Dining June 26, 2017
6 Summer Wine Festivals In Florida You Simply Cannot Miss
We don’t have a lot of festivals in the summer in Florida (most events will choose winter or springtime when temperatures are mild). It turns out that grapes are harvested in the summertime, so you can actually find a few fabulous wine festivals happening around Florida.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. 23rd Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont
You might have seen Lakeridge wines in your local supermarket, but you might not have realized they were produced right here in Florida. This beautiful vineyard is set on more than 80 acres of rolling hills in Central Florida. On August 19th and 20th, you can enjoy live music, grape stomping, and wine tours and tastings, for only $3 per adult (kids 12 and under free).
2. St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival, St. Augustine Shipyard
This exciting festival is spread out over three days from September 8th through the 10th. There are several different events, including delicious meals, outdoor wine fights, dancing, and a grand tasting. Best of all, every dollar goes to local charities.
This year's festival will take place at the St. Augustine Shipyard, located at 117 Dockside Drive.
3. Henscratch Farms Winery, Lake Placid
On August 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this charming Central Florida farm invites you to "Do the Lucy" and stomp some grapes. Visit the chickens and pigs, enjoy winery tours and tastings, a Lucy look-a-alike contest, custom wine bottles with your stomping photo available for pre-order, and grape-picking.
4. One Harrison Food & Wine Festival, Panama City
On August 11th and 12th, downtown Panama City will bring together local culinary artists and wine, craft beer, and cocktail enthusiasts.The Panama City Marina provides a romantic waterfront environment for tastings, live music, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, a silent auction, and an artisan market.
5. Old Florida Harvest & Wine Festival, Log Cabin Farm Vineyard, Satsuma
The 10th annual Old Florida Harvest will take place on August 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free festival features music, fun, and grape stomping in a beautiful country setting.
6. EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, EPCOT, Orlando
Sample food, wine, and beer from all over the world right here in Florida. Plus, take in some culinary demonstrations and seminars, then dance the night away with live performances.The festival takes place August 31st through November 13th.
Have you been to any of these fun Florida festivals? Are there any other fun summertime festivals you think we should check out?