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Fish to Fork Weekend Showcases Florida’s Culinary Talent

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When resort managing director Donald Stamets asked Linkie Marais, chef and lifestyle expert from Boston, Massachusetts, what her current state of mind was on Thursday night, she responded with, “Tequila!” But no one on the trip suspected that the liquor — or that kind of light-heartedness — would feature so heavily in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s Fish to Fork culinary weekend. Rather, tequila ended up being the secret ingredient that Marais and five other chefs would have to use in a Top Chef-style team showdown Saturday evening. Before the team competition, though, the chefs also had to compete individually, only using fish that they would catch themselves off the northeast coast of Florida.

The competition, which about 300 people attended, didn’t feel like a huge event. For VIP package guests, it started out Thursday night, with a very unordinary dinner at the resort’s Marsh View Bar and Grill. But dinner wasn’t held in the restaurant. Rather, executive chef Daven Wardynski and his team prepared a long, family-style table outside on the grass, overlooking the marsh and the sunset. The unexpected thing the culinary weekend provided was a sense of community, and that dinner set the stage for it.

The air smelled like saltwater, fresh grass, and dewy moss, which hung down from trees across the resort, giving the island the feel of a southern Gothic novel. The marsh dinner featured dishes that sounded ordinary and homegrown, but they were only the latter: tomato soup, deviled eggs, boiled shrimp, and blackberry cobbler. The presentation brought the dishes from traditionally southern to rustic chic. The deviled eggs, for example, were placed in individual glass trays, which were held by carved tree branches. The blackberry cobbler was served hot on a heavy black skillet, which we passed around the table and then covered with homemade vanilla ice cream.

All of the ingredients for each of Wardynski’s meals were sourced locally (even one of the tequilas we tasted during the Rum & Tequila Experience was barreled just for the resort), and so it would only make sense that for the Fish to Fork weekend, all of the chefs had to fish for their own ingredients. Before dinner, the chefs each reached into a tin bucket full of water and pulled out a small boat, each of which had the kind of fishing they would do written on its underside. The choices were backwater fishing, deep sea fishing, and fly fishing.

I ended up on a backwater fishing boat at the crack of dawn with Kathleen Blake, chef and owner of The Rusty Spoon in Orlando, Florida. Thankfully, we didn’t need enough fish to actually feed 300 people, because we only caught about five, and two weren’t legal. But man, was the pressure on. We ended up with two red fish and one flounder, and Blake had to use whichever variety she caught more of.


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Beautiful Bobby is an excellent entertainer who specializes in contemporary southern soul/blues & classic R & B music. He performs both as a solo act and with his band the B3 Blues Band, and has opened for legendary acts like Buddy Guy and BB King.

Bobby comes from a long line of polished blues guitarists from Texas. He hails from Athens, Texas (black eye peas capitol) and started his musical adventure there at the age of 16 with additional on-the-gig training around Austin, Tx playing with older musicians.

You'll be sure to enjoy one of the best live shows in the business when you attend Beautiful Bobby Blackmon's high energy show.

Jeff Whitfield is a Central Florida native who has unbridled passion for music. He grew up listening to Elvis, Motown, Rock and Blues. When he was 12, his mother bought him a guitar for his birthday. Between his old six string and the family piano, the love affair began. Throughout his school days, Jeff became a part of music at every opportunity. He sang in school choir and church, as well as playing in his high school jazz band. As a senior in high school, Jeff began performing at local eateries and pubs. The ball just kept rolling.

Jeff attended college for a while, but his passion for performance took over. He began by releasing his first album, " Kindred Bridges" as an independent when he was just 22. Jeff made the rounds in the Central Florida music scene playing an average of 200 shows per year. He later released, " Imaginary Way" with his band Macha Gray, but the band broke up soon after. Today, Jeff Whitfield is still doing what he is passionate about. his new release "Choices" is getting much acclaim and interest from listeners. Jeff calls what he does, " music for your soul, organic and honest tunes that you can connect to in a personal way."

Joe Hand is a professional producer, writer, and musician. He can't golf, climb rocks or skydive. Music is what he does. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Joe is a multi-instrumentalist whose writing style leans towards live music, played by skillful living breathing people.

The Dave Capp Project featuring Ms. France Neil is Orlando's new premiere Variety Band. DCP combines the talents of professional musicians and plays a variety of styles, including jazz, blues, pop, ballads, R&B, Motown and rock.

DCP was nominated by the Orlando Weekly Reader's Poll as "Best Jazz Act of 2015 & 2016." Some of the venues DCP has played at include House of Blues at Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, The College Park Jazz Festival, Harbor Nights at Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Harry P. Leu Gardens, the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festical, The Daytona 500, Hard Rock and The Plaza Theatre. Dave plays saxophone for the Blues Brother's Show at Universal Studios. Vocalist France Neil is well-known in Central Florida and sang in the "Lion King Show" at Disney World for many years.

Check out The Dave Capp Project on YouTube.

Neil “Real Deal” Shaw. Hails from across the pond. Sheffield, England to be precise. A regular at Lakeridge with his band SHAWLINE ROCKIN’ BLUES. Travelled throughout Europe gigging at every U.S. Airforce base. Portugal, Spain, Italy, Scicilly, Greece and Turkey.

Solo, Neil does play some blues, however, it’s mixed in with a wide variety of popular hits and more. Neil, a 30 year veteran of the Fender Stratocaster guitar, first learned to play guitar, on the night shift, at the local coal mine, YES that’s right, a coal mine !

The Ambassador of Rock 'n Soul, Billy Buchanan & his Rock 'n Soul Revue are at your service! This nonstop, no holds barred show is an authentic, jawdropping homage to The Pioneers. Buchanan channels soul greats like Ray Charles, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Stax icons, Motown superstars, and many more with ease. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, the city where DJ Alan Freed first coined the phrase "Rock and Roll", Billy Buchanan has a deep musical heritage.

Digging into his father's LPs at a very young age, he became a disciple of all the soul, blues, and rock trailblazers. Not only does this gritty song and dance man belt out the classics like nobody’s business, he is an exceptional, award winning songwriter. In his original music, you can hear the backbeat rhythms and musical influences of all the artists he admires.

Guitarist Rusty Wright has drawn on his family's Southern roots and a wealth of blues, Southern rock and legendary blues rock influences to craft his uniquely bluescentric sound that leans on duet-style songs and showcases his flamboyant guitar style. Singer guitarist Laurie LaCross-Wright spent years touring the country with bands and as a solo entertainer before joining forces with Rusty in 1998. Since forming the five-piece Rusty Wright Band in 2004 Rusty & Laurie have reached a global audience with five acclaimed albums of original works, a syndicated PBS concert, performances at top blues events across three continents and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame® as a Master Blues Artist. The couple enjoys duo performance opportunities that allow their songs and the stories behind them to shine in the warmth of an intimate setting. Along with tunes from everyone's favorite blues artists they will also be performing tunes from their extensive catalog of music, including songs from their Billboard Top 10 album “Wonder Man.”

