Out and About: Sampling the Biscuit Menu at Holler and Dash in Celebration

Sampling the Biscuit Menu at Holler and Dash in Celebration - Kickback Chicken

There’s nothing better than a good biscuit sandwich, and the newly opened Holler and Dash in Celebration definitely delivers in that department.

We were invited to a media tasting the weekend before the restaurant opened on Nov 3, and found out these aren’t your fast food biscuits. Honestly, Holler and Dash elevates what you think a biscuit sandwich should be.

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$100,000 World Food Champion Crowned in Celebration

After a week-long battle, a wife and husband barbecue competition team from Kansas beat more than 1,100 competitive chefs, home cooks and food sport enthusiasts for the World Food Championships title in Central Florida on November 10.

World Food Championships

Cheryl and Loren Hill, three-time qualifiers for the World Food Championships, not only won the $100,000 grand prize, but also took home an additional $10,000 for winning the Barbeque qualifying category, as did the eight other finalists who won their qualifying category:

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Out and About: Food Fight Write at the World Food Championships in Celebration, FL

This last week Celebration, Florida was known as the culinary capital of the world as the World Food Championships rolled into town.

World Food Championships Kenmore Kitchen by Anna-Marie Walsh

Market Street was transformed into the Kenmore Kitchen Arena as over 1100 professional and home Chefs competed in 9 culinary categories for their share of the $350,000 in prize money.

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The Town of Celebration Hosts Free 9th Annual Oktoberfest October 23-24

Downtown Celebration is picturesque on its own, but this weekend, the town’s Oktoberfest returns October 23 and 24.

Downtown Celebration

The event kicks off Friday with a traditional German experience, featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Then Saturday, Oktoberfest becomes Rocktoberfest with live music starting at 1pm from Off Kilter, Jordyn Kane, and The Jonnie Morgan Band.

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Celebrate the 8th Annual Oktoberfest in the Town of Celebration October 17-18, 2014

Oktoberfest in Celebration FloridaOn October 17th and 18th, Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest.

On Friday October 17th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun. On Saturday, The Jonnie Morgan Band will entertain.

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Great American Pie Festival Returns to Celebration April 26-27, 2014

Great American Pie FestivalThe town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, when thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together for the 13th Annual American Pie Council’s Great American Pie Festival.

Help preserve America’s pie heritage by taking part in the pie eating contests, pie baking activities, cooking demonstrations, PieCasso art, the Baker’s Square Pietopia stage with live music and entertainment, games and much more.

The highlight, as always, will be the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings, and beverages. Tickets to the buffet are only $10/adults and $5 for seniors 65+ and children ages 6-12, at the door.

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Out and About: Posh Pooch in Downtown Celebration

Posh Pooch

Last weekend, friends Matthew and Cris Reed attended the Posh Pooch event in downtown Celebration, and they were kind enough to share these photos with us.

The event was free to attend, and dogs were welcome, as well. There were dog-friendly vendors, training demonstrations, and more.

Hopefully the town of Celebration will hold this event next year!

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Celebration Goes to the Dogs With Posh Pooch on February 15, 2014

Get ready for a howling good time at Posh Pooch in the town of Celebration on Saturday, February 15.

Posh PoochThis event will feature dog-friendly vendors, activities, and demonstrations, along with food and performances for the entire family.

Don’t have a dog? There will be several canine rescue groups in attendance that will have dogs in need of a loving home.

This free event runs from 10am to 4pm in downtown Celebration. For more info, visit celebrationtowncenter.com.

Celebration Town Center to Hold Oktoberfest Celebration October 25-26, 2013

Looking for an Oktoberfest celebration that is fun for the whole family? Then you’ll want to check out Oktoberfest in the town of Celebration the weekend of October 25 -26.

Oktoberfest in Celebration FloridaCelebration Town Center will transform into a European festival, complete with German music, food, and drink. There will also be hayrides, pumpkin painting, and more.

On Friday, October 25th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.

