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Top Wine Events for November

Top Wine Events for November


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Fall is in full swing, and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Although some feel this is the busiest time of year, we want you to remember to stop and sip wine no matter where you're traveling! And besides, you may just find the perfect wine to pair with your Thanksgiving turkey!

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival 2012, Big Sur, Calif., Nov. 1-4
One of the premier festivals in California, featuring some top California wines and winemakers in addition to hikes, wine panels, and an auction.

3rd Annual Fall Mt. Rainier Wine Festival, Ashford, Wash., Nov. 3
Enjoy some hard-to-find artisanal wines and craft beers from smaller producers around Washington. Taking place in the shadow of looming Mt. Rainier, this is your chance to experience the best of Washington’s wine and beer.

12th Annual Toast of the Town, Rocklin, Calif., Nov. 3
With all proceeds going to help schools in the Rocklin Unified School District, you can come and sip for a good cause. More than 25 wineries will offer tastings, and there will be a community dinner as well as an art show.

Fall Wine Fest 2012, Boston, Mass., Nov. 3
Ten countries, one night! Taste wines from around the world along with great food at this event geared toward young professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. DJ Karl will also be on hand with live music.

1st Annual Vintners’ Holidays, Yosemite National Park, Calif., Nov.4-Dec.6
This 2012 season marks the 31st anniversary of Vintners’ Holidays and will feature more than 30 of California’s best winemakers who will be visiting the Ahwahnee over eight sessions from Nov. 4 to Dec. 6. From terroir to table, participants in each session have personal access to meet the winemakers, learn about the latest trends in viticulture, taste the wines, and enjoy a five-course finale candlelit dinner in The Ahwahnee’s grand Dining Room.

2nd Annual Napa Valley Film Festival, Napa Valley, Calif., Nov. 7-11
This year’s Napa Valley Film Festival will feature more than 100 independent films, including the highly anticipated documentary SOMM. Wine, dine, and meet the artists at events in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga.

Around the World in 80 Sips – New York, New York City, Nov. 9
A night of sipping, and socializing. Taste more than 80 wines from around the world, including Italy, France, and Napa Valley, as well as gourmet cheeses and scrumptious charcuterie.

3rd Annual Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival, Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 9-11
This three day, multi-sensory festival brings together more than 100 South Florida top chefs for a weekend of palate pleasing events. Incorporating unique twists on traditional wine and food events, including, Dinner Under the Stars, the Vineyard Party, a Perfect Pairing, the Grand Tasting, and ending with the Jazz Bubbles and Brunch.

75th Annual Northwest Food and Wine Festival, Portland, Ore., Nov. 10
A celebration of more than 600 fine wines from Oregon, Washington, and California, including Willamette Valley pinot noirs and Walla Walla cabernets. Portland restaurants will be on hand to offer gourmet food at this can’t-miss event.

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival, Paso Robles, Calif., Nov. 10
The first and only wine festival focused on artisan garagiste winemakers that produce small-lot handcrafted wine. More than 45 wineries from around California are featured at this unique event.

4th Annual Artisano Grand Tasting, Santa Rosa, Calif., Nov. 17
Autumn is beautiful in Sonoma County, so come to Santa Rosa for this tasting that features local artisan wines paired with food from area restaurants. A raffle and silent auction will benefit the Ceres Community Project. M

Black Friday Party at DuCard, Etlan, Va., Nov. 23
Don’t want to get up at five (or earlier) for black Friday shopping? Go for a more relaxing experience at Ducard Winery as you sip wine while picking out holiday merchandise on-sale.

Sip and Shop Holiday Market, Houston, Nov. 24
Sample a variety of wines, beers, and other sweet treats, and look for holiday gifts at vendor and artisan booths. Tickets are only $4 in advance! M

Jowler Creek’s Holiday Party, Platte City, Mo., Nov. 24-25
Come to the Jowler Creek Winery for two days of great wine, holiday gifts for sale, and roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Plus, the event is free!

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34 Best Resident Event Ideas for Apartment Communities

Resident events ideas are more than a fun way to get residents out of their homes. They promote the feeling of community that gets residents laughing and working together. Plus, we think communities who play together, stay together (think increased resident retention). Higher resident engagement for events leads to greater resident satisfaction that can benefit your renewal rate. All of the planning that goes into a resident appreciation event is worth its weight in gold when your residents come together and realize how much your management team truly cares.

Resident event ideas should encourage those living in your community to come out of their shells. Ultimately, this creates a buzz of excitement and increases engagement. When a site team invests time and energy in an event, it shows their residents that they’re invested in improving the quality of life in the community.

To help properties get the maximum value from their events, Updater and SatisFacts hosted a 30-minute webinar to discuss the three elements of resident renewal and how they support retention. Learn how you can leverage data and host resident events that boost retention.

Resident appreciation ideas, such as the classic pool party will always have their place, but there’s room for some creativity. We’ve decided to help sort the studs from the duds by putting together a list of 34 resident event ideas that your community will talk about for years to come!

1. Food truck extravaganza

Food trucks are an awesome way for an apartment community to throw a party without stressing about catering. It’s also a great way to introduce new residents to the culture, sights, sounds, and tastes of their new home. Invite the best local food trucks to park in your community. Play some music and create a voucher so residents get a sampling from all of the trucks. You can even create a simple scorecard so residents can vote on their favorites. Make an award and crown a food truck champion. Just make sure that you work out parking ahead of time. You don’t want your residents upset that your visitor parking lot is inaccessible.

2. Design your own potluck cookbook

This is an awesome twist on a classic resident event. Have residents submit recipes for a community potluck dinner. Then, compile the recipes into a community cookbook and give them away during the potluck. In addition to a lovely dinner, your residents will also receive great recipes and get to know their neighbors a little better. You can even release your cookbook online and publish it on your website!

3. Car wash for residents by site team

Get your team into the action by hosting a resident carwash run by your site team. Show your residents you value them by getting a little dirty while making some cars clean. Hand out snacks and beverages and encourage all of your staff to get involved. Who doesn’t want to see their property manager wash a few cars?

4. Authentic BBQ smoker

Rent a backyard smoker and host an authentic BBQ cookout. A big upgrade on the ordinary poolside cookout, this resident event will get people out from the smell alone. While the food smokes slow and low, organize some lawn games and let residents relax around the tantalizing aromas. Have some residents who don’t eat meat? Veggies and meatless burgers and hot dogs can all have a home on your smoker.

5. The ultimate community tag sale

With only a few tables and some spring cleaning, you’ve got yourself the ultimate tag sale and the ultimate resident event idea. Residents can socialize with their neighbors while selling the things they no longer need. At the end of the day, donate any remaining items to a local charity. This is a fun way to host a feel-good resident event.

6. Bonfire s’mores under the stars

A perfect resident event that’s fun for kids and parents alike. A bonfire with all of the s’more ingredients provided is a sure memory maker. Get the kids engaged and their parents will join the party.

7. Health-promoting fitness classes

After you host a food-centered event, give your residents a fun and healthy activity. Hold an instructional yoga, Zumba — or any form of exercise — class. If you see great engagement, encourage the creation of a resident-led, weekly group.

8. Get creative with group painting classes

Hire a local artist to host an instructional painting night. Provide canvases, paint supplies, and wine for the 21+ crowd. The leader takes the residents, step-by-step, through the process of creating an amazing work of art.

9. Now you’re cooking, with classes

Have a group of aspiring chefs? Bring a professional chef to your community to teach a cooking skills class. One great recipe, some kitchen basics, and a hungry crowd and you’ve got a recipe for resident event success!

