Central Florida Foodie Events For March 2018

March 2018 ushers in a lot of Spring dining for Central Florida foodies. There are so many special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

March 2018 ushers in a lot of Spring dining for Central Florida foodies. There are so many 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:

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MARCH 1-11

Florida Strawberry Festival at Florida Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, Plant City
Cost: $10 adults; $5 youth
The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake. Visit flstrawberryfestival.com for tickets and more info.

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MARCH 1-31

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot
Daily
Enjoy food and drink samples from the Outdoor Kitchens set up around the World Showcase. For a look at the menus, click here. Admission to Epcot required and samples are an additional fee. Visit disneyworld.com for more information.

Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens Tampa
Every Saturday and Sunday
The festival features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including 16 all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails available for purchase throughout the park. Concerts included with park admission. Visit buschgardens.com/tampa for more info.

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando
Every Saturday and Sunday
The Seven Seas Food Festival is included with park admission, including concerts. Food and Drink Sampling Lanyards start at $40. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online at SeaWorldOrlando.com/SevenSeas.

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MARCH 1

International Vegan Comfort Food Pop – Up: Bao at The District Market At Mills 50, Orlando
Offering a choice of Pourk Belly Bao and Shredded Beaf Bao for purchase. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 2

Open House at Ligature Coffee, WInter Park
They will have a bunch of different drinks for donation highlighting the coffee they’ve been roasting, as well as other merchandise for sale. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 3

2018 Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown at Tinker Field, Orlando
Cost: $15 adv/$19.99 dos adults; children 10 and under are FREE.
The nation’s top BBQ pitmasters are coming to Central Florida to put their skills to the test. Food and beverage additional cost. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

4th Annual Eat Local, Stroll Local at Audubon Park Garden District, Orlando
Cost: $30 adv; $35 day of
PGD’s 4th Annual Eat Local Sip Local Stroll will feature locally sourced fruits and veggies, sustainably produced Florida cheese and meats, in addition to Florida craft beer, boutique wine and some Florida distilled spirits to sample. All inclusive, with multiple stops and an educational map to guide your way, this stroll shouldn’t be missed. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Kissimmee Cuban Sandwich Smackdown at Lake Front Park, Kissimmee
Free admission; $21 VIP
Enjoy a Cuban sandwich competition featuring local restaurants, an attempt to make the biggest Cuban sandwich, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Soft Opening of The Nook on Robinson, Orlando
The Nook on Robinson is small, locally owned bar & eatery in the heart of The Milk District. All their beer, wine, cider, kombucha, and coffee are produced in Florida. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 5

Littorai Wine Dinner at 1921 by Norman Van Aken, Mount Dora
Cost: $175 per person
Meet winemaker Ted Lemon as they explore the nuances of this winery and savor the 4-course menu designed exclusively to celebrate the occasion. Visit the event’s ticket page for more information.

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MARCH 7

Grand Opening at Lucky’s Market, Clermont
Bacon cutting at 10am, then samples throughout the store for the rest of the day. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 14

Pi Day Beer & Pie Pairing at World of Beer, Dr. Phillips
Cost: $20
They will be pairing 4 Pies with 4 Special Drafts from Big Top. Spots are limited so sign up early to reserve your seat. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 15

Cooking Class: Off to Italy (Vegetarian) at Tapa Toro, Orlando
Cost: $49 (+ tax/gratuity)
Chef Wendy will guide you in making dishes such as homemade mozzarella, sweet potato salad, and mushroom risotto. Tapas and dessert included. Visit tapatoro.restaurant for more info.

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MARCH 17

Scott Joseph Pop Up Dinner at Pharmacy, Dr Phillips
Cost: $115 per person
The menu is a secret, but it will include beverage pairings. Visit scottjosephorlando.com for more info.

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MARCH 18

Vegan Beer & Dessert Pairing at Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Orlando
Cost: $20
Includes 4 flights of Dead Lizard Brewing’s Beer and 3 mini cupcakes and 1 mini brookie to compliment the beer flavors. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Women in the Kitchen: Legends, Mentors and Friends at Lake Meadow Naturals, Ocoee
Cost: $150; $125 for James Beard Foundation members
Women in the Kitchen: Legends, Mentors and Friend will celebrate and support the James Beard Foundation’s work in advancing women in the culinary industry. Hosted by Chef Kathleen Blake, this seated four-course dinner will take place on the beautiful grounds of Lake Meadow Naturals farm and will feature food from James Beard Award-winning women chefs and restaurateurs from across the country. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

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MARCH 21

Doughnut & Beer Pairing at Orlando Brewing, Orlando
Dig into organic mini doughnuts from Orlandough paired perfectly with four organic brews (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Winter Park Wine & Dine – Spring Edition at Winter Park Farmers’ Market, Winter Park
Cost: $35 adv/$50 day of general admission; $69 adv/$100 day of VIP
Enjoy more than 35 Orlando merchants set up to offer unlimited complimentary food, deserts, wine, specialty cocktails & craft beer samplings plus live music inside and outside the Farmers Market. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

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MARCH 23-25

10th annual Wine & Seafood Festival at Lakeridge Winery, Clermont
Cost: $10; Kids 12 and under free; 3-day pass $18
Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of tasty seafood specialties will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. A portion of the proceeds go to support the Central Florida Dreamplex Visit lakeridgewinery.com for more info.

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MARCH 24

Mexican Food Festival at Gaston Edwards Park, Orlando
Cost: $10 adv adults and kids 5 and older; $15 day of
Hosted by the Mexican Consulate of Orlando, the event will also have a bartender competition, free tequila tasting and bars with fresh cocktails featuring Maestro Doble, Jose Cuervo, 1800 Tequila and more! There will be a Mexican Mercadito featuring everything from aquas frescas, to chicharrones with hot sauce, fresh Mexican fruits, traditional Mexican candies and Mexican jewelry among much more. Visit orlandoweeklytickets.com for tickets and more info.

Rooftop Mixology Class at Paddlefish, Disney Springs
Cost: $50
Guests will learn to craft variations of the mojito, margarita, old fashioned, and a surprise “dealer’s choice” cocktail. Light bites will be served during class: caprese skewer, crab ceviche, chicken skewers, spinach & cheese tartlet. Visit the event’s ticket page for more info.

Seviche & Sangria Social with BocaFresca at Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Orlando
BocaFresca will be hosting this a Vegan Seviche & Sangría Tasting. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 25

Solidarity Sunday: Haiti, El Salvador, Africa at Cress Restaurant, DeLand
Cost: $40
We stand in solidarity by the people, culture, and food from Haiti, El Salvador, and the continent of Africa. We are proud to showcase a family-style meal inspired by these regions. We are not serving or selling alcohol because this is an event on the street. However, the event is BYOB so we encourage you to celebrate with your favorite beverages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit an appropriate cause that aligns with the theme of the event. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MARCH 26

Taste of Lake Mary 2018 at Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary
Cost: $50; $95 couple
The event features gourmet food and wine tasting from some of Lake Mary’s best restaurants. Visit tasteoflakemary.com for more info.

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MARCH 31

SandwichEatUp at AJ’s, Longwood
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Meet up with other sandwich fans as they try new restaurants every month. Free to attend; just pay for what you order. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

World Food Festival at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
The event will feature food from North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as music and cultural activities. Admission is free but food and beverage will need to be purchased with World Money. World Money will be available for purchase on-site at the event. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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Which dinners or festivals are you planning to attend? Also keep checking our events calendar throughout the month for more additions to the list.

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