January Food and Wine Festival in Florida Keys

On January 10, 2012 by admin

Looking for an adventure that tantalises your senses? Rediscover your love for food and wine in the New Year with a trip to the Florida Key West area, famous for its culinary diversity. So it is no wonder that it is to host its Food and Wine Festival for the third year running, from 26-29 January 2012.

The island of Key West is well known for its fresh produce especially its seafood. I especially love the popular dish of ‘conch’, which is a type of shellfish that is usually prepared with steaks, fritters and salads. Very exotic, isn’t it?

Lobster meat from a Spiny rather than a Maine lobster is also considered to be a delicacy while, there is nothing better than eating pink shrimp. Hungry yet? For dessert, most locals recommend the Key Lime pie.

Of course, all good food needs a great bottle of wine and on this Florida festival holiday, you will get a flavour of award winning wines, all with different bodies and bouquets. The Key West Winery is the perfect indication of the key lime, mango and tropical wines that are exclusive to this area.

The wines here offer very new tastes, even for the seasoned wine tasting enthusiast. Your palette might be moistened with a touch of orange wine fermented with chocolate or ‘Key Limen’, a popular citrus wine with a much-needed dash of Margarita.

To fully experience this and more, look no further than the festival or even become a VIP under its programme. It is a much cheaper way to experience the best cuisine and wine of Key West in four short days.  It all kicks off with a beach party and then guests can choose between a series of tastings, talks and inspired walks through the city.

You create your own culinary experience as you pick between a combined wine and chocolate or an ‘Everything Italian’ seminar. Taste Key West shrimp exquisitely prepared by the Hogfish Bar and Grill or why not try something different and go coconut bowling? Shop, eat and drink to your heart’s content.

If venturing outside the festival for some more culinary masterpieces sounds like a good idea, then read on. For a breathtaking view of the Key West coast, jump into a sunset wine cruise which usually offers some snacks in addition to the wine.

It is perfect for couples who want to gaze into the sunset as well as those who want some picturesque memorabilia from their Florida holiday. Have a wander down to what locals consider to be the best family restaurant, ‘Camille’. It boasts the best gourmet dishes, so much so that they guarantee an orgasm with their seafood dishes!

If you are looking for even more diverse cuisine in Key West, try ‘El Meson De Pepe’ for its Cuban drinks and speciality platters. Visiting the restaurant at sunset allows you to dance and mingle with the locals to the electrifying sounds of ‘Caribe of Key West’, the local Salsa band.