In addition to the wonderful program of films, the 2015 Florida Film Festival will include several food-centric events during its run.
On Saturday, April 11, from 11am to 12:30pm, the FFF will host a Locally Fresh! event featuring samples and live cooking demonstrations of local eats, along with a sneak peek into the world of farming. Featured participants include Lake Meadow Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. Tickets are $12, and the event takes place at Enzian.
Jimmy Fallon Gets Five New Wax Figures Including One Coming to Madam Tussauds Orlando #MTFallonGetsWaxed
To mark his one year anniversary as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon joined Madame Tussauds at their New York attraction for a special launch of five brand new, never-before-seen wax figures of the popular funnyman.
One of those five will be making their way down to the Sunshine State, to reside in Madame Tussauds new Orlando location at I-Drive 360.
Enter to Win a $50 Gift Certificate for Spring Shopping at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores #lbvfs #springdeals
It’s Spring in Florida, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting clothes to help you enjoy the warmer weather. To do that and save money, head to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.
At the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise by brand names, at savings of up to 75% off (and sometimes more). There’s easy store front parking, too, which makes getting in and out easy.
To add to the savings, the mall will be holding a sidewalk sale the weekend of April 10-12, where stores will have merchandise at extra savings.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a version of fan favorite at Disneyland, is soft opening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort March 28.
It is located off the main lobby, with the adjacent Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace offering views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon.
While Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto shares some similarities with the original, including some signature drinks and small plates, Beverage Manager Brad Ward, Chef Lenny DeGeorge, and the Concept Development team have created new menu items just for the Walt Disney World location.
SeaWorld Orlando has announced April 16 as the opening date for the new show “Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High.”
The show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school. The dynamic duo of Clyde and Seamore are nominated to win scholarships to Ocean University…but first they must enter crash courses in science, dance and gym in a storyline that is full of fast-paced fun.
In an effort to get Central Florida healthier, the American Heart Association of Greater Orlando is hosting National Walking Day on April 1 at noon.
These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.
The Crayola Experience at Florida Mall will be opening this summer, and they’ve now got the main signage up on the building.
At Crayola Experience Orlando, families will enjoy many of the brand’s signature attractions – such as “Wrap it Up!” where you can name and wrap an authentic Crayola crayon and “Be a Star,” where you can star in your very own coloring page – as well as some exciting new attractions that will debut in Orlando.
The attraction also will have a retail store where guests will discover hundreds of unique Crayola products and souvenirs only found at Crayola Experience.
This will be the second retail experience store for Crayola. We’ll let you know as soon as we discover an opening date.
Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando will be bringing a taste of country to the I-Drive 360 complex when it opens in May. But to get open, they need to find a staff.
To do this, they’re olding a job fair on April 2, 3 and 4 from 2pm – 7pm each day.
Last summer, we told you that Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando would be opening on International Drive. This week, we have a first glimpse at the interior, courtesy of an artist rendering provided by Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack.
The rendering is of the main bar areas and show floor where Mango’s dancers will perform for guests in the evening. If it’s anything like the original Mango’s Tropical Cafe in South Beach Miami, they’ll even be dancing on top of the bars.
Layer a bluegrass sound over a jazz groove, and you have North Carolina’s Brushfire Stankgrass, who will be playing Orlando at Will’s Pub on March 30.
On their website, they call it Grass Powered Boogie, but it can also be called Modern Mountain Fusion, and it’s winning over a lot of bluegrass/newgrass buffs.
The two founding members (Ben and Will Saylor, banjo and guitar) are brothers who have been playing music together since the age of three. Together with a rhythm section comprised of Micah Thomas on drums and Daniel Iannucci on bass (both are seasoned and well known Asheville musicians), the group’s chemistry and unique sound has clicked with a lot of music lovers.
The culinary forces behind Central Florida restaurants American Gymkhana and Cress will collaborate once again on a Flavor Farm Series Dinner on Friday, April 3.
Four-time James Beard-nominated Chef Hari Pulapaka is the creative mind behind the menu at Cress Restaurant in Deland. Chef Aarthi Sampath is the amazing chef behind the creations at American Gymkhana restaurant in Dr. Phillips.
Together, the two chefs will team up to create a unique tasting menu highlighting some of Florida’s best local ingredients, while celebrating their Indian culture. They will be joined by American Gymkhana mixologist Hemant Pathak and Jenneffer Pulapaka from Cress, who will do the cocktail and wine pairings.
The 5 course tasting menu is $75 per person, $110 with the wine or cocktail pairing. Both come with a mini-cocktail hour, and include tax/gratuity. There are two seatings, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
For more information, or to purchase your seat at this exclusive dinner, visit the event’s Eventbrite ticket page.
American Gymkhana is located at 7559 W. Sandlake Rd. Visit their website at americangymkhana.com.
One of the special events to be held during the 2015 edition of the Florida Film Festival is An Evening with Sam Rockwell on Friday, April 17.
Rockwell has amassed a healthy list of movie credits ranging from “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “The Way, Way Back” to “Iron Man 2″ and “Choke.”
The event will include a showing of Rockwell’s film, “Moon,” which is one of the most acclaimed science-fiction films, and winner of 22 international film awards.
For the final weekend of this year’s Bands, Brew & BBQ event, SeaWorld Orlando has comedian Bill Engvall on Saturday, March 28, and country legend Alan Jackson on Sunday, March 29, serving up the entertainment.
Bands, Brew & BBQ features live concerts from top classic rock and country bands and artists, the tastiest BBQ from Central Florida’s top local smokehouses, plus SeaWorld’s own Sweet & Smokin’ Barbecue. This event is presented in partnership with USO of Central Florida, an organization that has been lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families over 70 years.