David Julia is in his teens and dead serious about the blues. It is not surprising that at the young age of seven he began performing right here in Clermont, Florida. On Stage it definitely shows. David is in a blues zone confidently playing the music he believes in and lives to perform. With his sultry voice and masterful guitar licks, David at age sixteen along with his band of seasons professionals won the Suncoast Blues Challenge and gained national recognition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The guitarist, band leader, singer/songwriter and entertainer will be releasing his second CD in October with a tour to follow.

Jess Emery is a local musician based out of Ocala who has been entertaining audiences with his own mix of music that includes hits from the 70’s, to country, to more modern selections. He has opened for national acts at the Rock Crusher Canyon and performs at a variety of other venues.

Since graduating from G.I.T in 1982, Tony Scozzaro has covered styles from Rock to Jazz. He has played with and opened for some noteworthy players such as Albert Collins,Slash, Mike Stern and most recently Buddy Guy. Since moving from Buffalo to St Augustine over 10 yrs ago, Tony has played in a number of bands and is currently working in the Buffalo Rose Duo with Pamela Faucett. Tony's solo gig is an eclectic mix of originals and arrangements of some popular artists such as The Beatles, Stevie Wonder,Jimi Hendrix, as well as some Classical and Blues.

Rob Hazen is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and livestreamer based out of Florida. He's performed 250+ shows per year for the last 7 years as a one man band, developing and branding his own unique style of funky, dynamic guitar-driven live-looping. His 2018 solo EP SOUL was released by Kingside Recordings (Rome, IT) singles from SOUL charted top 10 on iTunes in France and Trinidad & Tobago. Hazen's collabs have seen hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube, have charted number 1 on radio stations in 7 countries in Europe and Asia, and have been used in movies and festival promotional campaigns.

Kelly Jarrard is a twenty-eight year old singer-songwriter from Stockbridge, Georgia. Self-taught on guitar, by the age of thirteen Kelly began writing her own material influenced by the Motown, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, and Jazz music that surrounded her growing up. During high school, Jarrard was a member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the All-State Reading Choir, while taking advantage of every performance opportunity given. Furthering her studies, Kelly graduated with honors from Clayton State University with a Bachelors degree in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance. Since then you may have heard Kelly aboard the Disney Wonder® as she performed around the coast of Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Canada, Alaska, and the United States.

She now resides in Central Florida as a full time musician gigging in local hotspots awaiting the release of her debut album, “It’s Time” produced by Billy Chapin (Don Henley, Backstreet Boys, OTown). Kelly wants her love of the artists that influenced her (Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye) to shine through on her original compositions. “My goal is to provide listeners with something hip yet soulfully raw.” says, Kelly. Make sure to follow Kelly on her musical adventure on social media in order to hear sneak peaks, as well as the latest news from her new album.

Learn more about Kelly at kellyjarrardmusic.com

Phil Lindsay

Phil is a native of Rochester, NY, and a student of classical piano. Phil was inspired by the Beatles and began his musical journey playing in High School bands. As his band "The Scene," gained popularity they were opening for top artists of the time including Wayne Newton, The Turtles, and others.

During his tour in the Army, Phil learned to play guitar and entertained his fellow troops.

Phil has continued playing throughout his professional career joining bands in New York and Florida as he became a husband and father. Phil's experience playing keyboards allows him to cover music enjoyed over the decades evoking their vocal and musical styles.

Phil donates his time playing at his church and performs with the Jay Rubin Band at area venues in The Villages, including City Fire at both locations, Brownwood and Lake Sumter. Phil also leads the Hawthorne Hackers, a band dedicated to playing within his community with fellow band member, Michael McDonald.

Michael McDonald

Michael is a native of Jamestown, NY and raised in Atlanta, GA. Michael fell in love with music at an early age, with his mom giving him his first guitar. Michael is a self-taught guitarist and was also influenced by the Beatles playing in High School bands. As he grew into his own, so did his love for Rock n' Roll performing the Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, just to name a few. He also enjoys playing Country Rock. Michael sings and plays Acoustic and Electric guitar.

As Michael continued his career path, he led a Contemporary Christian Band traveling throughout Georgia in the 90’s through 2003. Michael pursued his love of music as a solo singer/guitarist performing in the Atlanta area at venues and organization events.

Phil & Mike’s Music features the talents of two musicians who genuinely enjoy their craft. Phil and Mike complement each other’s styles as they perform classic rock and more.


CENTRAL FLORIDA

JANUARY

FELLSMERE FROG LEG FESTIVAL – For a true, down-home, small-town festival experience, look no further than the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, which is exactly what it sounds like: platters of delicious frog legs served with grits, cole slaw and hush puppies. For the squeamish, there’s also the less adventurous gator tail as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, candy apples and other festival food fare.
Where: Fellsmere
Web: froglegfestival.com

SARASOTA SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL - Grouper and stone crabs and oysters, oh my! This three-day festival offers fabulous, fresh food as well as live R&B, rock, soul, jazz and Caribbean performances by some of Florida’s top bands. A marketplace brimming with arts, crafts and fine products rounds out the fun.
Where: Sarasota
Web: seafoodfestivals.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA RUM AND FOOD EXPERIENCE – Rum aficionados, rum collectors or simply rum-curious folks will have a blast at this festival designed to both educate and entertain. The ticket includes rum tastings, unlimited food tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations by local chefs and mixologists, as well as live music.
Where: Lakeland
Web: rumandfood.com

ST. PETE BEER & BACON FESTIVAL – Two indulgent favorites – beer and bacon! – come together in sweet harmony at a beautiful waterfront park. Choose drink samples from more than 100 varieties of craft beer, wine and liquor from local breweries and distilleries while eating your way through more than 60 bacon-heavy dishes offered by national and local BBQ joints and food truck vendors.
Where:
St. Petersburg
Web: stpetebeerandbacon.com

LAKELAND PIGFEST -- Join the more than 150 competition barbecue teams for a weekend of good eats, good friends and good tunes. Stop by a Pig Bucks booth (located near the entrance and various locations throughout) and exchange your cash for Pig Bucks, the official currency of the Lakeland Pigfest.
Where: Lakeland
Web: lakelandpigfest.org

KUMQUAT FESTIVAL – It honors the small, squat little citrus fruit and draws tens of thousands of visitors. Hundreds of vendors attempt to rise to the challenge of creating various kumquat jams, syrups, pastries, smoothies, ice creams and salsas.
Where: Downtown Dade City
Web: kumquatfestival.org

KEY LIME FESTIVAL– Florida’s Space Coast pays homage to the state’s signature citrus fruit, the esteemed key lime. Try several variations of a key lime pie, including in a martini or a margarita, and watch the spectacle that is the key lime pie-eating contest or applaud as Miss Florida Key Lime Pie is crowned.
Where: Merritt Island
Web: facebook.com/key-lime-pie-festival

