Upcoming Central Florida Food Events for Early Spring 2017

Foodies – mark your calendars! There are a slew of food-centric events scheduled for the next few months, and they run the gamut from special dinners to theme park festivals:

As part of The COOP's Guest Chef Series, Chef John Rivers will be joined by Rusty Spoon's Chef Kathleen Blake on February 22.

As part of The COOP‘s Guest Chef Series, Chef John Rivers will be joined by Rusty Spoon’s Chef Kathleen Blake on February 22, for a cooking demo and tasting. The menu will feature Chef Blake’s Lake Meadow Chicken Thighs and Sticky Rice with Lemon Relish, and Chef Rivers’ Pecan Pie Bread Pudding.

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Headlining Acts Announced for 2017 Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot

Jack Blades of Night Ranger - photo by M.Snow

One of the highlights of the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the Garden Rocks Concert Series, and we have the list of acts that will be appearing.

The festival will run March 1 through May 29, but the concerts will only be held Friday through Monday (which is one day more each week than previous years).

There are several new acts making their first appearance at the Garden Rocks concerts, including pop punk rockers Simple Plan, and 80s hitmaker Berlin featuring Terri Nunn. Mark your calendars, because here is the full schedule:

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

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

The much anticipated Rivers of Light will finally debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World on February 17, 2017.

Rivers of Light is a 15-minute show combining live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature on the Discovery River inside the park.

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Patriots Running Back James White Celebrates Super Bowl Win at Walt Disney World

Patriots Running Back James White Celebrates Super Bowl Win at Walt Disney World

Mere hours after helping the New England Patriots win this year’s Super Bowl, running back James White celebrated with Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World.

In a parade than ran down Main Street U.S.A., White and Mickey shared a perch on a float that also had Goofy and Minnie Mouse, all dressed in their football finest.

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Seven Seas Food Festival Debuts at SeaWorld Orlando Starting Feb 11, 2017

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is debuting the Seven Seas Food Festival, combining culinary delights with headliner concerts, Saturdays from Feb 11 to May 13, 2017.

Each week guests can sip and sample their way around the world of international coastal cuisine, with more than 60 unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park, while enjoying craft beers, paired wines and specialty entertainment.

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Mardi Gras 2017 Kicks off at Universal Orlando February 4

Mardi Gras 2017 Kicks off at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando gets ready to kick off their annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring headliner concerts on February 4. It will run daily through March 25, 2017.

Enjoy Cajun cuisine and drinks, music, and a parade through the park with floats of bead throwers. During this time period, Universal Studios Florida brings the Mardi Gras celebration to Orlando.

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4th Annual A Celebration of Harry Potter Comes to Universal Orlando Jan 27-29

4th Annual A Celebration of Harry Potter Comes to Universal Orlando Jan 27-29

This weekend, Jan 27-29, muggles from around the world will come together to celebrate at the 4th annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, hosted by Universal Orlando and Warner Bros.

Author J.K. Rowling has inspired many with her tales of the Wizarding World, and this three-day event will give fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in that world at Universal Orlando.

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Praise Wave Christian Music Fest Returns to SeaWorld Orlando January 2017

Praise Wave 2017 brings Christian music concerts by TobyMac, Francesca Battistelli, and Skillet to SeaWorld Orlando Saturdays Jan 14 - 28.

Praise Wave 2017 brings Christian music, fellowship, and fun to SeaWorld Orlando Saturdays January 14 through 28.

Live concerts take place at 1:30pm and 4pm in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. Reserved seating packages are also available, starting at $19 additional.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Offers BOGO Fun Card Deal and Free Preschool Card

Busch Gardens Tampa news at CitySurfing Orlando.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is kicking off 2017 with two great deals: a BOGO 2017 Fun Card Deal and the FREE 2017 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Card.

For a limited time, guests can receive an Adventure Island Fun Card FREE with the purchase of a Busch Gardens Tampa Fun Card, which lets guests pay for a day and visit both parks through Dec. 31, 2017. Parking is not included.

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Walt Disney World to Live Stream Magic Kingdom NYE Fireworks Dec 31

Fantasy In the Sky fireworks from the Magic Kingdom

This year you can enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from the comfort of your home when Walt DIsney World streams them online.

The December 31 edition of Fantasy in the Sky will be shown live, starting at 11:45pm EST, on the official Disney Parks Blog. It will appear in a blog post at the top of the page.

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Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

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Merry Christmas From CitySurfing Orlando feat. The Osborne Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Whether you’re an Orlando native, or you’re visiting to get away from the cold, CitySurfing Orlando wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!

Last year was the final year for the much loved Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which ran for 20 years at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So we thought it would be fun to revisit our coverage of the holiday event.

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15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida

15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida - Santa

Sunshine, sandy beaches, and temps in the 80s don’t invoke Christmas, but Orlando has a lot of ways to get into the holiday spirit. From theme parks to resort spectaculars to winter carnivals, Central Florida has plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays.

Here are our picks for the ten best ways to celebrate Christmas week in Central Florida:

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