10. Get your families dancing

Get the whole family together for a community dance night. An event designed for the whole family is a dream for parents and fun for the kids. A great soundtrack and someone to lead the crowd and you have a hit event on your hands. Think barn dancing, line dancing, or electric slide. Just don’t forget the refreshments!

11. Kids pool party with characters

If your community has a pool for residents, kick your pool party up a notch by inviting popular characters for the kids. Talk to parents about the characters their children are most excited to see or go for the classics. This is an awesome idea for using the amenities your community already provides in a new and exciting way. Plus, it’s an amazing photo opportunity for social media.

12. The cook-off challenge

A cook-off is fun for both the cooks and the taste testers. Hold a cook-off and invite the community to judge it. Need a few food options? Try mac and cheese, chicken wings, apple pie, or the classic chili. The winner can receive a grand prize and you can even publish the winning recipe on social media. That is, if it’s not a secret!

13. Unleash your karaoke stars

Nothing brings people together quite like a karaoke night. Get a microphone and let them loose. Your residents will feel like rock stars.

14. Movie screenings on the lawn

Pop some popcorn and spread out the blankets, this is a resident event your community will remember. Hang a sheet or rent a screen and play a classic film. Everyone will have a great time watching a movie on the lawn under the stars. Just make sure that your film of choice is family-friendly.

15. Puppy play date and adoption

Coordinate with a local shelter to hold a puppy play date and adoption event. Residents can spend a day petting and playing with dogs and cats and even adopt a new companion — that is, if your property allows pets. Encourage residents to bring their own dogs and unite your pet community.

16. Create a community garden oasis

A community garden takes a little planning, but will serve your community for years to come. Designate an area for a garden and ask for a resident or staff member to take the lead. Rewarding for kids and adults, your community can even use the veggies for their next potluck. Season after season your residents will reap the fruits of their labor.

17. One book club to rule them all

Often, what starts with an apartment-wide event can become a community fixture. Let residents vote on a book to read and bring them together once a month to discuss. You can host separate clubs for different age groups or book choices. Let’s be honest, when it comes to literature, the sky’s the limit!

18. Fun run, literally

Start a group for both amateur and serious runners. A running club helps bring the athletic community of your property together. Make t-shirts and pick a property-based team name and you’re set. Want to take your club even further? Pick a charitable cause and host a 5K to support it. It’s a great way to show the personal investment you have in your community.

19. Trivial dispute

Put out a call for trivia teams and lure residents in with great prizes. Set up team tables with snacks and drinks, then pick your topics. Movies, sports, entertainment, and history are great places to start. Choose a dynamic host, designate a DJ, and see who’s got the chops to win. When it comes to resident event ideas, it’s a fan favorite and also one of the easiest to pull off.

20. Spread the love on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is not only reserved for date night. Give your residents the gift of giving by organizing charitable events for your community. But don’t forget your resident community! Here are some ideas for giving back to your residents. Candy and speed-dating anyone?

21. Spooky costume dinner and competition

A perfect Halloween event, hold a spooky dinner with a costume contest as the finale. Offer lots of candy and prizes to winners across multiple categories — best kid’s costume, scariest, most creative, to name just a few. It’s the perfect way to kick off (or end) a night of trick-or-treating.

22. Fireworks show to remember

Fireworks are the perfect end to any outdoor event or Fourth of July celebration. You can even invite the local community to come over and enjoy the show. Consider it a great event for attracting new residents!

23. An exclusive professional networking event

A networking event is a perfect way to connect all of the brilliant professional minds we know live in your community. It’s also an excellent way to get different generations talking. Want to take it a step further? Bring in a career specialist for residents in search of career advice.

24. Bounce house and inflatables day

Order a fleet of inflatable rides to your property and host a field day for kids. A cotton candy machine, ice cream, and tug-of-war are all welcome additions. While the kids are occupied, offer beverages and food for their parents while they socialize.

25. Rock your community’s own talent show

Anywhere you can assemble an audience is primed for a talent show. Skip the giant stage and make it a do-it-yourself style event. You’ll be amazed at the talents your residents have, so let them shine. Offer awards and don’t forget the video camera!

26. Dominate with a resident softball league

Let the games begin! Join your community’s local softball league or start your own. Organize matching jerseys and play amongst your residents or challenge rival properties to a game. Did someone say giant trophy?

27. Turn up the jams on DJ night

If you build it, the kids will come. Rent big speakers, hire a local DJ, and throw the dance party of the year. From a conga line to breakdancing, let your residents lead the way.

28. Bring out the gamers with a video game tournament

We suggest family-friendly racing or sports games, to begin with. You can host a game night for the teens, afterward. Make a bracket, put it up on the big screen, and have a site team member narrate the action.

29. Poolside casino night

This is another great resident event for the competitive bunch. Hire a professional dealer and turn the night into a Las Vegas-themed party. Think Elvis, cocktails, and blackjack. Instead of playing for money, you can offer amazing prizes for all ages. Feeling charitable? Proceeds can also go to a charity of your choice. Ante in!

30. Maximize your impact with a community outreach group

There are so many great charitable causes for your community to get involved with. To maximize your community’s outreach, help your residents form their own community outreach group. From organizing a can drive to volunteering at a soup kitchen, there’s no limit to the good work you can accomplish when you work together. It’s the feel-good, do-good resident event idea every community should encourage.

31. Rotating supper club

A rotating supper club is another awesome idea for bringing your community together with food. Every month, pick three hosts who will offer three amazing meals. Start with appetizers in one apartment, the main course in next, and dessert in the last. Publish a calendar with sign-ups so there’s no waste. Space will obviously be limited, so make sure a few different rotations are going at once.

32. Gameday tailgate and grilling

Football season, baseball season, any season is good for tailgating. Rent a screen and projector and display the sporting event of your choice. Designate a closed lot, provide the snacks, and let your residents enjoy the camaraderie.

33. X marks the scavenger hunt

Divide your residents into teams and give them a list of clues or riddles to solve. Lead residents across your community and get everyone involved in solving the clues. Make a map, mark an X, even bury some treasure. Here’s a guide to get your planning started.

34. A silent but awesome auction

A favorite event for seniors, an auction can be held on a rotating schedule to attract everyone in your community. From art, antiques, and cars, to travel vacations, cruises, and sports tickets, there’s something for everyone.


March 17 – 20, 2016


Flavor! Napa Valley – Napa and St. Helena, CA
Prices range for each event from $75 to $1,400 for inclusive packages

Celebrate California foods and wines at Flavor! Napa Valley, an annual food extravaganza held in Napa and St. Helena. Over 85 wineries participate to pair world-class California wines with savory morsels crafted by Michelin Star chefs. Although the 2016 list of chefs has not yet been released, past culinary stars include Christopher Kostow, the head chef at Napa Valley’s Restaurant at Meadowood.

Want to learn from one of these outstanding chefs? Join in the cooking demonstrations alongside the chefs to improve your culinary skills. Flavor! Napa Valley is the perfect event if you’re a Napa wine lover.


