Central Florida Foodie Events For February 2019 #OrlandoFoodies

BBQ Brisket being sliced.

February is considered the month of love because of Valentine’s Day, but if you love food, there are a lot of Central Florida foodie events to make you happy.

Take a look at all the events happening in February 2019 (PS: It seems the code words for February are chili, chocolate, and BBQ):

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FEBRUARY 1

The COOP, Winter Park – Southern Feast Fridays
Cost: $18.99 adults/$9.49 kids
The first Friday of the months, fill the family up with bottomless plates of signature classics and some good ‘ole Southern hospitality. Click the link above for this month’s menu.

Lake Cannon, Winter Haven – Smoke on the Water 2019
Admission: Free; Food for purchase
The Annual Budweiser Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition is a Florida BBQ Association’s State Championship. Funds raised benefit the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs of Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Haines City.

Wekiva Island, Longwood – Fire Pit Fridays
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverages for purchase.
From 5pm on, $13.95 gets you BBQ Pork Loin Ribs served with loaded potato salad, burnt end baked beans and garlic bread.

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FEBRUARY 1 – 3

Downtown St. Petersburg Beach – St Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival
Admission: Free; Food for purchase
Choose from a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes all cooked fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Seafood dishes are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. There will also be live music and an arts/crafts marketplace.

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FEBRUARY 1 – 25

Epcot, Walt Disney World – 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Cost: Admission to Epcot required; Food and beverage samples for purchase
As part of the festival, special dishes prepared with an artistic flair with be available to sample.

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FEBRUARY 2

Ravello, Four Seasons Orlando – Italian wine pairing dinner with Regione Piemonte
Cost: $195
Join Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, born and raised in Italy, for an incredible five-course Italian wine pairing dinner with Regione Piemonte. Schenardi will welcome special guest chef Enrico Pivieri, owner of restaurant Cavallo Scosso in Italy. The menu will will feature the exclusive white Alba truffle from Italy.

Sugar Works Distillery, LLC, New Smyrna Beach – Grand Opening
Cost: Free admission
Celebrate the official grand opening with food, music and drinks, plus live music.

Swirlery Wine Bar, Orlando – Trip Hop and Tacos
Enjoy tacos from the Jacked Up Tacos food truck along with a DJ’s soundtrack of Trip Hop, down tempo, and hip hop, and adult beverages from Swirlery.

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FEBRUARY 3

Maitland Public Library, Maitland – Pho Queen Cooking Series
Cost: Free
Learn how to make Grilled pork Noodle, and taste it. Please RSVP as seats are limited — (407) 647-7700 – Maitland Library front desk.

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FEBRUARY 4

DoveCote, Orlando – Bookwalter Wine Dinner
Cost: $78 (+ tax/gratuity)
Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine pairings from J. Bookwalter Winery of Washington State. Hosted by John Bookwalter and Tim Varan of Tim’s Wine Market,

The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park – Collab Beer Dinner
Cost: $65
Enjoy a 4-course dinner with beer pairings from Cask & Larder Brewery and guest Edmunds Oast Brewery of South Carolina.

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FEBRUARY 5

Hawkers Asian Street Fare Mills 50, Orlando – Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate Chinese New Year at 5:45pm with performances including a lion dance with a kung fu demonstration. Guests will be given traditional red envelopes that they can use to tip performers. There’s more… giveaways will be handed out in traditional red envelopes, as well. Some lucky guests will receive $5 Hawkers Bonus Fare or a FREE roti, wok-fired lettuce, or edamame.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare, St. Petersburg – Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate Chinese New Year at 6:30pm with performances including a lion dance with a kung fu demonstration. Guests will be given traditional red envelopes that they can use to tip performers. There’s more… giveaways will be handed out in traditional red envelopes, as well. Some lucky guests will receive $5 Hawkers Bonus Fare or a FREE roti, wok-fired lettuce, or edamame.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Windermere – Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate Chinese New Year at 3:30pm with performances including a lion dance with a kung fu demonstration. Guests will be given traditional red envelopes that they can use to tip performers. There’s more… giveaways will be handed out in traditional red envelopes, as well. Some lucky guests will receive $5 Hawkers Bonus Fare or a FREE roti, wok-fired lettuce, or edamame.

Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro, Orlando – Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at 12:30pm with Lion Dancing and a Kung Fu Exhibition.

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FEBRUARY 6

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales – Beyond Quinoa
Cost: $15 members/$22 non-members
Explore the rich flavors, textures, and benefits of the other delicious whole grain options such as millet, amaranth, farro, teff, and buckwheat. Enjoy learning about the grains with a food demonstration and tasting.

Digress Wines, Orlando – Justin Vineyards Tasting with Justin Baldwin
Cost: $32.86
Justin Baldwin, founder of JUSTIN Vineyards, will showcase six of his wines.

Lucky’s Market SODO, Orlando – Grand Opening Bacon Cutting Ceremony
Celebrate with a bacon cutting ceremony at 10am, and enjoy samples throughout the store.

Lucky’s Market Vineland, Orlando – Grand Opening Bacon Cutting Ceremony
Celebrate with a bacon cutting ceremony at 10am, and enjoy samples throughout the store.

Pepe’s Cantina, Winter Park – Wine Down Wednesday
Cost: $15
All you can drink wine, sangria & draft Tecate light and ALL YOU CAN EAT small buffet.

Salata Salad Kitchen, Lake Mary – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is at 11:30am for this new fast-casual salad restaurant.

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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FEBRUARY 7

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
From 6pm-9pm, enjoy a Vegan Wild Mushroom-Truffle Oil Mac & Cheese at this weekly pop-up.

Jake’s 29° Sports Bar and Grill, Orange City – Craft Beer Dinner Ft. Persimmon Hollow
Cost: $29.95
This event is a beer-infused four-course dinner masterfully paired with some of Persimmon Hollows biggest hits including, “Beach Hippie”, “Funky Freddy Fitz”, “3 Wise-Guys” and more.

Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando – Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Perfectly Paired!
Cost: $45
Taste and experience how wine and food interact through the thoughtful pairings of 5 wines, 4 cheeses, and 4 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolate confections in this often sold-out class.

Salata Salad Kitchen, Lake Mary – Grand Opening
Festivities begin at 11am with the first 100 guests receiving a gift card for a free salad or wrap on their next visit. 25 percent of opening day’s sales will benefit Sports 4 The Kids.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando – Chef’s Night featuring A Spoon Full of Hope
Cost: $75
Enjoy a menu featuring A Spoon Full of Hope line of products from Second Harvest. The evening benefits their Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program.

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FEBRUARY 8

Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando – Wine Riffs: Terra Valentine Winery
Cost: $157.09
Enjoy a five-course dinner event featuring wines from Terra Valentine Winery.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando – Jake’s Beer Dinner feat.Sailfish B Brewing Co.
Cost: $58.58
Taking place only a handful of times each year, the dinner features five expertly prepared dinner courses that the hotel’s award-winning chefs pair with local or regional specialty craft beers.

Martin Luther King Jr Park, Winter Haven – Sizzliln’ Smokin’ BBQ
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverage for purchase
BBQ Sample tickets will be available for purchase. They are $10 which gets you 5 meat samples and 2 sides. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Florida.

Wekiva Island, Longwood – Fire Pit Fridays
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverages for purchase.
From 5pm on, $12.95 gets you a 1/2 Charcoal Fired Chiavettas Chicken served with fresh cucumber & tomato salad.

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FEBRUARY 8-10

Lakeridge Winery, Clermont – WineFest 2019
Cost: $10 adults; Free 112 and under
Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary winery tours and tasting. There will also be live music and an artisan market. A portion of the proceeds go to support the South Lake Chamber of Commerce

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FEBRUARY 9

119 French, Sanford – Grand Opening
From 4:30pm-Midnight, enjoy over 50 beers, great wine, house made red sangria, delicious appetizers, and more.

