Central Florida Foodie Events for May 2019 #OrlandoFoodies

The Good Egg from Hawkers new brunch menu at the Windermere location.

From classes to chefs dinners to festivals, and more, Central Florida has a wide variety of events to satisfy foodies in May 2019.

Grab a snack and your calendar, because this is a long list:

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MAY 1

Frontera Cocina, Disney Springs – An Evening with Chef Rick Bayless
Free admission; Food for Purchase
Join Chef Rick Bayless for the #TasteOfBaja menu launch from 6–8pm.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando – Swamp Sistas La La Volunteer Jam
Join the Swamp Sistas members for a volunteer session at the Food Bank and afterward, enjoy snacks and a “See, Hear & Say performance (live music, spoken word and visual art) by some Swamp Sistas, which will be broadcast live by WPRK radio.

Swan Brewing, Lakeland – Rockstar Lobster Pop-Up
Free admission; Food for Purchase
Rockstar Lobster’s Food Truck will be serving up Traditional Maine Lobster Rolls and many other delicious items.

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MAY 1-31

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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MAY 2

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
This month serving up a Vegan Impossible Chile Relleno Burger (Impossible cheese burger topped with a deep fried battered roasted poblano Chile stuffed with vegan cheese). Finished with a purple cabbage slaw with avocado slices and cilantro cream.

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 May 9.

Orlando Brewing, Orlando – Vegan Pop Pastries and Beer Pairing
Cost: $20
Enjoy four CayCakes Bakery Vegan Pop Pastries paired with four 5oz. Organic Orlando Brewing Beers.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Winter Park – Girl’s Night Out: Truffles & Bubbles!
Cost: $35
Sip a glass (or two!) of bubbly and enjoy a chocolate dipped strawberry as you decide which of the limited edition truffles you will dip into your choice of milk or dark chocolate. Each attendee will enjoy: 2 glasses of bubbles, chocolate dipped strawberry, limited edition truffles, and the opportunity to dip and take home a gift box of eight hand dipped, limited edition truffles ($16 value) in flavors of your choosing.

Publix Apron School, Lakeland – An Evening with B-Side Wines and Greg Kitchens, Director of Winemaking
Cost $50
Enjoy a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with B-Side Wines by Greg Kitchens, Director of Winemaking.

The Vineyard Orlando – Samsara Winemaker Dinner With Dave & Joan Szkutak
Cost: $90
Join winery owners and Dave & Joan Szkutak for a three (course dinner w/ wine pairing.

Way Chocolate & Coffee, Winter Garden – Grand Opening Celebration
Starting at 6pm, join in the ribbon cutting and celebration of this chocolate and coffee shop.

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MAY 3

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.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando – Jake’s Beer Dinner
Cost: $45 general; $55 VIP
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.

Nook on Robinson, Orlando – Smiling Goat Beer Tapping
Free admission
Tapping a limited release Pineapple & Ginger Saison + free Red Cypress swag! This beer is a collaboration between Red Cypress Brewery + shrub provider Smiling Goat Goods.

Pier 60 Park, Clearwater – 10th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest
Cost: $35 adults; $15 children ages 6-12
This event will feature tastings from over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, and live entertainment from C’Nergy Band.

Publix Apron School, Dr. Phillips – Cinco de Mayo with Casillero del Diablo & Hell’s Kitchen Season Winner Chef La Tasha McCutchen
Cost $50
Come enjoy an evening at our Aprons Cooking School with season winner of Hell’s Kitchen, Chef La Tasha McCutchen. She will be pairing her favorite dishes with the official wines of Hell’s Kitchen – Casillero Del Diablo. Use discount code: BOGOHELL1439 to get two tickets for the price of one.

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MAY 4

Center Lake Park, Oviedo – Bacon, Bourbon & Blues
Cost: Free admission + Food for Purchase; $30-$40 VIP (includes tastings and more)
A delicious variety of bacon/bourbon themed foods will be available for purchase from many popular vendors. Their menus will feature over 20 bacon/bourbon dishes, including bacon wrapped jerk chicken kabobs, deep fried Oreos with bacon bits, maple bacon and bourbon gelato, and more. Plus enjoy live blues music while you sample.

