March 5 – April 24: The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay Cost: Included with admission Info
The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival feeds your appetite for adventure with wild flavors and concerts for every taste on Saturdays and Sundays, March 5 through April 24. Unleash your inner foodie with an exciting variety of sample-size tastings of delicious cuisine and spirits! Enjoy seeing larger-than-life horticultural masterpieces, live entertainment and headlining concerts.
April 2: Bug Fest
UF Entomology & Nematology, 1881 Area Dr., Gainesville
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend
Spend your day with all sorts of bugs at UF on Sat., April 2. Visitors will enjoy the anthropod petting zoo; the entomophagy (insect eating display); maggot art and more. Guests will also learn more about UF’s entomology and nematology programs and have the opportunity to tour the facilities.
April 2-3: Crawdebauchery Food & Music Festival
1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a taste of the food and culture of New Orleans during the 2-day Crawdebauchery Festival. Enjoy 14 bands from Louisiana, a dance floor, zydeco dance lessons, a crawfish boil and more.
April 3: Urban Oasis Presents a Love & Vegetables Brunch
Verde Kitchen Cafe, 12690 SW 280 St, Homestead, FL
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Enjoy a four-course vegan and gluten-free brunch by Chantelle Sookram of Love * Vegetables. BYOB, but mixers for Bloody Marys and Mimosas will be provided.
April 7: Legacy Place Fork & Cork
Legacy Place, 11290 Legacy Ave, Palm Beach Gardens
Enjoy an evening sampling food from area restaurants, wine from around the world, cooking demos and live entertainment — all while raising money for Little Smiles.
April 9: Earth Day at Tradewinds Park
Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd, Coconut Creek; 954-357-8870
Celebrate Earth Day close to nature at Tradewinds Park. Enjoy extension education with master gardeners, tree trimming demos, a natural history tour and 4-H youth activities like hayrides, a car show, nature hikes, interaction with farm animals and more. Cost for entrance is $1.50 and special activity tickets are additional.
April 9: Worm Farm Tour, How to Make Worm Castings
Sublime Soil, 3304 SW 72nd Ave, Palm City
Enjoy a worm farm tour at Sublime Soil in Palm City and learn the benefits of and how to create worm castings from kitchen waste for your garden.
April 9 – 10: Spring Garden Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables,
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $12-25 and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.
Gather the entire family and head to Fairchild Tropical Garden for their Spring Garden Festival — where guests will enjoy gardening demos; cooking demos; kid’s activities; vegetables, herbs and handmade food + artisan products from local vendors; a beer garden and the 37th Annual Spring Plant Sale. In addition to the festival (and for an additional charge), guests can participate in the Spring Garden Tea from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., held in the Baobab Courtyard. For more info, please visit the Spring Garden Festival webpage or call 305-667-1651.
April 12: Snail Social at Essensia
The Palms Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Slow Food Miami will hold its next Snail Social at Essensia on Tuesday, April 12th from 6PM – 8PM. Guests will enjoy complimentary small bites prepared by Chef Venoy Rogers with complimentary wine and half-off cocktails for the duration of the event. Stay for dinner and enjoy 20% off you meal.
April 13: Chef-to-Farm Tour at Kai-Kai Farm with Chef Adam Brown
Kai-Kai Farm, 8006 SW Kanner Hwy, Indiantown
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join Chef Adam Brown and Farmer Diane for a free tour of Kai-Kai farm. Attendees will learn about Kai-Kai’s growing practices and Chef Adam will teach the group how he takes fresh produce and turns it into a finished dish.
April 14: Palm Beach’s Taste of the Nation
Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Enjoy a sampling of food and drinks from some of the hottest restaurants in Palm Beach County and help stop childhood hunger, by raising money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
April 16-17: Oyster Jam Music Festival
1410 Gator Bowl Blvd, Jacksonville
Sat, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $13.65 for adults, children 16 and under are free
Spend your weekend at Oyster Jam while enjoying live music, sipping on craft beer and enjoying char-grilled steamed and raw oysters. There will be an oyster cook-off, an oyster shuck’n contest, SUP races, food trucks and more.
April 20: Taste of Winter Park
Winter Park Farmers’ Market, 200 E. New England Ave., Winter Park
Enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from over 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers and caterers, while enjoying live entertainment, auctions, raffles and more.
April 22: Sunset at Southern Hills Farms
Southern Hills Farms, 16651 Schofield Rd., Clermont
5 – 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of blueberry picking (5-7 p.m.); eating barbecue (6-8:30 p.m.); sipping on Southern Hill Farms Blueberry Beer by Shipyard; and live entertainment by Hand Picked from 7-9 p.m.
April 23: Urban Oasis presents dinner at Sunset with Chef Pamela Wasabi
Verde Kitchen Cafe, 12690 SW 280 St, Homestead, FL
Farm Tour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
Enjoy a farm tour, followed by a five-course vegan dinner highlighting the flavors of Mexico. Each course will be paired with Counter Culture Kombucha Mocktails and proceeds benefit the Urban Oasis Project. http://www.urbanoasisproject.org/calendar.html
April 28: The Art of Preserving
East End Market in the demonstration kitchen
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn the art of preserving with Winter Park Artisanal Chef Betsy Brkich of Heavens to Betsy Gourmet Preserves and Spreads, while enjoying bubbles and bites. Attendees will learn to make Blueberry Ganache Spoon Fruit and Triple Berry Spoon Fruit — and take home one of each.
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