Florida hosts a handful of music festivals. But the state also hosts some world famous food festivals. Did you know that about 80 percent of the country’s fresh produce is grown in Florida from January to March? These festivals take full of advantage of Florida’s homegrown goodness.
Florida Seafood Festival
The Florida Seafood Festival is the oldest seafood festival in the state and happens every fall. The festival takes place at the Apalachicola River, which is famous for their smooth oysters. The festival serves up a number of shrimp dishes and fresh fish along with crabs. Festivalgoers can check out the concerts or participate in the blue crab race or the oyster-eating contest. There is also a parade and the blessings of commercial fleets and private boats by local ministers.
Florida Strawberry Festival
The Florida Strawberry Festival has been around since 1930 and is one of Florida’s most popular winter festivals. With over 8,000 acres of strawberry fields in the state, it is one of the largest strawberry growing regions and the festival celebrates that. Not only is there a number of strawberry snacks available, guests can enjoy arts and crafts vendors, concerts, rides and even livestock. It is very similar to a fair setting and the festival is a lot of fun for the whole family.
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
Zellwood is known for their soft, delicious corn kernels. The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival is a 2-day festival. The festival is a very short drive from Orlando and is in the corn-growing region of Florida. Visitors can get a taste of some sweet corn served with tasty barbecue like pork sandwiches and ribs. There is also a big lineup of bands that always perform at the festival throughout the weekend.