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FloridaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Florida cuisine is extremely diverse, as varied as her population, as exciting as her history. From the Spanish settlers in the early 16th century to the Cuban, Caribbean and African immigrants, the rich fusion of exotic and complex cuisines has created a food culture that continues to evolve. Visiting the Florida panhandle, the food traveler will find barbecue, grits, Cajun and Creole dishes, while a cooking vacation in the lower parts of Florida offers dishes such as Cuban arroz con pollo and Jamaican jerk chicken. Foodies will discover spicy flavors combined with the sweetness of tropical fruits such as mangoes, papayas, coconuts, and citrus fruits. Florida cuisine also features native seafood specialties including conch, grouper, snapper, and grunt along with unique local dishes like swamp cabbage, seviche, and Key lime pie. Vacationers are sure to enjoy the eclectic blend of culinary delights that are found in Florida.

Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to Florida

Fort Lauderdale for Foodies
Enjoy casually elegant accommodations situated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, cook with a celebrity chef from "The Left Bank" and PBS Television fame, and dine at one of the region's most celebrated restaurants. Come and experience Floribbean cuisine as it was meant to be.
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Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Ultimate Orlando Culinary Adventure
A private hands-on cooking class, fun-filled foodie tour, and a Chef’s Table dining experience that competes anywhere in the world: A hidden side of Orlando that few know about. If golf is your other passion, this resort will bring together both of your pleasures in one glorious getaway.
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Location: Orlando, Florida

