Central Florida Foodie Events for April 2019 #OrlandoFoodies ::UPDATED::

Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

From the theme park festivals to local chef-created special dinners, there are plenty of food and drink events happening in April 2019 to keep foodies happy…especially if you love seafood!

Get ready to sync your calendar, because here are the events I’ve found:

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APRIL 1-30

Epcot, Walt Disney World – International Flower & Garden Festival
Cost: Park admission required; Food and beverage samples for sale
Celebrate spring in Florida with international cuisine around the World Showcase, enjoy free nightly concerts by headlining acts, and great examples of horticulture throughout the park.

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APRIL 5-7

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. Check out the menus here.

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APRIL 6-7

Busch Gardens Tampa – 2019 Food & Wine 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 April 28.

Keel & Curley Winery, Plant City – Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival
Free Admission; $10 parking
This family-friendly event will feature over 100 food and craft vendors, live music, a kids farm zone, u-pick blueberries, and a wine tasting school ($10 per person, must be 21 or older to participate). Also April 13-14.

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APRIL 7

Blue Jacket Park, Orlando – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida Ice Cream Social
Free Admission
Guests will enjoy an assortment of ice cream served by celebrity servers and provided by Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. Other treats include: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Peak Season Pops, The Father’s Table Cheesecake, popcorn, and Publix cake.

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, Sanford – Hollerbach’s Springfest 2019
Free Admission; Food & Drink for purchase; $60 VIP
This is a spring version of Oktoberfest, complete with sausages, pretzels, beer, polka music, people dancing in Lederhosen and Dirndls, and so much more.

The Original First Turn, Port Orange – Firefighters Chili Cook Off
Cost: $15
From 2-6pm, taste all kinds of different chilis from the hottest of the hot, to the hearty and mild, then vote on your favorite. This annual fundraiser benefits the Volusia Firefighters Charities.

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APRIL 8

Luma on Park, Winter Park – Game of Thrones Scotch Whisky Dinner
Cost: $150
Enjoy an 8 course tasting menu featuring the Game of Thrones Scotch Whisky Collection.

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APRIL 9

Paddlefish, Disney Springs – 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 the Rhone Valley.”

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APRIL 9-10

Wine 4 Oysters Bar & Bites, Orlando – Live Crawfish Boil
Cost: $15
Serving up a live crawfish boil with corn, potato and more.

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APRIL 10

Norman’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando – Master Sommelier Jesse Becker: Burgundy Master Class
Cost: Free
Master Sommelier Jesse Becker will guide the class through a fabulous lineup of reds and whites from the 2014-2017 vintages. Register at the link above.

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APRIL 11

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Serving up Vegan Thai Red Curry: Seared Soy protein simmered in a coconut milk red curry with veggies and served with fragrant jasmine rice.

The Hangry Bison, Winter Park – Edible Orlando Magazine Spring Issue Launch Party
Free Admission
They will be unveiling the Spring Issue featuring some pretty tasty cocktails. Enjoy live music and happy hour specials on light bites and drinks.

Historic Dubsdread Ballroom, Orlando – Taste of College Park Food & Wine Festival
Cost: $75
The Taste of College Park combines food, wine, music, silent & live auctions for an extraordinary evening in College Park. Nearly two dozen local restaurants and distributors provide the food and wine; local retailers supply items for the silent and live auction.

Plant Mission Kitchen, Orlando – One Year Anniversary
Enjoy $1 tacos and $5 burritos from open to close at this vegan eatery.

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APRIL 12

Central Florida Zoo, Sanford – Taste of the Wild Beer Pairing Dinner
Cost:$100
Enjoy a collaborative dinner prepared by Chefs Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant, Patrick Story of Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, and Dalton Lacey of Busters Bistro. Also includes admission to tomorrow’s Brews Around the Zoo.

East End Market, Orlando – Pop-up Lunch Bowl Event
Cost: $5/bowl
From 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, East End Market is partnering with award winning Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events to introduce a vibrant, healthy alternative to your typical workday lunch. This menu features items like vegan quinoa power bowls with roasted butternut squash, taco-spiced chicken with sofrito, and ultra low-carb, keto-friendly seared mahi mahi over napa cabbage All bowls are dairy and gluten free. Pre-order your bowl at the link above

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando – Harbor Nights Primavera
Cost: $65 general; $95 VIP (includes reserved seating)
Enjoy select wines, sparkling wines and expertly prepared gourmet foods from each of the hotel’s restaurants. Visit each wine and food station as often as you like throughout the evening.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando – Jake’s Beer Dinner
Cost: $55
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. Featured brewery is Left Hand Brewing Company.

Publix Apron School, Dr. Phillips – Celebrate Easter with Meiomi Wines & Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
Cost $50
Join Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse as she shares her passion for the artistry behind winemaking coupled with an appreciation of a balanced lifestyle. Her wines will be paired by dishes from the Publix chefs.

