Friday, May 26, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

10 Best Food Festivals in Florida

Florida features some of the coolest festivals in the United States! If you’re looking for fun Florida activities for your next road trip, why not plan to hit one or two of these Florida food festivals? If you love seafood, you’re in luck! Most Florida food festivals revolve around fish and crustaceans. Even if you don’t like seafood, you’ll still be able to enjoy a meat or fruit festival. From blueberries to shrimp, there’s bound to be a Florida food festival that appeals to you! Take a gander at these top ten food festivals in Florida to whet your appetite.

 

1    Stone Crab Festival

Don’t be crabby! The Stone Crab Festival in Naples, Florida is an awesome way to kick off the fall season. Each October, enjoy a weekend packed with crab-themed fun. There are dozens of events to attend, from block parties to crab meals to ice cream and concerts. You can even take advantage of special discounts of things like boat cruises! Make plans to come again next year, because you’ll never be able to do it all in one go.
 
Stone Crab Festival
2    Blue Crab Festival

There’s more than one kind of crab in Florida, so of course there are multiple crab festivals in Florida. Memorial Day Weekend in Palatka, Florida draws people from miles around to eat crab, have fun together, and appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of past and present American soldiers. The festival includes carnival rides, concerts, creative activities, a market, and a parade.
 
Blue Crab Festival
3    Florida Keys Seafood Festival

It’s no secret that winter in the Florida Keys is a warm and sunny time! January in Key West brings more than just sunshine. It also brings the much-anticipated Florida Keys Seafood Festival! This two-day food fest features all kinds of vendors, from fishermen to crafters. There’s also plenty of activities, including live music, kids’ games, and raffles. If you love all kinds of seafood, this is the perfect event to taste it all!
 
Florida Keys Seafood Festival
4    Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Take a trip to Amelia Island in Northeast Florida for a taste of the Shrimp Festival! The weekend begins with a scholarship pageant and opening ceremonies, and continues with a Pirate Parade, concerts, fireworks, and more. Over the weekend, there will be many pirate activities for the kids, fun for the crews of the shrimp boats, and plenty of tasty shrimp for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy this fun and crazy weekend with your whole family!
 
Isle Of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
5    Bacon and Bourbon Fest

Head to Wellington, Florida for the ever-popular Bacon and Bourbon fest! If meat and drinks get you excited, then you can’t miss out on this fun festival. The event includes gastronomic delights such as the various bourbon tastings and a bacon meal, but you can also add your whiskey knowledge base by attending the seminar on American and Irish whiskey.
 
Bacon And Bourbon Fest
6    Florida Key Lime Pie Festival

Who doesn’t love pie? This favorite American dessert (with a Floridian touch, of course) is celebrated annually in Port Canaveral. Pie competitions, pie eating competitions, and the Key Lime Margarita Challenge are the highlights of the event. Although the pies alone are worth the trip, festival goers are also treated to performances and entertainment.
 
Florida Key Lime Pie Festival.
7    Key West Lobsterfest

What’s Florida without lobsters? Tasteless, that’s what. Celebrate these delicious crustaceans in Key West each summer! The festival is like a great, big party filled with lobster delicacies and fun activities. A street fair, a sail on a catamaran, free concerts, and (of course) the lobster boil are just some of the activities that make this festival one of Florida’s best.
 
Key West Lobsterfest
8    Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival

If you’re not a Floridian, dining on frog legs may not sound exactly fantastic to you. But you can’t know if you like it until you try it, right? Learn just how delectable this gourmet dish can be when you visit Fellsmere, Florida! Dine on frog legs and gator tails in between browsing the craft stalls and enjoying the amusement park rides. Who knew there were so many people who want to celebrate frog legs.
 
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
9    Florida Blueberry Festival

I think we can all agree that blueberry anything is pretty much amazing. If you love blueberries, come to Brooksville to sample blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, and even blueberry wine! Learn about the health benefits of blueberries while enjoying live music, dining on great food, exploring the vendor booths, and having fun with the whole family. There are also several fun and unique events, like the pre-festival plein air art contest and some goofy entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else. Of course, be sure to dress in blue so that you can blend in with the theme and the crowd!
 
Florida Blueberry Festival
10    National Cuban Sandwich Festival

Miami and Tampa go head to head at the National Cuban Sandwich Festival in Tampa! Who has the best, most authentic Cuban sandwich? Taste the delicious creations by chefs who hail from both cities. Culinary and cultural bragging rights go to the winning city. Who determines the winner? Cuban-American celebrities, of course.
Which festival sounds the best to you? Did you put any of these on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!
 
National Cuban Sandwich Festival

 

Florida has more than just amazing theme parks. With great year-round weather, Florida is food festival central. Come nosh at these tasty celebrations featuring everything from stone crabs to blueberries!
 

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