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2017 Flavor-ful Events on Florida's Historic Coast

October 6-8

St. Augustine Greek Festival

Greek food and pastries await you at the 18th Annual St. Augustine Greek Festival. Enjoy Greek food, live Greek music and folk dancers, arts & crafts vendors, and a kid’s center. Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for those 12 and under. 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.  904-829-0504  StAugGreekFest.com

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October 16  

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 1 - 8

SAiRA Restaurant Week

Through the week dine out at one of dozens of participating SAiRA member restaurants. Take the opportunity to dine on a prix fixe menu that focuses on each restaurant’s specialty.  www.StAugustineRestaurants.com

March 31-April 2

Rhythm and Ribs Festival

Non-stop music and award-winning barbecue all weekend is featured at St. Augustine’s Francis Field during the annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival. Friday and Saturday nights offer nationally recognized musical entertainment. Founded in 1995 by St. Augustine’s Sunshine Rotary Club, the festival has grown from a small BBQ fest to the largest festival in St. Johns County. Festival hours are Friday 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine

904-687-9037 www.rhythmandribs.net

April 8

Chocolate Datil Pepper Eating Contest

Head over to Hot Shot Bakery and feel the heat as locals and visitors alike compete to be this year's star on the Wall of Flame. The Datil pepper is St. Augustine's hot little pepper that has been a part of the local culinary scene for hundreds of years. The competition starts at 11 a.m.; contestants need to arrive by 10:30 a.m. 47 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-824-7898 www.hotshotbakeryncafe.com

April 22

A Taste of St. Augustine

This signature food festival at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre serves up tastes from St. Augustine’s famous restaurants. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. the area’s best restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes. Restaurants will compete for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine). 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-829-3295 www.epicbh.org  

April 19-22

Taste Academy 2017

Educational opportunities to learn about local food sources from local food artisans and chefs. Learn baout the local culinary culture at a variety of workshops. Visit the website for the class schedule. 904-829-2273 www.epicbh.org

September 8 - 10

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/