Central Florida Foodie Events for December 2018 **UPDATED** #OrlandoFoodies

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We’re in the midst of the 2018 holiday season, so of course there are many delicious food-centric events happening for Central Florida foodies.

Are you hungry? Good, because here’s a listing of December 2018 food and drink events you might want to check out:

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DECEMBER 1-12

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (All Central Florida Locations) – Holiday Toy Drive
Donate a new, unwrapped gift ($10 value) and receive a FREE dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts.

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DECEMBER 1-30

2018 Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays – Holiday Kitchens
In addition to the Candlelight Processional, Epcot celebrates the joyous holiday traditions of its World Showcase nations, including seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens. Samples are an additional cost to the required Epcot admission.

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DECEMBER 5

Menagerie Eatery & Bar (Orlando) – Grand Opening
From 5-8pm, enjoy drink samples, food samples and live music.

Pepe’s Cantina (Winter Park) – Winter Park Wine Down
Cost: $15
Enjoy all you can eat buffet and unlimited wine, sangria & draft Tecate light,

Redlight, Redlight (Orlando) – Papa Llama Pop-Up
There will be a selection of PL’s authentic Peruvian dishes alongside drinks from the RLRL bar.

Whipporwill Beer House (Orlando) – Bangrak Thai Street Kitchen Pop-Up
Enjoy an a la carte Thai menu from 6-9pm.

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DECEMBER 6

1921 Mount Dora (Mount Dora) – Chappellet Wine Dinner
Cost: $125
Jacob Jata of Chappellet Wines will take guests through the nuances of the wines while Chef de Cuisine Camilo Velasco orchestrates a paired five-course meal.

Big River Brewing (Disney’s Boardwalk Resort) – Yule Fuel Tapping Party
Yule Fuel is a luscious Tiramisu English Brown Ale boasting flavors of cappuccino, vanilla rich cocoa and roasted chestnuts. Served on Nitro for a velvety smooth finish. From 5pm to 7pm this beer is only $3/pint and served with a complimentary food pairing.

The District Market at Mills 50 (Orlando) – Cachapa with Vegan Carne Mechada and Cheese
Enjoy a Venezuelan take on Johnny Cakes with Vegan Steak and Cheese at this pop-up.

Marlow’s Tavern (Waterford Lakes) – 3 Daughters Brewing Beer Dinner
Cost: $50
Enjoy a five-course dinner with 3 Daughters Brewing Beer pairings.

Rosen JCC (Orlando) – The Great Latke Cook-Off
Enjoy a variety of latkes created by competing chefs, plus Hanukkah activities.

The Veranda at Thornton Park (Orlando) – Orlando Weekly presents Sweet & Savory
Cost: $40 ga/$65 VIP
Enjoy tastings from the city’s finest restaurants, bakeries, and specialty food shops along with inventive cocktails, with a holiday twist, while enjoying entertainment in The Veranda at Thornton Park’s open air courtyard, under the stars. Use code “MAINFRAMESWEET” to get a free general admission ticket while they last.

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DECEMBER 6-7

Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi (Dr. Phillips) – Tokyo Soul
Cost: $55
The menu features dishes inspired by street food classics born in Tokyo, and seasoned with the flavors of the deep South Southern Kitchen.

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DECEMBER 7

The COOP (Winter Park) – Southern Feast Fridays
Cost: $18.99 adults/$9.49 12 and under
Every Friday from 6-9pm, fill up with bottomless plates of signature classics and some good ole Southern hospitality.

Hemisphere Restaurant (Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport) – Winter Wine Dinner
Cost: $95.50; 21+ to attend
Enjoy a 4-course dinner with wine pairings from Frank Family Wines. Price includes Complimentary 2 Hour Valet Parking.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (All Central Florida Locations) – Chocolate Glaze Friday
Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts will be available on the first Friday of every month, while supplies last.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort (Universal Orlando) – Jake’s Beer Dinner
Cost: $55
Taking place only a handful of times each year, the dinner features five expertly prepared courses that the hotel’s award-winning chefs pair with local or regional specialty craft beers.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park – Holiday Chocolate House Party
Cost: $75
Learn to make a chocolate house. Up to three people can attend for this fee.

