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World Cultural Food Festivals in Miami
Food Festivals from Different Cultures
Miami is a community full of cultural diversity in that many people from all over the world come to its shores for the warm weather, beaches, arts, fine cuisine, and historic sites. Snow birds from up north and as far away as Canada enjoy visiting Miami during the winter months due to the cold weather back home. Here in Miami, people can enjoy beautiful sites like Vizcaya, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Butterfly World, the city of St. Augustine, Key West, Disney World, Captiva and Sanibel Islands off the west coast of Florida, the Museum of Science, Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens, the Everglades, South Beach, Crandon Park, Lion Country Safari, Miami MetroZoo and other natural habitats.
We have so many beautiful beaches and natural habitats to visit. It would literally take you months to visit all the historic sites throughout Florida! Besides our warm weather year round, Miami hosts an array of annual food events from January through December. These festivals have become a part of the culture, here in Miami. Cultural diversity from every ethnic background you can imagine! Beautiful people, music, food, art, social events, education, language, and diversity.
Food festivals and celebrations have become a way of life! For many, they enjoy these festivals year round. It's a chance to socialize outside of your everyday circle. For many people, festivals have become part of their lives and a way to communicate with others. These celebrations are the new niche of the future!
You can celebrate a new beginning and have loads of fun by interacting with others. One can celebrate with international food, wine, arts and crafts, activites, tastings, games, music, dancing, singing and eating. It is a sure way to get out of the house and find something new to do besides doing the same thing you always do! So invite a couple of your friends and hop on over to the next grand food festival going on in your area and celebrate!
Food celebrations are a merry festive time and highlight the heritage of each culture presented at the many festivals showcased annually! Tasty cuisine from all over the world can be tasted right here in your own backyard. Specialty dishes from different ethnic backgrounds are sure to please the palate! Our fine selection of wines complement any specialty dish!
Listed below you will find a 12 month calender of multi-cultural cuisine events from January through December of Miami's premier food festivals:
- Taste of the Garden
- Puerto Rico Plantain Festival
- Caribbean Festival
- South Beach Wine & Food Festival
- Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival
- Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
- Miami River Day
- Merrick Festival
- United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival
- The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival
- Asian Culture Festival
- Community Festival
- Jazz in the Gardens
- Calle Ocho
- The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival
- Cuba Nostalgia
- Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival
- Coral Gables Restaurant Week
- International Mango Festival
- Colombian Festival
August - September
- Miami Spice
- Easter Seals Festival of Chefs
- Coral Gables Oktoberfest
- Stone Crab Seafest at North Beach
- Festival of the Americas
- Discovery of America Day
- French Spice
- ExpoNica Fair of the Americas
- New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park
To give you a taste of some of these food festivals and how they embrace the Miami culture, will highlight the multitude of many cultures blending together as one:
Taste of the Garden
This magical annual event is in it's 7th year and is an outdoor dining experience worth being a part of. The Taste of the Garden presents 20 of South Florida's premiere chefs and restaurants with specialty dishes and fine wines. Limited to a few hundred guests, this exclusive soiree raises funds for the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The fund raiser preserves the greenspace, presents art and promotes environmental education. It also keeps the admission free and supports the Garden Club. This event includes free valet parking, live entertainment, and a silent auction offering a fabulous selection of packages to include travel adventures, private flights, hotel, restaurant dining, and the spa.
Preserving the Garden Club and it's natural foundation is truly beneficial. This is a wonderful fund raiser.
South Beach (SOBE) Wine & Food Festival
The South Beach (Sobe) Wine & Food Festival hosted by Food Network, is nationally known with it's star attended, renowned celebrity chefs and the world's most famous wine and spirits makers. This four day event showcases the talents of celebrity Food Network chefs, wine producers and other gourmet culinary chefs.
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University(FIU). The festival benefits FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.
Celebrating 10 years, the Sobe Wine & Food Festival actually began as a one day festival known as the Florida Extravaganza held at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus. For five years, from 1997-2001, the Florida Extravaganza showcased wines from national and international wineries paired with food from local restaurants and chefs who worked with students of FIU's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Director of Special Events and Media Relations, Lee Brian Schrager, relocated the Florida Extravaganza one day festival to South Beach in 2002. The renamed South Beach Wine & Food Festival attracted in its first year close to 7,000 guests. The guests attended a series of dinners, seminars, a Grand Tasting Village and a live auction. The following year, the festival grew and attracted close to 10,000 people and had extensive national media coverage.
In 2006, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary and became one of the largest and most well-known festivals of its kind in the country.
The 22nd annual Asian Culture Festival highlights a tasty selection of authentic Far Eastern cuisine. This annual festival features Asian crafts, art, and exotic music and dance.
