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2017 Flavorful Events on Florida's Historic Coast

October 13-15

St. Augustine Greek Festival

Celebrate all things Greek - food, dancing, music and heritage - at this annual festival celebrating St. Augustine’s Greek heritage. Enjoy homemade Greek foods and pastries, shop at the outdoor market and enjoy the carnival games and rides. There will be plenty of Hellenic music and performances by Greek dance troupes from throughout Florida. The festival takes place at Francis Field on Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, and free for youth under age 14 accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for active military and first responders. 25 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-479-6729   StAugGreekFest.com

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A Taste of the Beach

Annual ‘taste-fest’ with the crowd and judges selecting the coveted “Best of the Beach” restaurant. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. The Taste of St. Augustine Beach takes place from noon - 5 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.  Proceeds benefit the Betty Griffin House.   350 A1A Beach Blvd. 904-347-8007  www.sabca.org

November 5

Great St. Augustine Chowder Debate

30 area restaurants compete for top honors in this tasty fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County.  Tastes are $1 each and winners will be selected in New England, Minorcan, conch and/or seafood categories. Sponsored by and held at The Conch House Marina Resort from 12:30 – 4 p.m.  57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine.

904-829-8646  www.Conch-House.com

October 2 - 8

SAiRA Restaurant Week

St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA) is hosting a celebration of the local dining experience. Foodies can take a tour of local cuisine from more than 12 independently owned SAiRA member restaurants located throughout St. Augustine. Chefs from each restaurant will prepare special lunch and dinner menu experiences for participants. Dinners are $35, and lunches are $20. Participants can pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any SAiRA member restaurant. Diners who receive passport stamps from five different restaurants throughout the week will receive a $25 SAiRA gift certificate. 904-429-4588 www.staugustinerestaurants.com/restaurantweek

 

October 4- January 7

High Tea at Cafe Alcazar

Immerse yourself with the full experience of the Dressing Downton exhibition with a special tea in the Cafe Alcazar located in the historic pool area of the Lightner Museum. The high teas will include sweet and savory items reminiscent of Gilded Age high style. Teas will be at 3 and 4 p.m. Sun-Thurs and 2 p.m. Fri-Sat. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. Tickets are $55. 25 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-9948 www.lightnermuseum.org/high-tea

October 7 & 8

Datil Pepper Festival

Celebrate St. Johns County’s official plant, the Datil Pepper, at this festival that takes place at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sun. Admission and parking are free. The event features vendors, a plant sale, an amateur Datil Pepper hotsauce contest and a Datil Pepper restaurant cook off. The cook off will be on Sat. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-0430 www.stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/agriculture.shtml 

October 1

St. Augustine Food & Wine Festival

Hosted by the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association, this festival takes place at the River House from noon-4 p.m. Enjoy culinary specialties from local restaurants and a beer garden as well as sample more than 100 wines. Tickets are $70. This event raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club of St. Augustine. 179 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-540-3129

www.staugustinerestaurants.com/food-wine-festival 

October 20 - 22

St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival

This festival helps connect St. Augustine, the Spanish Wine Capitol of America, to our city’s Spanish history through a series of special events that feature Spanish wine, cuisine and culture. www.spanishwinefestival.com/