Fun food events in Orlando are always in motion with new things popping up. By the time we printed our Spring Issue with a story about Jeff’s Bagel Run in Ocoee, owners Jeff and Danielle Perera had already announced they’d soon be opening a second location on Orlando’s Edgewater Drive. If you’ve had their pasta-inspired cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) bagel, you understand why!
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Top Five Fun Food Events For the Coming Week
You turn to this page for the top five fun food events in the week ahead. Writer John Graham is always on the hunt for food and fun in Orlando and Central Florida, so let’s get right to it.
Saturday at noon, Camping World Stadium is hosting its first Orlando Taco and Margarita Festival. Held on the stadium’s field-level concourse, the ten taco stands will include blackened shrimp tacos, mojo carnitas tacos, chili lime cheese Oaxacan vegetarian tacos and more. Offerings at the nine margarita stands include skinny blood orange, perfect Patrón, passion fruit and pineapple mango. General admission is $12 with VIP levels at $59 (two margaritas, 11 a.m. admission, festival t-shirt) and $99 (3 margaritas, taco bar, 11 a.m. admission, festival t-shirt). On Saturday, you can pay general admission at the stadium box office and avoid extra fees. Kids under 12 are free. Entertainment includes live DJs and music, live pro wrestling, and 30 local artists selling their work.
Sunday is Easter Sunday. If you’re looking to celebrate with fun food, we’ve got a pretty good restaurant list going. Here’s another festive option: All three Tabla restaurants in Central Florida have added menu items for Easter, including chicken tikka tacos, paneer kale kofta and beetroot cream cheese tikki. (Of course, Tabla also has a Ramadan special through May 2, chicken haleem for just $21.) Duck and Waffles are always on the menu at The Chef and I, but we think they’re an especially festive indulgence on Easter.
Food Celebrations for Wednesday, 4/20
On Wednesday – 4-20, get it? – both Reyes Mezcaleria and The Ravenous Pig will be celebrating Cannabidiol aka CBD. As part of its monthly “En la Mesa with Wendy” dinner, Chef Wendy Lopez will cook up a five-course tasting dinner, incorporating CBD and hemp. Tickets are around $150 with tax and tip.
That same night, The Ravenous Pig and Bungalower are throwing a party! It includes a barbecue dinner, a screening of “Pineapple Express,” the debut of a smoked pineapple IPA brewed with hemp, and a CBD joint-rolling class. Both events are working with Umatilla-based hemp producer Treadwell Farms. You’ll find Treadwell Farms in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, which features Central Florida folks creating delicious food and drink from scratch with quality ingredients.
Events to Benefit Local Charity and Civic Center
Also on Wednesday, Appetite for the Arches is back. This event benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Held 7-10 p.m. at the nearby Orlando Science Center, top local chefs will be making new dishes to sample with the challenge that they can only use ingredients found in a McDonald’s restaurant. As a bonus, there will also be a McDonald’s french fry station with handcrafted dipping sauces. And yes, each chef station is also paired with wines and craft cocktails. The three Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando are a home-away-from-home for families with children receiving treatment at local hospitals.
When you name your event Corks and Forks, folks know what they’re getting. Thursday, 6-9 p.m., 18 restaurants and a dozen beverage providers will set up at Maitland’s Venue on Lake Lily for an al fresco night of dining and drinks and live music. Tickets start at $65 a person. Admission includes unlimited sampling of food, dessert, beer, wine and cocktails. VIP passes with early access and open bar go for $125. Proceeds benefit the Maitland Civic Center.
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