Just in time for tourist season, local chefs showcase their talents to get fall off to a tasty start.
Earlier in the week, Your Examiner introduced this year’s prix fixe menu for this year’s “Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast” October eat-a-thon in St. Augustine.
That’s right – at several very chi-chi restaurants, you can enjoy a fancy, three-course dinner for one low price.
Some of the menus are designed specifically for Flavors of Florida’s historic Coast, but many prix fixe menus feature the restaurants’ signature dishes.
If you’re curious and relatively flush, at most of the participating restaurants, you can try the whole prix fixe menu (all entrées) for about $120 less bar, tax and tips.
For two or three people, that’s good value for money.
A couple of special events coincide with Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast.
One is the St. Augustine Spanish Wine & Food Festival running Oct. 3-6.
All proceeds from the festival go to three charities in St. Johns county: the Children’s Museum of St. Johns, Alzheimer’s Project of St. Johns County Council on Aging, and a new program aimed at educating homeless students in the culinary arts under the auspices of the First Coast Technical College. For more information, contact St. Augustine: America’s First City 1565-2012, 904-825-1053 or email: email@example.com.
Another is the Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast Top Chef Cook-Off, 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Convention Center and Beach Club. During the competition chefs will cook signature dishes for a panel of judges.
Sponsored by the Villagio Italian Grille and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, proceeds from this event will support Home Again St. Johns, the primary organization responsible for meeting the needs of the homeless in St. Johns County.
Tickets are $20 per person online and $25 at the door.
- 11th Annual Soul Food Festival – Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Vera Francis Fall Hall Park, Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. at Highland Ave. N, Green Cove Springs, Fla. 32043. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Bring money for food & kids games. R & B, gospel featuring Chubb Rock, rap and blues music from the 1960’s to 2012. line dancing, Motown review, parade, BBQ rib, sweet potato pie, horseshoe and softball contests. Large kids area. Over 25 food vendors, along with health and wellness vendors. Early morning Walk/Run event at 7:30 a.m., ZUMBA Dance off at 3:30 p.m. and line & step dancing at 6:30. A percentage of proceeds benefit children who cannot afford to attend the Augusta Savage Summer Youth Camp in our area. For more information, please contact Felecia Hampshire, 904-622-7903.
- Outreach to Clay County Homeless & Low-Income Families – Sat., Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 310 S. Oakridge Ave., Green Cove Springs, Fla. 32043. Admission: FREE. FREE lunch & transportation available. Free clothing, food, toiletries, hair cuts, manicures, pedicures and many other services available. For more information, contact the Mercy Network of Clay County, Inc., 1540 Business Center Dr., Ste. C, Fleming Island, Fla. 32003, 904-644-0527, FAX: 904-6440567. For transportation, call 904-379-6208.
More Halloween This Week
- Great Halloween Costume and Garage Sale – Sat., Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Pofahl Studios, 1325 NW Second St., Gainesville, Fla., 32601.Dance Alive National Ballet holds its Great Halloween Costume and Garage Sale October 6th from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fantastic costumes (all sizes), games, house wares, DVD’s, CD’s, books, clothes. Prices from $.05. 352-373-1166.
- Halloween Lights – Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m. Micanopy Branch Library, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, Fla., 32667. Using jars, tissue paper and creative cutouts, there is no limit to the enchanting table lanterns we can make. Make more at home for walkway luminarias. You may bring your own jar if you wish. 352-466-3122.
- Pumpkin Patch – Mon., Oct. 1, Noon-8 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville,Fla. , 32653. Through Oct. 30. Hours are Mon. – Fri. from Noon-8 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sun. from Noon-6 p.m. Special events during weekend hours. 352-376-6615
And Then There’s Some Other Stuff To Do, Too
- 4th Annual Filipino Pride Celebration – Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Celebrate Philippine cuisine, culture, and art. Live music, traditional dress and dance, cultural performances, kid’s zone, authentic Filipino dishes, giveaways, art exhibit, health screenings and more. Event is free and open to the public. Presented by We Filipinos, Inc., in cooperation with First Coast Care Home Health. The only Filipino Festival in northeast Florida. Money raised is donated to worthy beneficiaries that are impacting their communities, locally and in the Philippines. 904-379-7673 or 904-805-9698. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Creekside Festival – Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m. Princess Place Preserve, Palm Coast, Fla. Held under the oaks of Princess Place Preserve and along the shores of Pellicer Creek, the Creekside Festival offers something for everyone. Live bluegrass for music aficionados, arts and crafts booths, great food, a photography exhibit and contest, demonstrations by local artisans, hiking and scenic trails, gemstone mining, tractor tours, kayak tours, storytellers and do-it-yourself crafts.
- Fall Equinox Spriritual & Alternative Health Festival – Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seraphim Center, Gainesville, Fla. Admission: $3. Including Yoga, Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, PSY-K, Readers, Counseling, Crystals, Aura Photos, Rapid Eye Technology, Astrology, classes, vendors, food and more.
- Repticon: A Reptile & Exotic Animal Convention – Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grand Banquet Hall at University Center at University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: Adult $10, Kids 5-12 $5, Kids for 4 & Under FREE. Opportunities to shop from a large mix of local and regional breeders and vendors offering reptiles, amphibians, other exotic animals, supplies and merchandise. Breeders and professionals are accessible for immediate advice. Hourly presentations covering a broad range of exotic animal topics, including guests interacting with animals. 863-268-4273.
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