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Spain: Madrid, Rioja, Ribera del Duero | October 17 - 24, 2021

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Napa & Sonoma | November 7 - 13, 2021


SOUTH FLORIDA

JANUARY

FORT MYERS SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – The title says “seafood” and you’ll get an abundance of that, but meat dishes and vegetarian fare will also be served at this three-day event. While enjoying your food, listen to live musical performances by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents in such genres as R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds.
Where:
On the waterfront in Fort Myers
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

ENGLEWOOD SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL - Feast on fresh seafood and other fare and groove to live music by some of the region’s top talents. Also, explore a marketplace offering arts, crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.
Where: Englewood
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

MULLET FESTIVAL – The quaint, quiet fishing village of Goodland gets crazy for a weekend at a Mullet Festival hosted around Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, one of only a few eateries in town. Try different variations of mullet – perhaps smoked or in a dip – while being entertained by the strange Buzzard Lope Queen Contest, which draws thousands every year.
Where: Goodland on Marco Island
Web: stansidlehour.net/TheBuzzardLope

NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL – Learn about wine bouquets, finishes and feels from Master Sommeliers (there are only about 200 in the world) in this three-day lineup of a luncheon, an auction, a dinner prepared by some of the world’s greatest chefs and a brunch finale.
Where: Naples
Web: napleswinefestival.com/

CLAMJAM OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Seminars, entertainment, arts & crafts, contests and, of course, fresh clams -- top neck, middle neck, little neck, steamers and Venus (if you know your clams). Other seafood, right off the boats of local fishermen, also will be served. Lots of non-seafood fare will be available, too, including BBQ chicken, ribs and goat, pulled pork, hamburgers and hot dogs. Also included: live music, kids games and rides and contests for all age groups.
Where: Cape Coral
Web: clamjamswfl.com

PORT SALERNO FOOD SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – The Treasure Coast’s fishermen (and women) and their families, friends and volunteers get together to host an old-fashioned fish fry with fresh catches from the East Coast waters, plus plenty of beer and soft drinks. Kids can enjoy finger foods, as well as games and interactive play zones.
Where: Port Salerno
Web: portsalernoseafoodfestival.org/

KEY WEST FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL – Those who have an appreciation for the finer culinary things in life will find plenty to enjoy in this week-long series of events all over town, such as a sunset wine tasting, a trolley tour of Key West’s most beautiful kitchens, a whiskey primer, a shrimp boil, a poolside happy hour with appetizers, a salt and honey tasting and other creative food and drink parties.
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: keywestfoodandwinefestival.com

BIG SWAMP SMOKE-OFF – If Bar-B-Que is your thing, don’t miss this one, which is part of the Collier County Fair. Some of the country's top cook teams will compete for bragging rights. The two-day event includes activities for the kids, live entertainment and other vendors.
Where:
Naples
Web:
bigswampsmokeoff.com

UNCORKED: KEY LARGO & ISLAMORADA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – It’s got a long name and it is long on great events spread over 11 days. There are wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows. The festival highlight is The Grand Tasting on the final day. It’s a multi-sensory experience not to be missed. Area restaurants and wine experts will come together to present samples of their finest cuisine and world-class wines. Live music, celebrity chef appearances and cooking demos combine to serve up a recipe for a spectacular afternoon of tasting and sipping.
Where:
Key Largo and Islamorada
Web:
keylargofoodandwinefestival.com

ST. GEORGE GREEK FESTIVAL – Lamb shanks! Souvlaki! Fresh-carved gyro off the spit! Pastitsio! Moussaka! And, too many more yummy dishes to name! In addition to the food, enjoy live Greek music and dancing.
Where:
Hollywood
Web:
stgeorgehollywood.org

FLORIDA KEYS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – This fest celebrates the Key West community by bringing families and friends together in a joyful and fun environment to sample the local catch. This family-friendly event was created to showcase local seafood and the Keys’ commercial fishing industry by providing the freshest seafood available. Fishermen and women are proud to offer the community and visitors a variety of seafood at reasonable prices.
Where: Key West
Web: floridakeysseafoodfestival.com

INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL -- Indulge in chocolate delicacies and enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from the Miami area’s master chefs and chocolatiers. Take the Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in a rainforest. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.
Where:
Coral Gables
Web:
fairchildgarden.org/Chocolate-Weekend

STONE CRAB & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – This celebration of the South Florida seafood industry will feature some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood restaurants as they serve up an array of fresh seafood dishes. Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day of great food, cold drinks, a beer garden, music and more, including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races.
Where:
Fort Lauderdale
Web:
goriverwalk.com/riverwalk-stone-crab-seafood-festival

KISS COUNTRY CHILI COOK-OFF – Hot chili and hot country music -- who could ask for anything more? Chili cookers from far and wide come to compete to win the top prize. And, who wins, beside the best chili cooker? You do, if you attend! The cook-off always attracts some of the top names in country music.
Where:
Pembroke Pines
Web:
wkis.com

FEBRUARY

VERITAGEMIAMI – This epic 3-day food and beverage festival attracts food, wine, beer and spirits aficionados to eat, drink and have a great time. It features three major events – Craft Beer Tasting, Bubbly Brunch and Interactive Dinner – stretching from February through spring. Top chefs along with hundreds of local restaurants and breweries promise palate-pleasing pleasures.
Where: Various locations across Miami
Web: veritagemiami.com/

SOUTH FLORIDA GARLIC FEST – It’s called “The Best Stinkin’ Party in Town” and with good reason. This popular food and entertainment event features national act entertainment, a gourmet alley food area with more than 100 garlic-laced menu items (including garlic ice cream!) a large children’s amusement area with rides, arts and craft vendors, a garlic chef cooking competition, the Cloves & Vines Wine Garden and full liquor bars -- all in celebration of the bulbous herb.
Where: Lake Worth
Web: garlicfestfl.com

PUNTA GORDA SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Seafood dishes are prepared using indigenous and sustainable seafood from Florida's coastal waters. Plenty of meat dishes and vegetarian food will be served, too. You’ll enjoy a host of fine musicians in the genres of rock, jazz, reggae, R&B and Caribbean sounds.
Where:
Punta Gorda
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – The Food Network and Cooking Channel team up with Food & Wine Magazine for a star-studded event sure to please even the most amateur or sophisticated foodie. Included will be intimate dinners, chef demos, walk-around tastings and late-night parties. Events in Broward County have now been added as part of the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale series.
Where: Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale
Web: sobefest.com

CORAL GABLES FOOD, WINE & SPIRITS FESTIVAL – This is not about little tiny samples, here. We’re talking about very respectable portions from 20 outstanding local restaurants. You have access to an open bar, with more than 200 brands of wine, spirits and craft beer to choose from. Live music, too. And, you also have access to the rest of the Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival.
Where:
Coral Gables
Web:
coralgablesartfestival.com/beer-a-licious

PUNTA GORDA WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL – The tastings are a delectable backdrop to performances by outstanding jazz and blues musicians.
Where: Punta Gorda
Web: puntagordachamber.com/wine-jazz-festival

BOCA RATON SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Enjoy yummy food 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. While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to musical entertainment consisting of live performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit.
Where:
Boca Raton
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

LABELLE SWAMP CABBAGE FESTIVAL -- Sample dishes made with swamp cabbage (also known as hearts of palm), which comes from the state tree, the sabal or cabbage palm. The event includes a parade, motorcycle & car shows, entertainment, a carnival, a 5-K run, a bass tournament, a rodeo, and the "Grasscar" lawnmower race.
Where:
LaBelle
Web:
labelleswampcabbagefestival.org

JUPITER SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Two days of local fresh seafood, a cornhole tournament, live entertainment, nautical vendors, live entertainment and family-oriented rides.
Where:
Jupiter
Web:
Jupiterseafoodfestival.net

EVERGLADES CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL -- More than 100 vendors will offer up fresh gulf shrimp, stone crab claws, fried gator and lots more seafood. Also included: live country music, handmade arts & crafts and midway carnival rides.
Where:
Everglades City
Web:
evergladesseafoodfestival.org

