Fairs & Festivals are February FunZones

If you are looking to plan ahead, there will be plenty to do in Florida during February.
 The second month of the year in the Sunshine State has wall-to-wall excitement from the beginning to the end. It starts with the Florida State Fair going on in Tampa from the 8-19. Then on the 9-11 there’s the Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City.  It has all the Fun of a country fair – with live music and great, fresh seafood.
  If that’s not your dish, Lake Worth will be hosting the 19th Annual Florida Garlic Festival.  The “Best stinkin’ party in South Florida” as it is known, will take your breath away at  John Prince Park on that same weekend.
 The Lakeridge Winery also will be conducting their 28th Annual Winefest up in Clermont at that same time.  It’s an opportunity to enjoy all the fruits of their bountiful previous year’s harvest, with their full range of award-winning table wines.
 A bit closer to home is the Highlands County Fair on February 9-17.

The 10th of the month will be rife with events including – but not limited to – The Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival in Ft. Lauderdale,  the Taste of New Orleans Blues & Brews Festival at the Sailfish Brewing Company in Ft. Pierce, The Marine Flea Market & Seafood Festival in West Palm Beach and the Taste of Okeechobee in – Okeechobee.

  If you missed the State Fair and the Highlands County Fair, the Hendry County Fair starts February 13 with the Hardee County Fair to commence on the 17th and the Pasco County Fair on the 19th.

 The Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival will be held Feb 15-18 while the 29th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival on tap for the 16-17.  Steinhatchee is the place for the Fiddler Crab Festival that weekend, featuring the Swampwater Cookoff and Crab Jam.
 Beginning February 21-25 South Beach Wine and Food Festival will get underway with some of the world’s most renowned wine & spirits producers, along with chefs & culinary personalities.  Hot on its heels will be the “30A Wine Festival” at Alva Beach February 22-25.
 And who could miss the Florida Gourd Society’s Show Feb 23-25 in Melbourne?
 In fact, the weekend of February 24 is just as packed with such events as Sarasota’s Beertopia and the LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival. That features many dishes made from swamp cabbage (also known as hearts of palm). Swamp cabbage actually comes from the state tree, the sabal or cabbage palm.
 And those are just a few of February’s many events, watch our Facebook page and check back here often and we will help you find the most interesting places to celebrate in the Sunshine State.

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