The Asian Culture Festival is a fun-filled family event that offers a virtual trip to Asia. Everyone will enjoy a variety of Asian arts, crafts, entertainment, plants and exotic cuisine. Events for the two day festival include Chinese Lion Dances, a Dragon Boat display, and performances by Japanese Taiko drummers. There is a Malaysian no-hands volleyball tournament known as Sepak Takraw, and demonstrations of fruit and vegetable carving.
This festival takes place in the first week of March. The Asian Culture Festival is located in the Fruit & Spice Park, in Homestead, Florida.
The Fruit & Spice Park, is operated by Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation. On 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redlands, more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts grow from around the world. The Park offers daily tours, fruit tastings and naturalist workshops.
Since 1988, when Calle Ocho first began, now in it's 24th year, Calle Ocho meaning (8th Street) is a large Latin street party that showcases music, dancing, street performers, food, and local artist's. It is a fun filled day for the whole family.
In the heart of Miami, lies an area straight out of a storybook. A storybook about Cuba. Here in "Little Havana", (little Cuba) you can find hand-rolled cigars, fruiterias, meat markets, herbal stores and cafes that sell little expresso shots called cafecitos. On 8th Street (or Calle Ocho) between 12th and 27th Avenues lies another dimension of reality.
Of course, each March, Calle Ocho is known for the biggest street party in the country. More than a million people from around the world come to this single day event! In 1998, more than 119,000 people joined in the world's longest conga line. The festival still holds its place for the world's longest conga line in the Guiness Book of World Records. You will see dancing, eating, partying, costumes, street performers and the biggest latin stars of all time performing. Major news crews from all over broadcast the event as Cubans from all over the country return to celebrate their roots.
Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
Every year on one very special day, the historic Deering Estate at Cutler is transformed into a magical island with calypso rhythms, colorful costumed dancers, and mountains of Florida’s freshest fish and seafood. The family friendly celebration begins at the end of March, when the 8th annual Deering Seafood Festival opens its doors greeting each guest.
Local restaurants prepare their specialties featuring delicious fresh catch fish and shellfish from the sea. Enjoy an outstanding array of the freshest catch that includes delicious lobster, fried conch, shrimp egg rolls, grilled dolphin, garlic blue crabs and heaping mounds of shrimp. The shrimp is steamed, fried, or just peel and eat.
Set on the biggest backyard on Biscayne Bay, the festival is non-stop fun and entertainment. While a parade of Bahamian Junkanoo musicians playfully weave throughout the crowd, music from popular performers plays to close out the day.
Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival
The 8th Annual Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival gets ready for another sell out event! Eat, drink and support the American Lung Association and The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Discover fabulous new restaurants and exciting wines at this incredible event. This event will be held in a brand new location in the heart of historic Coral Gables. Ponce De Leon Boulevard (between Miracle Mile & Almeria Ave.) will be opened to foot traffic only for a "special evening of celebration and philanthropy". Superb food, exquisite wine, and live music will be offered to raise funds for the American Lung Association and Pulmonary Research at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival
Those who savor good food and good times won't want to miss the 21st annual "The Great Taste of the Grove" presented by the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce. The two-day food and music festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at idyllic, bayfront Peacock Park.
The Great Taste of the Grove will offer a diverse mix of culinary delights provided by various area restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from food ticket sales will benefit charitable community organizations. Those in attendance will be treated to a stellar lineup of live entertainment from well known local artists.
With the goal of providing two fun filled days of music, outstanding food, and fun for both the community of Miami and South Florida, the Great Taste of the Grove is a significant annual community outreach event. This event is put together annually by the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival
The Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival begins every year in the first week of June. This is the 35th annual Bahamian style festival to take place in Miami. Celebrating the heritage of the Goombay Festival and preserving the Goombay Legacy influenced the first Goombay Festival back in 1976 and has continued throughout the years.
Coconut Grove's Bahamian rooted community will lead the celebration with the expression of Bahamian culture. As the rich Caribbean culture transforms the streets of Grand Avenue, will come alive with a parade of colorful costumed people dancing in the streets to the lively beat of whistles, cowbells and drums. There will be childrens activities at the children’s corner where kids will be able to read stories and make junkanoo costumes. Vendors will be lined along the streets as authentic Bahamian cuisine is offered to festival goers. American favorites are served as well.
By attending the Miami Bahamian Goombay Festival that begins at the Chili’s at Coco Walk in Coconut Grove, will educate and expose people to the Bahamian American culture and it's traditions. An experience for all to enjoy!
International Mango Festival
Go visit Fairchild's 19th Annual International Mango Festival and celebrate the "Mangos of Hawaii". Visit the festival to shop for Mango trees and fresh fruit. Enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos and take part in the world's only mango auction. You can buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will be mango culinary demonstrations such as the Fantastic International Fruit Market and a one of a kind Mango Brunch. There will also be fun activities for kids.