Clermont Waterfront Park, Clermont – 8th Annual Clermont Caribbean Jerk Festival
Cost: $10 adult admission advance; $5 children advance
Enjoy Jamaican Jerked chicken and pork, Southern-style barbecue, oxtail, spicy roti wraps, and delectable desserts. The Caribbean Jerk Festival is a major fundraiser for the Caribbean American Association of Lake County’s scholarship program that supports youngsters going off to vocational, technical, and community colleges as well as universities.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa – TacoFest at Tampa Riverfest 2019
Free Admission; Taco wrist bands will be sold at 3 tacos for $10 and 5 tacos for $15
TacoFest will provide a delicious opportunity to try a variety of tacos and queso while enjoying all of the other aspects of Riverfest like the Wiener Dog Derby, Concert Series, Beer Tents, Margarita Bar and more.

Eagle Nest Park, Orlando – 2019 Taste of Haiti Orlando
Cost: $10 admission; $20 VIP
The festival brings together the best of Haiti’s culinary offerings and shines a spotlight on the range of cuisine available throughout the cities in Haiti, from the most elite dining experiences to hidden eateries off the beaten track. Free Food Tasting Samples for first 200 who arrive on time.

Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando – Breakfast with Veggies: Simple and Delicious Breakfast Recipes from the Garden
Cost: $25 members/$30 non-members
If you’re trying to pack more vegetables into your daily eating routine, then you certainly shouldn’t overlook this fun filled class presented by the Garden’s Director, Robert Bowden. Coffee, and fresh juices will also be provided.

Lucky’s Market, Winter Park – Cooking for Hope Demo
Free admission
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Culinary Training Program students will be hosting a cooking demo on two delicious entrees featuring some of their A Spoon Full of Hope products. They’ll go over what you need, how to prepare the dish, and then provide some tasty samples afterwards.

Luisa’s Cellar, Sanford – May the 4th Be With You: Stars Wars Themed Wine Tasting
Cost: $20
May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Themed Wine Tasting will feature four wines from a long time ago (you know, wines that have seen some age), paired with passed hors d’oeuvres and four small plates from a galaxy far far away. Cosplay is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!

Paddlefish, Disney Springs – Rooftop Brunch
Cost: $65
Enjoy a Rooftop Brunch featuring a sangria bar, bloody mary bar, fresh seafood catches, buffet, and Chefs table.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – Cinco de Mayo with Casillero del Diablo & Hell’s Kitchen Season Winner Chef La Tasha McCutchen
Cost $50
Come enjoy an evening at our Aprons Cooking School with season winner of Hell’s Kitchen, Chef La Tasha McCutchen. She will be pairing her favorite dishes with the official wines of Hell’s Kitchen – Casillero Del Diablo.

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MAY 4-5

Clearwater Brewing Company, Clearwater – Grand Opening Weekend
Free admission
This is the first chance to sample their beer. There will be food available for purchase from Homestyle BBQ and food trucks.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Windermere – Weekend Brunch Kick-Off
Hawkers is kicking off its first weekend brunch at The Grove location. From 11am-3pm, enjoy an a la carte menu of Asian favorites and a few surprises, including the soup dumplings they showcased at Beard In Baldwin, and super fluffy Japanese pancakes. The brunch menu isn’t on their website yet, but trust me, you won’t want to miss this!

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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MAY 5

Tamale Co Hourglass, Orlando – Grand Opening
Free Admission
Join Tamale Co for their grand opening fiesta at their new Hourglass District location.

*Cinco de Mayo events will be in a separate post later this week*

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MAY 6

DaJen Eats, Eatonville – DaJen Eats and Friends Present: Burgers and Booch!
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Burgers and Booch will be popping up at Dajen Eats to kick off the 1st week Dajen Eats and Friends. Stop by and grab some vegan New Orleans style food.

