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There's Plenty To Go Year-Round

Published: October 17, 2007

In her book, 'Food Fest! Your Complete Guide to Florida's Food Festivals,' Joan Steinbacher lists dozens of food festivals across the state. Many are within a short drive in the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties. Here's a month-by-month guide to those events.

For dates and details, go online to FoodFestGuide.com:

January

Kumquat Festival, Dade City

Suncoast Chili Cook-Off, Tarpon Springs

Lakeland Pig Festival, Lakeland

Central Florida BBQ Festival, Sebring

Jim's Chili Cook-Off, St. Petersburg

Florida Citrus Festival, Winter Haven

Police, Firefighter & EMS Chili Cook-Off, Winter Haven

February

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez

Plant City Arts Council Chili Cook-Off, Plant City

Taste of Chocolate Festival, Plant City

Einstein on Wine, Tampa

Flan Fest, Tampa

Great Northwest Rib & Family Fest, Tampa

'Smoke on the Water' BBQ, Winter Haven

March

Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City

Chili Blaze, Pinellas Park

Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City

Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival, St. Petersburg

Harbor Sounds Seafood & Music Festival, Safety Harbor

Denning's Lounge Chili Cook-Off, Tampa

Florida Brewers Guild BeerFest, Tampa

April

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Crawfish Festival, Pinellas Park

Spring Jubilee Chili Cook-Off, Riverview

Florida Winefest & Auction, Sarasota

Bern's Winefest, Tampa

May

Arcadia Watermelon Festival, Arcadia

DeSoto County Watermelon Festival, Arcadia

Battle of the Badges, Largo

Cotee River Seafood Festival and Boat Show, New Port Richey

Ruskin Tomato Festival, Ruskin

BBQfest, Tampa

June

Taste of Pinellas, St. Petersburg

July

Gavel & Grapes Festival, Tarpon Springs

August

WaZoo, Tampa

September

Taste of Clearwater, Clearwater

Florida Barbecue Association Funcook, Crystal River

'I Like It Hot' Festival & Barbecue, Largo

Sun-N-Fun RV Resort Chili Cook-Off, Sarasota

October

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival, Bradenton

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Stone Crab Fest, Tarpon Springs

Hernando County BBQ & Rodeo Festival, Brooksville

Frenchy's Stone Crab Festival, Clearwater Beach

John's Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach

Stone Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, Longboat Key

Taste of Plant City, Plant City

Taste at Bay Street, Tampa

November

Taste of Manatee, Bradenton

Dunedin Wines the Blues, Dunedin

Taste of Gulfport, Gulfport

Hudson Seafest, Hudson

Land O' Lakes Flapjack Festival, Land O' Lakes

Fine Wine & Food Festival, Oldsmar

Plant City Pig Jam, Plant City

Ruskin Seafood Festival, Ruskin

Safety Harbor Wine Festival, Safety Harbor

Ribfest, St. Petersburg

Zoofari, Tampa

December

Death By Chocolate, Largo

Did we miss your event? E-mail the information to jhouck @tampatrib.com, and we'll include it in a list of food festivals online at TBO.com.


 
 
 
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