Family-owned businesses are the backbone of Central Florida’s food community, and while many restaurants are highlighted in the current issue of Edible Orlando, it’s also important to recognize the family farmers. Zellwood sweet corn, celery, grass-fed beef, veggies, eggs, and OJ are coming from hard-working families in and around the area.
Each week, Edible Orlando writer John Graham sorts through the events of the week to find the five best bets for food fun ahead. This week, we start sour and end with a hooley of a good time.
SourFest at Ellipsis Brewing, Cooking Classes
À La Cart caps a month of celebrating sour beers – SourFest, in fact – with a Saturday tap takeover by Ellipsis Brewing. At À La Cart, you buy your eats in a food truck courtyard and then get a beverage inside at a bar with 15 taps. Saturday’s Ellipsis SourFest brews include Hulk Always Thirsty (lemon, lime), Pie-Napple (pineapple, marshmallow, cinnamon and nutmeg), and Fruit By The…Wild Berries & Peanuts (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and peanuts). Some of the neighboring restaurants don’t like when you park in their lots, so À La Cart currently recommends carpooling and ridesharing. Of course, Ellipsis Brewing is also part of the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide – local folks making delicious food and drinks from scratch in small batches and using quality ingredients.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell is about an hour north and west of Orlando. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., you can join a class of newbies to cook up a batch of wild elderberry and/or grape jelly as well as make passion fruit curd from harvested fruit. Park entry is $3 per car (or Florida State Parks’ annual pass) and the class fee is $5 per person (free for 12 and under). You need to pre-register at DadePrograms@FloridaDEP.gov or 352-793-4781. Sunday afternoon, there’s another class in Dutch oven and cast-iron cooking.
Grilling with a Twist, National Lemon Juice Day
Thinking you might grill out this week but want to do something other than burgers and chicken? The Winter Park location of Publix Aprons Cooking School is teaching Grilling with a Twist on Monday night. The hands-on cooking class will include recipes for chili-rubbed steak with habanero-apricot glaze, grilled jerk shrimp taco bowl with grilled cabbage mango slaw, grill-roasted root veggie platter with green goddess dip, and mini caramel apple hand pies. The class is $58.75 and for +18.
At first, we were surprised lemon juice gets its own national day of recognition. (For 2022, it’s Monday.) Then again, think about how many recipes require a squeeze of sunshine. You’ve got Chef Art Smith’s pimento cheese, tropical pumpkin butter, mango-jalapeño scallop ceviche, even the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s magical stuff. A real scientific study explains how, if you accidently oversalt your cooking, adding lemon juice can help make it taste less salty. We wouldn’t recommend putting fresh lemon juice in your cream sauce, but maybe the next time you make chicken soup…
The Great Irish Hooley Music Festival
As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs brings back The Great Irish Hooley music festival, Sept. 2-5. Top Irish bands will perform both traditional and contemporary music live on two stages as well as The Raglan Road Irish Dancers. New menu items featured during the festival include the chicken doughnut appetizer (a savory donut hole stuffed with chicken, wild mushrooms and leeks, topped with savory maple glaze and bacon crumb with a pickled salad, pictured up top) and the salmon run entrée (roasted Atlantic salmon filet on a potato cake and roasted broccolini with spinach white wine butter sauce and confit tomato). There is no cover charge to attend, but reservations are recommended.
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