Central Florida Foodie Events for August 2017 *UPDATED*

The Hot Chicken sandwich at DoveCote Orlando.

August is shaping up to be a great month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great foodie events you might want to check out:

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Summer Picnic Wine Dinner at DoveCote, Orlando
August 2
Cost: $58 per person (+ tax/gratuity)
They will be serving a family-style menu of summer cuisine paired with fine wines from famed wine-making family Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon. Feel free to come in your most comfortable picnic wear. T-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops are perfectly acceptable. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Main Streets Restaurant Week at Various Restaurants, Orlando
August 4-12
During this week, participating restaurant members will offer a select prix fixe menu with established price points of $5, $10, $20 and $30 depending upon lunch or dinner. Visit orlandomainstreets.com/restaurantweek for more information.

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National Oyster Day Shell-A-Bration at East End Market, Orlando
August 5
Oyster Bob’s Nautical Nonsense Traveling Oyster Bar Company will be hosting a pop-up offering $1 oysters with all the fixin’s from 2-5pm. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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National Oyster Day at Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, Winter Park
August 5
Luke’s will be offering special menu items such as Chef’s Choice Oysters from $1.50 per to a Seafood Tasting with shrimp, oyster, and oyster shooter for $12. The Sangria Oyster Shooter made with tequila is $3 and there is a Oyster and Sherry pairing for $8. Visit eatatlukes.com for more info.

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Neighborhood Pig Roast at Ravenous Pig, Winter Park
August 5
Cost: $17 a plate
The menu will consist of pulled pork, ribs, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread and a seasonal dessert. Visit theravenouspig.com for more information.

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Spoleto Fest at Spoleto Italian, Windermere
August 5-6
On Saturday, Aug 5, enjoy FREE pasta and other menu samples from noon to 5pm. On Sunday, kids eat free from noon to 4pm. Visit spoletoitalian.com/spoletofest for more info.

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Chef’s Night at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
August 8
Cost: $100
The dinner will feature a menu created and cooked by the chefs at 1921 by Norman Van Aken. Proceeds will benefit the food bank’s Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program. Visit the event’s ticket page to purchase.

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Wondermade’s Record-Setting S’mores Party at Wondermade, Sanford
August 10
Cost: Free
Enjoy a street party with vendors & family friendly activities. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Taste of Osceola 2017 at Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee
August 11
Cost: Free admission; samples available for purchase.
Enjoy tastings of local restaurants, Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

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Craft Beer Dinner Pairing feat. Crooked Can Brewing Company at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Dr. Phillips
August 15
Cost: $45 (+ tax/gratuity)
This all-inclusive night features a welcome reception followed by a 4-course meal complete with five pairings curated by Crooked Can Brewing Company.  Visit the event’s ticket page for tickets and more info.

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Chefs Collaborative: Osprey Tavern & 1921 by Norman Van Aken at 1921 by Norman Van Aken, Mount Dora
August 17
Cost: $150
Baldwin Park’s The Osprey Tavern joins Mount Dora’s 1921 by Norman Van Aken to celebrate 1921’s one year anniversary and the wines of Talley Vineyards. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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TasteMaker Dinner with Moet Hennesy USA at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Dr Phillips
August 17
Cost: $115
Moet Hennesy USA will offer a 5-course champagne pairing. Menu includes Butternut Squash & Sage Marscarpone Sauce, Black Truffle Soup, and Petite Filet Mignon with Romesco Crust. For more information, or to make reservations, visit ruthschris.com.

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Big Storm Brewing Co Dinner at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill @ Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando
August 18
Cost: $55 per person (+ tax/gratuity); includes complimentary valet and self-parking
Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill invites you to explore delicious cuisine from award-winning Chef Tello Luna paired with beers from Big Storm Brewing Company, presented by Joel Moore. Visit rosencentre.com/brewmaster for more information.

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Fire-Fly! Pop-Up Dinner & Beats at Swirlery Wine Bar, Orlando
August 18
Cost: Free admission; pay for what you order
Enjoy food from Uncommon Catering, and Lola B. and Special Guest bringing the beats alongside sommelier Melissa matching up the perfect wine. Seating and dishes are limited. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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23rd Annual Harvest Grape Stomp at Lakeridge Winery, Clermont
August 18-19
Cost: $3 (a portion goes to charity)
Finally, harvest season has arrived and it’s time for grape stomping competitions! Listen to live music the entire weekend by local musicians. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. For more info, visit lakeridgewinery.com.