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APRIL 12-14

The Pizza Press, Winter Garden – Grand Opening Weekend
The second Florida location of this retro-themed pizza place hosts its grand opening at Hamlin the Town Center of Horizon West. First 50 guests each day receive one free 11” pizza (one per person). Saturday, enjoy beer samples from noon to 9pm.

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. Check out the menus here.

Tijuana Flats (Central Florida locations) – Free Queso Weekend
Guests who mention this offer will receive a free, small queso at any Tijuana Flats location with the purchase of any regular-priced adult entrée. Starting Friday, fans can also enter for a chance to win $50 in Flats Cash by sharing a photo or video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging Tijuana Flats and using #CheesyForFlats.

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APRIL 13

Central Florida Zoo, Sanford – Brews Around the Zoo
Cost: $70
This adults-only night, benefiting the Zoo, will feature food samples from local restaurants, live music, special animal encounters, and over 30 different craft beers. Must be 21+ to attend.

East End Market, Orlando – Papa Llama Pop-Up BYOB Dinner
Cost: $40
Two seatings. Serving up a multi-course chef’s choice celebration of the varied cuisines experienced on the salty Pacific shoreline, mountainous Andean region, and lush Amazon rainforest with influences from Peru’s diverse immigrant roots. Adventurous spirits will enjoy an offering of seafood and vegetables dressed in authentic aromas and spices. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite beer or wine. Also on April 20.

The Glass Knife, Winter Park – Pour Over Coffee 101: The Chemex
Cost: $25
Join Glass Knife’s talented team as they lead you through an interactive, step-by-step course on manual brewing, explain basic coffee terminology and share insights on Onyx Coffee Lab, the coffee proudly served in every cup at The Glass Knife.

Nona Adventure Park, Lake Nona – Nona Chamber Beer & Wine Fest
Cost: $10 adv/$15 day of
Enjoy unlimited tastings from local breweries and wine providers. Nona Adventure Park activities additional cost.

Pharmacy, Orlando – Chopped Challenge
Cost: $65
Each team will be given the same mystery basket of ingredients and 1 hour to prepare 3 plated courses. At the end of the challenge you get to sit and enjoy the foods created as well as some wine.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes – 9th Annual Wine Women and Shoes
Cost: $125 general; $225 VIP
Gather for a fun day of shopping, wine tasting, charming Sole Mendishing up must-haves on silver platters, and more. 100% of each ticket sold supports Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s efforts to fight hunger in our community.

Swan Brewing, Lakeland – Beer and Cheese Pairing
Cost: $20 adv/$25 at the door
For this event, The Salty Cow LLC has curated an amazing assortment of fine cheeses, charcuterie and pickled veggies that pair perfectly with a hand picked selection of Swan beers and guest taps.

Wine Bar George, Disney Springs – WWS CFL Blind Tasting
Cost: $40
This event includes welcome bubbly and a guided blind tasting of three whites and three reds paired with cheese and charcuterie with Master Sommelier, George Miliotes.

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APRIL 13-14

Busch Gardens Tampa – 2019 Food & Wine 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 April 28.

Keel & Curley Winery, Plant City – Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival
Free Admission; $10 parking
This family-friendly event will feature over 100 food and craft vendors, live music, a kids farm zone, u-pick blueberries, and a wine tasting school ($10 per person, must be 21 or older to participate).

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APRIL 14

Da Jen Eats, Eatonville – Dinner and A Story: Perfect Peace
Cost: $15
The April book Perfect Peace by Daniel Black. The vegan meal prepared for it will be Smoked Collards & Artichoke Dip, plus No “Mis-Steak” Feta & Roasted Sprouts Flatbread.

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APRIL 16

Hot Krust, Orlando – SandwichEatUp
Free admission; Food for Purchase
Enjoy sandwiches at different locations around Orlando at this monthly eat-up. Just pay for what you order.

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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APRIL 17

Epicurean Hotel, Tampa – Sushi 101 with Chef Viet Vo
Cost: $65
Chef V of Sekushi on the Beach, located on Clearwater Beach, gives a first taste of the menu offering of his new restaurant. Come and see how their ramen is prepared, with their tender braised pork belly. Learn how to make your own folded potstickers with Sekushi’s special pork filling, and lastly making your own sushi roll.

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.

Orlando Brewing, Orlando – Doughnut And Beer Pairing
Cost: $20
Dig into four organic mini doughnuts paired perfectly with four organic brews (5 oz sampler glasses) at this guided pairing.

Orlando Science Center, Orlando – Reading Between the Wines 2019
Cost: $99
Reading between the Wines combines fine wine, great food, and great books to raise money for ALL’s mission of creating a literate Central Florida community

Santiago’s Bodega, Altamonte Springs – Santa Barbara County, CA Wine Dinner
Enjoy a 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Menu at link above.

