If you’re looking for things to do in Orlando this week, do we have some great food ideas for you! Read on for five ways to enjoy some culinary-focused fun in Orlando, all hand-selected by local John Graham.
The Great Irish Hooley
“Hooley” means party in Ireland and Raglan Road at Walt Disney World is bringing back The Great Irish Hooley (pictured above) for the long Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-6. After skipping the festival in 2020, Raglan Road has planned four days of live Irish music, dancing, food and drink. Look for limited-time menu and beverage items including a grilled lollipop pork chop with spiced pineapple chutney as well as De Fesht, a limited-edition craft brew collaboration with Miami’s The Tank Brewing. There’s no admission charge, but reservations are a good idea.
The Japanese/Dominican fusion chef and internet celeb known as “El Ninja” will be working the kitchen this weekend, Friday-Sunday, at Orlando’s Gozamba Restaurant & Lounge near Florida Mall. Mitsuhisa Nishio’s parents are both Japanese, but he grew up in Constanza, Dominican Republic and speaks mostly Spanish. El Ninja is known for cultural mash-up dishes such as sushi with sweet plantains or sweet and sour pork belly. After creating a sensation in New York and Miami, El Ninja now has a restaurant in Providence, R.I., and takes his cooking on the road. For reservations, call 407-730-6262.
Diversitastic! Dining Series
International travel is tough at the moment, but Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., you can eat and drink like you’re in Peru. The folks behind FusionFest are back with another in their Diversitastic! dining series. This one will be at Aji Ceviche Bar in Casselberry. The menu includes ceviche (of course), lomo saltado (stir-fried beef), jalea (mixed deep-fried seafood), and chicha morada (a fruity purple corn drink). Raymi Dance School will perform. Tickets are $49.95 for adults and $24.99 for kids under 10.
Gatlin Hall Brewing on Orlando’s South Orange Ave. is now in soft open. Inside the Fort Gatlin Shopping Center, the space is a brewery, food hall, and kid- and pet-friendly outdoor beer garden. (Yes, they have cornhole.) Gatlin Hall Brewing creates most of the dozen or so beers on tap themselves, curating a few more from other Florida breweries. They have wine and bourbons/whiskeys too. Food is provided by three on-site restaurant stalls. Frenchy’s Wood-Fired does pizzas. Willy’s Original has burgers and chicken sandwiches. You can guess what Da Kine Poke Bowls serves up.
Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner
Antoni Porowski, the food and wine guy from Netflix’s reboot of “Queer Eye,” has a new cookbook and is kicking off his promotional, one-man show at Plaza Live Orlando, Friday, Sept. 10. To celebrate the release of “Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner” on Sept. 14, the self-taught cook will be demonstrating recipes and answering audience questions. We see smoked trout niçoise on the book cover … along with Antoni’s big brown eyes. Maybe he’ll teach everyone pasta carbonara with scallions and peas or pan-seared steak with harissa butter, two more recipes the publisher has revealed. Tickets are $45 or $35 plus taxes and fees.
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