— Florida Cooking Schools —

Café Maxx
Pompano Beach 954-782-0606
Join Oliver and company for their 16th season of cooking classes. Chef Oliver is truly innovative and inspirational for home cooks as he shows everyone how to cook better and enables participants to leave with a better understanding of modern culinary principles.
Carefully Blended Cuisine
Orlando 407-322-6400
Custom cooking classes provides hands-on experience for the aspiring chef or casual gourmet. Our Cooking Inspirations interactive dinner classes include preparation and consumption of an entire meal from appetizer, through entrée and on to dessert.
Catch Twenty-Three
Tampa 813-920-0045
Catch 23 offers monthly cooking classes on the first Saturday. Cook up a feast to delight the palate of any food connoisseur with techniques taught in our classes! Choose the correct ingredients and the most appealing way to present each dish.
Chef Andy
Clermont 352-243 9655
It will be Chef Andy’s distinct pleasure to share his professional techniques, trade secrets, and helpful hints for use in your kitchen. It all begins at The Viking Demonstration Kitchen. You will experience a state of the art kitchen that is stylish, warm and welcoming.
Classic Caterers and Rent-a-Chef
Naples & Key West 877-226-1107 website »
Cooking Classes for families or friends and Team-Building Corporate functions; work collectively as teams bonding in a fun educational, setting. Often we cook a full dinner and then set down and share our creations with friends and family…what I call the “Supper Club”.
Dianne M. Morin, Inc. - Cooking for Kids
West Palm Beach 561-722-4429
Classes are aimed to get kids excited about food and being in the kitchen, which means they will learn to measure, combine ingredients, make healthy eating choices, use various kitchen tools and taste the recipes created in class.
EDGE, Steak & Bar
Miami (305) 381-3190
EDGE, Steak & Bar offers a non-traditional, affordable menu of high-quality, interesting cuts of meat, indigenous seafood and locally sourced fruits and vegetables, headed by Executive Chef Aaron Brooks. The sleek 3,300-square-foot venue accommodates 150 guests throughout its stylish dining room, bustling bar, two private event rooms, and outdoor terrace.
Eleanor Hoh's Ho Wok Mei
Bal Harbour 305-865-9297
The dishes I’ll be cooking have been chosen to illustrate a specific stir fry technique or pathway of my approach. All of the dishes I’ll be showing are my “weekday” dishes, meals that take 30 minutes or less to prepare.
Epicurean Theatre
Tampa 813-849-4154
There is no deeper way to indulge in life than to learn all there is to know. The theatre brings people together to share this experience. The audience, just as important as the performance, as ideas and stories are exchanged. Adding to the story of life. A living theatre of discovery.
Gourmet Magic
Windermere 407-484-7378
Host your own culinary class, with family, friends or colleagues. A culinary birthday, anniversary celebration, shower, team-building class - the options are endless.
Healthy Chef Creations
Winter Park 407-339-2433
Here is your chance to learn from Healthy Chef Creations™' Award Winning Chefs. We offer a variety of cooking classes from which you can choose.
Home Sweet Home
Jacksonville 904-631-2419
Classes are taught by Personal Chef Nancy Ricks, who is also a Certified Culinary Inspirations Instructor. Classes appeal to a wide range of audiences from long-time culinary enthusiasts to those longing to learn more.
Johnson & Wales
North Miami 305-892-7000
Chef’s Choice® is an innovative program of demonstration, hands-on, and boutique-cooking classes taught by professional chef instructors at J&W and is open to the public. Classes appeal to all skill levels.
Just Like Mom's Personal Chef Service
Plantation 954-581-5346
For those who want to entertain and educate at the same time, Just Like Mom's Personal Chefs of South Florida offer At Home Cooking Classes. You become the host of your own private at home cooking classes.
Justin-Thyme
Orlando 407-493-6065
We came up with interactive cooking classes to teach specific cooking styles as well as conceptual culinary design to individuals or better yet, groups of friends.
Le Bistro
Lighthouse Point (954) 946-9240 website »
True European Bistro in South Florida headed up by Three Star Michelin trained chef, Andy Trousdale and his wife Elin. Monthly Cooking Classes, Food Club and wine dinners all happen at this highly rated, unique South Florida venue.
Lenore Nolan Ryan Cooking School
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 954-491-2340
Do you love to eat? Do you want to cook? Are you ready to learn from an experienced chef and have fun in the process? Then Lenore's Cooking School is where you should be studying the art of entertaining!
Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Miami
Miami 305-913-8358
Star Chef Clay Conley, who recently appeared on the Today Show – the #1 morning show in the US, presides over cooking classes conducted in the magnificent marble-clad open kitchen of Azul.
Massimo's
Palm Harbor 727-784-1881
We are pleased to present, by popular demand, the first in a series of cooking classes. Join Chef Massimo as he demonstrates tips and techniques in the preparation of fine restaurant cuisine.
Premavera Restaurant - Chef Giacomo's Cooking Class
Fort Lauderdale 954-336-5393
Demonstration classes, limited to 18 people. All students will be able to enjoy featured items and selected wines. Printed recipes of featured items are included.
Publix Apron's Cooking School
Sarasota 941-358-7829
Cooking is fun. And when you attend classes at any of our Apron’s Cooking School locations, you'll enjoy it more than ever. Whether you're a brand-new beginner or an experienced cook wanting to expand your repertoire, we have classes that you'll find entertaining and informative.
Publix Apron's Cooking School
Tampa 813-926-4465
Cooking is fun. And when you attend classes at any of our Apron’s Cooking School locations, you'll enjoy it more than ever. Renowned chefs, authors, cooking celebrities and restaurant chefs make the culinary arts accessible and fun.
Publix Apron's Cooking School
Jacksonville 904-262-4187
Cooking is fun. And when you attend classes at any of our Apron’s Cooking School locations, you'll enjoy it more than ever. Some classes focus on certain cuisines or cooking techniques, others center on topics such as desserts or holidays.
Rivett's Gastronomic Education
Wellington 561-641-1142
Classes are for cooks of all types. With our small class size and attention to customer service, your experience is designed to be completely hands on and interactive.
Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium
Brandon 813-653-2418
Gourmet Kitchen Retail Store and Cooking School. 15,000+ Kitchen tools and 8-12 cooking classes weekly. Specialize in Professional Cutlery, Quality Cookware, Kitchen Tools and Knowledgeable staff, Host Demonstration, Hands-on, Socially Interactive, Team-building and Private Parties.
Smokin’ Cracker BBQ
Sebring 863-381-1530
Want to learn how to cook Championship BBQ on your grill or smoker? We can arrange a private class for you and a few of your friends at your home or place of business.
Societá Dante Alighieri
Coral Gables 305 859 9559
Courses are organized in four lessons of two hours each. You will learn how to cook and serve the most famous Italian dishes but also the regional specialties.
Somethin's Cookin!
Panama City 850-769-8979
Somethin's Cookin offers a wide range of cooking classes for all skill levels and interests. We feature some of the South's best chefs and recipes. Class sizes are small, so register early.
Tampa Bay Chef Services
Clearwater 727-480-7779
Whether you are a beginner seeking to learn new dishes, or a gourmet food lover who wants to sharpen your culinary skills, these lessons will be custom planned just for you! You will have the opportunity to learn hands-on with the chef in your own kitchen!
The Outdoor Kitchen Store
Tampa 813-875-3447
Classes are scheduled from February through June and September through December in our outdoor kitchen. We use local executive chefs to demonstrate their expertise cooking on the Big Green Egg and a selection of Gas grills that we sell.
The Simple & Fresh Cooking School
New Smyrna Beach 386-427-1769
We have an OLD WORLD Italian Cooking School featuring recipes from my book "Simple & Fresh" as well as recipes we learn on our trips to Italy. A hands on experience where you take over the "cucina" under the guidance of Ed & Nora Pankonin.
Truffles and Trifles
Orlando 407-648-0838
Truffles and Trifles started 21 years ago as a dream to share love of cooking and learn how to make being in the kitchen fun. Now, twenty years later, Truffles and Trifles is the largest, most successful cooking school in the Southeast.

