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.
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!
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
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
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
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