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MAY 8

Lucky’s Market, Ormond Beach – Grand Opening
The Bacon Cutting Ceremony starts at 9:30am, then there will be samples storewide from local vendors.

Terralina Crafted Italian, Disney Springs – Wine Experience
Cost: $35
This monthly wine experience and discussion is lead by their Sommelier team featuring wine flights from around the globe and light bites from the kitchen. Theme of the month is “Wines of Piemonte.”

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MAY 9

1921 Mount Dora, Mount Dora – Chefs collab with 1921’s Josh Oakley and Cress’ Hari Pulapaka
Cost: $155
Chef Josh Oakley welcomes Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant in DeLand to the 1921 kitchen for a five course dinner with wine pairings.

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
This month serving up a Vegan Impossible Chile Relleno Burger (Impossible cheese burger topped with a deep fried battered roasted poblano Chile stuffed with vegan cheese). Finished with a purple cabbage slaw with avocado slices and cilantro cream.

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 May 2.

Luisa’s Cellar, Sanford – Moscato Day & Chocolate Wine Tasting
Cost: $15
Join a guided tasting and discover different styles of Moscatos paired with chocolates.

Publix Apron School, Lakeland – Oregon Wine Month with Acrobat Wines
Cost $50
Celebrate Oregon Wine month with a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Acrobat Wines.

Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando – Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Perfectly Paired!
Cost: $45
Learn by doing– 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. This class tends to sell out so don’t wait to buy tickets.

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MAY 10

Chess Park, DeLand – 6th DeLand Tapas and Wine Festival
Cost: $35 single ticket/$55 for two
Enjoy the night out tasting savory wines and delicious tapas. The festival is the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance annual fundraiser.

Cozy Castle, DeLand – Shaken & Stirred: A Craft Cocktail Class
Cost: $55
Join this hands-on class led by Miss Mary Buth who has been serving up incredible libations since 1986. She will demonstrate and share all of her knowledge with you so you can become your own “mixologist.” You will taste samples of these libations and more, and also enjoy delicious charcuterie bites and a sweet treat to finish the evening.

Foxtail Coffee, Winter Park – Bagel Bruno Pop-Up
Starting at 7am they will be offering select signature bagels and spreads from Bruno’s upcoming bagel concept opening in College Park.

Publix Apron School, Dr. Phillips – Oregon Wine Month with Acrobat Wines
Cost $50
Celebrate Oregon Wine month with a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Acrobat Wines.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – An Evening with MillerCoors Beer & Master Cicerone, Brian Reed
Cost $50
Join Aprons Cooking School as their chefs team up with Brian Reed, Master Cicerone, to showcase great food and great beer.

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MAY 10-11

Cress Restaurant, DeLand – Tour de Cress: Past, Present, Future
Cost: $60; wine pairings additional
Dinner will be a 3-course tasting menu where guests can choose from options that include many classics like escargots, grains salad, ceviche, Wagyu ribeye, wild boar, seafood sampler with crab cake & shrimp ‘n grits, tikka masala, Kurobuta pork chop, bisteeya, to name just a few.

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MAY 11

Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando – Flower Power: Cooking with Edible Flowers
Cost: $60 members / $65 non-members
In this class you’ll prepare a delicious assortment of sweet and savory recipes featuring edible flowers, such as Cookies with Candied Flower Petals, Squash Blossom Pizzas, Flower and Herbed Goat Cheese Salad, and more. Plus savor Lemon–Elderflower Ice Pops while they cook.

Lakefront Park, St. Cloud – Smokin’ Brews, Boats, & BBQ
Cost: $10
Participate in the annual People’s Choice BBQ Competition with local pit masters competing to be this year’s champion. Plus Powerboat Races, live music, and more.

Lucky’s Market, Ormond Beach – Taste of Lucky’s Market
From 11am to 3pm, they’ll have live music and local vendors will be sampling their products.

Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, Maitland – Rosé All Day: Wine Brunch
Cost: $50
Ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvre, a welcome cocktail, 3 courses and an educational global tour of sparkling wine, along with dessert.