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – Vegan Caribbean Night PopUp
From 6pm-9pm, CheChe’s Vegan will offer Garlic Herb Chick’n or Steak Mofongo, Caribbean beans & rice at this pop-up.

Downtown Winter Garden – 8th Annual Winter Garden Blues and BBQ
Cost: Free admission; food and drink for purchase
Enjoy BBQ for purchase, along with live music, and more, starting at 4pm.

Historic Downtown DeLand – 10th Annual DeLand Beer Fest
Cost: $40
The 10th Annual DeLand Beer Festival features over 100 suppliers of beer, wine, cider, mead, and spirits with a focus on locally owned businesses. Tickets include unlimited samplings.

Lucky’s Market SODO, Orlando – Taste of Lucky’s
Win amazing gift baskets from the Apothecary department, plus local vendors will be sampling their products, and more.

Lucky’s Market Vineland, Orlando – Taste of Lucky’s
Win amazing gift baskets from the Apothecary department, plus local vendors will be sampling their products, and more.

MidiCi Italian Kitchen, DaytonaBeach – Neapolitan Pizza Making Class
Cost: $35
Learn how to make Neapolitan Pizza like a certified Pizzaiolo, then enjoy it. Plus get a $10 off $50+ coupon for a future visit. Two class times.

Northwest Recreation Complex, Apopka – Apopka BBQ Showdown
Cost: Free admission; food and drink for purchase
Live music from the Cumberland Gap band 11am-5pm, kids zone, BBQ food vendors & merchants, pulled pork people’s choice tasting from 11:15am-2pm, Chili Cook-off tasting from 3-5pm.

Riverfront Shops, Daytona Beach – 8th Annual Wine & Chocolate Walk
Cost: $20 adv/$25 day of
See unique handcrafted art on display while strolling Historic Beach Street with your favorite sweetheart or friends, and sample wonderful wine and scrumptious chocolate.

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FEBRUARY 9-10

Drive Shack Orlando, Lake Nona – Orlando Taco Festival
Cost: $9.95 – $14.95 general; $34.95 and up VIP
Enjoy tacos from 30+ vendors, live music, taco themed games and more.

SeaWorld Orlando – Seven Seas Food Festival
Cost: Park admission required; food and beverages for purchase
Discover globally inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world every weekend, along with headliner entertainment, through May 5.

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FEBRUARY 10

The Ancient Olive, Winter Park – Cheese ‘Culture’ Series: An Introduction to Cheese
Cost: $30
Enjoy a tasting and education on cheese with Dan the Cheese Man to find out what’s behind the rind. This class will include cheese samples and pairings with products from The Ancient Olive.

DaJen Eats, Eatonville – Dinner and a Story: The Hate U Give
Cost: $15
This book club dinner menu features some much-needed comfort food: Smoky Corn Chowder topped with fan favorite Cornbread CrabCakes. For dessert, Irie Cream Kebabs.

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach – Daytona Beer Festival 2019
Cost: $52
Pass package include 10 samples from over 70 beers, one general admission ticket to the DAYTONA 500 Qualifying By Kroger and the Advance Auto Parts Clash, and a collectible mini beer mug and lanyard.

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FEBRUARY 12

Bolay, Winter Park – Soft Opening Event
Receive a complimentary Bolay Bol with a Social Media Check-In, and get to meet the team that makes it all happen.

Paddlefish, Orlando – Rooftop Wine Experience
Cost: $40
This monthly wine experience and discussion is lead by the Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites from the kitchen. This month’s theme is “Wines of Napa.”

The Rusty Spoon, Orlando – Arrowood Wine Dinner
Cost: $100
Chef Kathleen Blake, of The Rusty Spoon ,and Chef Kevin Fonzo, formerly of “K” Restaurant and currently with La Tavola, will put together a night to remember with
a four course dinner with special wines from Arrowood Winery. Winemaker Kristina Shideler will be your host for this special dinner.

