Orlando Area Dining News Roundup: January 26, 2018: Taste CFL, Downtown Food & Wine Fest, Foxtail’s Farmhouse, and More

"Taste of Hollywood Studios" sampler feat BLT Soup from Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant & Famous Cobb Salad + mini grapefruit cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

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

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The numbers are in and 2017’s Taste CFL has raised almost $250,000 to support the childhood hunger relief programs at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Congrats to all involved! CSO is proud to be a Social Media Ambassador for the event!

Want to be a part of this year’s Taste CFL? Then mark your calendars for September 8, when the event returns to the Orlando World Marriott. More info on tickets to come.

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The 10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Lake Eola February 24 and 25. Enjoy dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment. The Fest is produced by Entercom Orlando (formerly CBS Radio Orlando) in partnership with the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. A portion of the proceeds benefit UCF Foundation, Inc. and Valencia Foundation.

One-day admission tickets are $18 per day in advance, and $20 at the door. A two-day admission ticket is $30 with advance purchase. A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $20 per person at the Fest. Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard. Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets. Visit downtownfoodandwinefest.com for tickets and more info.

The 10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Lake Eola February 24 and 25

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Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut will be opening this spring at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. The Universal Orlando shop will feature the same eclectic pink theming, and it will be located next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew.

Orlando’s Voodoo Doughnut will feature signature originals such as the Dirt Doughnut, the Bacon Maple Bar, Grape Ape and, of course, Voodoo Doll doughnuts. It will be the brand’s only Florida location.

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Speaking of doughnuts… After casting nearly two million votes online over a week, America has selected lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new glazed doughnut flavor. Lemon was America’s top choice, garnering 36 percent of the vote. Caramel received 26 percent of the vote, blueberry received 20 percent followed by maple, which received 18 percent. I voted for Maple…clearly I’m not in tune with America’s doughnut tastes.

The Lemon Glazed Doughnut flavor will be made available this spring for a full week (exact dates to be announced soon) at all Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida.

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Foxtail’s Farmhouse, the long-awaited expansion of Foxtail Coffee‘s location in Winter Park, will have its grand opening on February 10. Enjoy coffee tastings, wine tastings, food tastings, giveaways and much more, starting at 10am.

The Farmhouse, adjoining Foxtail Coffee, will feature a silo coffee bean bar, craft cocktails on tap, wine, ciders, and more. Light bites will be provided daily by DoveCote, with bakery items from Valhalla and BlueBird Bake Shop.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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The Waterfront restaurant in Orlando has a new menu, along with a new late-night happy hour starting at 10pm with 1/2 off drinks. And if you’re not busy on Monday, Jan 29, they’re hosting a Bourbon-pairing dinner. Cost is $35 adv/$45 day of. Call 407-866-0486 for reservations.

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Infusion Tea in College Park also has a new menu that debuted earlier this month. One of the biggest changes is a “Have It Your Way” option where you can choose to have the dish in a rice quinoa bowl, over organic greens, in a whole wheat wrap, or on gluten-free bread. Visit infusionorlando.com for more information.

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On Monday, January 29, Canvas in Lake Nona will be hosting a special Paint Nite event. Tickets are $45, and the event starts at 7pm. Visit paintnite.com/events/into-the-night-ii-at-canvas-at-lake-nona-10046118 for tickets and more info.

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The B21 brand is offering a limited time burger and shake through April 2018: A Korean BBQ burger and Red Velvet Cake shake. Central Florida locations include Mall at Millenia and Lakeland.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, drop it in comments or send it to us via our contact form. We’ll credit you if we use it.

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