Florida Features Tantalizing "Taste Of" Events Throughout April

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Sample your favorites this April during one of the many wine and food affairs held throughout Florida.

"Taste Of" events and wine festivals dominate Florida's food calendar this April, so treat your taste buds to a wide variety of vintages and delectable restaurant samples.

"Tasting events boast a wide assortment of wines and signature dishes for satisfying varied palates," says Joan Steinbacher, author of "Food Fest! Your Complete Guide to Florida's Food Festivals." "I enjoy sampling bits of everything and trying dishes I've never had before. Of course, you can latch onto your favorites. It's your choice--and that's the point at Taste Of events!"

But if you're set on what you like, there's other fabulous foods celebrated during April's festivals -- seafood, chili, sausage, strawberries, sweet corn, and more. For those with a sweet tooth, try the Great American Pie Festival or the Sugar Festival.

As an added bonus, many event proceeds benefit non-profit organizations, so you can eat and drink for a good cause! And there's plenty of diverse entertainment to keep kids young and old amused.

Here's a sampling of what's coming to Florida in April:

  • Leesburg - Spring Fish Fry (April 3)
  • Miami - Wine and Food Festival (April 3-5)
  • Palm Bay - The Big Squeeze (April 3-6)
  • Riverview - Spring Jubilee Chili Cook-off (April 3-6)
  • Crescent City - St. Johns River Catfish Festival (April 4-5)
  • Pensacola - Beulah Sausage Festival (April 4-6)
  • Pinellas Park - Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Crawfish Festival (April 4-6)
  • Bonita Springs - Celebrate Bonita District Chili Cookoff (April 5)
  • St. Augustine - An Evening with EPIC Chefs (April 10)
  • Tallahassee - Florida Wine Festival (April 10-12)
  • Sandestin - Wine Festival (April 10-13)
  • Port Saint Joe - A Taste of the Coast An Artful Affair (April 11-12)
  • Tampa - Bern's Winefest (April 11-14)
  • Fort Lauderdale - New Times Beerfest (April 12)
  • Oviedo - Taste of Oviedo (April 12)
  • Ocala - Taste of Ocala (April 13)
  • Sanibel - Taste of the Islands (April 13)
  • Tampa - Best of Tampa Bay (April 18)
  • Orlando - Great American Pie Festival (April 18-19)
  • Clewiston - Sugar Festival (April 19)
  • Orlando - Rajuncajun Crawfish Festival (April 19)
  • Starke - Bradford County Strawberry Festival (April 19-20)
  • Key West - Taste of Key West (April 21)
  • Ponce Inlet - Shrimp Fest (April 21-22)
  • Sarasota - Florida Winefest & Auction (April 24-27)
  • St. Augustine - A Taste of St. Augustine (April 25-26)
  • Pompano Beach - Seafood Festival (April 25-27)
  • Loxahatchee - Acreage Music & Chili Fest (April 26)
  • Tampa - Taste of South Tampa (April 27)
  • West Palm Beach - Sweet Corn Fiesta (April 27)

Don't miss out on another fun Florida food event! For additional information and more events, visit "Food Fest!"--the ultimate "foodies" travel guide--at http://www.FoodFestGuide.com

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