Florida's cooks have created unique flavors using the ingredients at hand and the traditions their families brought when they first came to the state. At the Florida Folk Festival, there's everything from homemade beef jerky to Caribbean-influenced dishes of chicken pilau, hoppin' john, black-eyed peas, and okra and tomatoes. More recent immigrant communities have brought their culinary tastes for warm curries and fragrant rices from Trinidad, and light pastries and seasoned lamb from Greece. Florida's coastal waters offer fresh crab, shrimp and oysters, and its farmers raise fresh strawberries, melons and citrus.

During the Folk Festival you can enjoy collard greens and cornbread or a fine plate of fried chicken from the churches cooking at the Old Marble Stage food shelter. At the Amphitheater food court, there's everything from barbecue and gumbo to lime fizzes and vegetarian fare. From breakfast until the midnight snack, there's plenty of good food at the Florida Folk Festival. The following is a sampling of food vendors participating in previous festivals.

 Old Marble Stage Foods

Beulah Baptist Church: chicken and dumplings dinner, chicken pilau dinner, vegetable plate, green beans, collard greens, squash, pickeled beets, cornbread, hoppin' john, tea, lemonade, water

New Bethel AME Church:  rib dinners, 1/4 chicken dinner, pork chop dinner, pound cake, fruit cup

New Bethel AME YPD: hot wings with fries combo; sausage n onions with fries, pound cake, chocolate pound cake, red velvet cake, water, soft drinks; breakfast - bacon, eggs, sausage toast

Sisters Welcome Baptist Church: lima beans & rice, homemade chili & rice, macaroni & cheese, chittlins & rice, beef tips & gravy, cajun beans, Italian Chicken, pies, cookies, brownies, water, soda, orange juice, fruit punch; breakfast:  Build a bowl breakfast (bacon or sausage, grits, eggs & cheese), flap jacks, omelettes

Sweet Home Baptist Church: fried chicken dinner, vegetable plate, shrimp creole with rice, side items - chicken, greens, okra, potatoes, squash, peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, rice; rice krispie treats, pickles, brownies, cornbread

The Community Revival Center:   smoked mullet, fish dinners, shrimp dinners, hot dogs, slaw dog, potato pie, pecan pie, cole slaw, baked beans, rice, fries, breakfast - grits, eggs and sausage breakfast, New Orleans shrimp and grits, tea, lemonade

Amphitheater Stage Foods

AnnLee Concessions:  root beer floats, orange drink, pink lemonade, floats, bottled water

Berrylicious:  strawberry shortcake, chocolate strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheescake, brownie sundae, chocolate dipped strawberries on a stick, chocolate dipped banana with strawberry, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry sundaes, strawberry ice cream cones, strawberry tea, strawberry lemonade

Chubby Boys Roasters: grilled cheese, fresh roasted corn on the cob, corn in a cup, loaded baked potato, loaded sweet potato, hamburgers and cheeseburgers with chips, gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs, slaw dogs with chips, boiled peanuts, frozen slushy drink, iced tea, sodas, water, nachos, pulled pork nachos; grilled wings; grilled pretzels; grilled chocolate panini

Coffee Shack/Guillery's Shaved Ice:  shaved ice, coffee, expresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate, chai tea, coffee shakes, chocolate shock, ice coffee, hot herbal teas, muffins, after shock

Greek Flame Food: lamb gyro on pita, Greek salad, chicken gyro on pita, combo platter, soft drinks, water

Harry's Fresh Squeezed Juices: fresh squeezed lemonade, orange juice, lime fizz

Island Café:  jerk chicken, jerk pork, curried chicken curried coat, island stir fry vegetable - meals served with rice & peas, wraps; Café salad or steamed cabbage and fried plantains Jamaican patties, island hoagies, island hoppin' fries  Jamaican D&G bottled sodas;  coconut water;  sodas; bottled water; bottled Ting; Gatorade

Mike’s Beef Jerky:  kettle corn, pork skins, beef jerky, caramel apple wedges, boiled peanuts, water and canned sodas

Phil's Grill: smoked pork burrito and sandwich, garlic herb chicken, prime rib or beef, spinach artichoke, falafel in burrito, blue crab fritters, Baja shrimp, rice pilaf, iced tea

St. Paul Catering:  bbq ribs platter, bbq chicken platter all with baked beans, potato salad; potato pies, rib sandwich, chicken sandwich, fries, sodas, water

Sunshine Café & Catering, Inc: pizza, bbq chicken on a stick, fries, curly fries,  jumbo turkey legs, bbq pork, bbq beef platter,  bbq pork, bbq beef sandwich, sides - brown rice, grilled veggies, potatoes, black eyed peas, red beans; fried veggies, fried green tomatos; Texas toast sandwich, breakfast burrito,bagel sandwich,  iced tea, sodas

Sweet Treats:  funnel cakes, elephant ears, Belgian waffles, malts and shakes, sundaes, fried oreos, fried twinkies, fried candy bars, cotton candy, hard ice cream cones and cups

Wolverine Concessions:  catfish, frog legs, fish tacos,  bourbon chicken, chicken tenders, seafood  po' boys, fish and chips,  ribbon fries, sides (peas, veggies, rice, fried okra), soda, bottled water, iced tea

East Food Area (between Old Marble and Amphitheater Stages)

Old Fashion Ice Cream:  ice cream bowls, cups, cones, IBC root beer floats, cobblers with ice cream, IBC root beer, water,