Whipporwill Beer House (Orlando) – Little Giant Chinese Food Pop-Up
Enjoy an a la carte Chinese food menu from 6-9pm.

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DECEMBER 7-9

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards (Clermont) – Wine & Chocolate Festival
Cost: $10
Local Chocolatiers will be on hand with their delicious treats, as well as local Artists and Crafters displaying their work. Enjoy live music by incredible bands on outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. A portion of the proceeds go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida

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DECEMBER 8

A La Cart (Orlando) – Grand Opening
Food trucks, beer, a gorgeous courtyard, and more, are all part of this new concept in the Milk District.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company (Orlando) – Holiday Beer and Tipsy Cookie Tasting
Cost: $20 – $30
Bite into four gourmet tipsy cookies paired perfectly with four of Dead Lizard Brewing’s (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing

East End Market (Orlando) – Ceylon Hut Presents A Taste of Sri Lanka
From 11am to 3pm, experience some of Sri Lanka’s favorite dishes, at a la carte pricing.

North Quarter Market (Orlando) – Wondermade Orlando Pop-Up Opens
Wondermade, the beloved marshmallow, ice cream and hot chocolate shop in Sanford, is opening a limited-time pop-up serving up ice cream, plus s’mores and selling boxes of their famous marshmallows, along with their line of hot chocolates and an assortment of chocolates and candies.

Paddlefish (Disney Springs) – Holiday Cooking Class
Cost: $50
From noon-2pm, enjoy a holiday themed cooking class demonstration with Executive Chef Steve Richard on the rooftop deck.

Peanut Butter Palace (Union Park) – 3rd Annual Curry Cook-Off
Cost:: $10 – $30 or items from their wish list
Vote for your favorite curry out of 11 diverse, authentic curries. PBP will provide the rice, music, and local beverages.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park – Holiday Chocolate House Party
Cost: $75
Learn to make a chocolate house. Up to three people can attend for this fee.

PokéStop (Orlando) – Grand Opening
Located n the Jimmy Johns Plaza on University Blvd, Near UCF, this new eatery will be offering 50% off entire menu, plus first 50 customers will have a choice of Sushi Rolls, Poké Bowls, or Poké Tacos FREE.

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DECEMBER 9

Pepe’s Cantina Church Street (Orlando) – All You Can Eat and Drink Brunch
Cost: $29.99
Enjoy all you can eat buffet and unlimited sangria, mimosas and draft Tecate Light

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DECEMBER 10

The Osprey Tavern (Baldwin Park) – Ramen Rumble 2
Cost: $40
Three chefs battle it out for the best ramen in town at this 2nd edition of the rumble.

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DECEMBER 11

Bites & Bubbles (Orlando) – Champagne & Wine Dinner
Cost: $190
Enjoy a champagne and caviar reception before sitting down to a four-course dinner with champagne/sparkling wine pairings.

K Restaurant (Orlando) – Truffle Dinner
Cost: $160
Enjoy a 6-Course Meal featuring truffles from Italy, France, and United States & Wine Pairings.

Manzano’s Deli (Winter Park) – Deli Fresh Threads’ SandwichEatUp
Deli Fresh Threads hosts this monthly sandwich meet up where anyone that enjoys a good sandwich can meet and try a new place along with others. It’s free to attend, just pay for what you order.

Paddlefish (Disney Springs) – Rooftop Wine Experience
Cost: $40; 21+ to attend
Join Paddlefish on the 3rd deck for a monthly wine experience and discussion lead by its Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites from its kitchen.