FORKS & CORKS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – This world class weekend offers a bounty of flavors through vintner events, wine and beer tastings and food sampling from top area restaurants. A charity wine auction and live music are also on the schedule. Spring for the VIP package and get a $150 wine voucher.
Where:
Sarasota
Web:
eatlikealocal.com/forksandcorks

PIGZ IN Z’HILLS BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL – It’s a friendly BBQ competition amidst a steady background of blues music. Also included: a business expo, cornhole tournament, kids zone, the Swine & Shine car show, an aviation showcase and a military history museum.
Where:
Zephyrhills
Web:
zephyrhillschamber.org/bbq-blues

ENTERPRISE CHILI COOK-OFF – A quaint historic town holds its chili cook-off, offering several types of chili to hungry guests.
Where
: Enterprise
Web
: oldenterprise.org

FEBRUARY

ST. PETE BEACH SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – This three-day festival promises the perfect recipe for a great time, blending delectable seafood creations with outstanding live musical performances and a marketplace of arts, crafts and select fine products.
Where: St. Pete Beach
Web: seafoodfestivals.com

SEAWORLD SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL -- As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces. The fun goes beyond the food, with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music acts. It usually starts in February and runs through April, but only on weekends.
Where: Orlando
Web: seaworld.com/seven-seas-food-festival

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL – Guests come from near and far to discover not only creative ways to enjoy strawberries, but also to see exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, live entertainment, horticulture, and crafts. This 11-day festival sometimes stretches into March.
Where: Plant City
Web: flstrawberryfestival.com

ORLANDO CHILI COOK-OFF
-- It began as a small gathering of friends and chili lovers, and has now become a regional event attracting cooks and attendees throughout Central Florida and the southeastern states. Teams can win trophies and prizes for the best chili. Also, a best-in-showmanship award will be presented for the most entertaining chili team.
Where: Orlando
Web: visitorlando.com/chili-cook-off

SUNWEST CRAB & SHRIMP FESTIVAL -- This event brings thousands of individuals to SunWest Park with 3 days of live bands, crab races, carnival rides, Big Storm Brewing beer garden, crafter & business vendors, photo booths, a kids area and a myriad of seafood options.
Where:
Hudson
Web: simplyeventsfl.com/crab-shrimp-festival

ART & SEAFOOD ON THE WATERFRONT – Some of the Tampa area’s best restaurants and food trucks will provide attendees with delicious seafood. A juried art show rounds out this two-day festival.
Where:
Safety Harbor
Web:
safetyharborchamber.com/on-the-waterfront

ST. SOPHIA GREEK FESTIVAL -- Come and enjoy a taste of Greek culture, Greek food, and Greek entertainment. A Sweetheart Dance has been added for those who want to enjoy the festival but still want to sneak a little dance with their spouses, boyfriends and girlfriend and partners. OPA!!
Where:
Winter Haven
Web:
facebook.com/StSophiaWinterHaven

CLEARWATER SEA-BLUES FESTIVAL -- A stroll through the food village will surround you with aromas of fresh grouper, Cajun shrimp, large dishes of paella, and that's only the beginning. There are also other options for non-seafood lovers. Attendees will be entertained by five musical acts each day.
Where:
Clearwater
Web:
myclearwaterevents.com/sea-blues-festival

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO FOOD & WINE FEST --- The tradition continues as more than 20,000 foodies and wine lovers experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe. The two-day fest features mouth-watering dishes from more than 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines and live entertainment.
Where:
Orlando
Web:
festivalnet.com/Downtown-Food-Wine-Fest

TAMPA BAY JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL -- Shop the vendors, let your kids enjoy the kids zone, listen to the wonderful live music and eat some delicious traditional Jewish food and drinks. Here are just some of the mouthwatering eats that will be available: handmade baked goods, matzo ball & chicken soup from scratch, scrumptious corned beef & pastrami from the famous Carnegie Deli, knishes, noodle kugel, bagels & lox, kosher falafel and hot dogs.
Where:
Clearwater
Web:
tampabayjewishfoodfestival.com

LAKERIDGE WINERY AND VINEYARDS WINE & SEAFOOD FEST – To kick off Florida’s beautiful spring weather, the winery hosts its signature event featuring its own cuvee blanc, chardonnay, ports and other types of wine, as well as beer, soft drinks and a variety of seafood specialties. Complimentary tastings and tours are included.
Where: Clermont
Web: lakeridgewinery.com

ST. PETE 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 and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products are also on tap.
Where:
St. Petersburg
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

TAMPA THEATRE WINE FEST – Each year, the theatre has a different movie-themed name (Example: For 2020 it is Cabbyshack). You will taste exceptional wines and delectable food from the area’s finest independent restaurants and have the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
TampaTheatre.org/WineFest

DESSERT WARS TAMPA – Hang out at one of Tampa’s coolest marketplace lounge of cafes, counter-service restaurants and bars and sample desserts from some of the best pastry chefs, cooks and bakers in town, all vying for the Dessert Champion title. The event will offer a wide array of sweets from cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts and creative concoctions that don’t fit any of the categories but are tasty nonetheless.
Where:
Tampa
Web: facebook.com/events

FLORIDA FOOD & BREWS FESTIVAL – It brings the finest that the Tampa Bay region and other parts of Florida have to offer: delicious dishes and desserts – including vegan and gluten-free – from local restaurants and food trucks, craft beer, musicians, wiener dog races, unique handmade clothing and gifts and other fun goodies.
Where:
Pinellas Park
Web:
foodandbrewsfestival.com

CHOCOLATE & CHEESE FESTIVAL — Sweet and salty? Yes, please. But hold the phone, because this fest isn’t just about eating. There also contests! How quickly can you lick liquid chocolate from a bowl without using your hands? Do you love cheese so much you can identify six different cheeses in a blind tasting? Other than chocolate and cheese vendors, there will be live music, arts and crafts vendors and a kids zone.
Where:
Crystal River
Web: bestfloridafest.com/chocolate-cheese-festival

FLORIDA CRAFT BREW & WINGFEST – Sample hundreds of delicious craft brews, including rare selections and high quality local home brews. Fill your belly with a variety of chicken wings prepared by local chefs and amateur competitors vying for glory in the wing competition. Bring the family to chill on the lawn and jam to the bands, taking in the sun and fun. If you want a full cup of beer, stroll over to one of four beer trucks.
Where:
Vero Beach
Web:
floridacraftbrewandwingfest.com

MARCH

GRANT SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – A scrumptious menu of succulent seafood is accompanied by more than 100 crafters and live entertainment. All the seafood is cooked by members of the local community.
Where:
Grant City
Web:
grantseafoodfestival.com

FLORAL CITY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -- There will be plenty of activities for all ages including craft vendors, live entertainment, the Miss Strawberry Pageant, children's activities, and boatloads of fresh strawberries straight from the award-winning Ferris Farms. Don't forget the mouth-watering strawberry shortcake!
Where:
Floral City
Web:
gostrawberryfest.com

