Fun Food Events for August 20-26: Get Ready for Sandwich Week!

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You know that thing where eating or drinking something spicy can cool you off? The science is that the “heat” makes you sweat a little more and that evaporation really does cool you. The West Orange Crush cocktail from Pilars in Winter Garden works its magic with chile liqueur, tequila, agave, and limes and oranges. You can find the recipe in the latest Edible Orlando print edition.

Are you ready for what’s coming? You read these articles each week so you know what’s ahead in the next week for Central Florida food lovers. Edible Orlando writer John Graham picks five fun food items you shouldn’t miss, Saturday to the next Friday. Let’s go …

Sandwich Week, Haggis Cook-Off

Dazed and Confused

The Milk District has proclaimed the next seven days as Sandwich Week. Maybe you didn’t realize just how many restaurants there serve up distinctive sammies. That’s everything from The Dazed and Confused (spicy peanut butter, strawberry jelly, bacon and brisket) at Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria to the stuffed rice crepe (banh xeo) at Saigon Noodle & Grill to the brookie (brownie and cookie dough) ice cream sandwich from Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream inside The Milkhouse. (Kelly’s is also in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, local artisans making delicious stuff from scratch and using quality ingredients.) Sandwich Week events include a themed version of the weekly Tuesday Tasty Takeover food truck party and a Friday showing of “Good Burger” at The Nook’s movie night. Check the Sandwich Week page for updates on more events and participating restaurants.

The plural of haggis can be either “haggis” or “haggises.” We had to look that up because on Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m., The Saint Andrew’s Society of Central Florida is hosting a haggis cook-off pub night at An Tobar Irish Pub in Maitland and they expect at least seven haggises in competition. Haggis is a Scottish dish of organ meat, oats and spices cooked in a sheep’s stomach. Each month, The Saint Andrew’s Society of Central Florida hosts a family-friendly pub night to celebrate Scottish heritage. If haggis isn’t your thing, An Tobar also has its own menu including shepherd’s pie and a cheese and ham toastie. There’s no admission charge for the party.

Diversitastic! Dining, Fizz & Chips

FusionFest hosts a monthly Diversitastic! Dining Experience so we can check out food, music and culture from around the world. Tuesday, 7 – 9 p.m., the party is at St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church in Apopka. The menu will include rye bread with salo (pork fat), varenyky (Ukrainian pierogi), cabbage rolls, borscht, chicken rolls with mushrooms, and honey cake. You’ll also enjoy Ukrainian entertainment, tour the church and its icons, and hear personal stories of those who have fled Ukraine. Tickets for the night are $49.95.

Chef Andy Bates

Elevated fish and chips, sparking wine and “The Great British Bake Off” desserts? That’s “Fizz & Chips,” Thursday, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, operated by Edible Education Experience. Chef Andy Bates is a French-trained pastry chef and Food Network UK host who now lives in Central Florida. His menu for the night includes oysters and mignonette, smoked mahi-mahi mini Scotch eggs, beer-battered Atlantic cod, triple-cooked chips, crushed peas with lemon and mint, and a dessert board including “The Great British Bake Off”-inspired treats such as millionaire shortbread and Bakewell tart. Tickets for the night are $100. Yes, the sparkling wine is included.

the tuna tostada from Four Flamingos

Magical Dining

Of all the Orlando-area restaurants recognized in the 2022 Michelin Guide, six are part of this year’s Magical Dining, which starts Thursday and runs through Oct. 2. To participate, more than 100 Central Florida restaurants will serve three-course, prix-fixe dinners for only $40 per person. Michelin Guide honorees joining include Four Flamingos, Kabooki Sushi, The Ravenous Pig, The Strand, Maxine’s on Shine and Z Asian – Vietnamese Kitchen. No matter where you eat, a dollar from each Magical Dining meal sold goes to The Able Trust, a Florida charity expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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