11 a.m. Bee Friends Farm Workshop + Sample, $12

Each guest will receive their own tasting plate with a full range of Florida honey samples. The Bee Friends Farm beekeeper will take you through the bloom cycle in Florida and you’ll be able to taste the differences in the varietals.

Wells Fargo Community Conference Room. 

1 p.m. Composting with Earthworms, FREE!

A free, short workshop on earthworms and composting from Apple Rabbit Composting. Great for kids and adults! Wells Fargo Community Conference Room.

2 p.m. Eat Your Yard Jax, $5

Want to transform your yard into something you can eat? Eat Your Yard Jax has been helping homeowners do just that for years! The owner will be there to share tips and tricks, as well as info on hiring the service to help you get your edible garden started. Tickets will be available at the door and ahead of time at the info tent (we recommend buying at the info tent ahead of time). Cash only. Wells Fargo Community Conference Room.


5:30 pm Vegan Wine Tasting with Zen Butcher Company

Try a flight of four wines, two red, two white, along with vegan fare from The Zen Butcher Company! Only a limited amount of tickets are available as usual.

What makes a wine vegan? You’ll find out! Not all wines are, surprisingly. A GastroFest favorite is back again this year, this time at the Wells Fargo Room of the Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville. Both dedicated vegans and wine loving omnivores have enjoyed this yearly event within the fest. $22.

The Zen Butcher Company was created with one purpose, to show people it’s possible to eat deliciously and compassionately. We wanted to create a product for vegans, omnivores, and anyone in between, that was interested in adding more plant based protein into their diets. All products are 100% vegan, hand crafted, and created in Jacksonville. We create a diverse line up of artisan meats and cheeses that are sure to trick even the most devout carnivore. We offer our products at Riverside Arts Market every Saturday and we also do special orders available for pickup in our Jacksonville Beach kitchen (special pickups are by appointment only, please call or email us to schedule a pickup). In the next month our products will also be available at Native Sun for retail purchase. We also work with over 15 restaurants throughout Jacksonville and St Augustine, including Taco Lu, Sunray Cinema, Jax Beach Brunch Haus, Hovan 5 Points, and more. A complete list of restaurants that carry our products is available at

Sawyer Gas Demo Stage

Taste and learn at the demo stage in Friendship Fountain on March 23rd during GastroFest. Sponsored by Sawyer Gas, who has also provided the gas cooking burner for the stage. Free to watch inside the park!

Noon The Science of Extreme Cuisine! Nitrogen Demo from MOSH

1:00 PM Kailo Nutrition Healthy Eats

3 p.m. Chocolate Covered Datil Pepper Eating Contest,  FREE!

Sign up for this contest at the info tent prior to the contest. Limited to 10 competitors! Entries closed 30 minutes prior. New to the fest, this contest was a tradition with Hot Shot Bakery in St. Augustine, since shuttered due to hurricane damage. Owner and Sherry Stoppelbein now runs the food truck and catering business Luvin’ Oven which will be at the fest! She’s providing GastroJax and the fest with the datil peppers for the event.  $50 for first prize with a little trophy, and a t-shirt + reusable cup for 2nd prize!

4:00 PM Crane Ramen

5:00 PM Nature’s Drip Cafe 



Erin ThursbyEvents