It’s getting chilly. Even here in Central Florida I have turned on the heat and pulled down some of our winter jackets. It’s in the 40’s & 50’s today. Brr. I could definitely use a trip down to the Florida Keys right about now. It’s a perfect time to head down and check out some of the Keys festivals. Did you know they offer festivals year round? There is always something to do in the Florida Keys.
Check out the upcoming Uncorked Festival:
Wine and food lovers can stimulate their taste buds at the annual “Uncorked: The Key Largo and Islamorada Food and Wine Festival,” an 11-day culinary and cocktail extravaganza set for Thursday, Jan. 4, through Sunday, Jan. 14.
Attendees can discover the flavors of these two Upper Keys regions during the food, wine and spirits celebration that boasts scores of tantalizing events at venues from mile marker (MM) 107.9 to 80.
Highlights are to include complimentary wine, beer and spirits tastings; a new “Bayside Street Party” with local artists, food, beer and libations; the back-by-popular-demand “Dine Around Town” multicourse dining experience; a grape stomping contest; Key Largo Fisheries’ “Lobsterfest”; and much more.
Miami chefs Phil Bryant and Veronica Valdivia from The Local Craft Food and Drink in Coral Gables, along with Michael Bertram of Coconut Grove’s Ariete, are to highlight a “Pop-Up-Miami” gourmet dinner.
The festival’s largest event, the “Grand Tasting,” is set for Saturday, Jan. 13, from noon to 4 p.m., spanning the outdoor lawns and inside the Keys History & Discovery Center beside the Atlantic Ocean at Islander Resort, located at MM 82. Attendees can sample signature dishes from numerous area restaurants complemented by an impressive selection of wines. Live music, cooking and mixology demonstrations and cocktail tastings round out the afternoon.
Did you know that the Florida Keys have rebuilt quite a bit since the hurricane? We go every year for Lobster Season, so the Keys have a special place in our family’s hearts. We head to Marathon in August and are so happy to see that it looks like business as normal for most of the Florida Keys.