Publix Apron School, Dr. Phillips – An Evening with MillerCoors Beer & Master Cicerone, Brian Reed
Cost $50
Join Aprons Cooking School as their chefs team up with Brian Reed, Master Cicerone, to showcase great food and great beer.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – Oregon Wine Month with Acrobat Wines
Cost $50
Celebrate Oregon Wine month with a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Acrobat Wines.

Rockefeller Gardens, Ormond Beach – Ormond Beach Beer Festival
Cost: $30 advance/$35 day of; Free admission for those not drinking
Enjoy unlimited beer tasting with your ticket from over 30 different breweries. You will be able to sample from everyday favorites, seasonal beers, special release brews and more.

Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge, Sanford – Tuffy’s One Year Anniversary Bash
Cost: Free general admission; $20 VIP
Food trucks include DaKine, Pizza Bruno, Peru Power, and Dixie Dharma. Plus live music from Kittybat, The Wildtones, and THE SH-BOOMS!

Water Works Park, Tampa – Tampa Food + Art Festival
Free admission; Food for Purchase
Sample from Food Trucks and Hot Food Booths (Awesome Vegan Dishes included!), plus enjoy music, local art, and more.

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MAY 11-12

Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa – The Southeast Food Fest: Tampa
Cost: $5.50 early-bird/$7.50 after; 12 and under free; $8 parking
This festive culinary marketplace includes specialty food makers, small batch creators, artisans, farmers, craft breweries, wineries, chef demos, workshops, and food trucks. Many of the 100 vendors will be offering samples of their products so you can try before you buy. Educational chef demos and workshops are included free with your ticket.

*Mother’s Day weekend events will be in a separate post*

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MAY 13

DaJen Eats, Eatonville – DaJen Eats and Friends Present: Ohm Woke
Free Admission; Food for purchase
Enjoy an evening of vegan Caribbean food from both Chefs.

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MAY 14

Bites & Bubbles, Orlando – May Wine Dinner
Cost: $85
Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Menu at link above.

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 or snacks are also provided.

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MAY 15

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.

Santiago’s Bodega, Altamonte Springs – Patron Tequila 5 Course Dinner
Cost: $65
Enjoy a 5-course dinner with tequila pairings from Patron Tequila’s Natalie Scott.

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MAY 15-16

Roy’s Restaurant, Dr Phillips – JUSTIN Vineyards Wine Dinner
Cost: $99
Roy’s chef has created an innovative, seasonal five-course menu, artfully paired with the critically acclaimed wines of JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery. Menu at the link above.

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MAY 16

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
This month serving up a Vegan Impossible Chile Relleno Burger (Impossible cheese burger topped with a deep fried battered roasted poblano Chile stuffed with vegan cheese). Finished with a purple cabbage slaw with avocado slices and cilantro cream.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando – A Star Is Born Luncheon and Fashion Show
Cost: $150 general seating; $200 VIP
Enjoy a cocktail reception, Gourmet Lunch, and Champagne & Wine, plus shop with exclusive vendors while celebrity judges pick out the best dressed to walk the runway during the luncheon. Proceeds will benefit Kids Beating Cancer.

Publix Apron School, Lakeland – Oregon Wine Month with Four Graces Wine
Cost $50
Celebrate Oregon Wine month with a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Four Graces Wines.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – An Evening with Marlow’s Tavern
Cost $50
Enjoy a dinner from the Apron Chefs and guest Chef Christian Grana, Chef de Cuisine from Marlow’s Tavern. Menu at link above.

Traditional Lifestyle Creations, St. Cloud – Fermentation Class: Vegetables and Sourdough
Cost: $12
Learn the art of fermentation, taste a variety of fermented vegetables recipes, take home some of our delicious ferments. and have the opportunity to purchase a fermentation kit ($10 each) so you can start fermenting in your own kitchen the right away.

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MAY 17

Albert Whitted Park, St Petersburg – 3rd Annual St. Pete Taco & Beer Fiesta
Free admission; Food for Purchase
Food Trucks will serve up Special South American Inspired dishes as well as offering their normal cuisine.

