Meet TV Faves for Charity at Fan Fest Orlando Sept 17 #FanFestOrlando

Meet TV Faves for Charity at Fan Fest Orlando Sept 17

Fan Fest Orlando will take place September 17, 2016, to raise money for the victims and families of the Pulse Nightclub attack.

At this event, dozens of well-known actors from shows like The Walking Dead, The Flash, Arrow, and others will meet fans, sign autographs, and take photos, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

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O-Town MacDown Returns August 20 to Kissimmee for Give Kids the World

O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.

Get your taste buds ready! The O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.

The event is a family-fun, mac-n-cheese cooking competition benefiting Give Kids The World, and features talented chefs and caterers from all around Orlando serving up some of the best mac-n-cheese dishes on the planet.

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Orlando’s Taste of the Nation Kicks Off Golden Ticket Raffle #OrlTaste

Orlando's Taste of the Nation

Leading up to this year’s Orlando’s Taste of the Nation gala on August 27, select restaurants are participating in the first ever Golden Ticket raffle, with the prize of two tickets to this year’s event.

Guests who dine at select participating establishments through August 22 can ask their server for a concealed envelope that may contain a pair of tickets to this year’s event. Chances of winning are 1 in 10.

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Sprinkles Partners with Drew Barrymore for Charity Cupcake Flavor

Sprinkles Partners with Drew Barrymore for Charity Cupcake Flavor

For the month of August, Sprinkles has partnered with actress/entrepreneur Drew Barrymore for a special cupcake flavor: Strawberry Shortcake by Drew Barrymore.

It features a rich yellow cake filled with tart, juicy strawberry curd, and topped with a pillowy cloud of toasted marshmallow frosting.

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Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army Launch Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army Launch Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

It’s time for families to start thinking about heading back to school, so Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army have teamed up for their annual “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive.

From now until August 7, participating Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations will be accepting donations of new school supplies, including notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers, and hand sanitizer.

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Additional Fun & Tasty Orlando Taste of the Nation Fundraising Events #OrlTaste

Orlando's Taste of the Nation

Beginning this week, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry kicks off three extra fundraising experiences to sip and nibble on before the main event.

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Orlando Taste of the Nation Returns Aug 27 with Great Food for a Great Cause #OrlTaste

Orlando's Taste of the Nation

One of my favorite culinary events in Central Florida is the annual Orlando Taste of the Nation, which serves up great food in support of raising funds for the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Orlando Taste of the Nation returns for its 27th year on Saturday, August 27, and features over 40 of Central Florida’s best restaurants and chefs showcasing tasting portions of their best dishes.

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Dine Out for #OrlandoUnited on June 30

Dine Out for #OrlandoUnited on June 30

On June 30, Florida restaurants and their employees and guests will donate time and money to support Orlando’s healing with Dine Out Orlando United.

On this day participating restaurants will offer a portion of the day’s proceeds to the OneOrlando Fund, which is designed to provide a way to respond to the needs of the local community.

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Dr Phillips Center to Host Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen OneOrlando Fund Benefit #OrlandoUnited

Dr Phillips Center to Host Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen OneOrlando Fund Benefit

In light of the horrific attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, journalist Anderson Cooper and Bravo TV host Andy Cohen are pleased to announce a special live benefit AC2 show at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Join Cohen and Cooper (aka AC2) for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation. The late night talk show host and the journalist, longtime friends, interview each other and take questions from the audience. It’s a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events.

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Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess to Play #AllIsOne Orlando Benefit at Hard Rock Live

Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess to Play #AllIsOne Orlando Benefit at Hard Rock Live

This Wednesday, June 22, the Hard Rock Live will host the All Is One (#AllIsOne) Orlando Unity Concert to benefit the OneOrlando Fund for the victims of last weekend’s Pulse tragedy.

Headlining this benefit concert will be Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive,” “Demons”) and Nate Ruess (“Nothing Without Love,” also a member of Fun).

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 10, 2016: The COOP, Oblivion Taproom, Maddey’s Craft & Cru

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, new menus, new openings, charity events, and a closing. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his restaurant, The COOP, on June 29

Special guest Chef James Petrakis of Cask & Larder will join Chef John Rivers for cooking demo and tasting at his Winter Park restaurant, The COOP, on June 29. The event is free, and starts at 6:30pm (though I recommend arriving early). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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2016 Negroni Week Hits Orlando June 6-12

Negroni Week Hits Orlando

The 2016 Negroni Week charity event takes place from June 6-12, with over 30 participating Central Florida bars and restaurants.

Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.

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Taste at I-Drive 360 to Benefit Florida Hospital Esophageal Cancer Program

I-Drive 360 has a lot of tasty places to eat, and on May 1, they are coming together for Taste at I-Drive 360.

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The event is a benefit for the Florida Hospital Esophageal Cancer Program, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to further treatment and prevention of this disease.

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The Science of Wine Returns to the Orlando Science Center April 30

The Science of Wine is one of Orlando’s most popular wine events, and it returns to the Orlando Science Center for its 6th year on April 30.

Science of Wine at Orlando Science Center

The event not only offers more than 150 fine wines to sample, courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits, but great food samples from 30 culinary partners, live music, a silent auction, and more.

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