2nd Annual Family Foodie Fare

Jacksonville Moms BlogJacksonville Magazine, and Vicarious Events are thrilled to bring you our 2nd Annual Family Foodie Fare on Sunday, February 26 at Engine 15 Downtown Taproom! We will have some of the top restaurants in Jacksonville competing Top Chef-style for the best adult and kid food pairing. Come enjoy a family day out, sample some of the best food and drink Jax has to offer, enjoy music from Mere Woodard, snap some silly family pics in the Tin Can Photo Lounge, fun family activities and more!

Tickets are now on sale HEREYour ticket includes all of the food from the restaurants participating (the samples will fill you up!) and all activities. There will be beer for the adults available to purchase from Engine 15.

We’re excited to have an amazing lineup of local restaurants this year– V PizzaSweet Pete’s CandyCulhane’s Irish PubBearded Pig, Good Dough, 5 Loaves 2 Fish Cafe, Black Sheep, Burrito GalleryUptown Kitchen & Bar,  Kathy’s Table and the chefs from Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa will be participating this year!

And it’s not all about the food – we will have lots of fun activities for families, especially your little foodies!

Bay & Bee: Balance beam, Tegu building activity and Pello lounging area for even the littlest foodies!

Girly-Girl Parteas: Meet the snow sisters, the little mermaid, Tinkerbell, their Hawaiian princess (Moana inspired) and their Spider Hero!

Sip & Scrap: Get the creative juices flowing with a hands-on apron decorating for the kids to take home!

Jacksonville Jaguars street team: Get up close with the Jags Prowler Enjoy playing Xbox games, music and take home some Jags beads to show your Jags spirit!

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp street team: Meet Southpaw, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp mascot at the Family Foodie Fare from 1 PM – 2 PM!

Jax Play Day: Join in some family gametime and competition! Jax Play Day will be bringing Giant Cup Toss, Giant Jenga, Corn Hole, and Big Building Bricks (Giant Lego’s).

Swag and Giveaway Sponsors: Lucky’s Market Neptune Beach, Kwik Stix, Jaffi’s, Jax Ice & Sportsplex, Natural Life, Aqua East, Scout & Molly’s, Marker 32, Trasca & Co Eatery, KYDS, Pinot’s PalleteWorld Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, Doing Dishes, Jax Stroller Strength, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and more!

Charity Spotlight!

We are so excited to partner up with Feeding Northeast Florida for this event. Feeding Northeast Florida helps local children, families, seniors, and veterans that struggle to put food on the table. Working with local grocery stores, manufacturers, and farms we rescue high-quality food that would normally be wasted and transform it into meals for those in need. An estimated 281,000 individuals in Northeast Florida struggle to put food on the table. 80,000 of those individuals are children. In 2016 we distributed 12.3 million pounds of fresh produce and high-quality food to community partners like City Rescue Mission, Trinity Rescue Mission, Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM), Salvation Army and The Sulzbacher Center for use in their feeding and food distribution programs. These partners each have unique feeding programs that assist local residents in need. Through their partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida, these community partners are able to reallocate their food budgets to other programs, like job training and placement, mental health counseling, and low-cost childcare.

Snackpack Program

Kids need proper nutrition every day in order to grow, develop and learn properly. Going even a day or two without food can have a huge impact on a child. Our Snackpack program provides a sack of kid-friendly, nutritionally balanced food to children every Friday during the school year. The food tides them over on Saturdays and Sundays, allowing them to return to school on Monday ready to learn. We provide Snackpacks to over 40 schools in six counties every week. Teachers and other school staff distribute the bags to kids in need every Friday. It’s really that simple. Benefits of the Snackpack program are felt most strongly on Monday mornings when Snackpack recipients are better equipped to learn and behavioral incidents are greatly reduced. Proper childhood nutrition helps kids succeed in school and contribute more later in life. The Snackpacks can have a positive impact throughout a child’s life.

For this event, we would love Jacksonville families to bring some of these items needed to create SnackPacks for children in our area. For every item you bring, JMB will give you one extra raffle tickets for our amazing giveaways!

List of items needed for Snackpacks:

Individually Packaged items are strongly preferred.

Applesauce Pouches (no sugar added)
Fruit cups (no sugar added)
Veggie Straws
Peanut Butter (or other nut butter) packets

Buy your tickets now and stay tuned on our Facebook event page for updates and details!


Megan Kilis
Born in Jacksonville and raised in New Orleans and Houston, Megan attended college in Knoxville, then worked in Nashville. From her nomadic lifestyle grew a love for the beach, as well as a fondness for Cajun food and jazz, Texas BBQ, Tennessee football, and everything Music City. She is a work-from-home mompreneur with a passion for business, fashion, fitness, community, and all things mom. Having fallen in love with her parents’ hot plumber Mike in 2007, she married him two years later in her parents’ backyard. After their spunky curly-haired charmer Kingsley was born in February 2010, Megan decided not to return to her job. While spending time as a stay-at-home mom, however, she realized that Jacksonville was lacking some important resources for moms–so in August 2012, she asked her friend Vicky to join her in starting Jacksonville Moms Blog, now Jacksonville Mom. Megan loves learning more about her city; connecting with other moms, as well as connecting moms with one another; and discovering new local businesses. As the blog has grown, so has her family: in May 2014, she and Mike welcomed a spirited baby boy named Britton. When she’s not working on Jacksonville Mom, you can find Megan sweating it out with other moms, shooting skeet with Mike, or running around on the beach with her energetic duo!


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