TAMPA BAY BEER WEEK – Actually, it’s nine days long and once again, with more than 70 local craft beer makers and specialty brews on hand, shows why the Tampa area has become a beer hotbed. Tastings and beer dinners abound.
Where:
Various locations in the Tampa area
Web:
tampabaybeerweek.com

SPACE COAST SEAFOOD & MUSIC FEST – Fresh delicious seafood will be provided by local and national vendors. It’s a family-oriented event that includes a wide selection of fantastic seafood, top flight entertainment (the Charlie Daniels Band and Travis Tritt have appeared in the past), an arts & crafts show, a pirate festival, parade and a kids zone.
Where:
Viera
Web:
portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com

TASTE OF BRANDON -- Come enjoy tastes from your favorite restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Cast your vote for the Best Taste Award and Best Dessert Award. Also included: beer and wine tastings, live music and fun for the whole family.
Where:
Brandon
Web:
brandonchamber.com/taste-of-brandon

TASTE OF OVIEDO -- Come enjoy delicious dishes from the best local restaurants while the kids enjoy rides and other activities. With live music, refreshing drinks and mouthwatering food, it's not just fun for the whole family, it's fun for the whole town and visitors.
Where:
Oviedo
Web:
tasteofoviedo.org

SHRIMPFEST & CRAFT BREW HULLABALLOO – It’s three days of shrimp, craft brews, live music, vendors and activities for kids. A featured event is a shrimp cook-off that pits restaurants against food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs and spend the day under the oaks listening to music, drinking beer and wine and chowing down on shrimp, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza. Spend some time at the Space Coast Harley Davidson virtual reality simulator that will be at the event all weekend.
Where:
Sebastian
Web:
shrimpfestfl.com

BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL -- This lengthy fest starts in early March and ends in late April, but it is only held on Saturdays and Sundays. It offers a variety of great food, wine, craft beers, cocktails and entertainment. Some of the biggest musical acts in the country will take the stage Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
buschgardens.com/food-and-wine-festival

SANDY SHOES SEAFOOD & BREW – In addition to the large selection of local seafood, there will be a craft beer pavilion, demonstrations by local celebrity chefs, seaplane rides, more than 100 artists displaying their wares, a Chowder Cup competition, a Citrus Squeeze-Off and a kids zone.
Where:
Fort Pierce
Web:
sandyshoesseafoodandbrew.com

WINE FESTIVAL OF CENTRAL FLORIDA – A superb selection of fine wines and gourmet samplings from area chefs and restaurants will be available. But wait, there’s more: micro-brewed beers, liquor tastings and live music.
Where:
Lakeland
Web:
winefestivalofcentralflorida.com

ORLANDO/KISSIMMEE CUBAN SANDWICH FESITVAL AND THE TAMPA CUBAN SANDWICH FESTIVAL– Yes, there are two Cuban sandwich festivals in March. An attempt is always made to create the biggest Cuban sandwich in the world. Besides that and yummy individual Cuban sandwiches, there will be other kinds of food, beef, wine, live music and dance performances and lots of activities for kids.
Where:
Kissimmee and Tampa
Web:
thecubansandwichfestival.com

ZOOBREWS @ ZOOTAMPA – Wine lovers will sip bold and decadent wines, beer enthusiasts will savor a variety of craft brews and mixologoists will create innovative cocktails. Foodies can indulge in perfect pairings to match their choice of drink. Guests will encounter amazing wildlife and dance the night away to live music in a lush tropical garden.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
zootampa.org/zoobrews

APRIL

COCOA BEACH UNCORKED – This weekend event recognizes the area’s most celebrated chefs, restaurants and breweries while serving up a 180-degree ocean view. It’s your ticket to unwind and wiggle your toes in the sand while enjoying the finest food, craft beers and wine in this popular destination.
Where:
Cocoa Beach
Web:
CocoaBeachUncorked.com

FLORIDA WINEFEST & AUCTION -- You are invited to sip and sample some of the world's best wine on the shore of Sarasota Bay, dine and dance in the streets of downtown, savor the flavors of local chefs and raise your bid paddle for some of the best auction lots in the wine business.
Where:
Sarasota
Web:
floridawinefest.org

SEBRING SODA FESTIVAL – Join in the fizzy family fun at this two-day celebration of carbonation in downtown Sebring. The nostalgic event offers hundreds of craft sodas that you can sample, as well as a classic car show, live entertainment, art and craft vendors, pop-up stores, food options and a kids zone.
Where: Sebring
Web: visitsebring.com/soda-festival

BLUEGRASS AND BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL – Blue may become your favorite color after a day at this , which offers live entertainment, vendors, raffles, BBQ and a kids zone.
Where: Avon Park
Web: avonparkrotaryblueberryfestival.com

FORT PIERCE OYSTER FESTIVAL – A lot to choose from: Oysters Casino, Oysters Mexicali, oyster stew, grilled oysters, raw oysters, fried oysters. While oyster lovers get their fill, festival goers will also contribute to a better ecosystem as shells will be gathered for oyster reef restoration projects. Kids (or anyone who doesn’t love the bivalves) can nosh on other delicious dishes.
Where: Downtown Fort Pierce
Web: ftpierceoysterfest.com

TAMPA BAY SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Enjoy great 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 music by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit.
Where:
Tampa Bay
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

FESTA ITALIANA – Historic Ybor City is known for its Cuban roots thanks to its former cigar-rolling jobs, but the district also likes to honor its Italian culture as well. The Festa Italiana kicks off with a wine party featuring more than 70 wines, as well as Italian antipasti, cuisine and desserts. It ends with the main event, during which dozens of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and catering companies serve delicious dishes and tastings.
Where: Tampa
Web: festaitalianatampa.com

FLORIDA WINEFEST AND AUCTION – The highlight of this four-day fundraising event is undoubtedly the massive amounts of food served by various area restaurants and banquet halls. But there is more, too: a street party featuring seafood and meat dishes, a lunch tasting, a brunch tasting and several wine tastings, including the final soiree, Wine on the Water.
Where: Sarasota
Web: floridawinefest.org

ROTARY CLUB CATFISH FESTIVAL – Catfish dinners, fingerlings and filet sandwiches are the main draw, but there is plenty of other food, such as burgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, fresh strawberry shortcake, frogs’ legs and swamp cabbage. Also: live music, games for kids, arts and crafts vendors and a parade.
Where:
Crescent City
Web:
facebook.com/C.C.CatfishFestival

DESOTO SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Over the past 30 years, this three-day fest has evolved to become one of the largest in Manatee County. Besides the great seafood, it features live music, arts & crafts and fun for the entire family.
Where:
Palmetto
Web:
desotosff.com

BERN’S WINE FEST – You have eight days to indulge in all your wildest culinary and wine fantasies. It was created to allow unique food and wine experiences with the area's most talented culinary teams complemented by the best wines from around the world.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
bernswinefest.com

BEER & BURGER THROWDOWN -- This event features free samples from six local craft brewers and 40 different burgers from 14 of the best nearby burger joints. Attendees vote for the best burger and craft beer. There will be live music, competitions, outdoor games, and of course, beer and burgers galore.
Where:
Safety Harbor
Web:
simplyeventsfl.com/beer-burger-throw-down

