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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Central Florida Foodie Events for August 2017 *UPDATED*

The Hot Chicken sandwich at DoveCote Orlando.

August is shaping up to be a great month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great foodie events you might want to check out:

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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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Orlando Dining News Round-Up for October 9: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Cask & Larder, and more.

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about wine dinners, new locations of Orlando favorites, a Thai food fest, and more…

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will host a “Top Rated Wines of the World Dinner” on October 18. The evening will pair some of the world’s top rated wines and spirits with a globally inspired five course meal. Dishes will include roasted wild mushrooms with creamy blue cheese polenta; slow-roasted pork carnitas with fresh avocado and South American Corn Cake; and filet mignon. Price is $95 per person (plus tax/gratuity), and reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, visit ruthschris.com.
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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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Disney Releases Food Menus for 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

If you’re one of the many who save up their funds to eat and drink around the world during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, then you’ll be happy to know that Walt Disney World has released the menus for each kiosk.

2013 Epcot Food & Wine FestivalHere is the list of food and beverages that will be sold during the 2013 festival:

Africa:

  • Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra and Pap
  • Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc
  • The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
  • Porcupine Ridge Syrah

Argentina:

  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec
  • Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
  • Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia:

  • Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle and Rapini
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
  • Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s® Berries and Vanilla Custard)
  • Rosemont Estate Pinot Grigio
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
  • Rosemont Estate Merlot
  • Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz
2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Australian Garlic Shrimp

 

Belgium:

  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s® Berries and Whipped Cream
  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Leffe Brune
  • Beer Flight 1: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Brazil (All-New Menu):

  • Seared Scallop with Ragout of Tomatoes, Peppers, Hearts of Palm and Steamed Rice
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro
  • Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscato White
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Canada:

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
  • Moosehead Lager
  • La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
  • La Face Neige Sparkling
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah

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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.

28th Annual Taste of Winter Park to be Held April 17, 2013

tasteofwinterparkWinter Park is known for their cultural festivals, and on April 17th, they will hold the 28th annual Taste of Winter Park.

This epicurean event features samples from many of Winter Park’s favorite restaurants and caterers. Among those participating are 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Cask & Larder, Cocina 214, Fiddler’s Green, Luma on Park, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, The Ravenous Pig, and Tijuana Flats. Over 45 vendors in all.

Tickets are $40 for Winter Park Chamber of Commerce members in advance online, and $45 for non-members and everyone day of. The admission price includes unlimited samples of food and beverages. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit WinterPark.org.

The event takes place downtown at the Winter Park Farmers Market (200 W. New England Ave) from 5pm-8pm.

7th Annual Blues B-Q to Take Place in Downtown Orlando on March 9, 2013

bluesbqJoin Mayor Buddy Dyer as the City of Orlando puts on the 7th Annual Blues B-Q on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Enjoy live blues music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon, and RJ Harmon & Company.

You can also purchase delicious BBQ from the likes of Bubbalou’s BBQ, Gilbert’s Rib King BBQ, Johnny’s Ribs and Wings, and more.

The event will take place in downtown Orlando, on Orange Ave in front of the Orange County Courthouse (entry point is at Livingston and Orange).

Blues B-Q runs from 4pm to 10pm, and it is totally free to attend.

Florida Strawberry Festival Returns to Plant City February 28 Through March 10, 2013

Yes, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival is known for its food – especially, as you would imagine, its strawberry dishes – but it’s also known for its nightly headlining entertainment.

This year, the festival runs February 28 through March 10, 2013. Most nights there are two separate concerts, but on a few nights, there are three. The headliners are mostly country, but there are some classic rock and gospel thrown into the mix.

flstrawberryfestHere is a rundown of who is playing this year:

  • February 28 – Foreigner ($25); Chubby Checker ($15/$20); Jimmy Sturr (Free)
  • March 01 – Casting Crowns ($20/$25); Gene Watson ($15/$20)
  • March 02 – Justin Moore ($15/$20); Gloriana ($15/$20); Caroline Kole (Free)
  • March 03 – Alan Jackson ($45); Randy Houser ($15/$20)
  • March 04 – Dwight Yoakam ($20/$25); Lorrie Morgan with Pam Tillis ($15/$20)
  • March 05 – Martina McBride ($30); Bobby Vinton ($15/$20)
  • March 06 – Trace Adkins ($30); Neil McCoy ($15/$20)
  • March 07 – Brantley Gilbert ($35); Mel Tillis ($15/$20); Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Show (Free)
  • March 08 – Scotty McCreery ($25/$30); T.G. Sheppard with Janie Fricke ($15/$20)
  • March 09 – Bret Michaels ($25/$30); Gaither Vocal Band ($20/$25)
  • March 10 – Blake Shelton with Michaela Paige ($55); Hunter Hayes ($15/$20)

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SeaWorld Orlando Presents 2013 Bands, Brew & BBQ February 9 -March 17

One of my favorite annual events at SeaWorld is Bands, Brew & BBQ, which brings together live music with great food and beer. This year’s event runs February 9 through March 17. 2013.

