In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: several openings, special menu items, and a wine dinner. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
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Voodoo Doughnutis now officially open at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando and is the first Voodoo Doughnut on the east coast. Co-founders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon led the celebration, where – for the very first time live in person – they introduced the brand icon, the Baron of Voodoo Doughnut.
If you’re like me and you’ve been waiting for a west side location to all of these food truck gatherings, you’ll be happy to know that it looks like Dr. Phillips will be added to the list by the end of the month.
The DailyCity.com is organizing one that will be held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) parking lot starting August 31, 2011, and then every Wednesday after that. The event will run from 4:30pm to 9pm.
The initial Dr. Phillips Food Truck Pod so far has six trucks lined up: Bigwheel Provisions, Treehouse Truck, The Crooked Spoon, Korean BBQ Taco Box, WInter Park Fish Co and the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck.
The JCC is located at 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd, about a mile up the road from the intersection of Palm Parkway and Apopka-Vineland, by Walt Disney World.
So, if you live on the west or southwest side of Orlando and have been wanting to check out some of Orlando’s food trucks, this makes it a lot easier.
Then you’ll want to head over to the Plaza Live for their first ever Food Truck Heaven event.
Yup, it’s another food truck gathering, but it sure saves you the trouble of having to hunt them down individually, right?
Local food trucks participating in the event include Las 4 Estaciones Orlando, Taco Loco, Jauncho’s Grill, Arepas el Cacao, Shipyard, The Taco Lady, Big Brunos Bites, Pupusas, Pinchomania, Casa De Chef, Jazzydog, and Mr. Softee Ice Cream, to name a few.
Other local vendors who will be participating in Food Truck Heaven include: Tia’s Plantain Chips; Demeter’s Harvest (selling fresh salsas and dips); Luther’s Produce (local produce farmer); Universal Spiritual Elements (selling empowering Quartz Crystals/ precious stones & jewelry); Pleasant Earth Soap Co. (selling handmade healthy soaps); and De la Cruz (featuring amazing artwork).
This event takes place from 5pm to midnight and features over 15 trucks, a beer garden, entertainment and free parking.
You’ll find Plaza Live at 425 North Bumby Ave, just south of Colonial Plaza and E. Colonial Ave.
The food truck phenomena has firmly taken hold in Orlando, so since the first Orlando Food Bazaar in March went so well, The Daily City has decided to organize another.
Bazaar #2 will take place this Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the Dillards parking lot at Fashion Square Mall (E. Colonial Dr). The event will run from 7pm to midnight and that’s a firm cut-off – if you’re in line and haven’t ordered by midnight, you won’t be able to. So get there early.
The second incarnation of the Bazaar will feature more food trucks to try out. As of today, the following trucks are scheduled to appear:
Big Wheel Provisions Truck
CJ Jerk Shack Island BBQ
Country Chuck Wagon
The Crooked Spoon
Korean BBQ Taco Box
Red Eye BBQ
Sunset Ice Facebook
The Taco Lady Facebook
The Treehouse Truck
The Traveling Gourmet (making its Orlando debut)
The Wing Commander (from Miami)
Winter Park Fish Company
The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck
There will also be DJs, live podcasting and an Orlando Food Blogger table so you can meet the people behind several local food blogs.
The event is free; the food is not. Bring chairs or something to sit on while you eat. Bring cash in low denominations ($1 & $5 bills). Bring patience – the lines are usually long and trucks may occasionally run out of items.