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, Orlando – Beaulieu Vineyard Wine Dinner
Cost: $140
Enjoy a 4-course dinner with wine pairings from Beaulieu Vinyard.

Publix Apron School, Dr. Phillips – Oregon Wine Month with Four Graces Wine
Cost $50
Celebrate Oregon Wine month with a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Four Graces Wines.

Publix Apron School, Lakeland – An Evening with Dick Leinenkugel of the World Famous Leinenkugel Brewery
Cost $50
Join Aprons Cooking School to hear about the history of the Leinenkugel Brewery, founded in 1867, and enjoy timeless beers and great food with Dick Leinenkugel, President.

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MAY 18

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe, Orlando – Italian Wine Pairing Dinner
Cost: $75
Enjoy a night of fine Italian wine and a lovely 4 course Italian dinner. Menu at link above.

Gaston Edwards Park, Orlando – Beer ‘Merica Craft Beer Festival
Cost: $35 advance/$45 day of general admission; $60 adv/$70 VIP; $20 designated driver
Beer ‘Merica will bring together over 100 American craft brews in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Enjoy an afternoon with live music, delicious food, and complimentary craft brew samplings.

Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, Maitland – Cocktail Class: Amaro Academy Brunch
Cost: $40
They will teach you to craft one Luke’s cocktail, one classic cocktail, and give you to tools to craft your own. Ticket includes 3 cocktails and 3 “brunchy” courses.

Orlando Brewing, Orlando – Liquid Education Beer School
Cost:$30
Learn about Orlando Brewing’s organic beer, the history of beer, and the science of brewing process completed with a beer tasting and lunch provided by distinguished Brewery President Mr. John Cheek.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – Oregon Wine Month with Four Graces Wine
Cost $50
Celebrate Oregon Wine month with a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Four Graces Wines.

Terralina Crafted Italian, Disney Springs – Pickling Class: Learn Secrets to Pickling
Cost: $45
Learn how to pickle beets, green tomatoes, carrots, and house-made garlic pickles. Each guest will go home with a jar of homemade pickled vegetables. Plus enjoy a meal while you learn.

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MAY 19

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Dr. Phillips – Happy Hour with Street Food Flare
Cost: $45
Enjoy several courses of street food-themed bites and wonderful libations, plus live music.

Da Jen Eats, Eatonville – Dinner and A Story: The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Cost: $15
The April book is The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The vegan meal prepared for it will be Island 7 Layer Dip (one for each paramour) and Jerk Shrimp and Grits.

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MAY 20

Frescos Southern Kitchen and Bar, Lakeland – Frescos Casamigos Tequila Dinner
Cost: $65
Taste 4 different bottlings of Casamigos Tequila with a couple of cocktails mixed in, paired with a Mexican dinner from Chef Tina.

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MAY 21

Brew Hub, Lakeland – Brew Hub Taco and Beer Pairing Dinner
Cost: $30
Enjoy 5 courses of Fuzzy’s Tacos Mexican specialties each paired with a 5oz Brew Hub beer.

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

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MAY 22

Fish on Fire, Orlando – 2019 Gumbo Wars Kickoff
Free admission
They’ll have some of the region’s best gumbo cooks gathered together and sharing their cooking secrets live on stage, plus they’ll be handing out free samples.

Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens, Kissimmee – Island Grove Wine Tasting
Cost: $15
Explore the world of Island Grove Wines, learn about the new filtration process and more, plus meet winemaker Chase Marden.

Midici Italian Kitchen, Daytona Beach – Neapolitan Pizza Making Class
Cost: $20 early class/$35 second class
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.

Reyes Mezcaleria, Orlando – Rooted: A Plant Based Chef Collaboration Dinner
Cost: $125 with pairings/$95 without
Guest Chef Shaun Noonan of Dixie Dharma will join Chef Wendy Lopez of Reyes Mezcaleria in creating an inventive, six course plant-based tasting menu.

