Your Year-Round Guide to South Florida's Best Food Events

Pompano Beach Seafood Fest, April 26 to 28
This beach party bonanza is a fun-filled tribute to the bounty of the sea. All things seafood will be served along with live entertainment, an arts and crafts area, and lots of other diversions.

The festival runs Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kids 10 and under get in free. Visit pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

New Times' Pairings, September
This swanky, sophisticated New Times shindig (note the modesty) showcases the best partnerships in wine and food. More than 40 of the area's best eateries trot out their culinary creations side by side with wines from across the world. And for those not wine-inclined, there are craft beers too.

And the eating and drinking's not for naught. Proceeds benefit the Jack & Jill Children's Center. From live music to specialty cocktails and tasty bites -- all relationships should be as well-matched as pairings.

The event date and location are TBD. Visit facebook.com/newtimespairings.

Fourth-Annual Boca Raton Food and Wine Festival, November 8 to 10
When it comes to Boca, would you expect anything less than the very best? This grade-A affair is a nonstop, three-day thrill ride of gourmet eats and classy cocktails, from the Grand Tasting and the Vineyard Party to Dinner Under the Stars and Bubbles & Brunch.
Visitors to the biggest affair -- the Grand Tasting -- can watch notable chefs from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm serve their specialties in Kitchen Alley, then indulge in delicate desserts in the Sweet Endings Village. Boozehounds can down craft beers and learn how to cook with (and drink) rum in the Spirits Region. And local songstress Kendra Fulmer will open for the Urban Gypsy Band, so guests can burn off the absurd amount of calories they just consumed.

The festival takes place November 8 to 10 at 5000 T-Rex Ave. in Boca Raton. Ticket prices range from $45 to $150 depending on the event. Visit bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com, or call 561-338-7594.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, December 13 to 17
This all-star, celebcentric festival almost doubled in size for its sixth year in 2012, and its lineup read like Gourmet mag's Rolodex. David Burke of David Burke Townhouse, New York; Arnaud Chavigny of Cafe Bouloud, Palm Beach; Jeff McInnis of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Miami; Jess Mauro of the Food Network; John Kunkel of 50 Eggs, Miami; and many, many more lend their kitchen skills to the mix.

This festival is known for its sleek and intimate events. And while they're still finalizing the lineup for December, we're betting it'll be even bigger and better than last year. As always, there'll be a charity component.

The festival takes place from December 13 to 17 at various venues in the Palm Beach area. Visit pbfoodwinefest.com.

15th Garlic Festival, February 7 to 9, 2014
The world-famous Garlic Fest is Delray Beach's ode to nature's most pungently palatable spice. Dubbed "the best stinkin' party in town," the 15th-annual incarnation of the event will feature delicacies like garlic ice cream, whole roasted garlic, garlic funnel cake, and garlic gator.

Although it's still a ways away, next year they'll be changing up the Garlic Chef competition in conjunction with a new sponsor -- and they promise it'll make waves across the tricounty area. Not to mention a huge opening act for opening night.
Needless to say, Edward Cullen isn't on the guest list. Visit dbgarlicfest.com.




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