Eat To The Beat Bands Revealed For 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

David Cook at Epcot

We’re still a few months off from the start of the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but Walt Disney World has released the line-up for this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series.

The line-up is a great mix of 80s, 90s, and early 2000’s superstars. There are a lot of returning favorites, but there are also ten new ones playing the fest this year: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox, 10,000 Maniacs, Kenny G, Blue October, and Squeeze.

Here is the complete line-up of artists scheduled to play the 2017 edition of the Eat to the Beat concert series:

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Hard Rock International Announces New Hotel Location in Daytona Beach

Hard Rock International Announces New Hotel Location in Daytona Beach

Hard Rock International announced they will be opening a new location of their signature hotel brand in Daytona Beach in late 2017.

Located on the former site of the Desert Inn Resort, the property will feature brand exclusive offerings including a Body Rock® workout facility, and a Rock Spa® complete with the music-infused Rhythm & Motion spa menu, six treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure station and poolside cabanas with spa services.

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Gods & Monsters Celebrates 2nd Anniversary June 17, 2017

Gods and Monsters storefront - geek shopping in Orlando

Gods & Monsters has been through a few bumps this year, but they are hosting a 2nd anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Now located at 5421 International Drive, the store will be celebrating from 11am to 10pm with sales and discounts (spin the D20 to see what you get), along with a sneak preview of their soon-to-be launched Vault 542, a post-apocalyptic craft beer bar.

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Out and About: Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza in Cape Canaveral

Recently, we were in Cape Canaveral, Florida and decided to try Zarrella’s Italian & Wood Fired Pizza. Friends have mentioned this restaurant to us, and it did not disappoint us.

Their menu had a good variety listed and they also had a few off menu options that looked and sounded amazing. One dish looked especially yummy from the pictures on the iPad. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of one pasta dish. And, honestly, I couldn’t spell it even if I did remember it. I do know that it was amazing. The linguini was cooked perfectly al dente, the clams, shrimp and crab were not over cooked, and the sauce was light while having plenty of it made with butter, garlic, clam sauce.

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Out and About: 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Whole Family

139th Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Whole Family - photo by Kirk Garreans

The 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo was in town last weekend, and this is always a family-friendly fun event. We attended the Friday, June 2nd show. There was supposed to be a big Schools Out Bash prior to the rodeo, however, the rain and storms made that an impossibility. We need the rain, so it’s ok.

The evening began with the Junior bull riding. These kids are brave and have a great future ahead of them in rodeo.

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Out and About: Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

Arrival of Chef Tim Keating Makes Urbain 40 a Rising Star

While leading the kitchen at Walt Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe, Chef Tim Keating elevated the Boardwalk Inn restaurant into a must-do experience. When the cafe closed for refurbishment, Keating took that opportunity to take over the kitchen at Urbain 40 in Dr Phillips’ Restaurant Row, and he is presently focused on giving it the same makeover.

We were invited to enjoy a tasting menu and judge for ourselves how far Chef Keating has come in his first six months in the role.

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Bite30 Returns in June 2017 with Orlando Dining Deals

Bite30 Offers Orlando Dining Deals in June

Once a year, the Orlando Weekly produces a culinary event called Bite30, that offers great prix fixe deals at select restaurants for an entire month.

From now until June 30, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus that offer multi-course lunches or dinners at a set price of $30. Diners get the opportunity to try multiple dishes on the restaurant’s menu for about the cost of a single entree, and restaurants get to showcase their specialty dishes.

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Wild Florida Welcomes Rare White Alligators and Launches Naming Contest

Wild Florida Gator and Wildlife Park

This week Wild Florida unveiled the newest additions to its Gator and Wildlife Park: two rare white alligators.

This male and female pair recently relocated from an alligator farm in St. Augustine, and are the first breeding pair of alligators in Central Florida

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Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express Returns June 6 Offering $1 Films for Families

Regal Cinemas $1 Summer Movie Express

Looking for something cool, fun, and cheap to do this hot summer? Check out the Summer Movie Express at Regal Cinemas.

Every week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, select Central Florida locations will offer two family-friendly movies to watch, and will offer tickets at only $1 for everybody, including the big kids. All movies will be rated G or PG.

Even better, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

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Spoleto in Winter Park Hosts Pasta Fest June 3-4 with Free Pasta and More

Spoleto in Winter Park Hosts Pasta Fest

Spoleto in Winter Park launches inaugural Pasta Fest with at two-day culinary celebration for all the weekend of June 3-4, 2017.

The event will kick-off Saturday with samplings of Spoleto’s menu, including complimentary build-your-own pasta bowls, and a sneak peek of new menu offerings before they launch throughout the day. There will also be live music and happy hour specials.

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Finding Neverland Flies Into the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando June 6-11, 2017

Finding Neverland Flies Into the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando June 6-11, 2017
Learn the true story behind Peter Pan when the hit Broadway musical Finding Neverland comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 6-11, 2017.

Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind how Playwright J.M. Barrie created one of the world’s most beloved characters.

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139th Silver Spurs Rodeo Teams with Free School’s Out Blow Out June 2-3, 2017

Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

The Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns to the Silver Spurs Arena for its 139th edition the weekend of June 2-3, 2017.

Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, and is the work of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, an all-volunteer organization started in 1941 by Osceola County ranchers. They began the rodeo in 1944, selling war bonds as admission to raise funds for our military.

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Science Night Live! Craft Beer Edition June 3, 2017

Science Night Live! at Orlando Science Center

Normally the Orlando Science Center is fun for all ages, but on select nights, it’s reserved strictly for adults 21+.

That night is Science Night Live and it returns June 3.

This is a craft beer addition, and it will feature the opportunity to sample local and national brewers, as well as take in informal craft beer seminars.

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