Orlando’s Emily Ellyn Appears at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on October 22, 2014

Orlando Chef Emily Ellyn at Epcot Food & Wine Fest

Visitors to Epcot Center’s Food and Wine Festival tomorrow, October 22, are in for a Retro Rad treat! Emily Ellyn (“Next Food Network Star” finalist, “Cupcake Wars” winning team member, World Food Championships judge) will be on stage at the Festival Welcome Center Culinary Demonstration Stage at 3pm and 5pm. Tickets for the exclusive demonstration are $15* (admission to Epcot is required, and not included).

Guests will sample her Chocolate Tea Cake filled with Rose Water Frosting a.k.a. “I’m a Little Tea Cake”, which pairs perfectly with Banfi’s Rosa Regale. Also on “tap,” Zucchini Limoncello Curd and Ricotta “Whey” Tea Sandwiches with Avero Limoncello from Campania, Italy. Scroll down for her tea sandwich recipe to try at home.

For more information on Emily Ellyn, including upcoming appearances and her many projects, visit EmilyEllyn.com.

*tax is included, and alcohol will only be served to guests over 21.

[Photo courtesy Emily Ellyn Productions]

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Out and About: AIMExpo 2014 Offers Motorcycle Fun for the Whole Family

AIMExpo 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center

This weekend my family and I checked out the AIMExpo 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center. The convention is a showcase and playground for fans of motorcycles and other outdoor recreational vehicles.

My husband, Kirk, has a motorcycle, and I like to ride with him. I love being on a motorcycle. It’s just fun! But with the kids, it has become a family affair that is pushing me to learn to drive the bike, not just ride on the back. That’s ok, but it’s a big step for me. I do ok on a bicycle, but that is very different from a two-wheeler with a 750cc motor. So maybe a scooter for me? Something that will still be able  to keep up with my hubby’s bike? No Problem!! Come check this one out! Or try this bike! This Expo is the perfect place to get a feel of what you like, what scares-you-to-death-but-you-get-on-it-anyway, and what is comfortable for you. And it gives you a chance to see some cool stuff.

AIMExpo 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center

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Four Seasons Resorts Food Truck Coming to Orlando October 27 – 28, 2014

Four Seasons Resorts food truck tour

Four Seasons Resorts have been sending a food truck on a tour of the east coast, and it will arrive in Orlando October 27 and 28.

The menu will feature street-food creations by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi of Ravello restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, including Italian favourites such as pressed rosemary focaccia sandwich and bomboloni doughuts.

The food truck will be at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (10100 Dream Tree Boulevard, Golden Oak) from 2pm-5pm on Monday, October 27.

On Tuesday, October 28, it will be at The Mall at Millenia in the Neiman Marcus parking lot from 11am-2pm, then move to the Winter Park Library in Winter Park from 5pm-7pm.

At each of the stops, visitors can enter to win a Food & Fashion prize giveaway, including a $250 gift card courtesy of The Mall at Millenia, paired with a $150 gift certificate to enjoy dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

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Orlando City Soccer Club Breaks Ground on New Downtown Stadium

Orlando City Soccer Club stadium groundbreaking

Thursday afternoon, October 16, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for Orlando City Soccer Club‘s new downtown stadium.

Thousands of fans attended, and joined together in a march from Church Street Station to the new stadium location further west on Church Street. It was quite a sight with everyone wearing purple and waving flags.

Orlando City’s primary color, purple, was prominent throughout the event, as a ceremonial dig took place featuring purple shovels and 24 tons of purple sand. In addition, fans were able to participate in the groundbreaking after the formal dig, receiving a commemorative jar containing a sample of the sand.

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American Q at B Resort & Spa Offers Awesome Daily Happy Hour

American Q at the B Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World

If you’re in the Disney and are looking for a great happy hour, check out the bar at American Q at the B Resort & Spa.

Every day from 4pm to 7pm, American Q offers 1/2 off all drinks. Pair that with some of their great bar bites like the Swine Candy (house smoked bacon roasted with molasses & spice) for $4 or the house made tater tots dusted with bacon salt for $3.50.

If you have more of an appetite, American Q offers an awesome Flatbed Buffet of BBQ goodness, along with an a la carte dinner menu.

American Q is located inside the B Resort & Spa at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd. The bar is open 2pm Monday through Friday, and at noon Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit AmericanQ.com.

Experience the Asian Cultural Expo and Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival October 18, 2014

 Asian Cultural Expo Orlando

Experience the wonders of Asian culture and the thrill of Dragon Boat racing at Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake on October 18.

The Asian Cultural Expo runs from 10am to 3pm, and includes exhibitions, performances, ethnic foods and crafts, showcasing many Asian cultures like China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines and more.

The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival takes place during the expo, and features teams of racers competing to see who is fastest.

Admission is free for all, and so is parking. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Music on Mills Brings the Party to Mills Ave in Orlando October 18, 2014

Music on MillsLocal and regional music takes center stage during Music on Mills, this Saturday, October 18, beginning at 3pm.

Participating venues along Orlando’s Mills Avenue are The Bart, St. Matthews Tavern, The Peacock Room, Wally’s and Will’s Pub. There’s also an Art and Vendor Market, and several Food Trucks.

