The King & I Dances Into Dr Phillips Center Sept 12-17, 2017 *UPDATED

The King & I Dances Into Dr Phillips Center Sept 12-17, 2017

**The Tuesday, September 12 performance has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma**

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, the Broadway revival of The King & I comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando September 12-17, 2017.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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Live the Horrors of Jigsaw at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2017 #HHN27

Live the Horrors of Jigsaw at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2017

The SAW series of films returns to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando with an all new maze built on the upcoming eighth installment of the series, JIGSAW.

Based on the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures hit horror film franchise, “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw” will bring to life the scariest game yet. In this all-new maze guests will come face-to-face with the work of master craftsman “Jigsaw” and a collection of his most infamous traps from the SAW film series

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2017 International Food and Wine Festival Starts August 31

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts today at Walt Disney World, celebrating its 22nd year.

With 39 new dishes and 65 new cocktails and beverages, the annual festival features 35 marketplaces featuring food and beverage samples representing countries around the world.

With so many options, you’ll want to prepare by taking a look at the menus we posted earlier this month.

This year’s festival beer is the Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, which can be found at the Craft Beer marketplace. While there, try the cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich, a returning dish in honor of Epcot’s 35th anniversary.

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Central Florida Foodie Events for September 2017

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is only one of the many foodie events happening in September 2017

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

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

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.

Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.

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Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.

Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:

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Watch the Live Stream of Rivers of Light from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Aug 22

Rivers of Light to Open at Disney's Animal Kingdom Feb 17, 2017

As part of their online series, Disney will live stream the “Rivers of Light” show from Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

“Rivers of Light” is a nightly show that celebrates animals and nature by combining floating set pieces, lanterns, a soaring musical score, fountains and more.

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Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Central Florida

Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Central Florida

While Central Florida isn’t fully within the path of Monday’s solar eclipse, our area is expected to get about 85-88% of the eclipse.

And in the Orlando area, that’s enough reason to celebrate with special events, and even food and drink.

So if you want to get in on the fun, here are some places you can go (most events run 1pm to 4pm, with prime viewing to take place around 2:45pm):

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Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Aug 2017!

Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Aug 2017

If you’ve got some design or renovation plans in the near future, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show 2017, which returns to the Orange County Convention Center – West Concourse the weekend of August 25-27.

With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more.

There will also be exhibitions and talks by celebrity guests including:

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Menus for the Marketplaces at the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

It’s almost time for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and we have the full listing of food and beverage that will be available at the marketplaces.

Each marketplaces centers on a specific country, featuring dishes native to that country. There are also a couple of marketplaces that group food to a concept, allowing more latitude in the menu.

We don’t have prices to share, but based on recent years, most samples will cost between $3-$8 per item.

To help you plan your visit(s) to the fest, here are all the food and beverage marketplaces to enjoy:

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Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx Aug 31, 2017

Velvet Sessions At Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, The Fixx will be performing on Thursday, Aug 31, 2017. The band first rose to fame in the 1980’s with hits like “One Thing Leads to Another,” “Red Skies,” and “Saved by Zero.” The band’s last album was released in 2012.

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Win Tickets to Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at the Amway Center September 8-10, 2017!

Win Tickets to Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at the Amway Center September 8-10, 2017!

Disney on Ice returns to Orlando with a new show, Dare to Dream, at the Amway Center September 8-10, and we’ve got a chance for you to win tickets!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, inc, Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream introduces Disney’s Moana to the ice for the first time as she sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is also new to the show, Belle shows what it means to be fearless, along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, as she learns to love the Beast.

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Out and About: Sampling the New Menu at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Sampling the New Menu at Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

CSO was recently invited out to Highball and Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando to sample the new menu created by recently appointed chef de cuisine Scott Pizzo.

Chef Pizzo, formerly of Ravenous Pig/Cask & Larder, has created some flavorful dishes that put a spin on the modern-Southern cuisine of the restaurant..

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