Meet Monster Jam Drivers and Their Trucks For Free in Central Florida Jan 21

Monster Jam is coming to the Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 23, but you can meet some of the drivers and their trucks for free around Central Florida on Thursday, January 21.

Monster Jam in Tampa Jan 16 2016 by Kirk Garreans

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air, so it takes courage and skill to handle these motorized beasts.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up December 26, 2015: California Grill, McFadden’s, Whole Foods

In this week’s dining news round-up, Disney offers a new brunch, McFadden’s closes, a slew of new openings, plus much more. Ready?

California Grill, at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Walt Disney World’s California Grill, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is now offering “Brunch at the Top” on Sundays.

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Out and About: Culver’s Opens in Clermont Bringing Butterburgers to Central Florida

Culver’s, with roots in Wisconsin, has opened its first Central Florida location in Clermont, and we went to check them out.

Culver's Clermont

I have a bit of a personal connection to the restaurant chain. It was the summer before my senior year in high school, when the first Culver’s opened on July 18, 1984, in Sauk City, Wisconsin. I lived in Baraboo, a town a mere 15 minutes away, so of course I had to check it out – especially since I would pass by it every weekend on the way to Madison.

Culver’s first successful franchised restaurant opened in December 1990, less than a block away from the Baraboo High School. Figures, right? Well, since then, Culver’s has expanded to more than 500 restaurants in 22 states, including the newly opened location in Clermont.

Culver's Clermont Double Deluxe ButterBurger with Bacon
A Double Deluxe ButterBurger with Bacon at Culver’s

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Out and About: An Afternoon with Arabian Horses at Al-Marah Arabians Horse Farm in Clermont

I was recently invited to take part in a media day to try the Interactive Horse Experience at the Al-Marah Arabians Horse Farm in Clermont, and I had a wonderful time.

Interactive Horse Experience at the Al-Marah Arabians Horse Farm

If you know anything about Arabian horses or would like to learn and meet some of the National Champions, the Al-Marah Arabians Horse Farm allows unparalleled access to many of it’s award winning stallions, geldings and mares.

The farm’s owner, Mark Miller, founded Arabian Nights and entertained crowds for 25 years at the now closed dinner show. Now the Al-Marah herd has been relocated to an idyllic location in Clermont.

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Clermont Holds Grand Opening for Boathouse on February 28, 2015

Clermont Boathouse

Join the City of Clermont and the Lake County Rowing Association on Saturday, February 28, as they host the grand opening of the Clermont Boathouse.

This new facility is located at 1050 Lake Minneola Drive on the western edge of Waterfront Park, behind the Clermont Historic Village.

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The Crooked Spoon Gastropub in Clermont Hosts Summer Wine Dinner July 19, 2014

Foodies mark your calendars for The Crooked Spoon‘s Summer Wine Dinner on July 19.

This four-course dinner will feature specially paired wines chosen for each dish. The menu includes:

The Crooked Spoon GastropubCOURSE ONE

  • Basil Infused Watermelon, Arugula and Frissee Salad, White Wine Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Juve y Camps Pinot Noir Rose N/V-Penedes, Spain

COURSE TWO

  • Petite East Coast Clam Bake, Shrimp, Mussels, Potato, Corn and Lemongrass
  • Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire 2012-Burgundy, France

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Lakeridge Winery Hosts Wine and Chocolate Festival in December 2012

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The weekend of December 8 and 9, 2012, Lakeridge Winerywill be holding their Wine and Chocolate Festival.

In addition to celebrating the pairing of wine with chocolate, the weekend will groove to the sounds of live music on the outdoor stage. The Ladyz & The Boyz, Robert Harris, and The Nightly Blues Band will perform on Saturday; BlueStone, Marc Clermont, and Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Blues Band will perform on Sunday.

There will be food and drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for purchase. You can also do the vineyard tour.

Event hours are 10am-5pm on December 8 , and 11am-5pm on December 9. A $2.00 donation per person will be accepted at the gate to help benefit the American Heart Association.

Lakeridge Winery is located at 19239 US 27 North in Clermont, FL. Phone is 800-768-9463.

