Orlando Dining News Round-up for October 16, 2015: Saint Anejo, Lafayette’s Orlando, Bistro Le Coq au Vin and More

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a new Mexican restaurant, new happy hours and lunch/brunch offerings, other new openings, and more…

Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria
Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria has set November 9 as their soft opening date at their Winter Springs location (5248 Red Bug Lake Rd). The Mercado style demo kitchen will offer a 360 degree view of fresh food being prepared right in front of your eyes.

The food is traditional Mexican, drawing from all the regions of Mexico like street corn from Guanajuato to 24 hour slow roasted XX Equis Carnitas from Michoacán and Habanero Spiked Short Rib from Mexico City.

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Celebrate Beer Festival Comes to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee Oct 16-17

If you love a good brew, then you’ll want to check out the Celebrate Beer Festival at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park the weekend of October 16 and 17.

Celebrate Beer Festival

There will be 100’s of beers to sample, from the likes of Abita, B.Nektar Meadery, Blue Moon, Bold City, Brooklyn Brewery, Crooked Can, Funky Buddha, Leinenkugel, Harpoon Brewery, Magic Hat, Orlando Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Wops Hops Brewing, and much more.

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Runaway Country Announces Third Headliner and Support Acts for 2016 Concert in Kissimmee

Runaway Country has announced the artist that will be joining Jake Owen and Kenny Chesney as headliner for the three-day music festival coming to Kissimmee in 2016.

Runaway Country 2016 - Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church

That honor falls to Eric Church, whose hits include the #1 singles “Drink in My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “The Only Way i Know,” and most recently, “Raise ‘Em Up” with fellow country artist Keith Urban. Read more

Runaway Country Announces Headliners for Inaugural Kissimmee 2016 Concert

In May it was announced that the Runaway Country music festival would be moving to Kissimmee, with the first concert in 2016. Last night, they announced the first of the headliners.

Runaway Country

Confirmed for the three-day music fest are Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, and Old Dominion. More will be announced as we get closer to the date, but I think those artists are a great start, don’t you?

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Runaway Country Music Festival Coming to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee

Osceola Heritage Park announced this morning they have signed a 10-year contract to host the Runaway Country Music Festival, starting in 2016.

Runaway Country logo

Runaway Country is a huge annual 3-day country music festival that draws the top talent to its line-up. Previous years have offered the likes of Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, and more, to enjoy.

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Out and About: Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo - photo by Kirk Garreans

My family and I attended the last day of the Silver Spurs Rodeo on Sunday afternoon. It had an afternoon starting time, but the arena was packed with families ready to enjoy some good rodeo action.

Silver Spurs Rodeo - photo by Kirk Garreans


This was our first time to go to a rodeo, though we had been to a bull riding event before. The bull riding at this rodeo was similar, and a bit scary to watch as the animal is big and doing everything in its power to get the rider off.

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134th Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns to Kissimmee Feb 20-24, 2015

Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns for its 134th edition the weekend of February 20-22.

I recently had the chance to meet some of the people involved with the Silver Spurs Rodeo and tour the Silver Spurs Arena and its rodeo set-up.

Meeting the Rodeo Queens of Silver Spurs Rodeo
Whitney Hopkins- 2014 Miss Silver Spurs, Brighton Mick – 2014 Little Miss Silver Spurs, Sheila Shirah – 2015 Miss Rodeo Florida, and Sarah Taylor – 2014 Junior Miss Congeniality

I met several Rodeo Queens, including Whitney Hopkins – 2014 Miss Silver Spurs, Brighton Mick – 2014 Little Miss Silver Spurs, Sheila Shirah – 2015 Miss Rodeo Florida (who will represent Florida in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas), and Sarah Taylor – 2014 Junior Miss Congeniality. They all were excited to be representing the rodeo as ambassadors for the sport. Several grew up around the rodeo, so it’s a way of life for them.

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Extreme Sports Resort Planned for Central Florida

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC extreme sports resort mockup

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC announced this week plans to build a $309 million resort in Osceola County that will feature extreme sports-related amenities to guests.

The project would be anchored by a 250-room Hyatt-flag hotel featuring a rooftop pool/bar, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, swim-up bars and grotto, restaurants, and more. The International Action Sports Hall of Fame would also be located on the grounds.

According to the press release, the extreme sports resort would offer:

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Out and About: KABOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks was Fun for Families

KABOOM! Play Together Tour

This past weekend (September 13-14), the Kissimmee area was visited by KABOOM! Play Together Tour, an event where families gathered to build a stronger bond by completing a series of fun challenges. It was brought to us by Disney Parks and held at Mill Run Park, an adorable place with a wide variety of playground activities for the kids to enjoy every day of the week.

