TRAVEL WORTHY EVENTS: Sun-Song-Snow Starts in Key Largo

WARM PLACES GOT TASTE—Key Largo & Islamorada for Warmth & Taste, Destin for Taste in Music, and Deadwood for Show on Snow

By Deborah Nelson, VRTG Publisher and Travel Writer

2017coverCalling all Foodies! Whether you are a seasoned “foodie” or a foodie wanna be, consider pairing the warmth of Key Largo with the ultimate taste fest at the Uncorked Food and Wine Festival.

Select from 37 tasteful events January 5-15, 2017– all sure to please any seasoned pallet. See Siempre Flamenco with Celia Fonta and renowned guitarist Paco Fonta perform an authentic Flamenco, The cuisine includes a Spanish pig roast, Spanish wines and sangria. Muy Bien! Included in the range of tasty events, children may join the Junior Chocolatier Class. The will  learn how to make candy treats using milk, white, and dark chocolate. What fun!

During the festival enjoy tasty temptations, served with some of your favorite wines. South Florida’s culinary experts come to Key Largo and Islamorada to dazzle the most discerning taste buds Spanning eleven days–choose from wine tasting events, cooking demos, live music, food, and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows. Enjoy this to a backdrop of fabulous Key Largo sunsets, scuba diving, fishing–including shopping in the Key Largo area.

Discover all that Key Largo and Islamorada Have to Offer During  the Uncorked Festival

If you fancy beer, try sampling from 120 craft beers from around the world. At this beer tasting, you’ll enjoy live music accompanying  the tasting at Brew on the Bay event.

The Grand Tasting is a multi-sensory experience. This festival highlight is scheduled for Saturday January 14, 2017. Area restaurants and wine experts present samples of their finest cuisine and world-class wines. Live music, celebrity chef appearances, and cooking demos make for a memorable afternoon in the fabulous warm Florida Keys.

For more information, contact Sue Finney at (305) 394-3736 and Email: foodandwine@fkrm.com


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SONGWRITING FESTIVAL—Destin Area, Scenic Highway 30A

If you are a music fan, you may realize that songwriting is one of the highest forms of music. In that case you won’t want to miss top musicians to showcase their artistry of songwriting along the beaches of South Wakey largo area music festivallton, Florida.

The 8th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL has announced the initial line-up for the 2017 celebration of singers and songs. The festival will feature performances from artists JOHN PRINE, CHEAP TRICK, DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS, AND SHAWN COLVIN. Featuring 175 songwriters, you’ll choose from 225 performances to be held along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A January 13-16, 2017.

Also confirmed are Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, and Motel. Featured artists in venues in the evenings on 30A include John Fullbright, Over the Rhine, JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Chely Wright, Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Matthew Sweet, Tom Gray (The Brains), Shawn Mullins, Peter Case, John Gorka, Nicole Witt, and Farewell Angelina.

“The talent pool of songwriters is vast and prodigious” says co-Producer Russell Carter. “And a new development is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Inductees Cheap Trick will headline the Saturday afternoon stage with their highly melodic guitar pop style. Expect them to rock and reverberate Grand Boulevard to the eastern tip of 30A and back!”

The 30A Songwriters Festival team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues. These venues range in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Festival weekend passes are $265 and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office and at Central Square Records in Seaside.


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THE GREATEST SHOW ON SNOW-Deadwood, South Dakota

snocoross in North Dakota, versus Sun in Key LargoStill loving the winter and snow sports? Deadwood, North Dakota is an important historical area of the Black Hills with snow.

The greatest Show on Snow returns to Deadwood on January 20-21 as the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross Showdown. Deadwood claims to be the wildest town in the west. Consider arriving early or leaving late to explore the entertainment options in Deadwood, including old time casinos reminiscent of the Wild Wild West.

Take a walking tour to the final resting places of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and other notable Deadwood characters. However, to learn real life history, check out how the West was really won in gaming halls and saloons. See how Deadwood guests have been entertained since 1876!

Meanwhile, this fifth annual Deadwood Snocross Showdown features 150 plus of the top professional Snocross racers. They will descend in Deadwood for a weekend of high-flying, high-speed, high-octane snowmobile racing.

Finally, you’ll enjoy pros like Tucker Hibbert, Ross Martin, Robbie Malinoski, Jennifer Pare, and Tim Tremblay race in this event. More than 100 top professional SnoCross racers will compete on the snow.


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