Come join us in celebrating the mango as only Fairchild can, with education, art, children’s activities, a mango brunch, mango products, a mango display of over 200 cultivars and the world’s only mango auction.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden has the world’s greatest mango collection. With nearly 500 varieties cultivated at our scientific outreach facility the Fairchild Farm. Fairchild’s mango collection is grown using sustainable agriculture techniques that have been perfected over the last two decades by our Tropical Fruit Curators, Dr. Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma. They serve as a model for other mango growers across the globe. No other mango collection in the world includes as many varieties from as many parts of the world. From the great diversity of the world’s mangos, we are able to offer the best flavors and the best trees for South Florida.
Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Colombian Independence Festival (Festival Independencia de Colombia), Miami’s largest paid Latin American Event, will bring together the most celebrated musical bands in Latin music ranging from Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Latin-pop, Vallenato and Rock en Español. The purpose of celebrating is "Colombia’s 200th Independence Anniversary".
Over the years, thousands of visitors from various parts of the country have transformed this event into a grand celebration uniting all Hispanic communities of South Florida and elsewhere.
A music and arts & crafts festival held on two grand stages with performances by the top musical groups from Colombia and other Latin American countries will perform. The 22nd annual Colombian Independence Festival will also feature prestigious companies promoting and selling their products and services. There is a wide variety of ethnic foods, and local and national talents along with a playground for children. They also have horse shows for the horse enthusiasts.
Miami Spice Month in it's 10th year, is a mouth watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine. Top chefs from Miami's local restaurants put together a lunch and dinner menu for two months during the summer of exquisite cuisine at a low fare. These restaurants provide a three course meal including dessert by promoting the restaurants cuisine at an affordable price! The three course meal includes an appetizer, main course and dessert.
The Miami Spice event takes place every year during the months of August and September. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three course meals (Lunch $22 and Dinner $35) featuring signature dishes created by world renowned chefs.
Discover the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary. An epicure’s paradise awaits you in Miami and the Beaches!
Coral Gables Oktoberfest
In its 15 year tradition, the legendary Coral Gables Oktoberfest will bring an elite cultural event to Miami’s Coral Gables community. The festival is held at the beautiful plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way in Downtown Coral Gables.
The festival has become one of Miami’s most anticipated annual neighborhood celebrations. It typically attracts up to 15,000 guests over a two weekend span.
Keeping with tradition, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus and the 2011 Oktoberfest will help raise money for a local Miami charity! All proceeds will go to a local childrens charity from the sale of raffle tickets. Don't miss out on this very special event!
The French Spice Restaurant Month in its second year, provides diners the opportunity to savor incredible and affordable three course meals in South Florida’s top French restaurants during the month of November.
The French Spice month features lunch and dinner price fixed menus in two categories, Gourmet and Bistro. French Spice features top French restaurants offering special price fixed lunch menus for $22 and price fixed dinners for $35 in the Gourmet category and lunch menus for $15 and dinners for $25 in the Bistro category. Each meal includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and a glass of wine as part of the fixed price. The French Spice Restaurant month is organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and with the support of the French Consulate.
French Spice starts on November 1st and is part of French Week Miami. This annual festival showcases the diversity and richness of the French presence in South Florida.
The 17th Annual Caribbean Festival as it is formerly known is now called the 9 Mile Music Festival which is held every year in late February. This festival and food drive is a tribute to the family of the legendary Bob Marley and it's Movement to help eradicate starvation in rural parts of Jamaica and Florida. The 9 Mile Music Festival invites you to a daylong festival featuring a variety of international food, an arts and crafts marketplace, and a stage of musical performers such as the sons of the legendary Bob Marley.
The Caribbean Festival and Food Drive is an annual Reggae and Caribbean culture celebration that takes place in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park.
Bring four cans of donated food items to the event as part of your contribution to the Movement to stop hunger in Florida and Jamaica.
The Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival
Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival is a significant community outreach event that takes place annually at the end of March. With the goal of providing a fun-filled day of music, outstanding food, and fun for the community of Miami and South Florida, the Brickell Food and Wine Festival is a great event for the entire family. Located in the Mary Village Brickell area, this festival has grown over the years into a culinary paradise!
With the support of local restaurants and sponsors in the Brickell area, we are able to provide this exciting culinary food event in Brickell on the Bay!
With more than fifty restaurants, sponsors, and non-profit organizations, these businesses and organizations help bring thousands of people together to experience a rich diverse exchange of food and music in the heart of Brickell Miami.
Goombay Junkanoo Festival
Festival Independencia de Colombia
Trone Plays at Merrick Festival
International Mango Festival
John Legend at the Jazz in the Gardens
Calle Ocho (8th Street)
The Taste of the Grove
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