On Saturday, October 26th, Celebration Town Center will turn into Rocktoberfest, featuring the sounds of The Micah Read Band and Lucy Iris

Admission and parking are free both days. Friday’s celebration starts at 5:30pm, and Saturday’s at 5pm.

For more information, visit CelebrationTownCenter.com. Celebration is located on the south side of Orlando, next to Kissimmee.

Eat It Up at the Food Truck Throwdown in Celebration on October 11, 2013

The Orlando area has a lot of great food trucks, but at the Food Truck Throwdown in Celebration on October 11, you’ll also get to try trucks from Tampa and Miami.

Yum Yum Food TruckScheduled to participate:

  • From Orlando – Cowboy Jim’s, Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine, Mi Casita, Wild, Posh Nosh, and Yum Yum Cupcake
  • From Miami – Pescados Unidos, Palate Party, Good Stuff Food Truck, and Zombie Ice
  • From Tampa – Flattery, Gone Bananas, Wicked Wiches, and Tallulahs

Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite food truck and the winning truck will win recognition and a prize. Everyone who votes will have the chance to win dinner for two from the truck of their choice.

Most food trucks accept credit cards, but it’s advised to have some cash on hand, in case one doesn’t. There will be limited tables and chairs available, so you may want to bring your own blanket or chairs to make sure you have a comfortable place to eat.

The event will take place from 5pm – 9:30pm, at Celebration Town Hall at 851 Celebration Ave.

12th Annual Great American Pie Fest Takes Place April 27 and 28 at Lakeside Park in Celebration

celebrationpiefestWhether it’s home-made or store-bought, sweet or savory, pies are enjoyed by millions of people world-wide. If you count yourself among those numbers, then you’ll want to be in Celebration this weekend for the 12th annual Great American Pie Fest.

The event runs April 27 and 28 at Lakeside Park (631 Sycamore St.) in the city of Celebration, adjacent to Orlando and Kissimmee. It features pie baking competitions, pie tin art activities, pie eating contests, and baking demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy.

But let’s be honest…the real reason people flock to the Great American Pie Fest is for the Never Ending Pie Buffet. For only $10 ($5 for seniors over 65 and kids under 5), you can enjoy all you care to eat and drink from the buffet, which last year featured 90,000 slices of pie, as well as ice cream and toppings.

Admission is free, except for the buffet. Hours are 11am to 7pm, Saturday, April 27; and noon to 5pm, Sunday, April 28.

For more information, visit celebration.fl.us or piecouncil.org.

Celebrate Fourth of July 2012 with these Orlando Events

Wondering where to take the family this Fourth of July to catch a good fireworks show in the Orlando area?

Here are some of our picks to celebrate in 2012:

Fireworks at the Fountain – Celebrate Fourth of July with the city’s annual fireworks show downtown at Lake Eola Park. Cost: Free

A Flashback Fourth of July – Enjoy fireworks and a retro movie-themed party at Celebration’s Town Center. Cost: Free

Monumental July 4th Celebration – Kissimmee’s annual festivities start with a Naturalization ceremony and live music, and end with a fireworks display over Lake Toho. Cost: Free

Red, Hot & Boom – Once again, radio station WXXLfm brings in name acts to Cranes Roost Park on July 3, to help celebrate Fourth of July. This year’s line-up includes Cobra Starship, Karmin, JoJo, Outasight, A Rocket to the Moon, Neon Hitch, and Chris Rene. Cost: Free

Star Spangled Sanford – Enjoy a night of fireworks at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford. Cost: Free

Walt Disney World – Epcot – The park’s nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” light and fireworks show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. . Cost: Included with park admission

Walt Disney World – Hollywood Studios – “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration ” features fireworks and a light show backed by the sounds of the live band, Mulch, Sweat and Shears. Cost: Included with park admission

Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” is a patriotic fireworks spectacular over Cinderella’s Castle. Cost: Included with park admission

Great American Pie Festival Returns to Celebration This Weekend

If you like a good slice of pie, you’ll want to be in Celebration this weekend for the annural Great American Pie Festival.

