Food Lovers Guide to St. Augustine in May: Food Events and New Restaurants

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We think that wine lovers and farm-to-fork aficionados are definitely in for a treat this month! 

This is more than a food lovers guide to St Augustine in May.

You might be looking for the perfect time of year to visit St. Augustine. Arguably, there is a reason to visit during any season; however, as the month of May unfolds, the historic coast comes alive with culinary events and new restaurants that beckon you to dive into the tastes of this treasured Florida city.

From pleasant weather and warmer waters to fewer crowds compared with peak seasons, May gives you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the surrounding beaches.

The entertainment lineup in May is impressive and for this article, we’ll share where to eat and drink at popular food festivals, craft beer celebrations and wine tastings. We think that wine lovers and farm-to-fork aficionados are definitely in for a treat this month! 

But that’s not all. St. Augustine’s culinary scene is constantly evolving and there are some new restaurants and dining experiences to add to your personal food lovers guide to St. Augustine in May. From innovative fusion cuisine to authentic international flavors, St. Augustine chefs are pushing the boundaries and redefining what “local cuisine” looks like.

Let’s get started!

Food Events in May

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St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival is a multi-day culinary celebration.

St. Augustine Craft Brewer’s Fest: May 4, 2024

The 5th annual craft beer festival will take over the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park from 1:00-5:00pm on Saturday. Over 25 local and regional breweries will be represented. And what would a festival be without food and music? Not to worry, they will have that too with a lineup of food trucks and music. Tickets are limited so it’s best to purchase in advance.

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Over 25 local and regional breweries will be represented at the Brewer’s Fest.

St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival: May 8-12, 2024

USA Today named it one of Florida’s top Food and Wine Festivals. This multi-day culinary event is a celebration of the tastes you love! Host locations you’ll enjoy during the festival include World Golf Village, Renaissance Resort, San Sebastian Winery and Bozard Lincoln. Scheduled events include:

River Walk Tasting where you’ll enjoy a progressive San Sebastian Riverfront tasting along with rooftop views from San Sebastian Winery;

Harvest Awards and Tastings where guests will enjoy wine tasting and a curated menu from the area’s best restaurants;

Smoke on the Water, a showcase of the southeast’s most celebrated Pitmasters;

Epicurean Master Class, where wine, craft brew, and spirit lovers will learn more about their favorite beverages and some fantastic pairing ideas;

Gala Tasting, along the beautiful Walk of Champions where guests can mingle and nibble as they learn more from artisans and farmers, and taste from over 300 varieties of beverages, local restaurants and food trucks;

Sunday Jazz Mother’s Day Brunch, where you can treat your favorite lady to a lavish brunch and local jazz music.

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Rows and rows of sunflowers are ready for you to take home at the Sunflower and Tomato Festival.

Sunflower and Tomato Festival: May 11, 2024

Picture yourself strolling through the fields of Wesley Wells Farm with a 5-gallon bucket in hand. You reach down to pluck the ripest, most vibrant tomato you’ve ever seen, fresh from the vine, then move along to enjoy the aroma and ambiance of nature’s bounty at the largest you-pick farm in St. John’s County. Then, there are the sunflowers. Rows and rows of sunflowers that you can choose and cut to take home as your own. Enjoy the handmade market, food trucks, and Salsa Tasting contest while you play at the farm during the Sunflower and Tomato Festival.

New Restaurants and Experiences to Enjoy in St. Augustine

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From fusion cuisines to authentic international fare, new restaurants in St. Augustine and St. John’s County will keep you satisfied!

The chefs in St. Augustine Florida have a passion for cooking that burns brighter than the Florida sun. Their ambition is to elevate the local dining scene to new heights, rivaling more established culinary destinations like New York, Charleston, and Savannah. And when, as they say, the secret to good cooking stems from passion for cooking, the cats out of the bag on Florida’s Historic Coast! 

While the city’s culinary scene is ever-evolving, some recent additions have already captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors alike. From fusion cuisines to authentic international fare, these restaurants and cafes in and around St. Augustine and St. Johns County will have you coming back for more. 

Give them a taste and let us know what you think!

Lotus Noodle Bar

Chef Barry Honan ate a lot of Ramen. Studied it actually. The result is a culinary symphony where the rich culinary traditions of Japan seamlessly intertwine with the refined techniques of French cuisine. The menu at Lotus Noodle Bar is the result of simplicity and beauty, cultivated with local produce, and blended with products sourced from Japan. When you make a reservation, you’re embarking on a culinary experience.

Location: 56 Grove Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Daruma Asian Cuisine Japanese Steakhouse

New to St. Augustine, Daruma Asian Cuisine is catching local attention.

Location: 107 Nature Walk Pkwy, Ste 109, St. Augustine, FL 32092

Sapori Caffe

Sapori Caffee is an authentic Italian cafe offering traditional Italian pastries, quick lunches and Lavazza coffee.

Location: 12276 San Jose Blvd Ste 714 Jacksonville, FL 32223

Salento Steakhouse

Salento Steakhouse, the family restaurant voted one of the best steakhouses in Jacksonville, is about to open a second location in St. Augustine. Authentic Colombian recipes served in an inviting atmosphere where friends and family gather. This is where you go to share a meal and create memories.

Location: 60 Silver First Drive, Site 113-115, St. Augustine, FL

Bourbon and Boards

Go where craft cocktails and culinary delights deliver a tasteful experience. Bourbon and Boards boasts over 148 Bourbons, 37 Ryes and 900 Bottles of Wine. Get ready to sip, savor, shake, and sizzle.

Location: 17 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 

Ancient City Cooking Experience

Get ready to embark on a new flavor-filled St. Augustine journey. Reservations for the Ancient City Cooking Experience open May 1 with the first class scheduled for May 17.

Location: 210 St George Street, Unit C3, St Augustine, Florida!

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