons of gourmet bites make this east coast fete a favorite amongst Florida foodies.

Annual Homosassa Seafood Festival
November 8-9, 2014
Homosassa, Florida
This weekend festival gives Homosassa’s many fishermen the chance showcase the area’s culinary prowess via everything from fried catfish and gator tail to conch fritters and blackened mahi mahi.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival
November 10 – 16, 2014
Savannah, Georgia
Local and celebrity chefs as well as cookbook authors and winemakers come together to create a week-long line-up of dinners, tastings and unique culinary experiences.

DECEMBER

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
December 11- 14, 2014
Palm Beach, Florida
Now in its eighth year, this posh fete held at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and select locations on the island of Palm Beach will host a collection of dinners, late-night parties, tastings and seminars.

 

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