It’s such a popular event that over 30,000 people are expected to showup. Oh, sure you can see the highlights later in some Food Network special, but why watch it on TV when you can bbe there in person, enjoying all this pie first hand.

This year will be the 11th edition of the fest and it will take place April 28 and 29 in downtown Celebration.

There will be a pie eating and baking contests, dmonstrations, vendor exhibits, and more, but let’s be honest. You go to a festival like this for the actual eating, which here includes a Never Ending Pie Buffet.

Admission to the buffet is $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Hours are 11am to 7pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

For more information, visit piecouncil.org.

2011 Fourth of July Celebrations Around Orlando

Travelocity recently named Orlando as the #1 destination for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. If you’re going to be in town, here’s a list of some of the celebrations happening.

Altamonte Springs:

  • Red, Hot and Boom takes place Sunday, July 3, at Crane’s Roost Park. This annual fireworks show is enhanced by an all-day concert presented by WXXL-fm radio. This year’s musical line-up includes Paper Tongues, Mat Kearney, Shontelle, Cody Simpson, Hot Chelle Rae and All Star Weekend. The concert starts at 4pm and the fireworks at 9:30pm, but if you want a place to sit anywhere, you’d best get there in the early am because this free show is usually attended by over 100,000 people.

Celebration:

  • The city starts with a Fourth of July parade at 9am. The festivities resume at 5pm with Celebration Town Center’s “A Flashback 4th of July,” an 80’s-themed event featuring music from that decade played by Kattyshack and a live DJ, headlined at 8:30pm by A Flock of Seagulls. Fireworks are at 9:30pm, and the whole event is hosted by actor Justin Smith (“Vampire Diaries”; Meet the Spartans). It’s free to attend.

Downtown Orlando:

  • The City of Orlando is hosting the annual Fireworks at the Fountain from 4pm to 10pm on July 4. There will be food, live entertainment and fun for the whole family, around Lake Eola Park, culminating with fireworks at 9:30pm.

SeaWorld:

  • A special performance of the “Reflections” show featuring expanded fireworks set to patriotic music will start after dusk. Free with park admission.

St. Cloud:

  • The Fourth of July celebrations will start with a sunrise hot air balloon launch at the lakefront. It will resume at noon with live entertainment, games, kids events and more. The city of St. Cloud will then launch fireworks over the lake at 9:30pm, for this day-long free event.

Universal Studios:

  • On July 4, the Studios side of Universal Orlando will present the Universal360 show, starting at 9pm at the lagoon. Margaritaville’s Blue Stone Circle will also be performing from 5pm on at the Music Plaza Stage inside the park. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom:

  • The park will present a special showing of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks at 9pm on July 3 and July 4. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • DHS presents “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” with fireworks and a special light show set to live music performed by Mulch, Sweat, and Shears, starting at 9:45pm on July 4. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Epcot:

  • The park’s regular “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” laser light and fireworks show will be extended with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” a special overture of traditional Americana themes, July 4, starting at 10pm. Free with park admission.

Save Room for Dessert at the Great American Pie Festival in Celebration

If you love pie, you’ll definitely want to check out this weekend’s Great American Pie Festival in Celebration.

The annual event is produced by The American Pie Council and includes baking demonstrations and a pie eating contest.

Oh, want to do some pie eating of your own, do you?

How about the “Never Ending Pie Buffet” that will feature an all-you-can-eat banquet with thousands of award-winning pie slices. There will be flavors and fillings for all taste buds, as well as ice cream (a la mode, anyone?), toppings and beverages.

Admission to the Great American Pie Festival is free, but the buffet will set you back a measley $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 6-12 and seniors 65 and over.

The fest runs 11am to 7pm on Saturday, April 9, and from noon to 5pm on Sunday, April 10. It takes place at Lakeside Park in downtown Celebration.

Mmmmm…pie. What’s your favorite kind?

[Photo courtesy The American Pie Council]

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