Third Wave Cafe & Wine Bar (New Smyrna Beach) – Chefs For Fish: A Collaborative Sustainable Seafood Feast
Cost: $95
Chefs-For-Fish is a collaborative dinner featuring Chefs Hari Pulapaka from Cress Restaurant and David Moscoso from Third Wave Cafe and Wine Bar.The event is a 5-course, globally inspired, sustainably sourced seafood feast with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach.

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DECEMBER 12

Cress Restaurant (DeLand) – Sinfully Vegetarian (Waste Not Wednesday Edition)
Cost: $50 (2 seatings)
After a successful and well-received Waste Not Wednesday in November, Cress is inspired to showcase, again, the power and flavor of full kitchen utilization. We are also thrilled to host a guest chef in the kitchen that evening: Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole, creator of The Natural Table.

The Greenery Creamery (Orlando) – The Greenery Creamery X Orlandough
Cost: $6.50 per ice cream sandwich
Choose from four Vegan Donut and Ice Cream Pairings.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (All Central Florida Locations) – Day of the Dozens
On 12/12 only, fans can purchase one dozen of the iconic Original Glazed® doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any dozen. Limit 2 redemptions per customer.

Paddlefish (Disney Springs) – Holiday Mixology Class
Cost: $55; 21+ to attend
Learn how to make classic holiday cocktails that will wow your guests at your next party. Light bites will be served during class.

Redlight, Redlight (Orlando) – Papa Llama Pop-Up
There will be a selection of PL’s authentic Peruvian dishes alongside drinks from the RLRL bar.

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DECEMBER 13

Capa Steakhouse (Four Seasons Orlando) – Moet Hennessy Champagne Pairing Dinner
Cost: $295
This delicious five-course meal will be prepared by Capa Chef Gabriel Massip and Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber, along with premium Champagne pairings.

Orlando Brewing (Orlando) – Tipsy Cookie & Beer Pairing
Cost: $20; $30 VIP
Enjoy four NEW gourmet tipsy cookies paired perfectly with four of Orlando Brewing organic brews (5oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing. VIP includes dinner before.

Orlando United Assistance Center (Orlando) – Community Cocina – Buñuelos y Polvorones
This event is free to attend. Learn to make buñuelos y polvorones. These delicious sugary treats will be prepared in the classic tradition and after cooking these wonderful desserts together, guests will eat and learn about Méxican culture and the history of the dish itself. RSVP required at the link above.

Pizza Bruno (Orlando) – Feast of the 7 Fishes
Cost: $75; +$30 for wine pairing
Join Pizza Bruno and Progress Wines’s own Tyson Bodiford for an inspired take on the traditional “Feast Of the 7 Fishes”- with a Biodynamic Wine Pairing option available.

Whipporwill Beer House (Orlando) -Avenue A Eatery and CayCakes Pop-Ups
Enjoy an a la carte Colombian Vegan food menu and Vegan cupcakes from 6-9pm.

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DECEMBER 14

The COOP (Winter Park) – Southern Feast Fridays
Cost: $18.99 adults/$9.49 12 and under
Every Friday from 6-9pm, fill up with bottomless plates of signature classics and some good ole Southern hospitality.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park – Holiday Chocolate House Party
Cost: $75
Learn to make a chocolate house. Up to three people can attend for this fee.

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DECEMBER 15

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House (Orlando) – Mexican Holiday Favorites Cooking Class
Cost: $120
Join Award Winning, Cordon Bleu trained Chef Susan Ytterberg in a Mexican Holiday Favorites Cooking Class.

Lucky’s Market (Hunters Creek) – Cookbook Signing & Cookie Decorating
From 4-6pm, Jennifer Bush, founder and executive chef at Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery in Boulder, CO, will be sharing tips and tricks for decorating festive holiday cookies in a hands-on workshop, along with signing copies of her cookbook.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park – Holiday Chocolate House Party
Cost: $75
Learn to make a chocolate house. Up to three people can attend for this fee.

Redlight Redlight (Orlando) – Bangrak Thai Pop-Up
Menu items are a la carte. Enjoy Bangrak’s last Orlando pop-up for a while.