TASTE OF WINTER PARK – More than 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners will offer their fare at this event. All-inclusive tickets include samples of signature dishes, beverages and desserts.
Where:
Winter Park
Web:
winterpark.org/taste-of-winter-park

TASTE @ THE STRAZ – This gathering of food groupies and craft beer brewers used to be known as the Best of Tampa Bay. It may have a new name, but the same great time will be had by attendees. It’s an evening of all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink fun, with three stages of live music. There will be full open bars and more than 50 of the best local restaurants represented.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
strazcenter.org/bestoftampabay

NEW SMYRNA BEACH WINE & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – It features a large selection of wines from California’s Napa and Sonoma regions, as well as international vintages. Participants will discover new wines and an array of gourmet food. The fest showcases some 250 wines with food pairings from top area chefs.
Where:
New Smyrna Beach
Web:
nsbwinefest.com

TAMPA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL -- Every year, Keel and Curley Winery and Keel Farms celebrate the Spring Blueberry Harvest with two days of fun for the whole family. The fest serves up live music, a kids area, u-pick ’em blueberries, wine tasting, food vendors and crafts vendors.
Where:
Plant City
Web: keelfarms.com/festivals

ST. ARMANDS 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 performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit.
Where:
Sarasota
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

CLEARWATER BEACH TASTE FEST – This 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.
Where: Clearwater Beach
Web: clearwaterbeachtastefest.com

ANNUAL WINDSOR ZUCCHINI FESTIVAL Zucchini is no longer plentifully harvested in Windsor but that’s beside the point. Channel your artistic skills during one of the zucchini-carving contests, cheer on the contestants of the Duke of Zuke and Zuqueenie Pageant and sample unusual zucchini-flavored treats like cornbread and ice cream.
Where: Windsor Volunteer Fire Department
Web: windsor-z-news.org

WINE QUEST WINE TASTING & AUCTION – This two-night event features wines from around the world and exquisite cuisine. Friday night’s tickets include access to the Grand Tasting of more than 200 wines from wineries all over the world and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the gourmet chefs at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Saturday night’s tickets include a 5-course exquisite dining experience with wine pairings. Both nights will include raffles, games, and auctions. Cocktail attire is requested.
Where:
Orlando
Web:
questinc.org/winequest

NEWBERRY WATERMELON FESTIVAL – Locals and visitors alike have been coming to this watermelon-a-thon since 1946. The festival schedule includes a parade, festival kick-off auction, live music and crowning of the Watermelon Queen.
Where:
Newberry
Web:
festivalnet.com/Newberry-Watermelon-Festival

SEAGRAPES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL -- It provides guests with an unforgettable evening featuring more than 100 types of wine, food from numerous premier restaurants, a full night of entertainment, including access to all the Florida Aquarium’s vibrant exhibits that feature over 8,000+ animals and plants that call the Aquarium home, and a silent auction. Guests can bid on an impressive array of auction items that appeal to adventurers, arts and culture buffs, fashionistas, sports fans, luxury travelers and gourmands.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
flaquarium.org/pressroom/seagrapes

TAMPA BAY MARGARITA FESTIVAL – This fest includes a wide variety of margaritas, a lineup of top bands and a huge fireworks show to end the night. All margaritas are handcrafted with fresh ingredients by professional bartenders. Also included will be great food options, shopping and games.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
tampamargaritafest.com

FOOD & WINE ON THE PINE -- This island event will showcase the best wine, art, food and music the area has to offer. Enjoy an upscale culinary event that highlights 25 of the area’s locally owned restaurants. Pair your choices with a variety of over 30 wines and craft beers. There are various art attractions planned throughout the day, including a juried art show with 30 local fine artists showcasing a variety of mediums. Bring your little ones to enjoy a children’s art and activity area. Actors will be amongst the crowds, dressed in period costumes telling the tales of Anna Maria Island’s history. There will be musical performances all day long in different genres with something for everyone to enjoy.
Where:
Anna Maria Island
Web:
annamaria.com/food-and-wine-on-pine

TAMPA RIVERFEST -- Events include a full concert line-up, Wiener Dog Derby, Gasparilla Stand-up Paddle board Invasion, Tampa Bay Pride Band, TacoFest, beer bars, margarita bar, Taste of the Riverwalk and Hillsborough County School kid performances. Additionally, many of the venues, museums, bars, and restaurants along the Riverwalk have special activities that day.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
thetampariverwalk.com/riverfest

CHIEFLAND WATERMELON FESTIVAL – Delicious watermelon is the main draw but other activities include a parade, seed-spitting contest, biggest (in pounds) watermelon contest, the selection of the festival queen, a watermelon auction, arts & crafts and lots of children’s activities.
Where:
Chiefland
Web:
chieflandwomansclub.org/watermelon-festival

DUNEDIN ORANGE FESTIVAL – In a town known for its history of oranges, orange groves and citrus packing, this festival became a natural fit in 2010 and has been going strong ever since. Sample some contest entries in the local restaurant Mojo Cook-Off Contest, or try some fruity ice cream, smoothies and juice blends.
Where: Dunedin
Web: dunedinorangefestival.com

CHILI COOK-OFF -- Treasure Coast residents and visitors have come to know and love the great food, fun and live entertainment this event has to offer. Each year there is a new and exciting theme and guests come to see up to 40 teams compete for awards based on best chili, team spirit and fundraising.
Where:
Fort Pierce
Web:
bgcofslc.org/chili-cook

AUGUST

HARVEST GRAPE STOMP – As fall approaches, that means it is time for grape-stomping competitions. It’s the perfect family outing. Listen to continuous live music the entire weekend. Lakeridge Winery wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available.
Where:
Clermont
Web:
lakeridgewinery.com/harvest-grape-stomp

SEPTEMBER

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – If it’s at Walt Disney World, you know it’s going to be magical. Here, you’ll “dine around the world” with tasting events and enjoy big-name entertainment, plus culinary demonstrations and seminars on mixology, beverages and cheeses. It usually starts in late August or early September and runs through almost the end of November.
Where: Orlando
Web: epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival

WINE & CHEESE FESTIVAL – This relatively new event will feature all the Lakeridge Winery festival standards, such as live music and a variety of food. But this one features wine and cheese, either separately or paired.
Where:
Clermont
Web:
lakeridgewinery.com/wine-and-cheese

CLEARWATER BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK – It’s actually almost two weeks long and gives you the chance to sample some of the area’s top-notch dining or casual fare, all it super low prices. It all begins with a kick-off party that features beer and wine tastings, music and fireworks.
Where
: Clearwater Beach
Web
: clearwaterbeachrestaurantweek.com

I LIKE IT HOT! FESTIVAL – If you like it hot – we’re talking mouth-burning, tear-jerking, forehead-sweating spicy – you’ll likely meet your match at this event. The toughest of palates, as well as those who like it considerably milder, can try hundreds of gourmet and novelty foods, including beef jerky, sauces, salsas, jellies, rubs, lollipops and straight-up raw hot peppers.
Where
: Largo
Web
: ilikeithotfestival.com/

