Central Florida Foodie Events For April 2018

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April 2018 offers a lot of spring dining for Central Florida foodies. There are so many special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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Central Florida Foodie Events for November 2017

Italian Festival 4-Course Dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort

November 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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Upcoming Central Florida Food Events for Early Spring 2017

Foodies – mark your calendars! There are a slew of food-centric events scheduled for the next few months, and they run the gamut from special dinners to theme park festivals:

As part of The COOP's Guest Chef Series, Chef John Rivers will be joined by Rusty Spoon's Chef Kathleen Blake on February 22.

As part of The COOP‘s Guest Chef Series, Chef John Rivers will be joined by Rusty Spoon’s Chef Kathleen Blake on February 22, for a cooking demo and tasting. The menu will feature Chef Blake’s Lake Meadow Chicken Thighs and Sticky Rice with Lemon Relish, and Chef Rivers’ Pecan Pie Bread Pudding.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up for October 9: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Cask & Larder, and more.

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about wine dinners, new locations of Orlando favorites, a Thai food fest, and more…

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will host a “Top Rated Wines of the World Dinner” on October 18. The evening will pair some of the world’s top rated wines and spirits with a globally inspired five course meal. Dishes will include roasted wild mushrooms with creamy blue cheese polenta; slow-roasted pork carnitas with fresh avocado and South American Corn Cake; and filet mignon. Price is $95 per person (plus tax/gratuity), and reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, visit ruthschris.com.
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Great American Pie Festival Returns to Celebration April 26-27, 2014

Great American Pie FestivalThe town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, when thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together for the 13th Annual American Pie Council’s Great American Pie Festival.

Help preserve America’s pie heritage by taking part in the pie eating contests, pie baking activities, cooking demonstrations, PieCasso art, the Baker’s Square Pietopia stage with live music and entertainment, games and much more.

The highlight, as always, will be the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings, and beverages. Tickets to the buffet are only $10/adults and $5 for seniors 65+ and children ages 6-12, at the door.

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Disney Releases Food Menus for 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

If you’re one of the many who save up their funds to eat and drink around the world during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, then you’ll be happy to know that Walt Disney World has released the menus for each kiosk.

2013 Epcot Food & Wine FestivalHere is the list of food and beverages that will be sold during the 2013 festival:


  • Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra and Pap
  • Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc
  • The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
  • Porcupine Ridge Syrah


  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec
  • Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
  • Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle and Rapini
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
  • Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s® Berries and Vanilla Custard)
  • Rosemont Estate Pinot Grigio
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
  • Rosemont Estate Merlot
  • Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz
2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Australian Garlic Shrimp



  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s® Berries and Whipped Cream
  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Leffe Brune
  • Beer Flight 1: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Brazil (All-New Menu):

  • Seared Scallop with Ragout of Tomatoes, Peppers, Hearts of Palm and Steamed Rice
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro
  • Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscato White
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça


  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
  • Moosehead Lager
  • La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
  • La Face Neige Sparkling
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah

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12th Annual Great American Pie Fest Takes Place April 27 and 28 at Lakeside Park in Celebration

celebrationpiefestWhether it’s home-made or store-bought, sweet or savory, pies are enjoyed by millions of people world-wide. If you count yourself among those numbers, then you’ll want to be in Celebration this weekend for the 12th annual Great American Pie Fest.

The event runs April 27 and 28 at Lakeside Park (631 Sycamore St.) in the city of Celebration, adjacent to Orlando and Kissimmee. It features pie baking competitions, pie tin art activities, pie eating contests, and baking demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy.

But let’s be honest…the real reason people flock to the Great American Pie Fest is for the Never Ending Pie Buffet. For only $10 ($5 for seniors over 65 and kids under 5), you can enjoy all you care to eat and drink from the buffet, which last year featured 90,000 slices of pie, as well as ice cream and toppings.

Admission is free, except for the buffet. Hours are 11am to 7pm, Saturday, April 27; and noon to 5pm, Sunday, April 28.