University of Florida: IFAS Extension Osceola County, Kissimmee – Yes You Can! Food Preservation Class
Cost: $10
This is a hands-on class where you will be guided through an entire recipe. You will also learn how to continue canning at home, and how you can create a small business under the Cottage Food Law. The $10 fee per participant includes 1 free guest. Each paying participant will be able to take a jar home.

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MAY 23

Big River at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – Malbock Tapping Party
Free admission
Maibock is a relatively pale, strong, malty German lager beer with a nice dry finish. Only $3 per pint served with a complimentary food pairing from 5pm to 7pm only.

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
This month serving up a Vegan Impossible Chile Relleno Burger (Impossible cheese burger topped with a deep fried battered roasted poblano Chile stuffed with vegan cheese). Finished with a purple cabbage slaw with avocado slices and cilantro cream.

Publix Apron School, Lakeland – Cono Sur Winery with Gonzalo Marina, Winemaker
Cost $50
Enjoy a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Cono Sur Wines by winemaker Gonzalo Marina.

Riverside Pavilion, Port Orange – A Tasteful Affair 2019
Cost: $30 advance/$35 at the door
Enjoy an evening of sampling great food from top local restaurants and caterers. Presented by the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando – Chef’s Night featuring Local Chefs
Cost: $125 per person; $235 for two
Enjoy culinary masterpieces from Orlando’s finest chefs paired with incredible wines from Orlando’s own Quantum Leap Winery. Proceeds benefit Darden Foundation Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program.

UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, Sanford – Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Cost: $15
Learn what herbs can take the summer heat and how to use them. Then prepare and sample a variety of delicious dishes.

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MAY 24

Epicurean Hotel, Tampa – Scotch Tasting with Tomatin Distillery
Cost: $40
Enjoy a Scotch filled evening tasting exceptional, single malt scotches from around the world, with Tomatin’s Brand Ambassador and Regional Sales Manager, Eric Wetherington. Eric will walk you through a uniquely curated tasting menu of some of Tomatin’s best single malt scotch whiskies accompanied by a delicious display of cheese and charcuterie, provided by the Epicurean.

PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando – Snake River Farms & Big Green Egg Backyard BBQ
Cost: $55 adult; $25 children
Kick off the summer season with a sizzling backyard barbecue-style dinner buffet featuring American Wagyu Beef and Kurobuta Pork by guest chef Jack Arnold of Snake River Farms, as well as Big Green Egg grilling and smoking demonstrations.

Publix Apron School, Dr. Phillips – Cono Sur Winery with Gonzalo Marina, Winemaker
Cost $50
Enjoy a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Cono Sur Wines by winemaker Gonzalo Marina.

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MAY 25

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Hamlin, Winter Garden – Memorial Day BBQ
Free admission; Food for Purchase
Enjoy BBQ cook-off, a Kids Zone, entertainment, and more.

Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Dr Phillips – Sushi Making Class
Cost: $70
Learn about the history of sushi, tips and tricks, then during the experience, the team will help you make the perfect sushi and hand rolls and invite you to sample several customers favorites throughout the event.

Publix Apron School, Winter Park – Cono Sur Winery with Gonzalo Marina, Winemaker
Cost $50
Enjoy a dinner from the Apron Chefs paired with Cono Sur Wines by winemaker Gonzalo Marina.

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MAY 28

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 or snacks are also provided.

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MAY 30

The District Market at Mills 50, Orlando – International Vegan Comfort Food Pop-Up
Free Admission; Food for purchase
This month serving up a Vegan Impossible Chile Relleno Burger (Impossible cheese burger topped with a deep fried battered roasted poblano Chile stuffed with vegan cheese). Finished with a purple cabbage slaw with avocado slices and cilantro cream.

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MAY 31

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House, Orlando – Spanish Tapas Cooking Class With Chef Susan Ytterberg
Cost: $120
Join Chef Susan Ytterberg for this hands-on & Chef demo cooking class. Recipes include Pappas Bravas,Tortilla Espanola, Jamon with Carmalized Onions, and more.

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Keep this page bookmarked because I’ll be adding events as they’re announced throughout the month. And let me know in comments which events you’re interested in.

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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