Central Florida Foodie Events for May 2018

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We’re reaching the end of spring, but there’s no shortage of delicious food-centric events for Central Florida foodies to enjoy during the month of May 2018.

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

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MAY 1-28

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, EpcotEnjoy 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

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MAY 1

An Evening with Rick Bayless at Frontera Cocina, Disney Springs
From 6-8pm, Chef Rick Bayless will be returning to Frontera Cocina for a casual interactive experience with guests. Enjoy a new Baja-inspired menu roll-out, your Frontera Cocina favorites, specialty wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Reservations are first come, first served at bit.ly/BaylessFrontera. No fee, just pay for what you order.

Chef’s Dinner / Tequila and Taco Pairing at The Waterfront Orlando
Cost: $45 Presale / $55 Evening of
Take a food tour as the Chefs stimulate your tastes buds with food balanced perfectly with select premium tequilas. Reservations: 407-866-0486. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info

Winemaker Dinner with Andre Mack at Del Frisco’s Orlando
Cost: $30 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Guests will be able to enjoy an evening on the Veranda sampling many of Andre’s wines with a wonderful selection of hand-passed hors ‘d oeuvres from Executive Chef Greg Thompson. Call (407) 351-5074 for reservations or visit delfriscos.com.

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MAY 2

Greek Dinner at K Restaurant, Orlando
Cost: $125
Enjoy five-courses of Greek wine with greek food pairing. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info

Swamp Sistas La La Summer Hope Volunteer Jam at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
Volunteer for an hour then enjoy snacks and live entertainment from the Swamp Sistas. RSVP at shfbcf.volunteerhub.com/lp/LalaSummerHopeforkids.

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MAY 3

Asian Beer Pairing Dinner with Chef Treviño at  El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant, Orlando
Cost: $40
Guests will be treated to a flight of sakes (Japanese rice wine) accompanied by a four-course tasting menu of Asian & Latin cuisine inspired dishes featuring local seafood and produce, and prepared using sake as an ingredient. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Vegan Cooking Demonstration at Chamberlin’s Natural Foods, Orlando
Free event. From 6-7pm, try a sample, take the recipe, and then buy the ingredients to make it at home. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MAY 4

9th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest at Pier 60, Clearwater Beach
Cost: $35 adult / $15 kids
This event will feature tastings from over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, and live entertainment. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Cost: $45 general / $55 VIP; 21+ only
Jake’s Beer Festival happens only twice each year and features more than 50 local and regional specialty craft beers, delicious and tasty foods, live entertainment and more. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

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MAY 5

Bacon, Bourbon & Blues at Center Lake Park, Oviedo
Cost: Free general admission; food for purchase; $50 VIP
Enjoy over 20 vendors serving up bacon & bourbon dishes, plus more menu items, plus live blues music. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve and more information.

Taste Of Haiti Orlando at Gaston Edwards Park, Orlando
Cost: $10 / $40 VIP
Whether you are of Haitian descent or Love Haitian Food; whether you want to experience the Haitian Culture or just curious to see what the whole talk is all about … this cultural & culinary event is for you.Local restaurants, bakeries, chefs and vendors will be showcasing some of the best Haitian dishes, delicacies and other specialties. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Cinco De Mayo festivities are in a separate post that will be on the site May 2.

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MAY 12

Corn Boil 2018 at Mokanna Lodge No. 329 F & AM, Orlando
Cost: $10 adults / $5 kids
From 11am to 2pm enjoy burgers, hot dogs, slaw, beans and all the sweet Zellwood corn you can eat. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Rotary Craft Beer Festival at Avalon Town Park, Orlando
Cost: $40 / $60 VIP; 21+ only
This is an outdoor event with live music, food trucks, and craft beer.  Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Smokin’ Brews, Boats, and BBQ at Lakefront Park, St. Cloud
Cost: $10 BBQ; $25 Brews; $35 combo pass
Enjoy a Craft Brew Festival, exhilarating Power Boat Races, and the People’s Choice BBQ Competition. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

2nd Taste of Soul – Soulfood Festival at Festival Park, Orlando
Cost: $10 adv / $30 day of
Taste of Soul brings you sights sounds and tastes of the diverse cultures of Soul Food Cooking.  Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

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MAY 14

American Craft Beer Week Kick-Off Party at Crooked Can Brewery, Winter Garden
Cost: $35
To kick off this amazing week, Crooked Can is partnering with multiple breweries across the state of Florida to bring you an exclusive tap-takeover on Monday, May 14th starting at 5:30pm. With this ticket, you will receive samples of the specialty beers. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

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MAY 16

Doughnut and Beer Pairing at Orlando Brewing, Orlando
Enjoy organic mini doughnuts paired perfectly with fourorganic brews (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Ocean Sun Orlando Sushi Class at Orlando Sun Brewing, Orlando
Cost: $40
In this two hour, hands-on class, they’ll teach you to make perfect sushi rice, how to make all of your favorite sushi sauces (from eel sauce to BangBang & more), where to shop/what to buy and how to safely serve raw fish at home with confidence, according to health department standards.Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Peruvian Pop Up Dinner Hosted by Papa Llama at Redlight Redlight, Orlando
Enjoy a selection of modern peruvian dishes alongside a wide variety of craft beers and wines available at the bar. Menu to be announced; pay for what you order. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