SOLA RUM, FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL -- A wide variety of multicultural tapas style food, rum and wine will be served, along with live music and seminars led by mixologists. The VIP package will get you exclusive chef presentations and a three-course meal with food and beverage pairings.
Where:
Lauderhill
Web:
solarumfoodwinefest.com

ITALIAN FEAST & CARNIVAL -- On the menu will be all kinds of great Italian food and wine, along with midway rides, games and live music.
Where:
Venice
Web:
italianamericanclubofvenice.com

FORT LAUDERDALE GREEK FESTIVAL – Celebrate the best of Greek food, music, dancing, and culture. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, Greek music, traditional Greek dancing by Palazakia and Kamaria dancers, an indoor marketplace full of vendors and an outdoor area for kids with carnival rides and games.
Where:
Fort Lauderdale
Web:
fortlauderdalegreekfestival.org

MARCH

WELLINGTON BACON & BOURBON FESTIVAL – Two American favorites, bourbon and bacon, are wrapped together in a two-day, palate-pleasing party. Taste an array of bacon and pork-related dishes such as braised pork bellies with tamari, garlic, ginger & chili peppers, and polish it off with bacon ice cream. Try an eclectic selection of bourbon and whiskeys and learn more about the spirits through seminars and tastings.
Where: Wellington
Web: baconbourbonfest.com

MARATHON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – What began as a small gathering in a Publix parking lot has grown to a popular fresh seafood extravaganza drawing more than 20,000 attendees each year. The event is designed to allow Marathon and Middle Keys commercial fishermen and their families (and visitors) to kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labor in the form of fried fresh catches and spiny lobster, raw oysters, stone crab claws and other delicious shellfish and seafood from the warm Keys waters. Also included: live music, more than 200 arts & crafts vendors, raffles and lots of activities for kids.
Where: Marathon
Web: marathonseafoodfestival.com

BOCA BACCHANAL – Guests meet award-winning chefs and vintners while savoring their signature cuisine and wine selections at an open-air event. It features hundreds of wines, by-the-bite specialties prepared by exceptional chefs from South Florida restaurants as well as a beer garden serving craft beer, ales and lagers. Events include Bacchus Beckons, Bubbles & Burgers, Vintner Dinners and the Grand Tasting.
Where:
Boca Raton
Web: bocabacchanal.com

FORT MYERS BEACH SHRIMP FESTIVAL -- It’s one of the major events of the year for Fort Myers Beach. Besides the delicious “pink gold” shrimp dinners, there is a parade, arts & crafts vendors, a Queen Pageant and a shrimp-eating contest.
Where:
Fort Myers Beach
Web:
fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

SPECKLED PERCH FESTIVAL – Dating back to 1965, attendees have been enjoying the title-named fish and other good food, local live music, arts and crafts and a parade. The festival is held in collaboration with the Cow Town Rodeo.
Where:
Okeechobee
Web:
okeechobeemainstreet.org

MARCO ISLAND SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- In addition to a weekend of great music, all your favorite fresh seafood specialties will be available: grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads and chowder to name a few. There is a huge assortment of traditional landlubber favorites, too. Beer and wine will be served to quench your thirst. Also included: live music, more than 60 arts & crafts vendors and a kids zone with a bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall and trampoline.
Where:
Marco Island
Web:
marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com

CHILI COOK-OFF -- Come to compete, or come to eat! Prepare your taste buds for an encounter with some delicious chili. Restaurants, caterers and novices compete for the title of "Best Chili in Town." Enjoy great live music, good food, and good brew as you take part in activities for the entire family.
Where:
Pinecrest
Web:
pinecrestgardens.org/entertainment/events-festivals/chili-cook-off

SUNCOAST BBQ BLUEGRASS BASH -- Feast on championship BBQ, chili, a fish fry, desserts and other yummy foods. There are also lots of exhibits, concessions, balloon rides, a kids park and live bluegrass music.
Where:
Venice
Web:
suncoastbbqbash.com

NAPLES CRAFT BEER FEST -- A wide variety of beers from breweries across the country and the world are available for tasting. To enhance the tasting, many local restaurants are a part of the Fest and will provide food pairings that are designed to specifically match with a particular brew. The chefs will compete to win the People's Choice award for best pairing and there will be a Brewer's Choice award, too. The fest also showcases local musical talent.
Where:
Naples
Web:
paradisecoast.com/event/naples-craft-beer-festival-bayfront/4671

FEMALE BREW FEST -- This beer festival is a platform highlighting and featuring female beer experts and brewers, offering an opportunity to learn about and taste the different types of beers brewed by them -- all while listening to the sounds female solo artists and bands. And, yes, men are invited and encouraged to attend.
Where:
Dania Beach
Web:
femalebrewfest.com

RIVERWALK BURGER BATTLE -- Sample burgers from 16 South Florida restaurants and vote your favorite. Admission includes live music, great burgers, a French fry bar and lots of cold beer.
Where:
Fort Lauderdale
Web:
goriverwalk.com

COCONUT GROVE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL -- Don’t miss the wacky, funny Waiters Race where Coconut Grove‘s top servers race to the finish line through a very difficult obstacle course without spilling a drop! Festival guests will enjoy food samplings from Coconut Grove & Miami’s finest restaurants, caterers and bakeries. There will also be chef demonstrations, an automotive showcase, live music from local bands and a kids zone. As a bonus, the festival now includes the Coconut Grove Burger, Beer and BBQ bash.
Where:
Coconut Grove
Web:
coconutgrovefoodandwine.com

DANIA BEACH ARTS & SEAFOOD CELEBRATION – Fresh seafood and other culinary delights from top local restaurants will be served. Also included: A Chef Showcase, beer & wine garden, live music, arts & crafts vendors, live street art performances and lots of activities for kids.
Where:
Dania Beach
Web:
daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com

DORAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL -- Enjoy world-renowned wines, beer, spirits and food from top local restaurants. There will also be chef showdowns, culinary and mixology demonstrations, live music, retails displays and a children’s area.
Where:
Doral
Web:
doralfoodandwinefestival.com

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – Two cities combine for one great festival. The first event is Friday night in Fort Lauderdale, with wine/food pairings and a beautiful oceanfront view. The Saturday Grand Tasting event is in Hollywood and includes food & beverage tastings, cooking demos and live music.
Where:
Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood
Web:
gflfoodwine.com

DEERING SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – This consistently sold-out event is known for its cornucopia of culinary delights, featuring delicious catches from the sea, chef demos and sumptuous fare along Seafood Alley. It’s a day of family fun, dancing and grooving to the tunes of the Bahamian Junkanoo and Virgin Island stilt walkers. The Lil Shrimp Kids Zone provides unlimited play on inflatables, creative activities and a kids-friendly menu. Activities also include a rock-climbing wall, Pelican Skipper boat rides and Artists Lane, featuring paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry, all by local artisans.
Where:
Miami
Web:
deeringestate.org/deering-seafood-festival

SANIBEL UNCORKED WINE & FOOD FEST -- Enjoy an afternoon of extensive wine and regional craft beer tasting while indulging in Hors d’oeuvres. Discover the secrets of the island’s top chefs while they share their signature creations during cooking demonstrations. Craft beers will also be available. A silent auction with prizes will accompany the tastings and there will be a 50-50 raffle.
Where:
Sanibel Island
Web:
sancapoptimist.org/sanibel-uncorked

APRIL

SWEET CORN FIESTA -- Sunshine yellow, hot and buttery. What’s not to like about freshly harvested sweet corn grown locally in the famous black soil of The Glades Region in The Palm Beaches. Combine the delectable eats with the all-day events of a harvest celebration and you have a family-friendly treat like no other. Live music, lots of summertime foods and kids activities will keep you smiling all day long. There will also be a sweet corn eating challenge and a corn shucking contest.
Where:
West Palm Beach
Web:
sweetcornfiesta.com

