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TampaBayDateNightGuide  ~  Fall Fun  ~  Fall Craft Beer & Foodie Events


Fall is about more than leaves changing colors (uh, except Florida…) and pumpkins and boots (on the cold frigid mornings where the temperature barely hits 68 degrees…).


Fall is the doorway to the exciting Holiday season, and it ushers in so many delicious foods and smells and flavors – even beyond pumpkin spiced everything!


To get a great sense of all the flavors that Fall has to offer, a trip to a food and cocktail event might be the perfect recipe!




Worth the Drive: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Now through November 18, 2023
Eat and drink your way through the park’s largest culinary fest! Shop at global marketplaces and enjoy the sounds of live music, try foods from all over the globe, go on a cheese-inspired scavenger hunt, and more.
Theme Park admission required.

READ MORE: Avoid These Mistakes at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival


Worth the Drive: Magical Dining in Orlando

August 18 – October 1, 2023
115+ Participating Orlando restaurants
This annual celebration of Orlando eateries features dozens of restaurants offering date nighters a three-course, prix fixe menu for just $40/person. New for 2023, there are several new additions, including seven Michelin Guide recognized spots. Returning for 2023, Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights, offering locals exclusive hotel and resort offers to extend the dining experience at participating hotel restaurants.
$40-$60 per person


Uncorked: Tampa Wine Fest

September 23, 2023
Enjoy over 150 wines and champagnes from across the globe, interactive exhibits, an outdoor lounge with food trucks, music and more at the 3rd Annual Uncorked: Tampa. Sip and savor drinks and light bites as you wander around the zoo after hours. General admission and VIP options are available.


Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival

​Saturday, October 14, 2023
1310 John Moore Rd., Brandon, FL 33510
The first craft coffee festival of its kind in the South East. With an astounding array of coffee roasters from all over Florida, artisans, vendors, and industry professionals, TBCAF will inspire the brewing connoisseur in anyone! Also featuring live music and performances, vendors, food trucks and tons of Florida artists displaying an array of different mediums.
$10 Early bird tickets

Ocala Food and Wine Festival

November 3 through 5, 2023
World Equestrian Center, Ocala.
The Ocala Food and Wine Festival is returning to the World Equestrian Center (WEC). The event, which features celebrity chefs, food, wine, and more. will be held from November 3 through 5, 2023, is a fun getaway without having to go very far.
$95 – $400

Worth the Drive: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

November 10 – 11, 2023
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin – Orlando
Set outside among the scenic ambiance of the resort, this annual foodie event features live music, unlimited food tastings from the resort’s award-winning culinary team at over 20 food stations, 100 beverage selections from around the world, and immersive themed areas, such as the beer garden and the bubble lounge. Meet celebrity chefs and learn from some of the world’s best chefs and sommeliers.
Overnight packages available.
$185 for event-only tickets. Special VIP packages are available.

Image credit: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin



BADASS Beer Fest 2023

November 4, 2023
Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s annual beer fest is one of the premier craft beer festivals in Florida. Enjoy over 150 brews from over 70 hand-picked breweries. There will also be food trucks, music, artisnal vendors, and more. VIP, general admission, and designated driver tickets are available.

Savor St. Pete Festival

November 4 – 5, 2023
Downtown St. Pete
The two-day festival, overlooking breathtaking Tampa Bay in North Straub Park, will feature a first-class culinary showcase of the Bay area’s celebrated chefs, acclaimed restaurants, popular breweries and an outstanding selection of interesting wines, all within the impressive Grand Tasting Village. A percentage of the ticket sales will benefit a local charity. General admission and VIP tickets are available.
Ticket prices TBD


Le Dîner En Blanc Tampa

Secret location revealed to ticket holders ahead of event
Parisian style pop up picnic described as the chicest event on the globe. This event happens all over the world in over 80 cities at different times throughout the year. The concept of Le Dîner En Blanc spans over 30 years. Guests arrive to a secret location to dine in a public place dressed in all white attire. Guests will enjoy a localized experience but take part in Dîner En Blanc traditions that include the napkin wave, champagne toast and lighting up the night sky with the sparklers.
$14 fee to hold waitlist spot

Save the date for 2024:

Busch Gardens Bier Fest 

Busch Gardens Tampa
A slice of Bavaria returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 4 (including Labor Day). Commemorating six years of Oktoberfest-inspired festivities, Bier Fest returns for its longest event run with 15 newly created menu items inspired by classic German flavors and 60 brews from regions near and far. Included with general admission. Food and drinks available for purchase.