Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hosts Sandtastic Weekends Aug 26-28 & Sept 2-4

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort to Host Sandtastic Weekends

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will host Sandtastic Weekends for an end of the summer blow-out August 26-28 and September 2-4.

Open to both resort guests and the public, the event will feature activities for all ages, with the highlight being 100 tons of intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors from Team Sandtastic and constructed right on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s private beach.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 3, 2016: The Ravenous Pig, Dandelion Communitea Cafe, CaddyShanks

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: special dinners, limited menus, new openings, and a few closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The Ravenous Pig

The Ravenous Pig has ended their lunch menu and are now only serving a dinner menu. The good news is they have also launched a new summer dinner menu with items like King Salmon, Seminole Pride Beef, Raw Oysters and Brandade Ravioli. (Above photo courtesy The Ravenous Pig)

Sister restaurant Cask & Larder is now open on Mondays starting June 6. To celebrate the first Monday, they are offering Pig Head Carnitas Steam Buns & 2 Beers for $25

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With a Week of Free Events #AntiOrdinary

Artegon Marketplace will be celebrating their first anniversary this week with the Anti-Ordinary Anniversary Week Spectacular, a line-up of free events that you won’t want to miss.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

The festivities start Monday, November 16, with Sip. Stroll. Shop. From 6-9pm, guests can enjoy free samples from more than ten wine tasting stations scattered throughout the shopping center, while enjoying live jazz and Flamenco music. RHONJ star Melissa Gorga will also be on hand, meeting her fans. Be among the first 150 shoppers in line at the anniversary edition of the Wine Stroll and receive a commemorative Artegon-embossed stemless wine glass.

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Come Hungry to Food Truck Wars at Artegon Marketplace on November 14

There are a lot of great food trucks operating in Central Florida, and on Saturday, November 14, many of them will be participating in Food Truck Wars at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando.

Food Truck Wars at Artegon Marketplace

Over 40 trucks will be competing for culinary fame, and will be rated by celebrity judges, including Jim Whaples (Florida Restaurant & Lodging Assc, American Culinary Federation), and Tchop Chop’s executive chef, Amy Gilbert.

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Orlando Dining News Round-up for September 1, 2015

There’s so much happening in the Orlando and Central Florida dining scene lately, so here’s some of the hottest news you need to know this week.

Tijuana Flats Atom Bombs

Tijuana Flats is bringing back their Atom Bombs for the month of September only. These are a cross between their flautas and a jalapeno popper, featuring cream cheese and fresh jalapenos stuffed inside a wrapped and lightly fried flour tortilla. I’m told they will be $4.49 while available.

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Edgewood to Kick off 1st Saturdays Food Truck Extravaganza on August 1

The City of Edgewood, located just south of downtown Orlando, will be kicking off their new 1st Saturdays Food Truck Extravaganza on Saturday, August 1.

Edgewood Farmer’s Market - photo by J.M. Wetherington

This is a free family event that will offer at least six food trucks to choose from, along with music from a DJ. The event will take place at Raymond A. Bagshaw Park at Edgewood City Hall (405 Larue Ave) from 6-9pm.

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Artegon Marketplace March Events Include The Art of Beer, a Spring Wine Stroll, Food Truck Fridays, and More

March is an event-filled month for Artegon Marketplace in Orlando. Enjoy craft beer, wine, food, and more throughout the month.

Artegon Mall The Art of Beer

The shopping center is kicking off a new monthly event on Tuesday, March 10 called The Art of Beer. It will feature craft beer from Orlando Brewing, along with samples of the menu at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. There will also be live entertainment. Best of all, it’s free while supplies last.

The Art of Beer runs from 5pm to 8pm. It will repeat on April 14.

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Downtown Disney Food Trucks to Offer New Menu Items

Word comes from Disney that several of their Downtown Disney food trucks will be getting new menu items for guests to enjoy.

Superstar Catering new items: pork shank with a side of Gruyere mac & cheese, a sausage and carmalized onion flatbread.
Superstar Catering new items: pork shank w/ a side of Gruyere mac & cheese; a sausage & carmalized onion flatbread.

Superstar Catering, inspired by the food at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be getting a whole new trio of items. There will be a pork shank with a side of Gruyere mac & cheese, a sausage and carmalized onion flatbread, and the “Taste of Hollywood Studios” sampler featuring the BLT Soup from Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant and the Famous Cobb Salad and mini grapefruit cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

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White Castle #CraveMobile Comes to Fun Spot America Feb 19-22 #mycraveisHUGE

White Castle CraveMobile

We don’t have any White Castle restaurants in Central Florida, but if you’ve been wanting to try one of their burgers, you’ll get your chance this week.