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FEBRUARY 14

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
From 6pm-9pm, enjoy a Vegan Wild Mushroom-Truffle Oil Mac & Cheese at this weekly pop-up.

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FEBRUARY 14-17

Bowigens Beer Company, Casselberry – 4 Years of Beers Anniversary
Each Day will signify a special milestone and highlight some core beers as well as new beers from Bowigens.

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FEBRUARY 15

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando – Harbor Nights Romantico
Cost: $69.23 general; $101.18 VIP
Enjoy select wines and sparkling wines, as well as gourmet foods from each of the hotel’s restaurants. Visit each wine and food station as often as you like throughout the evening. Plus, enjoy live music by Martini Pop and dancing.

Straub Park, St.. Petersburg – St. Pete French Fry Fest III
Cost: Free admission; Food and drink for purchase
Over 30 food trucks will be on hand, and each will serve up special French Fry-inspired dishes, as well as offering their normal cuisine

Wekiva Island, Longwood – Steak Night
Cost: $27.95
Pick up your Hand Cut Choice 12oz. New York Strip at Without A Paddle Café and spice it up your way. Then step up to one of the 6ft. Grills by the River and grill it to your liking. Price includes salad bar and sides. Add a 5-6oz. Lobster Tail for $12.95.

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FEBRUARY 15-17

SeaWorld Orlando – Seven Seas Food Festival
Cost: Park admission required; food and beverages for purchase
Discover globally inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world every weekend, along with headliner entertainment, through May 5.

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FEBRUARY 16

Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa – Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival
Cost: Free admission; Food and drink for purchase
Food Trucks of all kinds will be out incorporating chocolate into their menu, in foods both sweet and savory.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa – 5th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Cost: $40 general; $75-$125 VIP
Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, and all live entertainment. VIP includes BBQ samples. General will have samples for purchase.

Orlando Festival Park, Orlando – 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Cost: $15 adv/$25 day of general; $35-$40 VIP
Enjoy a day at Festival Park, sampling from 100+ chili booths, crafted by local restaurants and nationwide chefs. Dig into food truck fare, beer and wine, and family-friendly refreshments. Experience live music, games, vendors, a DJ station, and the Kids Zone. Orlando Chili Cook-off 10 Year Anniversary is proud to benefit The Camaraderie Foundation.

Orange County Historic Park/Wall St Plaza, Orlando – Orlando Wine Festival
Cost: $10 general; $65 VIP
Featuring 50+ wines from all over the world, a local vendor market, food trucks, VIP lounge, and more.

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FEBRUARY 17

Orlando Brewing, Orlando – Southern Fried Vegan Pop-Up
This Vegan Soul Food truck will be offering Fried Chickun, BBQ, Mac N Cheeze, Beer-Cheeze Battered Beyond Burgers, Jambalaya, Cajun Corn, Greens, and more.

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FEBRUARY 19

Bites & Bubbles, Orlando – Homage de Fromage
Cost: $95
The menu will celebrate cheese, like lobster mac and cheese, and include wine pairings.

Grape & The Grain, Orlando – DIY Cutting Board & Crafting the Perfect Charcuterie
Cost: $50
Alyssa with Alyssa Makes Something, is going to walk you through how to personalize your own cutting board with a wood burner and then teach how to craft the perfect charcuterie board.

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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FEBRUARY 20

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, Sanford – German Beef Rouladen Night
Cost: One Beef Roulade, red cabbage and dumplings for $16.79. Add an additional Roulade for $5.
Beef Rouladen are back for this night. The German traditional dish Rinderrouladen (beef rouladen) consists of thin slices of beef rolled up with bacon, onion, mustard and pickles, served with sweet red cabbage, potato dumplings and a rich demi-glace sauce.

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FEBRUARY 21

Bull & Bear, Waldorf Astoria Orlando – Bull & Bear Master Blender Series: Mac & Cheese
Cost: $125
This is a special installment of the Bull & Bear Master Blenders series, featuring The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Hosted by whisky specialist Erin Yesser, this fully-immersive happy-hour invites you to sip and savor some of the world’s finest single malt Scotch whiskies expertly-paired with hand-selected artisan cheeses by the Bull & Bear culinary team.