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Lakeridge Winery to Host Vintage Venture Event in October

The weekend of October 6 and 7, 2012, Lakeridge Winery will be holding their Vintage Venture event.

Vintage cars will be on display all weekend, accompanied by the sounds of classic 50’s and 60’s music. Performers are Marc Clermont and Johnny DeRose on Saturday, and The Ladyz and the Boyz and Johnny DeRose on Sunday.

There will be food and drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for purchase. You can also do the vineyard tour.

Event hours are 10am-5pm on August 18, and 11am-5pm on August 19. A $2.00 donation per person will be accepted at the gate to help benefit The Mustard Seed of Central Florida.

Lakeridge Winery is located at 19239 US 27 North in Clermont, FL. Phone is 800-768-9463.
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Lakeridge Winery to Host Jazz at the Winery Event in September

The weekend of September 15 and 16, 2012, Lakeridge Winery will be holding their Jazz at the Winery event.

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As the name implies, the weekend will groove to the sounds of live jazz, performed by Airtight and Tory Wynter on Saturday, and The Dave Capp Project and The Robert Harris Group on Sunday.

There will be food and drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for purchase. You can also do the vineyard tour.

Event hours are 10am-5pm on September 15, and 11am-5pm on September 16.

A $2.00 donation per person will be accepted at the gate to help benefit a local charity.

Lakeridge Winery is located at 19239 US 27 North in Clermont, FL. Phone is 800-768-9463.

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18th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp at Lakeridge Winery August 18 & 19

Lakeridge Winery is one of the hidden gems in the Orlando area. People can visit and take tours of the vineyard, as well as sample their wines.

Lakeridge Winery Grape Stomp
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This weekend, is one of the best reasons to visit the winery. It’s time for the annual Harvest Grape Stomp festival.

There will be grape stomping competitions – yes, in the barrels – with prizes for the best efforts. Kids of all ages have fun doing this.

There will also be live music both days. On Saturday, enjoy The Groovemasters and Robert Harris (both solo and with group). Sunday gets bluesy with The Nightly Blues Band and Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Blues Band.

There will be food and drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for purchase. You can also do the vineyard tour.

Event hours are 10am-5pm on August 18, and 11am-5pm on August 19. Cost is $2 per person and all ages are welcome.

Lakeridge Wineryis located at 19239 US 27 North in Clermont, FL.  Phone is 800-768-9463.

Lakeridge Winery to Host Annual Grape Stomp in August

One of my favorite places to spend a weekend afternoon is Lakeridge Winery, especially late summer, during harvest season.

Lakeridge Winery Grape Stomp

Why? Because that’s when they hold their annual grape stomp event. This year’s stomp is scheduled for the weekend of August 20 and 21, 2011.

In addition to barrels of grapes to stomp, the winery will have live music, food and drink for purchase, and free tours and samples (for those 21 and older).

All this for a $2 donation that benefits the South Lake Boys & Girls Club. Hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

This is a fun thing to do with the entire family, so I hope the weather is great that weekend.

Lakeridge Winery is located at 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont, Florida 34715. Phone is 800-768-WINE.

3rd Annual Wine & Seafood Festival at Lakeridge Winery this Weekend

I love visiting Lakeridge Winery and doing their free tours and tastings. But what’s even more fun is their monthly festivals that pair the wines with delicious food and live music.

This coming weekend is one of those events, the annual Wine and Seafood Festival.

Marking the beginning of spring, the event has Lakeridge wine, beer soft drinks and a variety of seafood for purchase, along with free live music and an area with local arts and crafts vendors.

A $2 donation gets you into the festival, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Autism Society.

The event runs 10am to 5pm on Friday (March 26) and Saturday (March 27), and 11am to 5pm on Sunday (March 28).

All weekend long there will also be the normal free winery tours and tastings. I love their Southern White and Red wines.

Lakeridge Winery is located on Hwy 27, just north of Clermont and 3 miles south of Florida Turnpike exit 285. Call them at 1-800-768-WINE.

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