Food festivals something to savor from Everglades City to Cape Coral
Explore the world and dive into the ocean — without ever having to board a boat or plane. These food festivals, from Everglades City to Naples to Cape Coral, bring tacos, gumbo, local craft brews and massive amounts of garlic to a park near you.
Brew in the Garden
5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at The Norris Gardens at Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S., Naples. Will Lawson, founder and director of brewery operations at Naples Beach Brewery, will set up a bar under the chickee in The Norris Gardens where he will pour a beer that captures the historic spirit of Naples called the Palm Cottage Pilsner and other brews for guests to enjoy. $15 for Naples Historical Society members, $25 for non-members. Napleshistoricalsociety.org.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St., Fort Myers. Event features bacon-based dishes from local restaurants and food trucks along with live music. $10 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under. 945thearrow.com.
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Event features a “butcher’s banquet and show” from 1 to 5 p.m. with music by the Manni Daum Trio. $16 for club members, $20 for non-members, includes pork and wurst platter with two sides. 239-283-1400.
Lovers Key Boat Show, Market and Seafood Fest
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 through 27, by the boat ramp at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Event features boat dealers, accessories, fishing gear, seafood, beer, wine, music, beach fashions, collectibles and art. $5 per person. Children 10 and younger are free. Loverskeynauticalmarket.com. 239-628-8800.
ClamJam of Southwest Florida
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. This two-day event features live music and entertainment, fresh local seafood for purchase, children’s activities and arts and crafts vendors. $10 at the gate, $9 in advance. ClamJamSWFL.com. 239-443-4457. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballpark Festival of Beers
2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hammond Stadium, 1440 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. The festival offers unlimited samplings of more than 100 craft beers including ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts from around the world. $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Attendees must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID. Facebook.com/Fortmyersmiracle/events.
Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off Championship
2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Piazza of Ave Maria, 5076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria. $20 includes one Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off Ticket Voucher for one 16 oz boneless ribeye steak dinner. Event features food vendors, games, farmers market, auction, Chinese raffle, beer truck, kids’ fun houses and a championship steak dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. sunshinestatesteakcookoff.com/shop.
6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Audubon Country Club, 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples. Celebrate the Hungarian version of Mardi Gras with a meal of chicken parikash and pork tenderloin while listening and dancing to the ethnic music of TALFI. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. RSVP. 239-821-1814.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Shell Factory, 2787 N. U.S. 41, Fort Myers. Enjoy live entertainment, festival food and gumbo for purchase, $5,000 reverse raffle and more. Free admission. 239-995-2141.
Bonita Brew Fest
3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Event includes More than 200 samplings of beer and cider, souvenir pint glasses and food for purchase. No children or pets allowed. All attendees must be 21 or older. email@example.com.
Everglades City Seafood Festival
5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in front of Everglades City Hall, 102 Copeland Ave., Everglades City. Free admission. This event features local seafood, live music, carnival rides and vendor booths selling art, crafts, products, gifts, baked goods and handmade items. EvergladesSeafoodFestival@gmail.com. evergladesseafoodfestival.org. 239-695-2277.
Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8 to 10, at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for the whole weekend, free for children 12 and under. Event features Greek food and drinks, shopping, bounce house, raffle and performances by musicians and dancers in authentic Greek costumes. Purchase raffle tickets to win a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class from Mercedes-Benz of Naples. Tickets can be purchased in advance from St. Katherine’s parishioners or daily at the festival. Festival proceeds benefit St. Katherine AGAPE charities and Barbara’s Friends, Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. stkatherine.net. 239-591-3430.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. $5 per person. This festival features Asian cuisine and Asian import beer, Japanese Taiko Drummers, Chinese lion dance, Korean heritage performance, Philippine dance troupe show, cultural medley dances, martial arts, yoga, featured guest speakers, artists, comedians and more. APASWFL.org.
Marco Island Pineapple Day
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Marco Island Historical Society, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. This festival features pineapple growing tips, fruit demonstrations, pineapple-themed food and activities for kids. 239-642-1440
Blues, Brews and BBQ
12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ave Maria Town Center, 5076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria. Free admission. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Listen to local blues bands, eat BBQ and have some ice-cold drinks. 239-352-3903. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWFL Veg Fest
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Free admission. Event features expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors and animal rescues with entertainment and activities for the family. swflvegfest.org.
Cape Coral Irish Festival
Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Irish Festival features two days of continuous Irish entertainment along with games, art and crafts, vendors, food, refreshments, and of course, Irish beer. capecoralirishfest.com.
Naples Craft Beer Fest
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Bayfront Naples, 436 Bayfront Place, Naples. Event features more than 100 craft beers with local restaurant pairings and live music. Tickets must be purchased in advance and range $35 to $65. Naplescraftbeerfest.com.
Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, 950 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Free admission. Event features a parade on Saturday and a shrimp-eating contest on Sunday, along with food for purchase and vendors with arts and crafts, gifts, jewelry and clothing. Fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St., Fort Myers. Free admission. Enjoy tacos for purchase and live music with activities for the whole family. 93xfm.com.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 15 at Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St., Fort Myers. Enjoy garlic-based dishes from local restaurants and food trucks along with live music from local bands. $10 per person. 93xfm.com/garlic-fest.