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MAY 17

Orlando Brewing Sushi Class at Orlando Brewing, Orlando
Cost: $40
In this two hour, hands-on class, they’ll teach you to make perfect sushi rice, how to make all of your favorite sushi sauces (from eel sauce to BangBang & more), where to shop/what to buy and how to safely serve raw fish at home with confidence, according to health department standards.Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards Celebration 2018 at Celine Orlando, Orlando
Cost: $50
Inspired by food reporter Lauren Delgado and the newspaper’s passionate readers, the evening will feature 2018 Foodie Award winners and finalists; and invite guests to sample dishes and drinks from more than 20 restaurants, enjoy live entertainment, and experience some special surprises throughout the night. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

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MAY 18

5% Day with Fleet Farming at Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Orlando
Ethos Vegan Kitchen is hosting a 5% day to benefit Fleet Farming. 5% of the net sales for the day will be donated to the program, transforming lawns into productive micro farms for our community. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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MAY 19

Beer ‘Merica Craft Beer Festival at Gaston Edwards Park, Orlando
Cost: $25 general / $45 VIP / $15 Designated Driver; 21+ only
Beer ‘Merica will bring together over 100 American craft brews in celebration of American Craft Beer Week on Saturday, May 19. Enjoy an afternoon with live music, delicious food, and complimentary craft brew samplings. Beer ‘Merica benefits The Camaraderie Foundation. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Central Florida Top Brewer Beer Fest at Lake Concord Park, Casselberry
Cost: $35
The beer festival will be a take on the “Top Chef” style competition. Brewers will draw one grain, one hop, and two miscellaneous ingredients. Brewers must brew a beer that includes all ingredients that were drawn. Along with their competition beer, breweries will be bringing along some of their favorite and special beers to share with you. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Cooking with Herbs at Scott’s Country Market & Cafe, Mount Dora
Free class, open to the public, about cooking with fresh herbs. RSVP via the event’s ticket page.

Doughnut and Ice Cream Pop Up at The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando
Join CayCakes for its first ever doughnut and ice cream pop-up. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Downtown Pour – “Thornton Park Edition” at The Veranda at Thornton Park, Orlando
Cost: $25 general / $60 VIP; 21+ only
Socialize and enjoy beer, wine and craft cocktails provided on behalf of local and national distributors from 4pm-7pm. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

Hulalicious Battle of the Food Trucks benefitting JOSH at West End Trading Co., Sanford
40+ food trucks will be battling it out for who makes the best dishes. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Taco Takeover: Orlando Bar Crawl at Wall St. Cantina, Orlando
Cost: $20 general / $30 VIP advance; $25 & $35 day of; 21+ only
The ultimate taco & margarita crawl is taking over multiple downtown Orlando restaurants & bar. Tickets include free tacos and drink specials at each location. Visit the event’s ticket page to reserve.

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MAY 21

1st Annual Watermelon Festival at Lake Nona YMCA, Orlando
Free admission. Come enjoy fresh local watermelon, watermelon inspired foods, watermelon eating contest. Food trucks, bounce houses, live music and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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MAY 22

#SandwichEatUp at King Cajun Crawfish, Orlando
Enjoy a meal with other sandwich fans at different locations each month. It’s free to attend; just pay for what you order. King Cajun Crawfish of Orlando was founded in 2010 via New Orleans via Vietnam. Owner Ha Nguyen lived in Louisiana and owned a Cajun restaurant there for many years before moving to Orlando and now she is making some fantastic NOLA food for all of Orlando to enjoy. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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MAY 23

Craft Pizza & Beer Dinner at Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Lake Buena VIsta
Cost: $35 advance / $45 day of
Pizza and Beer pairing dinner with 6 beers and 6 courses. Call 407-827-1212 for more info or visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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MAY 24

Vias Italian Wine Dinner at Urbain 40, Dr Phillips
Cost: $145 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
Highlights of the 5-course wine-paired dinner include Menu highlights include: Spoons of Tuna al Asiatique,  Maine Sea Scallop & Key West Pink Shrimp, Pear & Quattro Formaggi Borsellino, and Tournedos of Slow Braised Beef Short Rib & Sliced Beef Tenderloin. Call 407-780-4507 to reserve your spot, or visit urbain40.com.

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MAY 25-26

Old Town BBQ Throwdown at Old Town, Kissimmee
Free admission; BBQ for purchase. Considered one of the Sunshine State’s richest contests with guaranteed prizes, the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Old Town BBQ Throwdown a state championship venue. Visit myoldtownusa.com for more information.

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MAY 26

Central Florida’s Sixth Annual BBQ Blowout at Oviedo Center Lake Park, Oviedo
Free admission; BBQ for purchase. VIP for $50, which includes air conditioned VIP lounge, light snacks and bourbon tasting for those 21+. Visit bbqblowout.org for more information.

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MAY 26-27

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 2018 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa
Cost: $15-$17 single day / $25 weekend pass general; $205 VIP weekend; $35 tequila tasting; other passes available
Enjoy over 60 kinds of margaritas, live bands including The Wallflowers, Everclear, Fastball, & Plain White T’s. , games, pop-up food concepts, a tequila tasting, a margarita run, Margarita Brunch, and end the night with a bang with the biggest fireworks show. Visit TampaMargaritaFest.com for tickets and more information.

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MAY 31

Chef’s Night featuring Disney’s Boardwalk Resort at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
Cost: $75
You are invited to enjoy a culinary experience curated by chefs from Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. The chefs will be led by Andrew Larkin, Executive Chef of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort with Chef Rich Smich from Trattoria al Forno, Chef Paul Napoli from ESPN Club, and Chef Tim Majoras from Flying Fish. The evening benefits Second Harvest Food Bank’s Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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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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