Because the parking for Mill Run Park is rather small, barely enough room for ten cars, and there weren’t any signs for event parking, my fiancé ended up parking our car on the side of the road between the Mill Run and a La Petit Academy. I really didn’t mind because the majority of the walk was shaded by luscious trees and it wasn’t far from where the event was set up. Once we got there, the Disney VoluntEARS were very helpful in getting us to the registration table, which was a breeze to get through since we preregistered. After we signed some paperwork, they gave us karabiners, a small puzzle, and we had our choice of orange or purple reusable water bottles.

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KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks Comes to Kissimmee September 13-14, 2014

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks

The KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks will allow families to play for free when it comes to Mill Run Park in Kissimmee the weekend of September 13 and 14.

This state-of-the-art, pop-up play course features team-building stations, games that build mental and physical play prowess, and an incredible family-friendly obstacle course. Your entire family will learn how balanced and active play helps children thrive.

Feel free to show your spirit by dressing up as a team. The obstacle course takes about 10 minutes to complete. You’ll enter the course within the one-hour time block you select on your registration. Afterwards, there will be more fun festivities for the whole family.

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Old Town in Kissimmee Offers Free Family Friendly Halloween Scares

Looking for some free family fun for Halloween 2013? Then you’ll want to check out Old Town Halloween Festival of Fright in Kissimmee.

Old Town Halloween Festival of FrightThe event runs select nights in October – 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 31 – from 7pm to 11pm. There will be costume contests, live entertainment, roaming characters and more. It also features three “Hauntzones” – Monster Mayhem, Arachnaphobia, and Area 51. A fourth, Legends-A Haunting of Old Town, is available for an additional fee.

All of the Old Town shops, restaurants, and rides will be open, as well. Old Town is located at 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy in Kissimmee.

For complete Halloween details, visit myoldtownusa.com.

Batter Up! Florida’s Grapefruit League Starts 2013 Season For Major League Baseball Spring Training in February

springtraining-atlbraveswdwEvery spring, fifteen Major League Baseball teams head for Florida for Spring Training. This group of baseball teams is known as the Florida Grapefruit League, and this year marks the 125th anniversary of the FLG.

Of the teams that train in Florida, two call the Orlando area home: the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros.

The Atlanta Braves are calling Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World home for their training. Their first game is a home game against the Detroit Tigers on February 22.

The Houston Astros will be based at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee for their spring training. Their first game is against the Phillies in Clearwater on February 23, but the following day, they’ll play their first home game against the Mets.

For a complete list of games and teams, visit FloridaGrapefruitLeague.com.

Out and About: 2013 Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee


A county fair can always be a fun time.  Having grown up in the the Midwest, they were always fun to attend.  I didn’t always get to do the extra-special cost-more-money stuff that my older siblings did, but the rides were awesome.

This past Saturday (2/9), my family and I went to check out the Osceola County Fair.

This fair is a typical small town country fair, and it is tons of fun.  You can see the animal entries from the 4H kids (awesome organization, btw), and the midway is full of impossible-to-win games that cost extra, and typical fried fair food that costs way more than it should.

The kids loved the fun houses and bumper cars, though our daughter had to ride the Tilt-a-whirl all by herself this year as I was recovering from the flu, and would not have survived it.

I would recommend doing this with your family if you can. Yes, it is expensive, but it’s worth the experience, especially if you have not been to a county fair. With the help of prepurchased wrist bands from Walgreens, it was more affordable for our family of four.

The 2013 Osceola County Fair runs through February 17, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.


[Photos by Kirk and Carol Garreans]

Osceola County Fair Returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee February 8-17, 2013

osceolacntyfairThe Osceola County Fair is the largest annual event in the county, and it returns for another year to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee from February 8 through 17, 2013.

This 10-day event showcases the county’s agriculture, along with providing live entertainment and a ride midway.

Admission is very affordable, too. Only $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children 4 & under. Parking is free, as well.

For a complete list of entertainment, animal events, and more information, visit osceolacountyfair.com.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex to Debut First Central Florida Restaurant in Kissimmee March 19


Kissimmee is about to get a new addition to its Tex-Mex offerings when Chuy’s opens March 19, 2013.

The Austin, Texas-based restaurant chain will open its first Central Florida location at 7913 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee (west of the World Drive entrance to Walt Disney World). It will be a part of the Black Lake Village retail center.

Chuy’s was founded in 1982, and features “made-from-scratch” menu items like Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom Enchiladas and Big As Yo’ Face Burritos. The company has restaurants in eight states.

Plans are to open a second Central Florida location on I-Drive in Orlando as part of the renovation of the Wyndham Orlando Resort in 2014.

For more information, visit Chuy’s Kissimmee Facebook page.

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