SUNSATIONAL awards

For the past 21 years, the Florida Festivals & Events Association has celebrated our members' achievements in event marketing, programming, service and innovation through the Sunsational Awards.

The Sunsational Awards are judged in three different budget levels and 16 different categories. Members may submit one item per category per event for nomination.

We had a record number of more than 400 submissions for the Sunsational Awards and we are thrilled to honor over 40 organizations and individuals representing over 120 events.

Winners are listed below first by budget division and then by category. Click the links to see the winning entries.

Click here to see photos from the awards presentation dinner.

Click here to see an alphabetical listing of winners.

 

Annual Budget - $250,000 and above

Annual Report

1st

South Florida Fair

 

Brochure

1st

Visit Sarasota County

2nd

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

3rd

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.

 

Commemorative Poster

1st

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce - ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

2nd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

3rd

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 16th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

 

Educational Program

1st

Edison Festival of Light - STEMtastic Day of Discovery

2nd

Florida State Fair Authority - The 111th Florida State Fair

 

Mobile App

1st

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

Outdoor Advertisement

1st

Florida State Fair Authority - The 111th Florida State Fair

2nd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

3rd

Bobby Rodriguez Productions - The Florida Renaissance Festival

 

Photo

1st

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 16th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

2nd

South Florida Fair

3rd

EventFest, Inc. - McDonal's Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza

 

PR / Media Campaign

1st

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest

2nd

City of Miami Gardens - Jazz in the Gardens

 

Program / Event Guide

1st

City of Miami Gardens - Jazz in the Gardens

2nd

Edison Festival of Light - STEMtastic Day of Discovery

3rd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

 

Promotional Item

1st

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

2nd

Leesburg Partnership - Bikefest

3rd

Florida State Fair Authority - The 111th Florida State Fair

 

Promotional Poster

1st

City of Clearwater - Fun 'N Country

2nd

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce - ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

3rd

City of Gainesville - Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

 

Radio

1st

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

2nd

South Florida Fair

3rd

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest

 

Social Media

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2nd

South Florida Fair

3rd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

Sponsor Program

1st

ArtFest Fort Myers

 

Television

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2nd

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce - ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

3rd

City of Clearwater - Fun 'n Sun Clearwater

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

City of Miami Gardens - Jazz in the Gardens

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

3rd

South Florida Fair

 

T-shirt

1st

South Florida Fair

2nd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

3rd

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce - ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

 

Volunteer Program

1st

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest

 

Website

1st

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.

2nd

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest

3rd

City of Miami Gardens - Jazz in the Gardens

 

Annual Budget - $50,000 - $249,999

Annual Report

1st

City of Boynton Beach

 

Brochure

1st

Delray Beach Center for the Arts - Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest

2nd

City of Palm Beach Gardens - Gardens GreenMarket

3rd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Yesteryear Village Bluegrass Spring Music Jam

 

Commemorative Poster

1st

City of North Miami - Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

Community Outreach Program

1st

City of Palm Beach Gardens - Gardens Gives Back

 

Mobile App

1st

City of Ocoee - Ocoee Founders' Day Festival

2nd

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 53rd Annual Delray Affair

 

Outdoor Advertisement

1st

City of West Palm Beach - Sandi Land

2nd

Festival Management Group - 1st Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival

3rd

Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

 

Photo

1st

Festival Management Group - 1st Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival

2nd

City of West Palm Beach - Sandi Land

3rd

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Wanee Music Festival

 

PR / Media Campaign

1st

Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

 

Program / Event Guide

1st

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Delray Beach 100ft Christmas Tree 2014

2nd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration

3rd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Yesteryear Village Bluegrass Spring Music Jam

 

Promotional Item

1st

Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

2nd

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest

3rd

City of West Palm Beach - Sandi Land

 

Promotional Poster

1st

City of Clearwater - Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival

2nd

City of West Palm Beach - 4th on Flagler

3rd

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Wanee Music Festival

 

Radio

1st

Redevelopment Management Associates - Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration

2nd

Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

 

Social Media

1st

City of Ocoee  - 2014 Ocoee Founders' Day Festival

2nd

Festival Management Group - 1st Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival

3rd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Northwood Village's Art & Wine Promenade

 

Television

1st

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Suwanee River Jam

2nd

City of Ocoee - Ocoee Founders' Day Festival

3rd

City of West Palm Beach - Summer in Paradise

 

T-shirt

1st

City of West Palm Beach - Clematis by Night

2nd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Yesteryear Village Bluegrass Spring Music Jam

3rd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration

 

Website

1st

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Suwanee River Jam

2nd

City of Ocoee  - 2014 Ocoee Founders' Day Festival

3rd

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - 2015 Delray Beach July 4th Celebration

 

Annual Budget - $49,999 and under

Brochure

1st

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - On the Ave Presents Artober

2nd

City of Pompano Beach - Santa's Switchboard

3rd

City of Clermont - 4th of July Red White & Boom

 

Commemorative Poster

1st

City of West Palm Beach - Clematis by Night

 

Community Outreach Program

1st

Palm Beach County Public Affairs - Palm Beach County Day

2nd

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Paws in the Park

3rd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Green Market Pompano Beach

 

Educational Program

1st

Collier County Fair - Horticulture Exhibit

2nd

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

3rd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Small Business Week

 

Green Program

1st

Town of Orange Park - Annual Fall Festival

 

Outdoor Advertisement

1st

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Fotofusion Banners

2nd

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Bear Creek Music & Art Festival

3rd

City of Hialeah - 2014 Bridal Expo

 

Photo

1st

City of Coral Springs - BizArt 2015 - Chalk It Up for Art

2nd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Light Up MLK

3rd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Evernia Garage Mural

 

PR / Media Campaign

1st

Leesburg Partnership - We're Open Campaign

2nd

Village of Wellington - Fall Festival 2014

3rd

Palm Beach Broadcasting - Paws in the Park

 

Program / Event Guide

1st

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

 

Promotional Item

1st

Village of Wellington - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

2nd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Barkapalooza

3rd

Redevelopment Management Associates - Light Up MLK

 

Promotional Poster

1st

Redevelopment Management Associates - Celebrate Margate

2nd

Village of Wellington - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

3rd

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park  - Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival

 

Radio

1st

City of Gainesville - Jest Fest

2nd

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

3rd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Spookyville in Yesteryear Village

 

Social Media

1st

Lake County Economic  Development & Tourism - 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival

2nd

Lion Country Safari - #JurrasicZoo

3rd

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - On The Ave Presents Sets in the West

 

Television

1st

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

3rd

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Seek in the City Delray Beach

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

Village of Wellington - Frozen Father Daughter Snow Ball

2nd

Village of Wellington - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

3rd

City of Hialeah - 2014 Bridal Expo

 

T-shirt

1st

Sanger Events & Promotions - The FEST

2nd

Sanger Events & Promotions - THE Bike Night at Harley Davidson of PCB

3rd

City of Gainesville - Jest Fest

 

Volunteer Program

1st

Town of Orange Park - Annual Fall Festival

 

Website

1st

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Seek in the City Delray Beach

2nd

Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral  - Freedom 5K

3rd

Town of Orange Park - Kids Fest