Swirlery Wine Bar, Orlando – Cousins Lobster Truck Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for Purchase
All the wines to pair with a your favorite lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheese, lobster quesadilla, soups and whoopie pies at this pop-up event.

Winter Park Farmer’s Market, Winter Park – 34th Annual Taste of Winter Park
Cost: $40
Taste of Winter Park showcases more than 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners for a fun evening at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. All-inclusive tickets feature unlimited samples of signature dishes, refreshing beverages and decadent desserts.

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APRIL 18

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Serving up Vegan Thai Red Curry: Seared Soy protein simmered in a coconut milk red curry with veggies and served with fragrant jasmine rice.

Juice ‘N Java Cafe, Cocoa Beach – JnJ 4 Course Wine Dinner
Cost: $75
Enjoy an exclusive 4 Course Wine Dinner crafted by Head Chef Scott Copeland with pairings from Sauska Cellers & Traditional Wine Innovations.

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APRIL 19

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, Orlando – Luxco Bourbon Dinner
Cost: $140
Enjoy a 4-course dinner with bourbon pairings, guided by Phillip Lux, Global Brand Ambassador.

Cress Restaurant, DeLand – Inspirations from Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam Dinner
Cost: $55 + $24 for wine/sake pairings
Enjoy a 4-Course experience inspired by the vibrant and bountiful world of ASIA and beyond. Vegetarian option available.

Epicurean Hotel, Tampa – Vegan Supper with Chef Brad Meyers
Cost: $55
Enjoy a meat-free, vegan, three-course dinner, while observing an entertaining culinary demonstration by vegan chef, Brad Myers.

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APRIL 19-21

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. Check out the menus here.

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APRIL 20

Church St District, Orlando – Pizzapalooza
Free Admission
Click the link above to reserve your free slice of pizza sponsored by Flippers Pizzeria, Pizza @ Lake Eola & Mellow Mushroom.

Cress Restaurant, DeLand – Thai Cooking Class
Cost: $90
Chef Hari will teach a limited number of students how to develop flavours and dishes inspired by the vibrant and fresh cuisine of Thailand. Class starts at 10 and ends (including lunch) by 2 pm.

Dezerland Action Park, Orlando – Orlando Beer & BBQ Festival 2019
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Featuring the best local, national and international beers, drinks & BBQ food.

East End Market, Orlando – Papa Llama Pop-Up BYOB Dinner
Cost: $40
Two seatings. Serving up a multi-course chef’s choice celebration of the varied cuisines experienced on the salty Pacific shoreline, mountainous Andean region, and lush Amazon rainforest with influences from Peru’s diverse immigrant roots. Adventurous spirits will enjoy an offering of seafood and vegetables dressed in authentic aromas and spices. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite beer or wine. Also on April 13.

Historic Downtown Sanford – Battle of the Food Trucks
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Grab some amazing food from 30+ food trucks, drinks from the bars, and enjoy live music outside.

Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, Winter Park – School Isn’t In Session Cocktail Class
Cost: $40
This month’s libations feature Tequila. Cost includes your 3 cocktails and 3 brunchy courses.

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APRIL 20-21

Busch Gardens Tampa – 2019 Food & Wine 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 April 28.

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APRIL 23

Boca Winter Park – Wine, Cheese and Chocolate
Cost: $20
Enjoy tastings of decadent chocolate and cheeses paired with a glass of wine of your choice

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Disney Springs – The Spago Experience
Cost: $98
Chefs Aram Mardigian (Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Atlantic City), Andrew Skala (CUT, Washington D.C.) and Tetsu Yahagi (Spago Beverly Hills) join Michael Tiva (Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Orlando) in presenting a four-course tasting menu highlighting some of Spago’s most iconic dishes.

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APRIL 24

À La Cart, Orlando – Persimmon Hollow Brewing Beer Dinner
Cost: $35
Serving up a 5 course dinner featuring each of the food trucks pairing a dish with the brewery’s offerings. Two seatings.

Cress Restaurant, DeLand – The Flames of Argentina’s Food & Wine Dinner
Cost: $60 + $24 for wine pairings
Chef Hari will create some of Argentina’s most beloved dishes including Locro, Empanada de Chorizo, Salmon with Gnocchi, Asado de Tiro con Chimichurri, and Alfajores.

Midici Italian Kitchen, Daytona Beach – Neapolitan Pizza Making Class
Cost: $35
Learn how to make Neapolitan Pizza in a wood-fire oven like a certified Pizzaiolo. Plus get $10 off your purchase of $50 or more for your next visit.

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APRIL 25

ABO Winter Park – Florida Backyard Pig Roast
Cost: $45
Menu will include: pig roast, corn on the cob, boiled yuca and mojo, Boca gringo rice, black eyed peas with smoked pork belly and cowgirl candy, grilled watermelon and pineapple salad, ABO slaw, pickled fresno peppers and assorted desserts.

