Central Florida Foodie Events for October 2017

5th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic: Food offerings: Roasted tenderloin from Shula's; weiner schnitzel from the beer garden, BBQ pork from Cib's Smokehouse

October 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

In addition to the extension of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, many places are celebrating Oktoberfest and National Taco Day, as well.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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AUGUST 25 to OCTOBER 12

Visit Orlando Magic Dining Month at Various Restaurants in Central Florida
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. * EXTENDED to October 12 due to Hurricane Irma

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AUGUST 31 to NOVEMBER 13

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, Walt Disney World
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. Read our Epcot Food & Wine preview for more information.

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OCTOBER 1

17th Annual Taste of Thailand Fall Food Festival at Wat Florida Dhammaram of Kissimmee
All you can eat Thai food for $12 at this annual festival of Thai culture. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Brunchtoberfest! at Barley and Vine Biergarten, Orlando
Cost: Free admission
The brunch menu boasts pretzel bread egg sandwiches, brats over kraut, and potato pancakes. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

OktoberFest at Tin Roof Orlando
Cost: Free admission and parking
Food and beverage for sale. Live music by Audio Exchange. Starts at noon. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 3

Food For Thought Tour at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
Cost: Free
During this one-hour information session you will learn more about who is hungry in our community and then take a walking tour of the food bank to see how they operate. A light lunch follows, prepared by the Second Harvest kitchen. It is free to attend, and good for the soul. Visit feedhopenow.org for more info.

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OCTOBER 4

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Chef’s Table at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Cost: $259
The evening begins with an innovative reception and champagne toast in the Catering Kitchen before progressing through a secret entrance to the Chef’s Table. Here, you’ll enjoy 6 courses, all presented and finished on-stage and accompanied by an outstanding wine selection. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

National Taco Day at Bartaco, Dr Phillips
Get excited for their exclusive Snapchat filter that will be live all taco day long, and for a big #bartacosecret reveal! Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

National Taco Day at Chuys (all Central Florida locations)
Grab your friends and come “taco bout it” with all day taco and drink specials. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

National Taco Day at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Altamonte Springs
Enjoy $1 tacos all day long. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

National Taco Day at Hunger Street Tacos, Winter Park
Specials TBA, but Hunger Street always delivers on delicious tacos. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

National Taco Day at On the Border (all Central Florida locations)
Enjoy 50 cent mini crispy tacos all day long. Visit ontheborder.com for details.

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OCTOBER 5

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Cost: $350
Enjoy dinner from Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine. paired with wines from Grgich Hills Estate. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

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OCTOBER 7

Blocktoberfest at Wall St Plaza, Orlando
Cost: Free admission
The fest will have German food, German Oompa music, lots of Jägermeister and of course Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. Visit wallstplaza.net for more info.

Ten10 Fest 2017 at Ten10 Brewery, Orlando
Cost: $10
Ten 10 Brewing Company celebrates its two-year anniversary with the inaugural Ten10 Fest — Ten Bands. Ten Bucks from 1-10pm. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 8

Friends of the Pig Anniversary Dinner at The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park
Cost: $175 (includes wine pairings)
Enjoy a meal crafted by Chef/Owners James & Julie Petrakis, along with their friends Chefs Rhys & Lexi Gawlawk from Swine & Sons, Clayton Miller from DoveCote Brasserie, Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, Brandon McGlamery of Luna on Park/Prato/Luke’s Kitchen & Bar, and Kevin Fonzo, founder of K Restaurant. Wines selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 11

Soft Opening at Southern Craft, Orlando
Doors open at 5pm. 21+ only. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 12-14

Sanford Oktoberfest at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, Sanford
Cost: Free admission and parking
Authentic German food and drink for purchase, plus live German entertainment. Hollerbucks are required to redeem outdoor food and drink on Friday and Saturday – available in advance or on-site day of event. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 13

Grand Opening at SHOTS Orlando
A menu of mostly shots is available at this new drink establishment in downtown Orlando. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Harbor Nights La Dolce Vita at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Tickets: $55 general admission; $80 VIP
Enjoy food and drink from the hotel’s restaurants and culinary team under the night sky, with live music. Visit the Loews ticket page for more info.

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OCTOBER 13-15

The Americas Cake Fair at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
Cost: $30 adv/$40 at door for Single Day Pass; $50 adv/$70 at door for 2-Day Pass; $75 adv/$100 at door for 3-Day Pass
This event offers a jam-packed line up of features and activities including: lively stage presentations; The Sugar Arts Fashion Show; Live Global Cake and Chocolate Challenges; ; more than 75 hands-on classes, demonstrations, and business seminars taught by the world’s best cake decorators; and an exhibit hall overflowing with products and services. Visit cakefair.com for tickets and more information.

