Edible Orlando is always looking out for you. Here’s the lowdown on five bits of Orlando food-focused fun in the coming week, Saturday to Friday Sept. 18-24. The days ahead will bring a new food hall, DJ’s and wine, lunch in outer space, free barbecue, and Oktoberfest — all sorted and selected by local writer John Graham.
Marketplace at Avalon Park
A food hall saves you from that argument whether dinner is pulled pork, burritos or sushi. It can be all three! Marketplace at Avalon Park, Orlando’s newest food hall, is open for business, with nine food stalls serve up everything from crawfish étouffée to bulgogi boxes, Texas brisket to Peruvian chicken, locally-roasted coffee to locally-brewed beer. Marketplace at Avalon Park also has an indoor/outdoor bar, live music, a general store, event space, and a commissary kitchen for rent. It’s big, holding 200 folks for lunch or dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays, everything’s open until 10 p.m.
Kissimmee and St. Cloud are both throwing big barbecue bashes on Saturday. The Kissimmee Police Department and Kissimmee Fire Department will battle for title of best barbecue master, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in a challenge organized by Kissimmee Main Street. Categories will be hamburger, chicken wings, pork ribs, and steak. Various tickets get you various meat and swag combos. Over in St. Cloud, the annual Peghorn Pig-Out will have free barbecue, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Peghorn Park. St. Cloud Parks & Recreation is throwing the bash with live music, horseshoes, kid zone and more. Like we say, the barbecue is free. If you dawdle, they might run out!
Swirley Wine Bar
We’ve previously featured Swirlery as one of the best wine bars in Central Florida. Friday, Swirlery celebrates its sixth anniversary in SoDo with a grand tasting of 25 wines and some snacky food bites from 2-4 pm. Tickets to that are $25. After 5 p.m., the party continues with wine specials and DJs, including Swirlery co-owner Damian “Collaborator” Roman, until close.
Walt Disney World’s newest restaurant opens Monday inside EPCOT … or maybe in orbit, 220 miles above the planet. Space 220 is themed as though it’s a geosynchronous space station. You take an elevator up to the stars and enjoy “views” of Earth while you dine. It’s a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and three-course prix fixe for dinner. Menu items include Blue Moon Cauliflower, Florida Red Snapper, vegan Terra-Bolognese and (pictured) Lemon Mousse with white chocolate rings and marinated blueberries. Walk-ins start on Monday. That’s also when you can make reservations for Sept. 27 and beyond. Remember that Space 220 is inside EPCOT, so you’ll need park admission.
Sept. 18-24 Oktoberfest Celebration
In Germany, Oktoberfest usually starts around now and ends in early October. In America, we’re a little looser with dates, so we’ll have more Orlando Oktoberfest in the coming weeks. For now, here’s three fests getting a traditional start. Orlando Brewing’s one-day Oktoberfest is Saturday. They’ll be pouring organic Oktoberfest Märzen along with German food and live music. Competitions, such as pretzel eating and yodeling, will be hosted by drag performer and season two winner of “Camp Wannakiki” Tora Himan.
The City of Oviedo is having its own Oktoberfest with food and live music from Sept. 23-25 at the Oviedo Amphitheater and Cultural Center. Admission is free, but you can buy advance beer punch cards online.
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