OCTOBER

CEDAR KEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL - The historic fishing town celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic food, a parade, more than 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, live music on a clam boat stage in the beachside park and loads more of family fun.
Where:
Cedar Key
Web:
cedarkeylionsclub.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA FALL HARVEST & PEANUT FESTIVAL – Truly Florida’s nuttiest event, Levy County’s peanut festival features all manner and preparations of this prized legume crop. Try peanuts boiled, fried, roasted, mashed into butter, mixed into cookies and cakes, dumped into stews and even fashioned into arts and crafts. Stick around for the crowing of the Little Peanut Baby, King and Queen.
Where: Williston
Web: festivalnet.com/Fall-Harvest-Peanut-Festival

BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL – Five of the nation’s top BBQ rib cookers from around the country will compete in a battle for the Lakeridge Winery “Rib King.” While you’re feasting on delicious BBQ you can enjoy live music by some of the area’s top blues bands outside, plus some great solo acts inside at the Wine & Cheese Bar. Arts & crafts vendors will also be on hand.
Where:
Clermont
Web:
lakeridgewinery.com/bbq-and-blues

TAILGATE TASTE TEST -- Some of the top restaurants in the Tampa Bay area will be cooking up the best tailgate food including, sliders, chicken, barbeque and small plates. There is also a corn hole tournament, live music and football games will be shown on huge LED video screens.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
tailgatetastefest.com

COOTERS CRAB FEST – It’s the opening of the stone crab season and plenty of that will be served. You’ll also find snow crab, king crab and Dungeness crab, all at reduced prices. Check out the huge party under the big tent with live music and drink specials.
Where:
Clearwater Beach
Web:
facebook.com/cooters-crab-fest

SARASOTA OKTOBERFEST – Okay, it’s not Germany, but you might not know the difference. There will be lively music and dancers, mouthwatering food, huge pints of beer and arts & crafts vendors. Re the food: The fare includes, among others, smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage and pretzels.
Where:
Sarasota
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com/Oktoberfest

PIG JIG -- What began as a back-yard barbecue has turned into a large festival with great food, live music, beer, wine and games.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
tampapigjig.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA VEG FEST – This vegetarian festival touts itself as one of the biggest and best in the country, drawing hundreds of food and product vendors and presenters from around the world. Bring your dog, pet a pig, take a yoga class and sample creative and delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Where
: Orlando
Web
: cfvegfest.org/

NOVEMBER

SAVOR ST. PETE FESTIVAL – It’s a palate-pleasing, star-studded weekend showcasing the talents of renowned wine and spirits producers, brew masters, chefs and culinary personalities. The Best Chef competition features culinary professionals from the area’s best and most popular restaurants vying to out-cook each other.
Where
: St. Petersburg
Web:
savortheburg.com

NEWS-JOURNAL’S FOOD, WINE & BREW FESTIVAL – This festival, on the banks of a scenic intracoastal waterway in Downtown Daytona Beach, starts with a beer dinner and includes food samples from the best local restaurants along with 100 craft beers and 30 wines from around the country. Enjoy the sports bar with college football games, live entertainment and a cigar lounge.
Where: Daytona Beach
Web: festivalnet.com/Food-Wine-Brew-Festival

SEBRING ART, WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL – Bring your whole gang – and your appetite for the finer things in life – for a celebration of music, food, art and wine. The festival offers a juried art festival emerging artists with scholarship awards, an arts activities center, a children’s art tent, local food vendors and mobile food trucks and live music and entertainment.
Where: Sebring
Web: highlandsartleague.org/fine-arts-festival-craft-show

PEPPER CHILI COOK OFF – Fire up your taste buds! The event includes chili-dog eating contests for both kids and adults, which bring new meaning to the word “messy.”
Where: Sebring
Web: rotarychili.com

STONE CRAB JAM – Celebrate the season of one of Florida’s most sustainable seafood treats, harvested from the tough-shelled, regenerating claws of the stone crab. Along with vendors selling crab, there will also be everything from hot dogs to pizza to snow cones, plus locally made art, clothing and crafts. Register for the corn hole tournament to win cash prizes, or dance along to any of the six bands on three stages.
Where:
Downtown Crystal River
Web:
stonecrabjam.com

TAMPA BAY VEG FEST – Vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy free samples of animal-free dishes at this ever-growing and award-winning fest. It features various grocers, products and eco-friendly organizations from around the Tampa Bay area and also has yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, live music, activities for kids and on-site rescue animal adoptions.
Where
: Downtown Tampa
Web
: tampabayvegfest.org

YANKEETOWN ARTS, CRAFTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Celebrate the area’s history and local catch. In addition to delicious fresh local seafood, there will be other food vendors, live entertainment, an arts & crafts show, children’s games and the Blessing of the Fleet on the Withlacoochee River.
Where:
Yankeetown
Web:
yankeetownseafoodfestival.com

BRANDON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL -- You want all-you-can-eat seafood all day? That’s what you get at this fest, along with a beer tent, live music, games, a bounce house, a 50-50 raffle, paddleboard event and a pie-eating contest.
Where:
Brandon
Web:
brandon86rotary.com/brandonseafoodfestival

SAFETY HARBOR WINE FESTIVAL – Enjoy an exciting night of wine, live entertainment on multiple stages, great food and arts & crafts vendors.
Where:
Safety Harbor
Web:
cityofsafetyharbor.com/Wine-Festival

SOUTH SHORE SEAFOOD & ARTS FESTIVAL – In addition to the savory seafood fare, you will enjoy swaying to the rhythm of live island music and a host of activities, including boating, arts & crafts vendors, educational displays, commercial exhibits and lots of activities for kids.
Where:
Ruskin
Web:
ruskinseafoodfestival.org

SEBASTIAN CLAMBAKE – Join the celebration of Florida farm-raised clams with educational exhibits, concerts, a carnival, historical re-enactments of early area settlers and plenty of Florida seafood.
Where:
Sebastian
Web:
sebastianclambake.com

TAMPA GREEK FESTIVAL – It’s one of Hillsborough County’s oldest cultural celebrations. Satisfy your craving for lamb, gyros, herb lemon chicken and many more delicious authentic Greek dishes. Don’t miss the sweets, such as Baklava, Kourambiedes and Koulourakia. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing, strolling the Grand Hall, indulging in the inventive spirits at the Opa! Party Tent and discovering market treasures.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
tampagreekfestival.com

HOMOSASSA ARTS, CRAFTS AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL -- Homosassa has been home to many commercial fishermen with its spring-fed river and has been a nationally known sport fishing and recreation area since the mid-1800s. The art show is judged and non-judged with exhibitors from all over the country. Vendors from the community provide their seafood and other specialties. Whether it's fried catfish, gator tail or conch fritters, you will find it all and more in the food court.
Where:
Homosassa
Web:
homosassaseafoodfestival.org

