Fun Food Ideas April 9-15: Sanford Food Truck Fiesta


The new print edition of Edible Orlando will be showing up in all the usual places over the next week or so. Make sure to look for it, but you can also check out the whole digital edition right now online. The theme is “Summer Fun!,” and in our cover story, you’ll learn about all the small-town Florida watermelon festivals coming through August. Florida is so perfect for growing watermelon that we actually have two growing seasons a year.

But what about the food fun for the week ahead? We’ve got you covered there too! Writer John Graham keeps an eye on the restaurants and the festivals and the harvests and every seven days. Here, he comes through with five calendar items in Orlando and Central Florida. Let’s get started! 

Brews Around the Zoo, Edible Education Experience

Saturday, the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford will be closed to regular guests. At 5 p.m., staff open the gates for that night’s Brews Around the Zoo presented by Wayne Densch, Inc. The zoo benefit features more than 30 craft beers as well as a seltzer station, wine tastings and live music. Food will be available to buy. Regular tickets are $50 and early-access tickets that get you in at 4 p.m. are $70. Brews Around the Zoo is 21+, so leave the kids at home or you aren’t getting in.

Edible Education Experience in College Park is celebrating its fifth anniversary both Sunday and Monday with local all-star chef dinners. EEE Co-Founder and Chef Instructor Kevin Fonzo will be there both nights. Sunday will include Jamie McFadden (Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events), Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka (The Global Cooking School), Trina Gregory-Propst, (Se7en Bites), Michael Collantes (Soseki Modern Omakase), and Jason Wolfe (Tornatore’s). Monday’s guest chefs will be Fabrizio Schenardi (Four Seasons Resort Orlando), Lordfer Lalicon (Kaya), Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig), and Wendy Lopez (Reyes Mezcalaria). Both dinners are $150 a person plus gratuity and start at 6 p.m.

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta and Easter Cupcakes

The Sanford Food Truck Fiesta has shifted days and is now the second Sunday of each month, 1-6 p.m. (It used to be Saturdays.) Featuring more than 30 food trucks, this month’s fiesta is also being billed as The Battle of the Food Trucks and judged by local food bloggers and influencers. The Historic Downtown Sanford food truck party also includes craft beer and cocktails from local bars, live music, outside tables and chairs, free parking, and is pet-friendly.

Jillian Hopke

Want to learn to make Easter cupcakes from a “Cupcake Wars” champ? Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Jillian Hopke of Jillycakes will be teaching a cupcake class at Dolce in Thornton Park. (Dolce and Jillycakes share an address and Hopke makes the cupcakes for Dolce.) You’ll learn cupcake piping and icing techniques and take home four cupcakes at the end of class. Tickets are $40 with surcharge.  If you’d rather just buy a Dolce Easter cupcake, current flavors include a “Peep” cupcake, a “Cadbury Egg” cupcake, and a spicy molasses carrot cake cupcake.

National Gardening Day

April 14 is a Thursday this year. It’s also National Gardening Day – kind of a kick-off to Spring and getting those backyard veggie and herbs (and flowers) started. In St. Augustine, lots of folks grow backyard datil peppers. The little yellow/orange peppers pack both heat and flavor. John Maloughney grows his own datil peppers for Old Florida Style Foods, including spice rub, barbecue sauce, pickles, jelly, and of course, hot sauce. Old Florida Style Foods is just one of the local folks featured in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, a list of artisans making delicious stuff in small batches with quality ingredients.

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