2015 Florida Film Festival Includes Several Food Events

In addition to the wonderful program of films, the 2015 Florida Film Festival will include several food-centric events during its run.

Locally Fresh!

On Saturday, April 11, from 11am to 12:30pm, the FFF will host a Locally Fresh! event featuring samples and live cooking demonstrations of local eats, along with a sneak peek into the world of farming. Featured participants include Lake Meadow Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. Tickets are $12, and the event takes place at Enzian.

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Festival Bay to Be Renovated into Artisan Marketplace called Artegon Orlando

Artegon Orlando

It’s no secret that ever since it opened, Festival Bay Mall has not seen the shoppers that nearby malls like the Premium Outlets have. That it is why it is being transformed into an artisan marketplace similar to New York City’s Chelsea Market.

It will be called Artegon Orlando, and the interior will be gutted and remodeled. The new layout will feature more kiosks and stands, as well as small stores. There will also be an indoor farmer’s market in the former Steve & Barry’s space that will be open daily.

Current anchor stores, such as Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bass Pro Shop, and Putting Edge, will be joined by a new German-themed restaurant and beer hall with on-site brewing, called Hofbrauhaus. Radbourne Skatepark will open in the old Vans space. Rumors are Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will open its first Orlando location at the mall, too.

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Celebrate Locally Produced Food at the Winter Park Harvest Festival in Orlando

As we become more aware of healthy eating, it becomes more important that we know where our food comes from. One of the best ways to do that is to buy from local farmers and gardeners.

If you want to know who some Orlando-area local food producers are, then you’ll want to check out this weekend’s Winter Park Harvest Festival.

The event, held on Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20, 2011, focuses on the grass-roots food movement in Orlando.

On Saturday, there will be seminars and workshops on the local food system, including cooking demonstrations and organic gardening sessions. This costs $50 per person ($60 with a box lunch).

The day will be capped by a “farm-to-table” dinner of locally-sourced foods prepared by some of Winter Park’s most talented chefs prepared by chefs from the Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, K Restaurant Wine Bar, Cuisiniers, Fatto in Casa, Big Wheel Provisionsand Spanish River Grille. The dinner costs $125 per person, including wine pairings.

Sunday there will be a  farmer’s market where people can buy for their own homes. General admission to this part of the  Harvest Festival is completely free.

It runs from 9am to 5pm at the intersection of Central Park and West Meadow in Winter Park. For more information, visit the Winter Park Harvest Festival website.

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