The Ancient Olive, Winter Park – Build a Vegan Cheese Board
Cost: $40
Carly Paige, author of SIMPLY SWAPPED Everyday, will be hosting a vegan cheese board demo and serving up healthier cocktails during this cooking demo and book signing event.

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Serving up Vegan Thai Red Curry: Seared Soy protein simmered in a coconut milk red curry with veggies and served with fragrant jasmine rice.

East End Market, Orlando – East End Market x WPBC 1 Year Anniversary
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Celebrate Winter Park Biscuit Company’s anniversary with a special menu from 6pm til they sell out.

Orlando Brewing, Orlando – Interactive Cookie And Beer Pairing
Cost: $20
Enjoy an interactive cookie and beer pairings evening.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – An Evening with Benziger Winery & Winemaker Chris Benziger
Cost $50
At Benziger, they are about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years, they’ve farmed their ranch on Sonoma Mountain and searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyards. Chris Benziger will pair his wines with dishes created by Publix chefs.

Tapa Toro, Orlando – En La Cocina
Cost: $49
Learn to cook a menu that includes Cornbread with Piquillo Butter, Spring Wedge Salad and Individual Clam Bakes. Tapas and dessert are included.

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APRIL 26

Cheyenne Saloon, Orlando – Whiskey Business
Cost: $45 general; $75 VIP
Discover the best in Scotches, bourbons, and whiskeys; meet brand ambassadors who will offer their unique insights; and sample dishes from the hottest local restaurants.

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APRIL 26-27

German American Society of Central Florida, Casselberry – German Beer Fest 2019
Cost: $4 adv/$5 day of general admission; $55-$75 adv/$75-$95 day of VIP
Enjoy German food, plenty of Munich’s Hofbräu Beer on tap, and live musical entertainment by top-name German bands.

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APRIL 26-28

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa – 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Seafood & Music Festival
Cost: $5 general; $75 VIP (includes open bar); Food for purchase
Attendees can enjoy menus of delectable foods all cooked onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors. Seafood dishes include such ingredients as mahi, stone crabs, shrimp and grouper, all local and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters. Meat and vegetarian entrees also are offered, along with a diverse menu of side dishes and desserts.

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. Check out the menus here.

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APRIL 27

Cress Restaurant, DeLand – Cajun-Creole Cooking Class
Cost: $90
Chef Hari will teach students how to develop flavors inspired by the bold and Impactful cuisine of Louisiana. The class is from 10am to 1:30pm followed by lunch.

Fun Spot America, Orlando – The 4th Annual Seafood & Jazz Festival
Cost: $20 and up General admission; $45 and up VIP admission; Food for purchase
Jon B headlines a day full of Live Jazz Bands, and there will be a Louisiana crawfish boil for purchase.

Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando – The Mediterranean Garden: Classic Greek Recipes
Cost: $60 members/$65 non-members
In this class, we’ll celebrate the flavors of Greece as we prepare various sweet and savory dishes, including Stuffed Grape Leaves with Tzatziki Sauce, Traditional Greek Salad, Fresh Pita Bread and the iconic and delectable Baklava.

Orlando Science Center, Orlando – Science of Wine 2019
Cost: $100 OSC members; $125 non-members
The Science of Wine is not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey with presentations on multiple aspects of wine growing and wine tasting in addition to samples of more than 150 fine wines from the world’s most important wine regions and some of the best food from your favorite region, Central Florida. Science of Wine benefits Orlando Science Center.

Publix Apron School, Lakeland – Bonterra Winery & Winemaker Jeff Cichocki
Cost $50
Take a delightful journey down the coast of California with Winemaker Jeff Cichocki as shares his expertise about Bonterra. Taste wines paired specifically with great dishes by the Publix chefs.

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APRIL 27-28

Busch Gardens Tampa – 2019 Food & Wine 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 April 28.

Donnelly Park, Mount Dora – Mt. Dora Blueberry Festival
Free Admission; Food for purchase
The 4th Annual festival returns to the shores Lake Dora at Elizabeth Evans Park with over 100 vendors on hand, live entertainment, kids activities and much more.

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APRIL 29

Frescos Southern Kitchen and Bar, Lakeland – Frescos Whiskey Dinner Series Feat. Balcones
Cost: $65
This month they are featuring Balcones Original Texas Whiskey. Chef Tina will be preparing a Texas size feast worthy of this fine Grain to Glass Whiskey.

Paddlefish, Disney Springs – Rooftop Wine Dinner
Cost: $95
Come aboard the 3rd deck rooftop and enjoy a four-course tasting menu highlighting Italian wine pairings with new world cuisine.

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Keep this page bookmarked as I’ll add to it during the month as new events pop up.

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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