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An endless buffet of food fests

Jingle Jangle Jazz

Culinary treats from area restaurants combine with jazz from musicians including Kym Purling in this event hosted by celebrity chef Robert Hesse, pictured, of Hell's Kitchen. It all takes place in a winter wonderland setting complete with "snow flurries'' inside the Margarete Heye Great Room. Benefits abused, at-risk children aided by Eckerd Youth Alternatives. $125. Saturday 7-11 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 461-1236, ext. 3264.

Ruskin Seafood Festival

Feast on seafood ranging from shrimp, clams and stone crab to more exotic fare like conch and alligator. There's also live steel drum, calypso and reggae bands, boats on display, arts and crafts, a kids area, wellness vendors and wildlife displays. $5, kids under 12 and active military free; $2 per car. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. E. G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin. (813) 671-7655.

Safety Harbor Wine Festival

Stroll Main Street, enjoying wines from around the world, foods from area restaurants, arts and crafts, live entertainment on three stages including Maxi & Company jazz, TFoxx Jazz and Blues, Sarasota Slim, CC Beagle Head and others. Free admission, wines $3-$5 per glass, charge for foods. Saturday 5-11 p.m. Safety Harbor, Main Street between Bayshore Boulevard and Eighth Avenue, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1572.

Stone Crab Jam

The Rotary Club of King's Bay and the city of Crystal River present the third annual street fest, which includes music, stone crabs, vendors, a chowder cookoff and a variety of food and drinks. Bands on three stages will fill the streets with music for all ears. $5 admission. Saturday 4-11 p.m. Citrus Avenue, Crystal River.

Taste of Indian Rocks Beach

Taste foods from more than 20 restaurants including le Bouchon Bistro, Pie Factory, Tapas Garden & Wine Bar and others (nominal charge for tastes), plus wine and beer for sale, live music from Espree deKor, local business booths and displays. Bring blankets or beach chairs. No dogs or coolers allowed. Proceeds benefit the community through the Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association. Free admission, charge for food and beverages. Saturday 4-10 p.m. Chic-a-Si Park, 271 Fourth Ave., Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 517-3131.

Hudson Seafest

The 25th annual event has lots of fresh seafood and fair-style foods, a carnival with a large Ferris wheel, live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors. $3 per carload (rides/games/food additional). Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. USA Fleamarket, 11721 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (727) 847-8887.

Fish Broil and Mullet Festival

The 80th annual event features lots of broiled fish, face painting, fish painting, bounce houses, a fishing tournament, DJ dancing, a steel drum band and a bonfire with a drumming circle at sunset. $8 fish dinner, $2 hot dogs, $1 kids activities. Saturday 3-7 p.m. Pass-a-Grille Beach, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-7956.

Redington Beach Wine Fest

A night under the stars with wine, beer, light hors d'oeuvres, music from Bill's Night Out, plus raffles and a silent auction. Benefits scholarship fund and Redington town events. $25, $30 at door. Saturday 6 p.m. Friendship Park, 164th Avenue and Second Street, Redington Beach. (727) 742-2955.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2010

Take your taste buds on a trip around the world to sample tapas-sized treats from Argentina to Ireland. Eat to the Beat concerts this weekend feature Roger Hodgson (Thursday-Friday) and John Secada (Saturday-Sunday) at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Advance registration and park admission required for some events. Single-day admission to park: $79 adults, $68 ages 3-9 plus tax. Daily during park hours through Nov. 14. Epcot at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639.

An endless buffet of food fests 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:28am]
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