Terralina Crafted Italian (Disney Springs) – Holiday Risotto Cooking Class
Cost: $60
Learn the Italian craft of cooking risotto as Executive Chef Justin Plank demonstrates and shares his secrets to creating this classic dish at home. Learn how to cook saffron seafood risotto with shrimp, scallops, swordfish and salmon while sipping wine.

Williams Sonoma (Winter Park) – Christner’s Twice Recipe Demo
From noon-2pm, join Alice Christner and Dee Freedland of Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster for a fun and festive demo and tasting of two of Christner’s famous at-home recipes: Crab Cake Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and Steak Flatbread. Complimentary tastings (while supplies last).

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DECEMBER 18

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (Orlando) – Food for Thought Tour
During this free one-hour information session you will learn more about who is hungry in our community and then take a walking tour of the food bank to see how they operate. Lunch is also provided.

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DECEMBER 19

Pepe’s Cantina (Winter Park) – Ugly Sweater Edition of Winter Park Wine Down
Cost: $15
Enjoy all you can eat buffet and unlimited wine, sangria & draft Tecate light.

Redlight, Redlight (Orlando) – Papa Llama Pop-Up
There will be a selection of PL’s authentic Peruvian dishes alongside drinks from the RLRL bar.

Something Fishy (Apopka) – Christmas Party
Swim by for giveaways, samples & discounted menu items. Free beer & wine will be on deck.

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DECEMBER 20

Nona Social Bar & Kitchen (Lake Nona) – Wine & Food Pairing
Cost: $40
Nona Social Bar & Kitchen will be inviting The Inquisitor Wine Company to host a tasting with their Level 2 Sommelier, as we provide a unique charcuterie board to pair. Enjoy sampling 4 varietals AND take a full bottle home with you.

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DECEMBER 21

The COOP (Winter Park) – Southern Feast Fridays
Cost: $18.99 adults/$9.49 12 and under
Every Friday from 6-9pm, fill up with bottomless plates of signature classics and some good ole Southern hospitality.

The Heavy (Winter Park) – Papa Llama Pop-Up
Enjoy a menu of Peruvian food. Menu items are available a la carte.

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DECEMBER 24

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar (Winter Park) – Feast of the Seven Fishes
Cost: $69
This is the 2nd edition of this holiday feast featuring many seafood dishes. 10% of all the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner’s proceeds will be donated to the Coastal Conservation Association.

Thai Purple Orchid Cafe & Grocery (Orlando) – Christmas Eve Thai Eassan Party
Cost: $15
All you can eat Thai Eassan food, including Sweet Rice with Fried Pork, Tofu with Mixed Vegetables, Chicken Red Curry, and Mushroom Curry Eassan Style.

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DECEMBER 28

Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando) – The Best of Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate 2018
Cost: $50
This class includes favorite wine, and cheese and chocolate pairings for the class of 5 wines, 5 cheeses, and 5 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolate confections.

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DECEMBER 31

DaJen Eats (Eatonville) – A Kwanzaa Feast
Cost: $39.99
There will be a grand feast of four (4) courses hosted by Chef Jenn with entertainment provided by Eatonville Cultural & Heritage Foundation. We’ll learn more about Kwanzaa through cultural dances, spoken word, and informative presentations.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort (Universal Orlando) – Jake’s Beer Dinner Best of 2018
Cost: $65
Your evening begins with a reception by the waterfall just outside Jake’s American Bar. From there, you’ll move indoors to the private Clipper Room to experience a delectable “Best of 2018” five-course dinner with beer pairings. After dinner, you will head over to the Tahitian room to enjoy the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet and to welcome in the new year.

The Osprey Tavern (Baldwin Park) – New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting Dinner
Cost: $110 with an optional Wine Pairing for $35
Menu to come. To reserve your seat call 407-960-7700.

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There may be events added to the month as it progresses, so keep an eye on our events calendar for new postings. All Christmas Eve/Day events will be in a separate post a week out from the holiday.

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