Put These Winter Food and Drink Festivals on Your Calendar
We asked Edible publishers to recommend their favorite food festivals this winter. Is there one near you? Put it on your calendar now; it’s a great reason to bundle up and leave the house.
Gretchen Schmidt of edible South Florida says, “Winter is high tourist season in South Florida, meaning big festivals.” She recommends the Key West Food and Wine Festival January 25-29 for the casual strolls through town, gourmet wine and food pairings, and sunset tastings on the beach.
The big one is the 16th annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, February 22-26, with 85+ events in Miami, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. Look for celebrity-studded dinner and brunch parties, along with cocktail parties and tastings hosted by local favorites.
Ron Wallace of edible Ojai and Ventura County recommends the Kosher Food & Wine Experience on February 15, which is one of four locations for this event, along with New York, Miami, and London. Kosher wine and spirits from around the world, plus the newest kosher dishes in California make this a night to remember. Tickets are available at kfwela.com
Nevada knows how to have fun in the winter! Amanda Burden of edible Reno-Tahoe considers Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Race Series a must-see. Upcoming dates are February 18 and March 18. Event organizers explain: “A favorite with visitors and locals, snowshoed racers, cocktail trays in hand, navigate through obstacles, and up and down the beach. The winner is the fastest and cleanest -- no spillage allowed -- at the finish. For their efforts, competitors can win prizes that range from snowshoes and dining certificates to equipment and marina rentals.”
And if you can’t make that one, there’s always Snowfest, a 36-year tradition that includes a 10-day party! From March 3-12, catch the Snowfest Queen parade, parties at local bars, a polar bear swim in Lake Tahoe, an ice carving competition at a local winery, and lots of food and drinks.
Kendra Lott from edible Orlando has two big, back-to-back food festivals in town. First is the Downtown Food & Wine Fest, February 25 and 26. More than 30 local restaurants and 50 domestic and international wineries will be at this massive street party, not to mention Gavin Degraw on Saturday and KC & the Sunshine Band on Sunday.
Don’t sit down yet, because Foodstock Orlando is a 4-day event starting March 1. They say, "the celebration is a combination of local food vendors, Florida agriculture expositions, along with live music and entertainment for the fundraising benefit of hospitality and tourism education scholarships and grants.”