Entertainment lineup includes: 3 Bucksworth, Begali Goo, Hymn For Her, Milka, Mill Tess, The Hindu Cowboys, Juke With Special, Guest Eugene Snowden, The Sh-Booms, Meiuswe, Lauren Carder & The Multiple Me, Milk Carton Superstars, Table For Tree, Sabals, Wheeler Newman And The Cosmic Roots Collective, Tears of a Tyran, Uncle Sam’s Pride, Shrinks, Ark, Jcarly+The Teeth, Sara Purser, Daniel Hanson, Drew Yardis & More.

Tickets are $15, and are available online at willspub.org or day of at the venues. Must be 21+ to attend.

Celebrate the 8th Annual Oktoberfest in the Town of Celebration October 17-18, 2014

Oktoberfest in Celebration FloridaOn October 17th and 18th, Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest.

On Friday October 17th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun. On Saturday, The Jonnie Morgan Band will entertain.

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Enjoy Fall Fun at Tinney Farms Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

Tinney Farms Corn Maze Pumpkin Patch, and Fall FestivalEnjoy a taste of fall fun with a visit to Tinney Farms Corn Maze Pumpkin Patch, and Fall Festival, now open in St. Cloud.

They offer a corn maze, a vegetable stand, and a pumpkin patch to purchase pumpkins Thursdays through Sundays. On Saturdays they add a hay ride, games and more. Admission is $5 each day.

Hours are 10am-5pm Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; 9am-6pm on Saturday. It all runs until November 2, 2014.

Tinney Farms is located at 5145 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy in St. Cloud. For more information call 407-832-8848 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

FREE Coffee Week at RaceTrac is back October 12 – 18, 2014

RaceTrac FREE Coffee WeekStarting today, stop by any RaceTrac in Central Florida for a free cup of coffee, any size, no coupon required.

“RaceTrac loves showing our guests how much we appreciate them by inviting them in to enjoy our Crazy Good Coffee for free ALL week long,” said RaceTrac CEO Allison Moran.

Free Coffee Week includes any size hot beverage from RaceTrac’s expansive coffee bar, from its fresh coffee brewed 24/7, to everything in its cappuccino machines, along with an array of coffee condiments like flavor shots, creams and sweeteners.

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Visit Aquatica Orlando for only $8 in October

Aquatica OrlandoAquatica Orlando is offering a day at the park for only $8 this month.

This limited time offer is valid any day between October 23-26, and is available only online and until they sell out.

There is also a limited time pass online for only $37 that will let you into the park free until the end of the year. This deal is valid until they sell out. That’s less than the cost of a regular one day pass, so don’t miss out.

Aquatica Orlando is open daily from 10am to 5pm until the end of the year, weather permitting.

To purchase the $8 day pass or the $37 end of the year pass, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Pairs With Astronomy Magazine for Great Balls of Fire Trip and Meteorite Giveaway

Kennedy Space CenterKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Astronomy Magazine are partnering to host the Great Balls of Fire Contest, giving away a 9.6-pound authentic meteorite collectable and a space adventure trip for four to the Visitor Complex.

The trip includes round-trip airfare to Florida (provided by Astronomy Magazine), a three-day/two-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach (provided by Marriott), Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission tickets, Lunch With An Astronaut tickets, and a Kennedy Space Center Up-Close Tour.

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KISS Front Men To Open Rock & Brews Restaurant in Oviedo in December

Rock & BrewsKISS front men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have announced plans to expand their family-friendly Rock & Brews restaurant brand into Florida with a location in Oviedo, set to open in December 2014.

The Rock & Brews Oviedo restaurant will be located at 7131 Red Bug Lake Rd. It will feature the brand’s American comfort food menu (burgers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, etc), and a full bar that includes one of the area’s largest selections of international and local craft beers and premium wines.

The almost 7,500-sq-ft venue will have a family-friendly, rock-inspired environment including multiple TV screens and a state-of-the-art sound system broadcasting some of the greatest concert moments in rock history. Decor will include murals, canvas art of iconic rock images, and something they call their signature Great Wall of Rock.

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American Q Offers Oktoberfest Brews ‘n’ BBQ Tasting Menu

American Q St. Louis Spare RibsIn celebration of Oktoberfest, the newly opened American Q at the B Resort & Spa features a Brews ’n’ BBQ tasting menu.

For $30, you get four small plates paired with four beers through the end of October.

On the menu are:

  • Virginica Oysters (grilled in shell and served with bacon jam) paired with a Widmer Brothers Alchemy Pale Ale
  • Carne Asada Fajita paired with a Pacifico Pilsner
  • Short Rib Sliders paired with a Founder’s Brewing Co. Porter
  • St. Louis Spare Ribs (smoked 6 hrs, topped in Kansas City BBQ sauce, and served with house slaw and garlic toast) paired with a Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

We had the chance to review it earlier this month and the food is so good!

American Q is located inside the B Resort & Spa at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd. It is open for dinner daily at 5pm. For more information, visit AmericanQ.com.

Save 50% Off Kid’s Annual Passes to SeaWorld Orlando Through November 2, 2014

SeaWorld OrlandoOne of the best ways to enjoy SeaWorld Orlando is with an annual pass, and now through November 2, families can get 50% off annual passes for kids 9 and under.

Buy one full-paid Adult Annual Pass for $156, and you can get the kid’s annual pass for only $78. You can also upgrade to a annual pass that includes a year’s admission to Aquatica Orlando. Cost is $180 for adults and $90 for kids 9 and under.

This deal is not available with EZpay passes, so the full amount will be due at purchase.

For more information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.