5 Fun Food Ideas for Aug. 21-27


If you’re looking for things to do in Orlando this week, do we have some great ideas for you! Read on for five ways to enjoy some food-focused fun in Orlando, all hand-selected by local John Graham.

Does salami belong in a Cuban sandwich? The Cuban Sandwich Festival returns to Kissimmee 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Lakefront Park. Admission is free for the live music, kid zone, and access to food vendors. (You buy your sandwich.) You can also upgrade to VIP and sample many of the sandwiches submitted for judging, including traditional (ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard), Tampa-style (salami too), and non-traditional. Organizers will also try to break the world record for largest Cuban sandwich, which will be donated to feed local homeless people.

Nora’s Sugar Shack

Nora’s Sugar Shack, a dog-friendly beer/wine/cigar bar and package shop at the corner of Virginia and Ferris in Orlando, is celebrating its 16.5 anniversary starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. It’s also the 16th birthday of Shack mascot “Stolen Dog.” Someone broke into Nora’s earlier this month, making off with the cash on hand, so maybe stop by for $2 beer tickets or a bottle of wine to go. Anniversary t-shirt proceeds will benefit local animal shelters.

Looking for something new to plant in your vegetable garden? Got a monster houseplant and need someone to take it off your hands? You could solve both problems with the seed swap 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Sunday at Foresters Espresso Bar on the back patio of Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park. It’s not just seeds. You can also bring vegetables, fruit, flowers, whatever you’ve got. In Situ Greenhouses will be leading the swap and offering advice.

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Bánh tráng nướng is a popular Vietnamese street food that’s a lot like pizza but with the toppings stacked on grilled rice paper. Want to make it at home? The Orange County Library System is having an online video class in bánh tráng nướng, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. Register at the link and you’ll get a reply e-mail with details how to join and watch on YouTube or Facebook Live. 

Magical Dining is back – three-course meals at 80+ popular Central Florida restaurants for just $37 a person. The prix fixe meal deals start Friday, Aug. 27, and go through Sunday, Oct. 3. More than 50 of the restaurants offer outdoor seating and all are prioritizing safety with enhanced health and sanitization measures. A dollar from each Magical Dining meal will benefit Pathlight HOME and iDignity, non-profits fighting homelessness in Orlando. Magical Dining is popular, so reservations are a good idea. All the menus are on the Magical Dining website, or check out our picks for a savory staycation.