The White Castle Crave Mobile will be making stops at Fun Spot America‘s Orlando location on February 19-20, and their Kissimmee location February 21-22. Times all days will be from 11am to 1pm.

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Get a Taste of Disney’s Trattoria al Forno at Downtown Disney January 16-18, 2015

Trattoria al Forno at the Downtown Disney food trucks

Get a taste of Disney’s new Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno at the Downtown Disney food trucks this weekend, January 16-18.

Trattoria al Forno is an upscale Italian eatery that recently opened at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, and it features traditional Italian dishes.

This weekend, Trattoria al Forno chefs will take over the Superstar Catering food truck at Exposition park, located at Downtown Disney’s West Side, next to Bongo’s.

On the menu will be samples of three of the restaurant’s most popular dishes:

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Southern Fried Sunday Hosts 6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed July 20, 2014

6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed It’s that time of year when the monthly Southern Fried Sunday event goes big to raise funds for local charity The Mustard Seed, and you can join in on July 20.

There will be more than 20 bands performing on several indoor and outdoor stages at Will’s Pub, The Peacock Room, and The Beer Garden at St Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden.

There will also be food trucks, vendors, pin-up girls and more. Preferred parking for motorcycles & vintage cars will be available.

Admission is $10 at the door. For a complete list of bands and more info, visit the event’s Facebook page.

LYNX Presents Free Tunes in the Terminal Summer Concert Series during July 2014

LYNX, Orlando’s public bus system, will host Tunes in the Terminal, a month-long concert series at its downtown terminal during the month of July.

Each Tuesday, starting at 11:30am, there will be a free hour-long performance by a Central Florida musician or band. During the event, there will also be a local food truck, providing lunch for purchase.

LYNX Tunes in the Terminal Summer Concert SeriesHere is the schedule:

  • July 1 – Evan Taylor Jones (music); 900 Degreez Pizza (food)
  • July 8 – The Gerry Williams Band (music); Mama’s Fixins Soulfood & BBQ (food)
  • July 15 – Laura Figueroa (music); The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck (food)
  • July 22 – Levi White (music); KBurgers (food)
  • July 29 – Loi Head (music); Korean BBQ Taco Box (food)

The agency views these shows as a way to thank passengers for their loyalty and ridership through a fun and entertaining experience. For more information, visit goLYNX.com.

 

Food Truck Rally Rolls Into Downtown Disney June 21, 2014

Disney food trucks

Walt Disney World will highlight its food truck offerings during the park’s first ever Food Truck Rally, Saturday, June 21.

The event will take place in the Downtown Disney West Side courtyard next to Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues, from 5pm to 10pm. But it won’t be just Disney food trucks participating. Several local food trucks will also be at the event, in partnership with Mark Baratelli’s Food Truck Bazaar (check our events calendar for more of his events).

The current list of food trucks that will be appearing are:

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Out and About: Central Florida Home + Garden Show April 6, 2014

Central Florida Home + Garden Show

It was a busy Sunday in Orlando, and we started ours at the Central Florida Home + Garden Show at the Orange County Convention Center.

On the way in, we spotted several local food trucks, so we decided to have lunch here. Among those we saw were The Crepe Company, Sweet City Gelato, Curbside Chef, London Fish n Chippy, and Yum Yum Cupcake.

Orlando Food Trucks

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Win 2 Tickets to the Central Florida Home + Garden Show in Orlando April 4-6, 2014

One of Orlando’s biggest events, the Central Florida Home + Garden Show, returns to the Orange County Convention Center the weekend of April 4-6.

Central Florida Home + Garden ShowWhether you’re looking to remodel a home, or just spruce up your apartment, the Central Florida Home + Garden Show is a great place to get ideas and find vendors to help you implement them.

Hundreds of experts will be found under one roof, and there will be daily seminars from people like Ahmed Hassan of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers” (appearing Saturday and Sunday), as well as talks focusing on subjects like couponing, organizing, and DIY home projects.

Meet some of Central Florida’s top dogs and cool cats, and their celebrity owners appearing throughout the weekend on the Pet Pavilion Stage, courtesy of Harbor House, including WKMG Local 6 Anchor Jessica Sanchez, Orlando Sentinel Senior Sports Columnist George Diaz, and OPD Officer Tim Stanley with K9 Dog CB.

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