Central Florida Foodie Events for October 2017

5th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic: Food offerings: Roasted tenderloin from Shula's; weiner schnitzel from the beer garden, BBQ pork from Cib's Smokehouse

October 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

In addition to the extension of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, many places are celebrating Oktoberfest and National Taco Day, as well.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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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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Out and About: Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

Taste! Central Florida Offers Great Food and Drink for a Local Cause

This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.

Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:

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Taste! Central Florida to Serve Up Delicious Local Cuisine For a Great Cause August 19, 2017 + Win 2 Tickets!

Taste! Central Florida

One of the best charity events in Orlando is Taste! Central Florida, which takes place August 19, and I’m going to give you a chance to win a pair of tickets to experience it for yourself!

Taste! Central Florida (formerly Taste of the Nation) invites the community to enjoy an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

Over 40 local chefs and restaurants and 22 beverage companies will be represented at this event which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Enjoy tastings from 4 RIvers, The COOP, Benihana, ACE Cafe Orlando, Canvas, Chroma, Capital Grille, Cress, Dragonfly Robata, Hemisphere, Highball & Harvest, Marlow’s Tavern, Paddlefish, Ravenous Pig, and so many more!

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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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Orlando Dining News Round-Up July 24, 2017: Ravenous Pig, Second Harvest Food Bank of CFL, Terralina Crafted Italian, More

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

The interior of the Ravenous Pig restaurant in Winter Park.

The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park is launching a special summer 3 course prix fixe lunch menu starting July 25, 2017. Cost is $22, with the option to add select wine pairings for $22 a bottle. This menu will rotate with seasonal lunch items and includes dessert.

The restaurant will also be hosting a “Neighborhood Pig Roast” on Saturday, August 5th. The menu will consist of pulled pork, ribs, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread and a seasonal dessert for $17 a plate.

Neighboring Cask & Larder Brewery‘s Summer beer release will take place the same weekend. “Lardermelon” and all C&L draughts will be $5 a pint.

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Taste of the Nation Becomes Taste! Central Florida and Sets a 2017 Date

Taste! Central Florida

Central Florida foodies take note: one of the year’s best events, Taste of the Nation, is now Taste! Central Florida, and it will take place at the Orlando World Center Marriott on August 19.

With the new name comes a new local focus, with the event now featuring an extensive lineup of local celebrity chefs and eateries, and highlighting local farmers, food purveyors, brewers and distilleries.

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The Capital Grille Hosts Chef Night at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Oct 26

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Chef's Night dinners

Chef Night returns to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on October 26, with a meal prepared by The Capital Grille.

Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef of The Capital Grille, Chef Michael Laduke has created a four course menu, with cocktails, for the evening.

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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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Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 14, 2016: The COOP, STK Orlando, The Doghouse

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, salad bars, free cupcakes, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The COOP has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar

The COOP in Winter Park has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar includes offerings such as grilled chicken, fresh and flavorful dressings that are made in house, and various pre-made seasonal salads.

Cost is $9.99, and its available daily from 11am-2pm and from 5pm-close.

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Hosts Two Chef’s Night Dinners in January 2016

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will host two Chef’s Night dinners in January 2016, to benefits their Culinary Training Program.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Chef's Night dinners

The January 8 installment features Chef Paula Kendrick of The Fresh From Florida Kids hef Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She will offer a Farm to Fork four-course menu, plus cocktail and appetizer, all featuring ingredients from Florida farms.

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Wine Women & Shoes Event to Benefit Second Harvest Food Bank on April 12, 2014

Wine Women & Shoes

The Wine Women & Shoes charity event combines wine, food and fun to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. It will be held April 12, 2014, at Ports of Call at SeaWorld.

The afternoon, from 2-6pm, will be filled with wine, hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, and shopping, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

As of this post, only 35 general admission tickets at $75 remain to this event. Each ticket purchased will provide around 450 lbs of food to hungry neighbors in need.

For more information on Wine Women & Shoes, or to purchase tickets, visit winewomenandshoes.com/orlando.

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