BBQ and Blues Festival at Lakeridge Winery, Clermont
Cost: $5; Kids 12 and under free
Enjoy BBQ and wine for purchase, live music and more. Visit lakeridgewinery.com for more info.

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OCTOBER 14

1st Annual OCB Oktoberfest at Orange County Brewers, Orlando
Cost: Free admission
Enjoy pretzels w/ beer cheese, pizza, brats, and more for purchase, along with the tapping of the in-house brewed Oktoberfest beer. German entertainment, costume contest, and dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Community Cookout feat. Gentry’s BBQ at Miller’s Hardware, Winter Park
Cost: Free admission
Food Samples are going to be available for purchase between 11am-2pm. Portions of the proceeds will be funding Operation BBQ Relief, which has been able to provide over 125,000 meals to Hurricane Irma victims. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Mediterranean Festival at I-Drive: 360, Orlando
Cost: Free admission and parking
From 5pm-Midnight, enjoy Mediterranean food for purchase, entertainment, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Shaken, and Stirred Cooking & Craft Cocktail Class at Monark Premium Appliance Co, Winter Park
Cost: $75 per person; $125 per duo
This “retro-modern” culinary experience by Chef Bob August will include Mid Century era food favorites like deviled eggs, fondue, and casseroles, updated with the flavors of today. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 15

TasteMaker Dinner with Chateau Montelena Winery at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Various Locations)
Cost: $110 per person
Marchesi Antinori Winery will offer a wine pairing to a 5-course menu prepared by Ruth’s Chris chefs. For more information, or to make reservations, visit ruthschris.com.

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OCTOBER 16

Bubbly & Cabernet at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Winter Park
oct 16
Cost: $45 per person for Members/ $55 per person for Non-Members
Hosted by Women for Winesense Central Florida, this tasting of exceptional wines will be paired paired with some of the group’s favorite hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris chefs. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 17

Food For Thought Tour at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
Cost: Free
During this one-hour information session you will learn more about who is hungry in our community and then take a walking tour of the food bank to see how they operate. A light lunch follows, prepared by the Second Harvest kitchen. It is free to attend, and good for the soul. Visit feedhopenow.org for more info.

Port & Chocolate Tasting at Texas de Brazil, Orlando
Cost: $45
Start off the evening with the Port of Manhattan Martini and signature Texas de Brazil appetizers followed by special pairings of the Taylor Fladgate family and chocolate. This special event will be led by port and chocolate representatives, so be ready for an evening of enjoyment and education. Texas de Brazil will be donating $40 for each ticket sold to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief Efforts. Space is limited. Must be 21 or older to attend. Visit the event’s ticket page for more information.

SandwichEatUp at Plant Street Market, Winter Garden
Cost: Free admission; pay for what you order
Join other sandwich fans in discovering new sandwich places throughout Central Florida, at this event hosted by Deli Fresh Threads. This month, enjoy sandwiches from Five Thymes Five & The Local Butcher and Market Winter Garden. Plus some Crooked Can Brewing Company beer, if you are 21+. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 18

Chef’s Night Series feat. Primetime Kitchen at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
Cost: $100
Chef Jim Colbert will cook the main dish, accompanied by notable local chefs, Tello Luna (Harrys Poolside Bar & Grill), Bruno Fonseca (Millenia106) & Bryan Thoman (Canvas Restaurant & Market). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 19

Orlandough Flight Night at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Orlando
Cost: $17 per ice cream/doughnut flight.
Flights will include four mini ice cream sandwiches of different flavor combos. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 20

Crafted & Bold City Brewery Beer Dinner at CRAFTED, Orlando
Cost: $34.95
Featuring 4 courses & 5 different beer selections. Bold City representatives & Crafted Chef Adam Dierks will be on-hand to help educate & inform throughout the evening. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at STK Orlando at Disney Springs
Cost: $75
Join Master Sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George for a wine party on STK’s rooftop featuring pairings, with varietals such as Saperavi from Georgia and Macvin du Jura from France. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Cost: $199
Enjoy Asian cuisine while listening to the Dr. Jason Crane speak about the Siberian Crane Conservation project he supports in Asia.. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

Harry’s Brewmaster Series feat Funky Buddha at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando
Cost: $55
Enjoy a 5-course seafood dinner plus Funky Buddha beer pairings. Complimentary valet and self-parking included. Visit the rosencentre.com for tickets and more info.

Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Cost: $35 – $45
Jake’s Beer Festival happens only twice each year and features more than 50 local and regional specialty craft beers, delicious and tasty foods, live entertainment and more. Visit the event’s ticket page for tickets and more info.

Pink Out. Dine Out. Rock Out at The Mall at Millenia, Orlando
Cost: $20 donation
With a donation of $20, sample food and signature drinks from your favorite Mall at Millenia restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Perfectly Paired at East End Market, Orlando
Cost: $45
Learn how to pair wine, cheese, and chocolate together at this popular class featuring cheese from La Femme du Fromage, wine from Quantam Leap, and chocolate from Peterbrooke Chocolatier. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Irma Relief. It’s also La Femme’s Anniversary so she is hosting a pre-class pop up in the courtyard from 5- 6:30pm with Happy Hour pricing on wine, beer, sangria and small plates. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 20-22

3rd Annual Crooked Can Oktoberfest at Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden
Cost: Free admission and parking
Enjoy three days of authetic German food and drink for purchase, live German music, arts, and crafts, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 21

Oktoberfest at PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Cost: $75; 21+ only
Enjoy Crooked Can’s Oktoberfest Brew and other classic German brews, plus housemade pretzels, sauerbraten sliders, wiener schnitzel and other German food, along with live German music, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Taste of Nona 2017 at Courtyard by Marriott Lake Nona, Orlando
Cost: $40
This year’s Taste will feature more than two dozen fantastic local restaurants, dessert makers, and catering services. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Third Annual TAPtoberfest at The Brass Tap – Mills Park, Orlando
Cost: Free admission.
Featuring German and German-inspired beers on tap, get ready for stein hoisting, boot chugging, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 22

Orlando Weekly Oktoberfest Collaboration Tapping Party at Broken Cauldron Taproom, Orlando
Cost: Free admission
Treehouse Truck will be on site serving a German inspired menu and the Orlando Weekly will have special prizes and giveaways! $4 Pints of OBF Oktoberfest all night long. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Pastry in the Park at The Osprey Tavern, Orlando
Cost: $65 per person; $20 additional for beverage pairing
Enjoy a 7-course dessert tasting by some of Orlando’s top pastry chefs: Chef Amanda McFall (Urbain 40), Chef Esther Rodriguez (The Ravenous Pig), Chef Gloriann Rivera (1921 by Norman Van Aken), Chef Michelle Hulbert (K Restaurant), Chef Amy Gilbert (Canvas Restaurant), Chef Brian Cernell (Luma On Park/Prato/Luke’s), and Chef Kristy Carlucci (The Osprey Tavern/Seito Sushi/Reyes Mezcaleria). Visit ospreytavern.com for more info.

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OCTOBER 26

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Cost: $199
Savor an Evening of Culinary Treasures and Jewels of the Vineyard With Chef Tim Majoras and Master Sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm at The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes, Orlando
Cost: $135 per person; VIP $160
The Highball & Harvest team will be joined by Bravo’s Top Chef star Kenny Gilbert from Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and Gilbert’s Social. Local talent including Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig, Kevin Fonzo previously of K Restaurant, Austin Boyd of The Osprey Tavern, and many more, will also be cooking up bites at the event. The one-night-only food and beverage event will benefit Fleet Farming. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

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OCTOBER 27

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Chef’s Table at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Cost: $259
The evening begins with an innovative reception and champagne toast in the Catering Kitchen before progressing through a secret entrance to the Chef’s Table. Here, you’ll enjoy 6 courses, all presented and finished on-stage and accompanied by an outstanding wine selection. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

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OCTOBER 27– 28

8th Annual Food and Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Cost: $115; add beer garden access for $25; seminars additional
This delicious annual festival offers up food from the resort’s culinary team and restaurants. Add on access to the beer garden for an additional cost. You can also enlighten your knowledge of food and beverage with seminars each day including wines, cocktails, beer, pasta-making, cheese pairing or the fine art of sushi and sake for an additional charge per seminar. Visit swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com for tickets and more info.

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OCTOBER 28

Central Florida Veg Fest 2017 at Festival Park, Orlando
Cost: Free admission
The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; food preparation demonstrations, and live music and entertainment. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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OCTOBER 29

Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery at Il Mulino New York Trattoria at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Cost: $88.50; three seatings
This lavish brunch will feature traditional and not-so-traditional items prepared by our award-winning Chefs. One glass of champagne or specialty mimosa will be included in the menu price, along with the option to upgrade to bottomless champagne and mimosas at the time of seating. Visit swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com for reservations and more info.

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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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