LAS OLAS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL – Fort Lauderdale’s famous Las Olas Boulevard shuts down for a day to make way for more than 70 of South Florida’s top restaurants, breweries and vineyards as they serve tapas, sliders, salads, cheeses, flatbreads and other dishes, plus beers and wines.
Where: Fort Lauderdale
Web: lasolaswff.com

FORT MYERS CRAB & MUSIC FESTIVAL --Crab and shrimp on your list of favorite foods? Love listening to live music? This one is for you. It has more than crab and shrimp: all kinds of seafood, meat dishes and vegetarian meals. Great live music and a marketplace of arts & crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products are also on tap.
Where:
River District in downtown Fort Myers
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

POMPANO BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Good food for sure, but it doesn’t stop with that. There’s a craft fair, lots of great live music on three stages and a kids zone.
Where:
Pompano Beach
Web:
pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com

REDLANDS BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL -- The Festival features award winning BBQ and incredible blues and country music. Lots of children’s activities including pony rides will be available. A Classic Car and Motorcycle Show will be on site along with live concerts.
Where:
Homestead
Web:
redlandfruitandspice.com

SOUTH FLORIDA TACO BATTLE & CRAFT BEER FEST – Tacos and beer – yum! Events include: Best of the Best Taco & Beer competitions (judges’ selections), Fan Favorites Taco and Beer awards (voted by attendees), taco eating contests (male and female categories), Lucha Libre exhibitions and a classic car show. Lots of activities for kids, too.
Where:
Pembroke Pines
Web:
soflotacocraftbeerfest.com

PALM BEACH COUNTY SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- While enjoying your meal and drinks, 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. There will also be a marketplace of arts & crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.
Where:
Jupiter
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

STOCK ISLAND SEAFOOD CELEBRATION -- Come enjoy the finest Florida Keys seafood, great craft beers, live music, artists, crafters, music and the island atmosphere that only tiny Stock Island can provide. The Shrimp Road Seafood & Craft Beer Festival is the main event at this fest.
Where:
Stock Island
Web:
fla-keys.com/calendar

TASTE THE ISLANDS EXPERIENCE -- Enjoy authentic flavors, sights and sounds of the Caribbean, celebrity cooking demos, gourmet bites from a variety of South Florida's favorite Caribbean restaurants, an artisan shopping village, live music and DJs. Food and spirits enthusiasts with a taste for island indulgences will gather for an interactive celebration set along a beautiful Riverwalk area, offering an exciting program of uniquely Caribbean activities.
Where:
Fort Lauderdale
Web:
ttiexperience.com

SMOKE ON THE WATER BARBECUE COMPETION & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Enjoy tasty barbecue, rocking tunes (sadly, Deep Purple is not on the entertainment lineup, but one of the bands is likely to play the song) and fun for the whole family.
Where:
Fort Myers
Web:
sbdac.com/smoke-on-the-water-fort-myers

BREW AT THE ZOO -- You get to sample savory suds and check out cool critters at the same time. More than 25 Florida craft beer breweries, with a special emphasis on those in Palm Beach County, will be available at tasting stations spread throughout the county’s fantastic zoo. Also on tap: specialty-themed food sections, food trucks and a VIP lounge, at which you can get great eats and beers not found elsewhere on the grounds.
Where:
Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach
Web:
palmbeachzoo.org/zoo-events

TASTE OF THE BEACH – More than 20 local restaurants will present their dishes and compete for prizes for Best Appetizer, Best Beef Dish, Best Chicken Dish, Best Seafood Dish and Best Dessert.
Where:
Fort Myers Beach
Web:
.fortmyersbeach.org/taste-of-the-beach

KEY LIME FESTIVAL -- You’ll find all kinds of key lime-infused specialties, such as pie, (of course!), gelato, ice cream, marinade, fudge, dips, jelly, candy, cookies, taffy, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Lime-A-Ritas cocktails. Check out the key lime-scented sea salts and soap, too. There will also be family-friendly games, live music and dancing.
Where:
Punta Gorda
Web:
fishville.com

MIAMI NEW TIMES BREW AT THE ZOO – If you haven’t yet been to Miami’s fantastic zoo, this would be a good time to go. Sample more than 100 kinds of beers from around the world. Live music will entertain you as you have your beer. Beer bites will be available for purchase.
Where:
Miami
Web:
newtimesbrewatthezoo.com

VENICE BREW BASH -- Sample dozens of domestic, imported and crafted beers. Live music, merchant vendors and some great local eats makes this event something you won't want to miss. Make a day or weekend trip out of it. Come early and check out all of the great shops and local Farmers Market.
Where:
Venice
Web:
vbb.wildapricot.org

PAIRINGS -- More than a dozen eateries will present their fare at this event, which will also include live music, interactive art stations and, of course, good wine and beer to go with the food.
Where:
West Palm Beach
Web:
downtownwpb.com/pairings

MIAMI RUM RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Spend a weekend trying hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond at one of the largest rum festival in the world. Learn how rum makes delicious drinks, from island-style Polynesia tiki cocktails to more sophisticated rums best served straight-up or on the rocks. Take notes from the RumXP International Rum Expert Tasting Panel as it judges multiple categories of the drink.
Where: Coral Gables
Web: rumrenaissance.com

VENICE SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Enjoy delicious food 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. While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to musical entertainment consisting of live on stage performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit.
Where:
Venice
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

BOYNTON BEACH FOOD, WINE & BREW FESTIVAL – Formerly known as the Taste of Boynton, it is a showcase of the city’s cuisine. It features 30 of Boynton’s finest restaurants and lounges along with wine and craft beer tastings. It's a paradise for foodies and wine lovers who strive to eat and drink local.
Where: Boynton Beach
Web:
bocacal.com/boynton-beach-food-wine-brew-fest

HAUTE CUISINE: BAL HARBOUR – This one will cost big bucks, for sure, but it is an amazing event. It will feature top international chefs boasting multiple Michelin stars. Haute Cuisine offers a dynamic schedule of interactive cooking classes and theme-based dinners with specially curated menus of tantalizing dishes.
Where:
Bal Harbour
Web:
.balharbourflorida.com/hautecuisine

PGA NATIONAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – It’s a hot summertime party, which will showcase more than 150 varieties of craft beer and hard ciders, with a particular focus on Florida breweries. Vote for your favorite beer and cider to decide the winner of the People’s Choice awards. Live music and entertainment will be performed in two ballrooms.
Where
: Palm Beach Gardens
Web: pgaresort.com/event/craft-beer-bash

CORAL GABLES RESTAURANT WEEK –It actually lasts three weeks, which will give you plenty of time to eat your way through Coral Gables, trying new eateries and returning to old favorites, all offering prix-fixe menus.
Where:
Coral Gables
Web:
coralgablesrestaurantweek.com

REDLAND SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL -- Enjoy seasonal and rare fruits, vendor booths, local wines and yummy foods. Don’t miss the hilarious watermelon-eating contest for kids. Children 11 & under get in free.
Where:
Homestead
Web:
redlandfruitandspice.com

CULINARY CREATIONS DINNER -- This unique evening celebrates the talents of 75 of the finest chefs in South Florida. It includes 400 hours of prep that leads to unique five-course gourmet dinners. The event will include a champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres, curated wine pairings for each course and silent and live auctions. The VIP package includes preferred seating, upgraded wine selections, entry into a complimentary raffle with prizes only VIP ticket holders can win and a hand-selected bottle of wine to take-home.
Where:
West Palm Beach
Web:
quantumhouse.org

TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN – This is one of South Florida’s premier culinary competition and cultural showcase. Some of the area’s best chefs and culinary teams unite to demonstrate their skills and provide savory and delectable treats of the islands. It’s a showcase of the hottest and most popular trends in Caribbean gastronomy.
Where:
Miami
Web:
chtataste.com

KEY LIME FESTIVAL – Head to this mega-celebration of Florida’s official state pie. It includes, of course, pie eating and pie making contests, the Key Lime Bar Sip & Stroll, a wacky talent show, the Key Lime Pie Hop, samplings of Keys-distilled rum flavored with the tangy lime, a scavenger hunt and the Miss Key Lime Pie and L’il Miss Key Lime pageants. A spectacular fireworks display on the fourth helps open the festivities.
Where:
Key West
Web:
keylimefestival.com

BOCA BURGER BATTLE -- You’ll not only find great burgers, but there will also be an array of tasting stations featuring other gourmet goodies. There also will be a variety of craft beers and outstanding wines.
Where:
Boca Raton
Web:
facebook.com/BocaBurgerBattle

PALM BEACH SUMMER BEER FEST --Sample some of the more than 150 available craft beers and choose from an array of outstanding food trucks serving delicious fare that will go great with your cold brewskis.
Where:
West Palm Beach
Web:
palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com

THE MONTH OF THE MANGO – Two fests celebrate the King of Tropical Fruit in July: the International Mango & Tropical Fruit Festival and the MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair. A variety of mango-centric activities will be offered at all three: yummy tastings, recipes, food demonstrations, refreshing mango smoothies, mango trees for sale, pie-eating contests, island-flavored music, vendors and children’s activities.
Where:
Respectively, Coral Gables, Cape Coral.
Web:
Respectively, fairchildgarden.org, mangomaniafl.net

FLAVORS OF MIAMI -- Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. Unleash your inner foodie and experience a distinct evening of dining.
Where:
Miami
Web:
alfflavors.org/miami

AUGUST

KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST – People come from all over the world to fish for lobster at the start of the Florida Keys lobster season, so naturally a kick-off celebration is a must. Known as spiny lobsters, the clawless crustaceans offer sweet and tender meat, delicious served cold with lemon and cocktail sauce or warm with drawn butter, chopped and mixed with mayo for salads and sandwiches and broiled with garlic and tomatoes. If this sounds mouthwatering, hit the Lobsterfest.
Where: Downtown Key West
Web: keywestlobsterfest.com

DINE OUT DOWNTOWN DELRAY RESTAURANT MONTH – Discover the diverse dining scene in downtown Delray Beach in this month-long foodie fest. Enjoy prix fixe lunches and dinners ($40 and under), along with special Dine Out deals. Also included will be a series of creative culinary events and classes throughout the week. Brunch and happy hour specials recently have been added.
Where:
Various locations in downtown Delray Beach
Web:
downtowndelraybeach.com/restaurantmonth

KEY WEST BREWFEST – Nearly 200 beers and micro-brews are the big draw, but there is a lot more on tap: beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting event.
Where:
Various locations in Key West
Web:
keywestbrewfest.com

LITTLE HAITI TASTING & WALKING TOUR – Come explore the culture and heritage – not to mention the yummy food – of this historic neighborhood. The tour showcases local historic sites such as the Little Haiti Cultural Center & Caribbean Marketplace and highlights new developments such as the Little River Business District and Miami Ironside as well as future developments. Throughout the walk, you’ll come across galleries, museums, bookstores and family-owned restaurants. Speaking of food, after the tour, you’ll be served a tasting of Haitian Cuisine such as Griot (fried pork) and Banann Peze (fried plantain). It starts in August and runs Wednesdays to Saturdays through mid-October.
Where:
Miami
Web:
miamiandbeaches.com

LITTLE HAVANA FOOD & CULTURAL TOUR – You will appreciate why Little Havana was recently listed as an official “national treasure” of the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The reasons will become clear as you experience the area’s many historic landmarks and artistic offerings. You’ll taste authentic Cuban cuisine and listen to the stories of those who know it best, learn about the spiritual beliefs and community practices (such as Santeria), visit a cigar factory, explore Domino Park and take in the Cuba Ocho Art Museum. It starts in August and runs through early September, but only on weekdays.
Where:
Miami
Web:
miamiandbeaches.com

OVERTOWN TASTING & WALKING TOUR -- Formerly known as the “Harlem of the South,” Overtown was an area for black workers who built and serviced the railroad, hotels and streets. This tour will immerse you in the rich culture and heritage of this historic neighborhood. The tour explores the many historic sites, such as D.A. Dorsey House, Ward Rooming House, Greater Historic Bethel AME Church and also highlights new developments currently underway or being planned for Overtown. A delicious tasting of southern cuisine typically found in the neighborhood is included following the tour. It starts in August and runs through mid-October, Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Where:
Miami
Web:
miamianbeaches.com

BOCA CHAMBER’S WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ – It’s one of Boca’s largest wine tasting festivals, with up to 18 of the city’s best restaurants and brewers participating. More than 100 fine wines will be available. Live music will be played throughout the evening. There is also a VIP room with even higher end wine, food, beer and spirits.
Where:
Boca Raton
Web:
wine-and-jazz.com

MIAMI SPICE – It’s not one, but two full months (August and September) of fantastic dining at some 200 restaurants and bistros. Three-course menus will be offered for lunches, brunches and dinners.
Where:
Miami
Web:
iLoveMiamiSpice.com

PGA NATIONAL CRAFT BEER BASH – It’s a summer libation celebration showcasing craft beers and hard ciders, with an emphasis on Florida-made products. After you’ve tasted the beers and ciders, vote for your favorites. Also included will be live music and food vendors.
Where:
Palm Beach Gardens
Web:
pgaresort.com/craft-beer-bash

SEPTEMBER

FLAVOR PALM BEACH –This month-long event is designed to introduce diners and visitors to the vast array of restaurants throughout Palm Beach County. Each offers a selection of specially priced three-course meals to help guide guests through a gastronomic sampling of great dishes, ranging from steakhouse favorites such as prime rib and truffle-mashed potatoes to lighter ceviche cups and sushi rolls. Just find a restaurant you’d like to try on the website and check out its special Flavor menu.
Where: Various locations in Palm Beach County
Web: flavorpb.com

BOCA RATON RESTAUANT MONTH – Three-course meals for both dinner and lunch are offered at top Boca restaurants throughout the month.
Where:
Boca Raton
Web:
bocarestaurantmonth.com

TAPA HOP – This pub crawl features trolley transportation to six restaurants that will provide appetizers and small plate items, a.k.a. tapas. Also included will be raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run.
Where:
Fort Myers Beach
Web:
fortmyersbeach.org/events/tapa-hop

BIG BAD BBQ BASH ON THE WATER -- Enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ, drinks, desserts, live music, auction, raffles, Water Taxi tours, local vendors, networking and meeting Special Olympics athletes. A VIP package offers a private area with upscale BBQ specialties from local favorite restaurants, all-you-can drink, specialty beers, desserts, sit-down seating close to the New River and 20 raffle tickets.
Where:
Fort Lauderdale
Web:
bigbadbbqbash.com

OCTOBER

BEER! BRATWURST! LIVE MUSIC! BAVARIAN BEAUTIES! MORE BEER! -- It being October, we could only be talking about Oktoberfest. Here are some of the places having celebrations in South Florida this month:

