Winter Food Festivals on the Space Coast

 
Welcome to the winter on the Space Coast! For many, winter means carrots, potatoes and stews trying to stay warm. Not here! We are so lucky to be able to enjoy delicious and fresh food year round, and we wanted to showcase 3 local food festivals to check out while you are here on vacation. All of them offer not only delicious eats, but tons of family friendly activities for a memorable day trip.

Florida Key Lime Pie Festival in Merritt Island

Date: January 19, 2019




The 8th annual event features an eating challenge, pie toss, outdoor entertainment and, of course, the chance to try some world famous key lime pie!

If you can’t make it here, and you LOVE key lime pie, you can make this super easy version right at home!

Space Coast Food Festival in Port Canaveral

Date: February 9, 2019




Get ready for the 34th annual chowder cook-off! There is also live music, a beer garden, a silent auction and great restaurants vying for the top prizes.

The port area not only has the cruise terminals and has a ton of great restaurants, but you can also pop by the Exploration Tower nearby to make it a full day outing!

Seafood & Music Festival in Viera

Date: March 7-10, 2019




Who doesn’t love seafood, and music?! This is a famous 4-day event that attracts the best seafood restaurants from across the country (and over 10,000 people!) If the kids don’t like seafood, don’t worry, there is also tons of other activities including an arts & crafts show a Kids Zone and lots more.

Tickets can be purchased for a single or multiple day for the seafood festival, and the concert tickets are sold separately. Viera is about 15 miles from both Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
 

4 Healthy (and Delicious!) Food Cafés

We know the allure of vacation – endless amounts of fish tacos and nachos with your toes buried in the sand, cool strawberry daiquiris overlooking the ocean or local craft beer. But hey, sometimes you just want one healthy meal thrown in there to make you feel a bit better, right? We get it!

That’s why we came up with our 4 favorite healthy food spots near Cocoa Beach.  From fresh market sandwiches and chill live music joints to gorgeous acai bowls with fresh fruit, there’s a lot the area has to offer!
The best part? You won’t be sacrificing any taste. Halleluiah!

Green Room Café


Located in Downtown Cocoa Beach, this causal & chill vegetarian & vegan restaurant has a long list of smoothies, bowls, salad, sandwiches and burgers to choose from. Pick it up or dine in their casual space (beer also available).

Best for: Organic + Laid Back Vibes

Juice ‘n Java Café


A local stable for many years, the Juice ‘n Java is both a great lunch spot and a live music venue! Sit down for a healthy lunch & fresh roasted coffee, or pop in at night for live music and a drink!

Best for: Tasty + Live Music

Surfinista


This downtown eclectic & artsy smoothie Acai café & juice bar has an amazing selection of bowls, smoothies, cold pressed juices, baked goods & coffee.  Hang out and enjoy the local surf feel and great energy.

Best for: Healthy Pit Stop

Green Turtle Market & Café


Located in Indian Harbour Beach, The Green Turtle doubles as a gourmet grocery store and a café/deli. They have delicious & creative soups, salads & sandwiches. Plus, check out their calendar for free wine tasting events – we guarantee you won’t leave empty handed!

Best For: Healthy Gourmet

Best Breweries in Brevard

 

When most people think of the microbrew scene, Florida doesn’t necessarily come to the top of your mind. Well, we are proud to prove you wrong! We had the difficult task of trying them out (I know, someone had to do it). There are 10 craft breweries that are now in the area, all offering something unique. Here are 4 that we wanted to highlight:


Intracoastal Brewing Co.


Located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, Intracoastal Brewing Co is a fun & chill spot to enjoy a pint or flight of some new brews. They are a relaxed patio & grassy area for people (and pets) to spread out, board & yard games to keep everyone entertained and a food truck on sight serving tacos and Peruvian food.


Best for: Family Friendly Brewery


Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Co.


Located in downtown Melbourne, this brewery calls a 120 year-old former hardware and farm supply store home. Retrofitted in 2016, they create the bold brews right on site. You can enjoy their rotating list of beers in what feels like the comfort of your own home. Pretzels are free, food can be ordered in and the atmosphere is awesome.


Best for: Bold Brews


Florida Beer Co.


Who says you can’t have fun while drinking beer. From live acoustic jams & comedy, to trivia and tiki bands, this place is as energetic as they come. An amalgamation of local brewers from Melbourne, Tampa & Miami – Florida Beer Co moved into this space in 2013. Bonus – grab a 6 pack of your favorite Florida beer to go.


Best for: Action packed activities


Playalinda Brewing Co.


With two locations in Titusville (Brix Project & Hardware Store) – both with a super unique vibe. The owners went from an Electric Company to starting a Brewery in the century old building. The Hardware Store location is a charming downtown spot with lots of beer to choose from. The Brix Project location has an ever-changing menu and unique & interesting pub food (plus delicious ol’ burgers) paired with their signature beers & cocktails.


Best for: Beer + Food