Capa Steakhouse, Four Seasons Orlando – Benjamin Patissier Wine Pairing Dinner
Cost: $195
Join Capa for an unforgettable 6-course wine pairing dinner prepared by Benjamin Patissier, Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015, alongside Capa Chef Gabriel Massip.

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
From 6pm-9pm, enjoy a Vegan Wild Mushroom-Truffle Oil Mac & Cheese at this weekly pop-up.

Publix Apron School, Dr Phillips – Viva Italia! with Antinori Amore Wines
Cost: $50
Located at The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. Niccolo Maltinti, Antinori US Brand Ambassador will guide you through the tasting of some world class wines while the Aprons Cooking School chefs will recreate traditional Italian dishes that were created by Chef Matia of Osteria a Passignano at the Antinori winery in Tuscany, Italy.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – An Evening with Chez Vincent Restaurant and Chef Vincent Gagliano
Cost: $50
Enjoy an evening of French wine and food with Chef Vincent Gagliano of Chez Vincent Restaurant.

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FEBRUARY 22

Wekiva Island, Longwood – Fire Pit Fridays
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverages for purchase.
From 5pm on, $14.95 gets you a thick cut pork chop served with cheesy home fried potatoes and
grilled vegetables.

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FEBRUARY 22-23

Lake Eva Community Park, Haines City – Ribs on the Ridge 2019
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverage for purchase
Ribs on the Ridge also draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation. This year’s event will benefit KidsPACK, an organization that feeds food insecure children in and around Polk County. Musical acts include: national recording country artist Craig Cambell and local superstar Kenzie Wheeler.

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FEBRUARY 22-24

SeaWorld Orlando – Seven Seas Food Festival
Cost: Park admission required; food and beverages for purchase
Discover globally inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world every weekend, along with headliner entertainment, through May 5.

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FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 3

Various Locations, Orlando – Orlando Burger Week
Cost: $5
Orlando Weekly hosts this new event that features 30+ restaurants and chefs offering up their take on burgers, all priced at $5 a serving. They will even be printing Burger Passports for participants to get stamped at participating locations throughout the week. Collect at least 4 stamps and be eligible for a very special grand prize drawing.

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FEBRUARY 23

The Brass Tap, Lakeland – 2019 Lakeland Craft Beer & Food Festival
Cost: $39.99 general admission; $64.99 VIP; $10 designated driver
Taste some amazing brews from local and regional breweries. Tickets include UNLIMITED beer tastings. Food from local vendors available for purchase.

Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs – Orlando Brunch Festival
Cost: $35 general; $79 VIP
Enjoy 50+ brunch dishes from 12+ food Vendors, plus 20+ brunch cocktails and 20+ craft beers.

Fun Spot America, Orlando – Chili Music Festival Ft. GloZell Green & Emily Ellyn
Cost: Free general admission; $15 seated general admission; $150-$250 VIP table for four; Food and beverage for purchase
This Fun Packed Chili theme event will give you experiences such as Celebrity Chopped Chili Battle, Celebrity Chili Eating Contest, and of course your favorite Chili themed Foodtruck items.

Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Kissimmee – Kissimmee Sunshine Regional Chili Cook Off & Craft Beer Festival
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverage for purchase
This unique event is a qualifying round for a national chili cook-off competition and you can sample it all. While you’re there experience live music, quality vendors, a Kids Zone, and of course a craft beer festival.

Long & Scott Farms, Mount Dora – Field to Feast Dinner 2019
Cost: $175
Featuring locally sourced dishes by Walt Disney World chefs with wine, beer and cocktail pairings; live music; farm tours and more. 100% of Event Proceeds to Benefit Second Harvest Kids Cafe.

Roque Pub, Orlando – Roque Pub’s Six Year Anniversary Bash
Celebrate six years of success with new beer releases and live music all night.