GROVETOBERFEST: MIAMI’S BEER FESTIVAL – It’s one of the largest craft beer fests in Florida. More than 300 great beers from around the country and the world will be there for the tasting. Attendees will vote for their favorite beers in three categories. Also: live music, the Homebrew Pavilion, the Kitchen Lab for beer/food parings, a VIP area and a designated driver program.
Where:
Coconut Grove
Web:
grovetoberfest.com

SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – It features the Kitchen Lab, where some of Miami’s top chefs will give demos and share secrets. Great live music and lots of activities for the young ’uns, too: bounce house, slides and interactive games.
Where:
Key Biscayne
Web:
coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD WEEK & FESTIVAL – Just after the event above ends, head over to this one. You’ll help kick off the Stone Crab season and enjoy a myriad of other seafood yummies prepared by Miami’s top chefs and restaurants. Also: live bands, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids zone, health village and VIP hospitality benefits.
Where:
Various locations in Miami Beach
Web:
sobeseafoodfest.com

GOOD EATS IN NAPLES – The Naples Foodie Camp and the Naples Stone Crab Festival coincide with each other. Foodie Camp is a 10-day event that features chef-led 90-minute cooking classes at top area restaurants. Besides great stone crab claws, the Stone Crab Festival also has live music, art and fun activities for the whole family.
Where:
Various locations in Naples
Web:
Respectively, FoodieCampNaples.com and stonecrabfestival.org

TASTE OF TAMARAC – Restaurants from this city and surrounding communities will provide delicious tastings and cooking demos. Also included: giveaways and a kids’ corner.
Where:
Tamarac
Web:
tasteoftamarac.org

NOVEMBER

JOHN OFFERDAHL’S GRIDIRON GRILL-OFF FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL – You like delicious food cooked on the grill? You like premium wine and spirits? You like country music? Want to hang with some Miami Dolphins legends? This one is for you. Celebrity chefs will provide the grilled-to-perfection eats. The musical headliner is always a top country act. Besides Offerdahl, there are always plenty of ex-Dolphin stars on hand.
Where:
Pompano Beach
Web:
gridirongrilloff.com

FEAST OF LITTLE ITALY – It’s one of the largest Italian festival in South Florida. Of course, there will be great Italian food and wine, but so much more: live music, art, a bocce pavilion, wine seminars, cooking demos and pizza and lasagna eating contests.
Where:
Jupiter
Web:
feastoflittleitaly.com

SEED FOOD & WINE WEEK – This gathering doesn’t like to be called a festival. The organizers like to think of it as a movement and a community of passionate people committed to elevating the conversation around plant-based foods, sustainability and the welfare of animals. There will be some 200 exhibitors, about 40 plant-based chefs and 30 or so vegan experts, athletes, authors and celebrities.
Where:
Miami and Miami Beach
Web:
seedfoodandwine.com

BOCA RATON WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL AND GRAND TASTING -- Enjoy unlimited food tastings, artisanal cheese village, fine Wines, craft beers, premium spirits and live entertainment. Chefs from the tri-county area Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade) gather for the Grand Tasting. The festival brings you face-to-face with those who have made their lives their craft.
Where:
Boca Raton
Web:
bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com

GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL – You are no jerk if you attend this jerk-a-thon. It features everything jerk: chicken, pork, lobster, corn, patties and even ice cream. It features cooking demonstrations and competitions, with amateur and professional chefs going head to head in a heated competition for cash, bragging rights and the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy. Top chefs demonstrate and let you sample innovative jerk recipes. Lots of live music and exciting games, too.
Where:
Miramar
Web:
jerkfestival.com

TASTE OF THE ISLANDS – This gathering includes fare prepared by 20 restaurants from Sanibel and Captiva islands and features a variety of food categories. Live music, too.
Where:
Sanibel
Web:
mustdo.com/taste-of-the-islands-sanibel-captiva

PARADISE COAST WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE -- Enjoy the Grand Tasting: a gourmet showcase by local chefs, emerging talent and nationally renowned culinary leaders who mix with patrons in a convivial setting. Lively cooking demonstrations, chef meet & greets, and seminars deliver unforgettable experiences for fans, connoisseurs and industry personalities. Indulge in the VIP experience for an hour early admittance into the experience, plus a chance to mix and mingle with chefs. Martha Stewart has been known to be a big part of this event.
Where:
Naples
Web:
paradisecoast.com

PERUFEST USA – Enjoy this gastronomical gathering and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Weekend at the same time. In addition to Peruvian and Latin cuisine, you’ll experience a show by international dancers, the “Caballo de Paso” horse show, Quinoa cooking demonstrations, cooking classes for adults and kids and competitions for Best Quinoa-based plate, Best Ceviche, Best Causa and Best Lomo Saltado.
Where:
Miami
Web:
perufestusa.com

DECEMBER

PALM BEACH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL– This fest brings together an eclectic collection of the world’s award-winning chefs, culinary personalities, authors, winemakers and mixologists to this picturesque island. Also included are specialty cocktail and hors d'oeuvre receptions, five-course dinners with premium wine pairings, kids' cooking classes and the final grand tasting and cooking competition.
Where: Palm Beach
Web: pbfwf.com

SIESTA BEACH SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – A variety of seafood, cooked fresh on site, will be available, along with plenty of meat dishes and vegetarian fare. While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups and solo acts from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds.
Where:
Siesta Key
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

SIZZLE SWFL RESTAURANT WEEK -- It’s actually two weeks long and features specially-curated two-course lunches and three-course dinners Eat your way happy across SW Florida.
Where:
Outstanding restaurants in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Marco Island and Naples.
Web:
swflrestaurantweek.com

TASTES OF MIAMI – If you haven’t yet been to the Miami Seaquarium, this festival would be a good time to go. This colorful and energetic-five day Latin & Caribbean food and music festival features an array of good eats and sounds, dance and arts and crafts. Each day, local food trucks will offer up their savory dishes. In addition, other food locations will serve churros, arepas and Tex-Mex corn. The music will be hot, too, as outstanding local bands will keep everyone on their dancing toes. Speaking of dance, Salsa and Zumba instructors will be on hand. Kids can enjoy a play area, with games and prizes, bounce houses and arts and crafts.
Where: Miami
Web: miamiseaquarium.com/tastesofmiami

Forks & Corks Wine & Food Festival is a world class weekend offering a bounty of flavors through vintner events, wine and beer tastings and food sampling from top area restaurants.

- Forks & Corks Wine & Food Festival

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest, held on a beach recently named Trip Advisor's #1 in America, features tastings from more than 30 participating restaurants, wine and craft beer, live entertainment, a live auction, and vendors.

- Clearwater Beach Taste Fest

Discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces at Seaworld Seven Seas Food Festival.

- Seaworld Seven Seas Food Festival

The BBQ & Blues Festival features five of the nation’s top BBQ rib cookers from around the country competing in a battle for the Lakeridge Winery “Rib King.”


The Top Winery Events You and the Crew Need to Hit This Summer

Summertime, and the livin&rsquo is easy. Hudson Valley wineries have become a staple in Westchester living, and we are excited for this year&rsquos lineup of music, food, events, and of course, wine. Keep reading for a selection of events hosted at New York’s finest wineries, where you can sip and savor the flavors of summer.

If that’s not enough, keep a close eye on our own upcoming Wine & Food Festival this June 4-9, during which our first-ever Food Truck Festival is set to raise the bar for what a Friday night should look like in Westchester.

For rock music fans, head toWarwick Valley Winery & Distilleryon July 7th . The &lsquoWatkins Glen Revisited&rsquo festival is a day dedicated to the 1973 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, featuring the music of The Allman Brothers, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. Enjoy live music 12pm-5pm for only $15.