CASSELBERRY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – Attendees will enjoy a culinary cuisine tasting, wine sampling, a silent auction and live music.
Where:
Casselberry
Web:
casselberryfoodwinefest.com

WALT DISNEY WORLD WINE & FOOD CLASSIC – Come for a day or the weekend to sample wines from around the world and savor culinary artistry from pastries to pasta. There are 11 seminars on such subjects as wines, cocktails, beer, pasta-making, cheese pairing or the fine art of sushi and sake.
Where:
Lake Buena Vista
Web:
swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com

WHISKEY TAMPA FOX TROT – It celebrates women who have helped propel the whiskey industry forward. Enjoy several nights of seated tastings, dinners and classes. It ends with the Grand Tasting, where you can sample more than 200 hand-crafted whiskeys.
Where:
Tampa
Web:
whiskeytampafoxtrot.com

VEROVINO WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – Kick off the holiday season late in the month with wine and food (and, of course, combo wine and food pairings), a concert and a silent auction.
Where:
Vero Beach
Web:
verovinofestival.com

ORLANDO BEER FESTIVAL – Sample craft and premium beers from area breweries and around the world. Wine tasting, interactive games, tasty eats and live music keep the party going.
Where:
Orlando
Web:
orlandobeerfestival.com

TASTE OF THE FIELDS – Just as the early fall temperatures begin to drop, enjoy an evening of “country elegant” outdoor dining with a multi-course plated meal, served family-style, made from food grown on Hernando County soil. Then relax and enjoy live music, wine tasting, a corn maze and other fun grown-up activities.
Where
: Lakeside Ranch, Brooksville
Web
: kiwanisofthebrooksvilleridge.com

ART, CRAFT & WINE FESTIVAL – More than 150 artists and craftsmen sell original artwork and gifts in beautiful Cranes Roost Park. Guests can also stop by the various wine tents and taste a wide variety of reds, whites, champagnes and roses as a part of the event’s Wine Stroll.
Where
: Altamonte Springs
Web
: aacwf.com

DECEMBER

COQUINA BEACH SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Enjoy fresh food cooked on site, and not just seafood. Plenty of meat dishes, vegetarian and desserts will be served. While eating, you’ll enjoy lots of good live music: rock, reggae, jazz, R&B and Caribbean Sounds.
Where:
Bradenton
Web:
seafoodfestivals.com

WINE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL – Pair Florida-fermented red and white wines with locally made chocolate treats at this event, which is part wine tasting and tours, part arts and crafts show and part concert. Regional blues, jazz and R&B bands entertain while guests mingle about the grounds, sip vino or craft beer and do some Christmas shopping. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the rolling hill scenery of Clermont and the Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards.
Where:
Clermont
Web:
lakeridgewinery.com/wine-and-chocolate

COOKIEFEST – Pastries, cookies and cakes are the big draw. Drop by this event to discover your inner-artist and whip-up some holiday goodies.
Where: Sebring
Web: highlandsartleague.org/cookiefest

For more than three decades, the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival has been a favorite among Floridians, drawing tens of thousands every year.

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The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held on Amelia Island, honors Florida’s shrimping industry by serving the little guys up hot, cold, fried, on skewers, in gumbo and chopped into salads.

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About a dozen vineyards and wineries from all over the country as well as a handful of local restaurants feature their best fare during the 30a Wine Festival, an elegant, three-day tasting event.


Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (Atlanta, Georgia)

Focused exclusively on the South (including other “southern” worldly hotspots like Mexico, South America, Southern Europe, South Africa, Australia, and more), the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival pairs more than 250 southern chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators, and pit masters with a long list of educational—and tasty—events and experiences that get behind the techniques and minds of culinary superstars. Cooking, cocktail, pairings, and technique classes, tasting tents, and intimate chef dinners combine for an all-you-can-indulge experience.


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Brew & BBQ

Timing: July 18-21, 2019
Location: Vaughan, Ontario

Canada’s Wonderland’s Third Annual Brew & BBQ Festival will feature 70+ craft beers and ciders from the province’s best small batch craft breweries and cideries. Enjoy an afternoon sampling world class beverages by Ontario’s brightest and most innovative brewers while reveling in the perfectly paired exquisite cuisine by Canada’s Wonderland’s Executive Chef, Dilup Attygalla.


20 iconic French dishes

Tarte Tatin

Let’s start with a classic French dessert. This upside-down pastry contains fruit (usually apples) that is caramelized before being baked. It is usually served with crème anglaise or ice cream.

This is a dish you learn to make at school and the teacher tells you the story about Stephanie Tatin creating this by mistake back in 1898 – she was trying to make a traditional apple pie when she accidentally left the apples in the sugar and butter for too long. In a hurry, trying to rescue the dessert, she put the pastry base on top of the browning fruits and then placed the pan in the oven. A mistake that is loved around the world even today.

Boeuf Bourguignon

A firm favorite, this delicious red wine based beef stew is always a winner with our family. Dauphinoise or Lyonnaise potatoes go well with it if they are on the menu.

If you find yourself in Burgundy, you won’t be short of the opportunity to test the region’s most well known dish, but be warned, there are some strange variations out there. One time in Beaune we experienced the worst (bland and served with spaghetti) and the very best (too many to mention) Bourguignon we have ever tasted.

Moules Marinières

Many a café and brasserie will serve this popular lunch dish. A big bowl or saucepan of mussels cooked in white wine with shallots and parsley. Served with bread or French fries. The French recipe doesn’t add cream to the sauce (it really doesn’t need it). As with most fish and seafood dishes on a French menu, a glass of Muscadet is the perfect match, but a beer is often seen being sipped alongside this dish and it works.

Blanquette de Veau

A creamy veal stew made with lots of butter, cream, and carrots. Traditionally the stew is thickened with a roux. And typically it is served with rice. It consistently ranks in the top ten when the French are asked about their favorite dish.

Soupe à L’oignon (French onion soup)

French onion soup is made with meat stock and browned onions garnished with gratinéed croutons and cheese on top. It is very filling so good for lunch if you are spending the day doing some sightseeing. It’s a deeply flavoursome broth-like soup, hearty for a winter’s day.

Steak Tartare

Who remembers the famous scene from Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean when he orders a steak tartare not realizing it is in fact raw meat – we still laugh when we see this dish on a menu.

Steak tartare is made from finely chopped or minced raw beef or horsemeat. It is often served with onions, capers and seasonings, sometimes with a raw egg yolk on the top. Most restaurants will serve it ‘deconstructed’ for you to mix to your own liking, but occasionally you will find it served as a premixed patty of meat.

Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole originating in the south of France. Traditionally containing duck, garlic sausage, pork skin and white beans, nowadays you’ll find any kind of cassoulet on menus – sometimes just sausage, sometimes beef. The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides.

Confit de Canard

Quite simply, duck cooked in its own fat. This is a traditional dish of south west France. Often served plain it can also arrive in a rich sauce containing cherries, red wine or orange. You’ll most commonly find it sold in cans or jars in the shops and supermarkets.

