Central Florida Foodie Events For January 2018

Central Florida Foodie Events

January 2018 is a bit of a slow month for Central Florida Foodies, but there are still some notable events and festivals scheduled.

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

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JANUARY 4

Collaboration Beer Tapping Party at Big River Grille & Brewing Works at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort 
Cost: Free admission
Big River has collaborated with Black Cauldron Brewery for a limited Krampus Sugar Plum Porter made with plums and vanilla. From 5-7pm, get $3 pints with free dessert pairing. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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JANUARY 5

Oh Que Peña Pop-Up at GB’s Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar, Orlando
Enjoy Mexican food in this pop-up dinner from 7-11pm. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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JANUARY 6

Parramore Farmers Market Grand Opening at Orlando City Stadium, Orlando
From 8am-1pm. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Vegan Prom Central Florida 2018 at The American Legion Department of Florida, Orlando
This vegan adult prom (18+) will feature all vegan dinner and dessert, as well as dancing and all of the prom trimmings like cheesy prom photos and favors. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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JANUARY 8-10

Omakase Robata Dinner at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Dr Phillips
Cost: $45
This chef-guided dinner tour will feature a collection of vegetables and proteins prepared by our master Robata chefs right in front of you. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

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JANUARY 13

Havana Nights Beer Dinner at Orlando Brewing, Orlando
Cost: $35
This collaboration with A Lo Cubano Kitchen will consist of 4 beers paired with 4 Cuban courses. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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JANUARY 16

Shafer Wine Dinner at Capa Steakhouse & Bar, Four Seasons Orlando
Cost: $250 per person
Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wines from Shafer Vineyards. Please call 407-313-6161 for reservations. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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JANUARY 17

Doughnut & Beer Pairing at Orlando Brewing, Orlando
Dig into organic mini doughnuts paired from Orlandough perfectly with four organic brews (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing. Visit the event’s Facebook page for tickets and more info.

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JANUARY 18

Beer Dinner at Canvas Restaurant & Market, Lake Nona
Cost: $75
Enjoy a six-course dinner paired with brews from Green Bench Brewing Co. Call (407) 313-7800 for reservations. Visit the event’s ticket page for menu and more info.

Chef Night at Edible Education Experience, Orlando
Cost: $65
Learn how to make “Salade Nicoise” from a secret recipe from France and spend some Green Clean Kitchen time making fruit/veggie wash, counter spray, antibacterial hand washes and sink wash. With Chef Pierre Pilloud (Globe Trotting Chef from Kitchens Around the World, native of Switzerland, and Founder of Valencia College Culinary Arts Program), and Buffy Pilloud (Valencia College Associate Professor, Herbalist, and Aromatherapist). Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

Farm to Table: Soup’s On! at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
This is the second installment of their Farm To Table dinner series prepared by World Food Championship’s Amy Freeze. Take a seat with friends or cozy up around the fire pit with bowls of soups & stews guaranteed to beat the winter chill. Amy and her team will cook up a hearty winter-themed menu, including soups, stews, a craft beer-infused dessert, and drinks. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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JANUARY 20

11th Annual Taste of DeLand at Downtown DeLand
Cost: $20 adults/$10 kids age 5-12 adv; $25 adults at gate
Sample the offerings of area restaurants & caterers from 1pm-4pm on West Indiana Avenue in beautiful Downtown DeLand. Funds raised benefit the MainStreet DeLand Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Visit the event’s ticket page for tickets and more info.

Grand Opening at Ellipsis Brewing, Orlando 
Orlando’s newest brewery is set to open near the Orlando International Airport. EatQual food truck will be on hand with food. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, Zephyrhills
Cost: Free admission; $10 parking
Drive in or fly in to the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport for a mouth-watering BBQ competition, aircraft displays, live music, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

St Pete Beer & Bacon 2018 at Vinoy Park, St Petersburg
Cost: $15 – $75
Sample over 80 craft beers and cocktails, plus Tons of bacon dishes the best local chefs and restauraunts. Including Sonny’s, BCA BBQ and more. Portion of the ticket price benefits Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Visit stpetebeerandbacon.com for more info.

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JANUARY 22

Cuisine Corner: Vegan Pasta Night at at Orange County Library System – Downtown Branch, Orlando
Victoria from True Radiant You shares how to easily hand-make healthy zucchini noodles with a hearty lentil marinara sauce. Free to OCLS library members. Visit ocls.info to register.

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JANUARY 27

Apopka Food & Wine Fest at Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival Grounds, Apopka
Cost: $7 general admission (samples extra); $65 VIP (includes food and wine samples)
From noon to 4pm. Come out enjoy a day of delicious wines, food, and live jazz. From Soul food to Seafood you will find it all here. Visit the event’s ticket page for tickets and more info.

Delicious Italy: From Bees to Cheese and Wine at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
Cost: $15
Dr. Phillip Kaufman, Professor, and Dr. Jennifer L. Gillet-Kaufman, Associate Extension Scientist, Entymology and Nematology Department, with University of Florida will delve into the history of how insects and insect-vectored diseases have shaped the food we eat and human history by exploring the art and science of food production in Italy from bees to cheese to wine. Samples of Italian honey from the I Greppi di Silli farm, wine and a special Italian cheese are included. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

5th Annual Fire In The Park Chili Cook Off To CURE at Town Park at Avalon Park, Orlando
Cost: $10 adv/$15 day of
Enjoy award winning chili, music, games, local restaurants and family fun with a FOCUS on raising funds for Florida Hospital For Children – Pediatric Oncology. Visit avalonparkchilicookoff.com for tickets and more info.

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JANUARY 27-28

Vietnamese New Year Festival 2018 at Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando 
Free admission. You will have a chance to taste many special dishes from all regions of Vietnam (North, Central, and South), as well as enjoy live entertainment and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for 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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