Taste What's Happening!

Cocoa Beach's Farmer's Market

Cocoa Beach
4/6/2014 - 4/27/2014
Every Sunday, you can find fresh produce, honey, hot food & drinks, homemade pasta sauce, baked goods, arts & crafts, and much more!

Taste of the Nation

West Palm Beach
4/23/2014
The city's preeminent culinary benefit supporting the fight to end childhood hunger - an elegant evening of gourmet food and wine.

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

Miami
4/25/2014 - 4/27/2014
A world premier int'l rum event, presenting a unique & exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing & blending fine cane spirits.

Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Pompano Beach
4/25/2014 - 4/27/2014
Every kind of seafood imaginable, huge art & crafts display area and fabulous music.

The Great American Pie Festival

Celebration
4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
Never-Ending Pie Buffet with award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings & beverages! Plus make-your-own pies at the Crisco Creation Station.

Annual Taste of St. Augustine

St. Augustine
4/26/2014
St. Augustine's finest restaurants offer samples of their signature dishes as they compete for the coveted T.O.St.A. and People's Choice Awards.

Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Fernandina Beach
5/2/2014 - 5/4/2014
Shrimp prepared every way imaginable by food booths staffed and run exclusively by local Nassau County non-profit groups.

Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Fort Lauderdale
5/2/2014
Great food, fine wine and music all contribute to a spectacular evening under the stars along Las Olas Boulevard, the most picturesque venue in town.

Cocoa Beach's Farmer's Market

Cocoa Beach
5/4/2014 - 5/25/2014
Every Sunday, you can find fresh produce, honey, hot food & drinks, homemade pasta sauce, baked goods, arts & crafts, and much more!

Blue Crab Festival

Palatka
5/23/2014 - 5/26/2014
Arts & crafts, beauty pageant, seafood cookoff, and entertainment.

Cocoa Beach's Farmer's Market

Cocoa Beach
6/1/2014 - 6/29/2014
Every Sunday, you can find fresh produce, honey, hot food & drinks, homemade pasta sauce, baked goods, arts & crafts, and much more!

Chiefland Watermelon Festival

Chiefland
6/7/2014
Arts & crafts, children's activities, watermelon auction, weighing contest, parade, and queen contest.

Wellborn Blueberry Festival

Wellborn
6/7/2014
Blueberry bake-off, pancake breakfast, talent contest, arts & crafts, and entertainment.

Taste of the Nation South Florida

Miami Beach
6/17/2014
An elegant evening of gourmet food and wine.

Cocoa Beach's Farmer's Market

Cocoa Beach
7/6/2014 - 7/27/2014
Every Sunday, you can find fresh produce, honey, hot food & drinks, homemade pasta sauce, baked goods, arts & crafts, and much more!

Fort Pierce Exchange Club Chili Cookoff

Fort Pierce
7/12/2014
Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

Cocoa Beach's Farmer's Market

Cocoa Beach
8/3/2014 - 8/31/2014
Every Sunday, you can find fresh produce, honey, hot food & drinks, homemade pasta sauce, baked goods, arts & crafts, and much more!

Taste of the Nation

Orlando
8/9/2014
An elegant evening of gourmet food and wine.

Flavor Palm Beach

Palm Beach
9/1/2014 - 9/30/2014
Savor the best of local dining with Flavor Palm Beach as it showcases the culinary delights found throughout The Palm Beaches and Boca Raton.

Cocoa Beach's Farmer's Market

Cocoa Beach
9/7/2014 - 9/28/2014
Every Sunday, you can find fresh produce, honey, hot food & drinks, homemade pasta sauce, baked goods, arts & crafts, and much more!
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