Bouillabaisse

An iconic Provencal dish from Marseille. It includes shellfish and at least three different types of fish, and is infused with saffron. It should be served with rouille (garlic and cayenne mayonnaise) that is spread on grilled bread or croutons. If you love seafood then you will adore a good Bouillabaisse, especially one made near a fishing village. How to spot a bouillabaisse from a fish stew: the bouillabaisse will always contain chunks of fish and seafood.

Pissaladière

Here is something you can order whilst you are perusing the French dishes on the menu enjoying your aperitif. In short a pissaladière is a small pizza with onion, olives, and anchovies. Originating from Nice, the base is an almost pureed onion that has been caramelized. Believe it or not, this was once early morning fayre!

Fondue Savoyarde

Fondue tends to be most associated with skiing and most commonly seen on menus of restaurants in or near the alpine regions. But you can enjoy it anywhere, especially on board, as you can buy your own fondue kit and they make for a fun DIY dinner. A big pot of melted cheese infused with white wine and garlic is the centrepiece. Have fun dipping cubes of bread into the beaufort or gruyere cheese.

Savoie tradition says that if your bread falls off the fork into the fondue, you must buy the next drink! Another melted cheese specialty, although originally from Switzerland is Raclette. Using a raclette machine, you melt the cheese over baked potatoes, ham and salami.

Tartiflette

While we are on the subject of mountain food, we mustn’t forget Tartiflette. Savoie and Haute Savoie are home to this piece of carb heaven. This iconic French menu item is a luxurious potato dish made with melted Reblochon cheese, lardons and onion, eaten as it comes.

Coq au Vin

Somewhat bastardised in the UK as any old chicken casserole, an authentic coq au vin is worth tracking down. At its heart this is simply chicken braised in red wine with bacon, butter, mushrooms and beef stock.

Depending on where you are in France you may find regional variations named to reflect the region’s own wine as a primary ingredient instead of the traditional Burgundy. Served best with creamed potatoes and buttered French beans.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques (Gratinéed scallops)

This luxurious scallop dish is made by poaching them in white wine, topped with mushroom purée, covered with a sauce made of the scallop poaching liquid. Quite often they’ll be topped with breadcrumbs and Gruyere before being flashed under a hot grill.

Escargots

We had to sneak them in somewhere. The most stereotypical of French dishes. You may have a marmite relationship with these slimy creatures but when they are cooked in butter, garlic, and parsley you wouldn’t know you were eating snails. They are delicious and should definitely be on a foodie bucket list.

Soufflé

Whether it’s a cheese soufflé you have as an entrée or a chocolate one for dessert, a soufflé is invariably worth that 15-20 minute wait! And who’d have thought it’s a dish that dates back to the early decades of the 18 th century.

Foie Gras

This is one of the more controversial French dishes, yet it is so popular in France. Made from the liver of a deliberately fattened duck or goose it is a dish of significant gastronomical heritage in France. In restaurants you’ll find it offered either as a mousse, parfait, or pâté. Its depth of flavour compliments so many dishes that you’ll note its inclusion as an accompaniment to other menu items too.

Crêpes

Perhaps the most versatile of dishes on this list, the crêpe originated in Brittany but is eaten across France and French speaking nations. The crêpe can be savoury (known then as a galette) or sweet. It can also be one of the simplest treats with a sprinkling of sugar or one of the most spectacular – the renowned crepe Suzette.

The beurre Suzette of the latter is a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier. The best bit? The waiter will often do the flambée at your table!

Salade niçoise

As you may expect, this classic French salad originates from Nice. The perfect lunch that often showcases the best of local produce, wherever you are in France. To a base of lettuce is added fresh tomatoes, boiled eggs, tuna (canned or freshly grilled), Niçoise Cailletier olives and anchovies.

Crème brûlée

Last and by no means least in this catalogue of iconic French dishes is the crème brûlée, a custard based dessert topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel.

Traditionally, the custard is flavored with vanilla and we personally think this is still the most delicious way to enjoy one. But nowadays you’ll find custard flavourings (like coffee) and fruit combinations (a layer of fruit purée beneath the custard) more commonly available.


Nonna Irene

Irene Rivera may be the only former NYPD detective turned member of an all-grandma culinary crew. Rivera, who grew up in a Puerto Rican family in Brooklyn, served on the force for 21 years. After retirement, she filled the gap in an unusual way when, in search of a creative project, she signed on to cook at Enoteca Maria. “I miss it in a way, the camaraderie that you get from your brothers and your sisters” on the force, she says. “You get that too from the restaurant.”

Rivera never learned to cook, exactly: She absorbed it. “If you know anything about Latino, Hispanic families, little girls go into the kitchen,” she says. “We just watched and helped, and by the time you’re eight or nine, you pretty much have it all together.”

When she had children of her own, those early lessons returned in a flood of sensory memory. “It just comes back to you like nothing,” she says. The flavors of her childhood, which she recreates in Enoteca Maria, are “humble”—salted cod, corn meal—with roots in the meals of agricultural laborers. Now, when she cooks in the Enoteca, she lets her intuition, and a strong sense of scent, guide her. “Now what I do is to recreate the same flavor, the same smell,” she says.

As she shelters in place with her husband and grandchildren in Staten Island, food offers a rare form of continuity. “It’s scary at this time,” she says. When the quarantine lifts and her children come back to visit—from upstate, from Maryland, and from right there on Staten Island—they will be embraced by the same scent Rivera associates with her own grandmother.

Nona Irene’s Sofrito and Salted Cod

  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 handful of fresh culantro
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin

Place ingredients in a mixer and you will have a fresh, pungent mix of sofrito. You can place in ice cube trays and use as needed. It can last for six months if covered.

  • 1/2 pound of salted cod fish, soaked overnight and rinsed (find true cod fish that has been salted—many brands use hake or other fish because it’s less inexpensive)
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce (any kind will do)
  • 1 bag of frozen okra, or about a pound of fresh okra, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh sofrito (see above)
  • 2 teaspoons of adobo seasoning (any brand)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Poach the fish in fresh clean water for 15 to 25 minutes until cooked, to loosen and remove salt residue. Drain, break apart into small pieces, set aside, and let cool.

Cover a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. Add fresh sofrito. Let it simmer on low heat for a few moments to release the flavors. Add tomato sauce and mix well. Simmer, keeping on low or medium heat. After two minutes, the sauce should turn an orange color.

Add your drained codfish. Simmer for two or three minutes. Add the okra. Mix well. Add one quarter cup of water and flavor the mixture with adobo. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the okra changes color from a deep green to a light green.

Then it’s ready! Serve over white rice with a side salad.

You can collect and archive recipes from the elders in your life over the phone with the interactive Nonnas of the World Digital Cookbook. You can also sign up for a “Nonnas in Training” cooking class, which offer community members free one-on-one lessons with a Nonna, and will resume after the pandemic.

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