Seminole Harley-Davidson, Sanford – Central Florida Brewers Guild Fest
Cost: $40
Admission includes beer samples of specialty, one off or rare beers from all of your favorite Central Florida Breweries. There will also be food trucks, live music, and more.

Sugar Works Distillery, LLC, New Smyrna Beach – Cupcakes & Cocktails
Cost: $35
The mixologist will teach you to make three cocktails that you will be able to enjoy during the evening. The pastry chef will also teach you how to decorate three cupcakes that you can enjoy with your cocktails or take home after the event.

Wekiva Island, Longwood – Abita Mardi Gras Party
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverages for purchase.
Feast on Crawfish Boil and Jambalaya, $3 Abita Cans and $15 Abita Buckets.

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FEBRUARY 23-24

Lake Eola Park, Orlando – 11th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest
Cost: $15 single day/$25 weekend pass general; $35 single day/$45 weekend pass VIP
Enjoy mouth-watering dishes from some of Orlando’s premier restaurants, over 50 domestic and international wines, and live entertainment ranging from DJ’s to national headliners.

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FEBRUARY 24

Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Orlando – Annual Chili CookOff for Charity
Cost: Free admission; Food and beverage for purchase
Come enjoy some amazing chili cooked with Local Craft Beer. Fire Trucks will be on display (2pm to 4pm). Live music on the stage from 1pm-8pm.

Novelty at 101, Orlando – Levy’s Ice Cream Product Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of Orlando’s Levy’s Ice Cream, started by Orlando chef Warren Levy.

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FEBRUARY 26

Florida Technical College Kissimmee – FTC Cake Wars Competition
Cost: Free admission
Come and see FTC Baking and Pastry students compete in the category of the best cake. Special guest judge will be Kissimmee’s own Pastry Chef Elaine Duran, who appeared on Food Network’s Cake Wars and on TLC’s show “Next Great Baker.” There will also be cake samples, and more.

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FEBRUARY 27

MidiCi Italian Kitchen, DaytonaBeach – Neapolitan Pizza Making Class
Cost: $35
Learn how to make Neapolitan Pizza like a certified Pizzaiolo, then enjoy it. Plus get a $10 off $50+ coupon for a future visit. Two class times.

Paddlefish, Disney Springs – Mardi Gras Rooftop Dinner
Cost: $95
Menu includes a New Orleans inspired four-course dinner with Mardi Gras themed cocktails.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market, Winter Park – Chili for Charity
Cost: $35 general; $70 VIP
This event features creative chili dishes by popular local and favorite restaurants in the central Florida area. Event proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Winter Park Charitable Foundation.

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FEBRUARY 28

The Cozy Castle, DeLand – Soup for the Soul Cooking Class
Cost: $55
Learn the steps to make Pasta Fagioli, Zucchini Stew, and Escarole and Beans. All attendees will delight in sampling all of the soups as well, along with some fresh locally made crusty bread and a champagne toast. Best of all, everyone will go home with a quart of Pasta Fagioli.

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
From 6pm-9pm, enjoy a Vegan Wild Mushroom-Truffle Oil Mac & Cheese at this weekly pop-up.

Edible Education Experience, Orlando – Chef Night with Black Rooster Taqueria
Cost: $70
Chef/Owner John Calloway of Black Rooster Taqueria will show he puts a twist on Latin flavors with bold, fresh spices for a modern Mexican steak taco and whips up, scratch, organic corn tortilla by hand alongside garden inspired guacamole.

Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company, Orlando – Gentry’s BBQ Launch Party
Gentry’s will be slinging its award-winning BBQ out of the big red trailer and celebrating its pitmaster’s b-day, too

Swirlery Wine Bar, Orlando – Salud Pasta & Yacht Rock Night
The Cala La Pasta food truck will be visiting & guitarist John Maz will be rocking light rock tunes from 1975-1981.

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FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 10

Florida Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, Plant City – Florida Strawberry Festival
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.

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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.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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