Save The Dates: Natural North Florida’s Fall 2017 Music Festivals

As summer winds down in Natural North Florida, residents and visitors alike flock to our famous music and food festivals.   It seems that every year, the number of events increase, as do their quality and breadth.  In 2017, three are of particular note. In Hamilton County, just north of I-10 and east of I-75, the …

Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival, Perry, Fl–December 9 & 10/2016

Don’t miss the festivities at the 2016 Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival in Perry, Florida.  The event starts on Friday, December 9 and continues until the BBQ Cook-Off Awards on Saturday night.  In the meantime, while you’re not eating pulled pork or snacking on festival “fare”, you can listen to some great music. Nationally …

Jefferson County Fair and BBQ Cook-Off, November 12

  The Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2nd annual – Jefferson’s County Fair and BBQ Cook-Off scheduled to take place on November 12 and will be hosted in Lloyd, Florida at the Lloyd Arena.  The festival, will host a variety of food contests aimed at BBQ fans, providing various entertainment shows that …

Pit Stop: Akins BBQ, Bell

Locals traveling from Levy County (Yankeetown, Inglis and Chiefland), Florida to “points north” on Interstate 75 typically take the “Hwy 129 shortcut” to avoid busy traffic in Gainesville and Lake City.  Hwy 129 heads north off US19/98 at Chiefland, and runs through Trenton, Bell and Live Oak before putting travelers out on I-75 just below …

Ken’s BBQ–Great “Cue” at Two Locations in Lake City, FL

BBQ “joints” need to smell.  Not like Lysol or Clorox, but like smoke!  And at either of the Ken’s BBQ & Steaks locations in Lake City, Florida, the first thing that hits you when you walk in the door is the smell of smoke and smoked meats. Unlike bigger BBQ Restaurant chains (Ken’s has a …

Bradford County Strawberry Festival, Starke, FL–April 9 & 10, 2016

The 17th Annual Bradford County Strawberry Festival will be held on April 9 and 10 in Downtown Starke.   There will be lots of great food (including, of course, STRAWBERRIES), as well as music and craft vendors.  The event is FREE and it’s also PET FRIENDLY, so pack up the kids and the pups and head …

Don’t Miss The BBQ at Hamaknocker’s in Wakulla County, Florida!

I write about cooking and food in the monthly “Sportsman’s Kitchen” column in Florida Sportsman magazine, so I guess I’m qualified to make a comment on Florida’s BBQ tradition.  That said, in my humble opinion, Florida has NO BBQ TRADITION.  Yes, we have barbeque (and some folks still consider “grilling” to be barbequing), but mostly …

SCUBA Diving At Its Best at Devil’s Den and Blue Grotto Springs in Levy County, Florida

Many of Natural North Florida’s springs are unique.  In fact, in our 11-county region, we have the highest concentration of natural springs the world.  Many are just “seeps”, bubbling through the rock, but others, like Devil’s Den and Blue Grotto, are downright spectacular!  And while many of our springs, especially those in our Florida State …

The Perfect End To A Long Bike Ride in Fanning Springs–Lunch At The BBQ Shack

Cycling Natural North Florida’s  32-mile Nature Coast State Trail is an excellent way to experience some of Florida’s Rails-To-Trails locations.  The smooth paved trail follows several old railroad bed that joined at Wilcox, just north of Fanning Springs.  This trail runs from Trenton, in Gilchrist County, through Fanning Springs and Old Town, in Dixie County,  …