For more information, visit celebration.fl.us or piecouncil.org.

28th Annual Taste of Winter Park to be Held April 17, 2013

tasteofwinterparkWinter Park is known for their cultural festivals, and on April 17th, they will hold the 28th annual Taste of Winter Park.

This epicurean event features samples from many of Winter Park’s favorite restaurants and caterers. Among those participating are 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Cask & Larder, Cocina 214, Fiddler’s Green, Luma on Park, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, The Ravenous Pig, and Tijuana Flats. Over 45 vendors in all.

Tickets are $40 for Winter Park Chamber of Commerce members in advance online, and $45 for non-members and everyone day of. The admission price includes unlimited samples of food and beverages. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit WinterPark.org.

The event takes place downtown at the Winter Park Farmers Market (200 W. New England Ave) from 5pm-8pm.

7th Annual Blues B-Q to Take Place in Downtown Orlando on March 9, 2013

bluesbqJoin Mayor Buddy Dyer as the City of Orlando puts on the 7th Annual Blues B-Q on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Enjoy live blues music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon, and RJ Harmon & Company.

You can also purchase delicious BBQ from the likes of Bubbalou’s BBQ, Gilbert’s Rib King BBQ, Johnny’s Ribs and Wings, and more.

The event will take place in downtown Orlando, on Orange Ave in front of the Orange County Courthouse (entry point is at Livingston and Orange).

Blues B-Q runs from 4pm to 10pm, and it is totally free to attend.

Florida Strawberry Festival Returns to Plant City February 28 Through March 10, 2013

Yes, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival is known for its food – especially, as you would imagine, its strawberry dishes – but it’s also known for its nightly headlining entertainment.

This year, the festival runs February 28 through March 10, 2013. Most nights there are two separate concerts, but on a few nights, there are three. The headliners are mostly country, but there are some classic rock and gospel thrown into the mix.

flstrawberryfestHere is a rundown of who is playing this year:

  • February 28 – Foreigner ($25); Chubby Checker ($15/$20); Jimmy Sturr (Free)
  • March 01 – Casting Crowns ($20/$25); Gene Watson ($15/$20)
  • March 02 – Justin Moore ($15/$20); Gloriana ($15/$20); Caroline Kole (Free)
  • March 03 – Alan Jackson ($45); Randy Houser ($15/$20)
  • March 04 – Dwight Yoakam ($20/$25); Lorrie Morgan with Pam Tillis ($15/$20)
  • March 05 – Martina McBride ($30); Bobby Vinton ($15/$20)
  • March 06 – Trace Adkins ($30); Neil McCoy ($15/$20)
  • March 07 – Brantley Gilbert ($35); Mel Tillis ($15/$20); Steve Hall & The Shotgun Red Show (Free)
  • March 08 – Scotty McCreery ($25/$30); T.G. Sheppard with Janie Fricke ($15/$20)
  • March 09 – Bret Michaels ($25/$30); Gaither Vocal Band ($20/$25)
  • March 10 – Blake Shelton with Michaela Paige ($55); Hunter Hayes ($15/$20)

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SeaWorld Orlando Presents 2013 Bands, Brew & BBQ February 9 -March 17

One of my favorite annual events at SeaWorld is Bands, Brew & BBQ, which brings together live music with great food and beer. This year’s event runs February 9 through March 17. 2013.

BandsBrewBBQ-250x350This year’s line-up of headlining musicians includes country, rock and pop superstars. Here is the full list:

  • Feb. 9 – Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann
  • Feb. 10 – Merle Haggard
  • Feb. 16 – Beach Boys
  • Feb. 17 – Styx
  • Feb. 23 – Big & Rich
  • Feb. 24 – Third Eye Blind
  • March 2 – Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • March 3 – Darius Rucker
  • March 9 – Michael McDonald
  • March 10 – Josh Turner
  • March 16 – Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker
  • March 17 – Sheryl Crow

In 2013, the event is being expanded from four weekends to six. Musical performances are included with regular SeaWorld admission, but the food and beer are additional.

For more information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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