Craving more Grateful Dead? Head toTorne Valley Vineyardson July 13th and 14h for their 5th Annual “We Can Share The Wine” Two-Day Music Festival, a Grateful Dead tribute from 11am to 6pm , $20.

For animal lovers, head toWhitecliff Vineyard & Wineryon June 29th for the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary benefit, &lsquoVeggies and Vino!&rsquo. Whitecliff is teaming up with Powered by Plants Consulting to help fund care for over 380 farmed animals that are victims of cruelty and neglect, giving them lifelong love and care. Tickets are $30 and include small plate tapas dishes and wine and proceeds go to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

Calling all Sangria fans. Head toRobibero Family Vineyardson July 6th and 7th for the 8th annual Sangria Festival. For $25, you&rsquoll sample 4 different sangrias, 4 wines, and take home your own Robibero logo wine glass. You&rsquoll also be entered in a raffle to win three bottles of wine (sign us up). Live music will occur on both Saturday and Sunday, and you&rsquoll have your choice of Empanada Mania or wood-fired pizza on site.

Lobster lovers, rejoice. EnjoyMillbrook Vineyard & Wineryon June 22nd for their 2019 Summer Solstice Lobster Bake. Celebrate the longest day of the year with wine, hors d&rsquooeuvres in the loft with live jazz music and beautiful views. Later on, dine in the vineyard among Millbrook&rsquos Block Two East Cabernet Franc vines, while enjoying a delicious Lobster Bake and a selection of their top Millbrook wines. Tickets are now available for $135.

Sip & paint the summer away atBaldwin Vineyards. Saturday, June 22nd the winery will offer a sip & paint session for $35, including one drink of choice and all the supplies needed to create a beautiful piece of artwork.

Looking for an event to bring your fellow beer-lover to?Brotherhood, America&rsquos Oldest Winerywill host their annual Wine & Beer Festival on July 13th . The event will feature Brotherhood&rsquos collection of wines along with local and regional craft breweries including Ballast Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence, Coney Island, Ithaca Beer Company, Keegan Ales, Magic Hat, Newburgh Brewing Company, New Belgium, Oyster Bay, Saranac , Shiner, Shipyard, Sly Fox, and Two Roads. $60 ticket will include 5 hours of wine, beer, and barbeque.

Palaia Winery will host two festivals this summer. On June 15th, join the winery for Palaia&rsquos 5th annual Celtic Fest with the AOH of Orange County. Enjoy wine and beer all day along with Irish and American food. Admission is only $10 for 6 hours of Irish fun.Head back to the winery on July 13th for The Beatles Festival. This event, too only $10, benefits the Woodbury Police PBA Charities. Kid-friendly, the event will include a bounce house and wagon rides, with wine, beer, and cider for mom and dad.

Wine on your mind all the time? Take a peek at the exciting lineup for ourWine & Food Festthis June 4-9. From the fine Italian wines featured at Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy, to our brand-new Food Truck Festival, this weekend is packed with signature experiences food and drink lovers can&rsquot resist.


Celebrity Sightings

Sometimes what you really want is a party that pairs two of your favorite things: celebrity stalking and wine tasting. And now, with the proliferation of wines either made by celebs (Rolling Stones, Greg Norman) or sporting celebrity monikers (try Marilyn Merlot?), you’re finally good to go. For maximum thematic effect, consider setting out celebrity tabloid mags (Us Weekly, Hello!) alongside the wines, and encourage your guests to dress up like their fav famous folks. Not the most cerebral party on this list, but quite possibly the most fun.


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15 National & International Wine Days to Note in 2020

March 3rd – National Mulled Wine Day

While it might make more sense for this holiday to take place in January or February, mulled wine is nevertheless a tasty way to warm up from that winter chill.

Courtesy of Unsplash | Gaby Dyson

April 17th – International Malbec Day

Also known as World Malbec Day, this day celebrates the French red wine grape that thrives in Argentina. On April 17, 1853, the president of Argentina began an initiative to transform the wine industry there. Hence, Malbec Day was started to commemorate that push.

May 1st – International Sauvignon Blanc Day

Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape that is planted in many different places around the world, but it grows especially well in New Zealand. Early May is harvest time in New Zealand and is a fitting time to celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day, which takes place on the first Friday in May each year.

May 9th – National Moscato Day

With more people than you would imagine drinking this light-bodied sweet wine, it’s a good thing there’s a day for moscato fans to celebrate, too.

May 21st – Chardonnay Day

Whether you like it extra oaky and buttery or crisp and clean, you’ll want to note that Chardonnay Day is designated the Thursday before Memorial Day in the U.S. #Chardday

May 24th – The Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris

A day to commemorate the wines of California making their world debut in France is a big deal. We say drink a great California chardonnay or cabernet to celebrate, which are the wines that beat out their French counterparts in this infamous competition.

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May 25th – National Wine Day

May is a busy month for wine lovers, but if you’re only going to celebrate one national wine holiday, don’t miss this one.

June 13th – National Rosé Day

Rosé Day is interesting because no one can agree on exactly which day it should be, but most celebrate it on the second Saturday of June each year. We think a summer holiday to recognize the pink stuff only makes sense, as there’s nothing better than a chilled glass of rosé on a hot day!

June 21st – World Lambrusco Day

This wine from Italy is really quite delicious. It can be either sweet, dry, or off-dry and it is always effervescent or slightly sparkling. Lambrusco fans have campaigned for it to have its own day worldwide, so if you haven’t already, try it &mdash it is a refreshing option on a warm summer day and pairs well with many foods. #worldlambruscoday

August 18th – Pinot Noir Day

Pinot Noir Day is always at the end of August. Kicking off pinot noir’s celebratory day is the International Pinot Noir Celebration, which takes place at the end of July in McMinnville, Oregon. It is said to be the best wine event of its kind anywhere, so proclaimed by the author of The World Atlas of Wine, Jancis Robinson, but even if you can’t make it, be sure to pop the cork on a favorite bottling.

September 3rd – Cabernet Day

Cabernet Day is the Thursday before Labor Day in the U.S., a preemptive start to what we would normally consider red wine season: fall and winter. #CabernetDay

Courtesy of David Kohler

September 18th – International Grenache Day

Established by The Grenache Association to celebrate this diverse grape, it’s a great day to enjoy a bottle of a grenache or grenache blend. After all, grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world.

November 18th – National Zinfandel Day

National Zinfandel Day takes place the third Wednesday of each November. This wine pairs great with holiday meals, so be sure to stock up on a few zinfandels to enjoy long after this particular day has passed.

November 12th – International Tempranillo Day

Tempranillo Day is another one of the few holidays that has a real honest beginning and was created by a wine association not made up by some social media or marketing wizard.

December 31st – National Champagne Day

Champagne Day has been appropriately designated December 31st, however, the first day of the year could get off to a better start with a little bubbly, too, don’t you think?

Regardless if you are a die-hard wine holiday follower or keep it more light-hearted, you really don’t need a day to drink wine, do you? Perhaps the best way to celebrate these international and national wine days is to simply support your local producers, wine shops, and wine bars throughout the year, and if you can, visit a local winery or vineyard. Cheers!

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Penny Sadler

Penny Sadler is on a quest to document the world's wine regions and explore beauty along the way. Her background as a professional makeup artist has honed her eye for fine detail, which complements her work as a travel and wine writer and photographer. In addition, she hosts wine tastings for both private and retail customers. Find Penny behind the scenes with a film crew, or wandering through vineyards with her camera. She is a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certified wino. You can follow her at Adventures of a Carry-on.



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