BandsBrewBBQ-250x350This year’s line-up of headlining musicians includes country, rock and pop superstars. Here is the full list:

  • Feb. 9 – Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann
  • Feb. 10 – Merle Haggard
  • Feb. 16 – Beach Boys
  • Feb. 17 – Styx
  • Feb. 23 – Big & Rich
  • Feb. 24 – Third Eye Blind
  • March 2 – Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • March 3 – Darius Rucker
  • March 9 – Michael McDonald
  • March 10 – Josh Turner
  • March 16 – Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker
  • March 17 – Sheryl Crow

In 2013, the event is being expanded from four weekends to six. Musical performances are included with regular SeaWorld admission, but the food and beer are additional.

For more information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Initial Line-Up for 2013 Bands, Brew & BBQ

One of the most popular annual events at SeaWorld Orlando is Bands, Brew & BBQ.

The event features concerts, barbecue and select beers at the theme park. The theme park recently announced the bulk of the musical entertainment scheduled:

  • Feb. 9 — Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann
  • Feb. 10 — Merle Haggard
  • Feb. 16 – Beach Boys
  • Feb. 17 – Styx
  • Feb. 23 – Big & Rich
  • Feb. 24 – Third Eye Blind
  • March 2 – Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • March 3 — TBA
  • March 9 – TBA
  • March 10 — Josh Turner
  • March 16 – TBA
  • March 17 – TBA

In 2013, the event is being expanded from four weekends to six, and will run from February 9 to March 17. Musical performances are included with regular SeaWorld admission, but the food is additional.

For more information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic to be Held October 12-13

The Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel returns Oct. 12-13, 2012.

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It will showcase some of the top food, wine and beers in the world, along with informative seminars conducted by members of the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic consists of seven beverage seminars, live entertainment and more than 30 food and beverage stations featuring appetizing selections from restaurants, including Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo as well as wines, beers, and cocktails from around the world.

Highlighting the event will be the appearances of celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Todd English.

Mina is an award-winning chef and author of Michael Mina: The Cookbook. He is the executive chef at his two namesake restaurants in San Francisco and Las Vegas; has been featured in multiple national print magazines, and cooked for celebrities and notables, including three U.S. presidents.

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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.

Festival of Chocolate is Delicious Fun

Being the foodies that we are, my roommate and I couldn’t pass up a chance to check out the Festival of Chocolate at the Orlando Science Center this weekend.

We first checked out some of the learning areas – displays with information on the history of chocolate and how it’s made. There were also opportunities to make your own chocolate jewelry and lip balm, and other kid-friendly crafts. Those cost coins, though, so I passed on doing it.

Coins, you see, were the currency of choice for this event. Gold coins to be precise. They had stations set up around the OSC where you could exchange dollars for coins, on a one-to-one basis. I suppose it made it easier for the vendors, since they didn’t have to keep change boxes on hand.

Up on the third and fourth floors is where we found the actual chocolate vendors. And not just chocolate itself, but chocolate-covered, chocolate-flavored, chocolate-dipped – you name it, it was probably there. Chocolate ice cream, chocolate-flavored cotton candy, chocolate-covered worms (yeah, I passed on that one), and even chocolate in the shape of dog poop (no, I’m not making that up)…all just waiting to be bought and eaten.

We did the rounds of all the vendors, then decided what we would buy.

We got some chocolate-covered grahams, marshmallows, and shortbread cookies. We also bought some chocolate and coconut cupcakes and a liquid chocolate shooter. All-in-all, we spent 15 coins and walked out with a bag of goodies to last us the rest of the week. Most were only 1 to 2 coins.

There were also chocolate demonstrations and eating contests, but we missed most of them by the time we got there. It would’ve been nice if they would have run an hour or two later.

But the event definitely enticed a lot of people to attend. There was probably twice the crowd for this event as there was for January’s Otronicon weekend at the Orlando Science Center.

This is the second year of the event, and it runs through today. Judging by the attendance, I think it’s safe to say it will be back next year, as well.

A definite two-thumbs up and some happy taste buds, for the Festival of Chocolate.

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