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Taste! Central Florida at Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando
Tickets: $150
Enjoy food from 40 local chefs and restaurants, along with samples from 21 beverage vendors. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. This is a Central Florida Must-Do for foodies! Visit tastecfl.org for tickets and more info. You can also try to win a pair of tickets via the Golden Ticket game at participating restaurants.

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Chef’s Collab Dinner feat Tampa’s Rooster & the Till at Ravenous Pig, Winter Park
August 20
Cost: $65 per person (+ tax/gratuity); additional $35 wine pairings
James Beard Award nominated restaurants The Ravenous Pig and Tampa’s Rooster & the Till are teaming up for a one-night only “Ravenous Rooster” chef collaboration dinner. Join James Beard Award nominee chef Ferrell Alvarez and The Ravenous Pig’s own chef Nick Sierputowski for an evening of “Pig, Poultry and Pinot.” Tickets are limited and can only be purchased by calling 407-628-2333. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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5 Course Collaborative Dinner at The Smiling Bison, Sanford
August 22
Cost: $65 (+ tax/gratuity)
Get a taste of Sanford when Chef Josh Oakley of The Smiling Bison and Chef Nat Russell of The Tennessee Truffle, pair up. Enjoy 5 courses, plus hors d’oeuvres, which will be paired with low abv cocktails provided by Bitters & Brass. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Guest Chef Series: Chef Brandon McGlamery at The COOP, Winter Park
August 23
Cost: Free
Chef John Rivers welcomes James Beard Foundation-nominated Chef Brandon McGlamory of Luma on Park, Prato, and Luke’s Kitchen and Bar for a cooking demo and tasting. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Rooftop Wine Dinner at Paddlefish, Disney Springs
August 24
Cost: $100
Enjoy a four course tasting menu highlighting old world wines paired with new world cuisine including grilled shrimp, tuna crudo and surf & turf on the restaurant’s third floor rooftop lounge. Visit the event’s ticket page for tickets and more info.

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TasteMaker Dinner with Moet Hennesy USA at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Lake Mary
August 24
Cost: $115
Moet Hennesy USA will offer a 5-course champagne pairing. Menu includes Butternut Squash & Sage Marscarpone Sauce, Black Truffle Soup, and Petite Filet Mignon with Romesco Crust. For more information, or to make reservations, visit ruthschris.com.

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TDPP Presents Community Dinner with Hawkers Asian Street Fare at 1010 Church St, Orlando
August 24
Cost: $35
The Dinner Party Project invites you to enjoy a cocktail, entree, and dessert, provided by Hawkers Asian Street Fare. Proceeds donated to Mission of Hope in Haiti. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Perfectly Paired at Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando
August 24
Tickets: $45 (+tax)
Taught by Tonda Corrente (owner of La Femme du Fromage), Lisa Wilk (founder of Orlando Uncorked), and Jill Ramsier (co-owner of Quantum Leap Winery), this class includes several new wine, cheese and chocolate pairings for the class of. Enjoy 5 wines, 4 cheeses, and 4 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolate confections. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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TasteMaker Dinner with Moet Hennesy USA at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Winter Park
August 25
Cost: $115
Moet Hennesy USA will offer a 5-course champagne pairing. Menu includes Butternut Squash & Sage Marscarpone Sauce, Black Truffle Soup, and Petite Filet Mignon with Romesco Crust. For more information, or to make reservations, visit ruthschris.com.

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Visit Orlando Magic Dining Month at Various Restaurants in Central Florida
August 25 to October 1
Try some of the best food Orlando has to offer during this annual event. Over 100 restaurants are offering a three-course menu for just $35 per person. This is a CitySurfing Orlando Must-Do for foodies! For a full list of participating restaurants, menus, and more, visit OrlandoMagicDining.com.

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Cress Classics (Back to Basics) at Cress Restaurant, DeLand
August 26
Cost: $40 +tax
On the eve of its 9th anniversary, Cress will feature a menu showcasing the “Top 5” most requested and popular items on the Cress Menu over the past 9 years for a 3-course dinner. Tickets go on sale August 1. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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3rd Annual Seafood Festival at Elizabeth Evans Park, Mount Dora
August 26-27
Cost: Free admission; food for purchase
Enjoy two days of fresh seafood, live music, a kid’s zone, and more in beautiful Mount Dora. Visit mountdoraseafoodfestival.com for more info.

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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, Walt Disney World
August 31 to November 13
This annual event offers a literal dine around the world experience with kiosks representing different countries offer up native food and beverage samples. Samples run from $3 to $8 on average, in addition to park admission. Visit disneyworld.com for more information.

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Which dinners or festivals are you planning to attend? Also keep checking our events calendar throughout the month for more additions to the list.

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