Spain comes to Florida (in a good way, this time) for one week in January for the Key West Food and Wine Festival. The annual festival’s theme for 2024 is España and will center around events inspired by famous Spanish artists, with all of the food and drinks at each originating from the regions where they were born. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, and more will be represented through food. Though Spanish in theme, all the ingredients will be locally sourced and Florida-made.
The vibe in Key West — and this festival in particular — is unique, with niche, island-specific activities like a conch kick-off party and coconut bowling returning yearly as festival favorites. In past years, the festival has also hosted seminars with local chefs on topics like making your own chocolate and authentic key lime pie, all of which involved wine. Speaking of wine, this year’s wine will be majority Spanish, paired with Iberian favorites like tapas, pintxos, Valencian paella, roast suckling pig, Jamón Ibérico, and Crema Catalana. Key West may run on island time, but it’s always time for wine at this festival. The Key West Food and Wine Festival was named the #1 wine festival in 2022 by USA Today.
- Over 3,000 people have attended the festival in years past.
- Festival events vary from day to day and are priced differently. VIP tickets can also be purchased and include 10 events across the festival. Prices have yet to be announced at the time of writing, and tickets will be available starting October 1.
- Tickets can be purchased in person at Ocean Sotheby’s realty office in Key West (1075 Duval St Suite 15C).
- Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to the Florida Keys here. And here is our guide to the entire state.
Where is the nearest airport?
Key West International Airport (EYW) is the closest airport to the festival, about three miles away.
Is transportation available?
No, transportation to and from festival events is not provided, however, Key West is an easily walkable town if you plan to stay on the Island.
Are refunds available?
No, there are no refunds or exchanges for festival or event tickets.
What food events are happening this year?
Events announced so far include an artist reception for Carlos Guźman, Papa’s Pilar Rum Dinner, Osborne tasting, Joan Miró: The Harlequin’s Carnival, Tapas and Wine Lunch with Andrew McCarthy, Pablo Picasso Wine Stroll, Cooperage and Cocktails wine lunch, Salvador Dali Wine Dinner, Francisco de Goya Wine Lunch, Antoni Gaudi Bodegas Güell Grand Tasting, and Diego Velázquez brunch with eggs. More events may be announced closer to the festival start date.