Fun Food Events for August 6-12: Summer Matsuri and More


You buy fresh fruit, salad greens, those little grape tomatoes … but so much of it comes into your house in plastic. You want to recycle, but you hear a lot of trash that could be reused still ends up in the landfill. In the new issue of Edible Orlando, we look at recycling and “Is Plastic Waste the Cost of Eating?” Turns out one of the ways to improve the situation is demanding that companies do better.

So many great food fun events pop up around Orlando each week, but no worry… We don’t expect you to keep track of them all yourself. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is on the hunt for what’s new and about to break. Here’s five of the biggies from Saturday to Friday.

Craft Beer Festival, Food Fair

This taco’s made for walkin’.

This is the first weekend in 2022 for SeaWorld Orlando’s Craft Beer Festival, running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5.Expect more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails, including favorites from Central Florida breweries Crooked Can, Ivanhoe Park, Orange Blossom and Motorworks. Chefs are also cooking up 20+ special food items including the smoked drunken chicken quesadilla, an Oktoberfest beef chili walking taco and an oatmeal stout/espresso tiramisu. The festival is included with regular SeaWorld admission, but of course, you buy the beer and small plates. The festival also fires up earlier in the day than years past, from noon until one hour before park close.

A busy Saturday in the Lake Ivanhoe neighborhood … or is that more like Mills 50? At Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company, noon – 6 p.m., 407 Food Fair is doing Citrus Fest with 20 food trucks and vendors in the parking lot. Then, just as that winds down, The House on Lang, Quantum Leap Winery, and Orlando Local Makers are teaming up for their monthly MEGA Pop Up Market, 6 – 9 p.m., with 40 or so local vendors. Of course, Quantum Leap will have wine and cider, but also Jamaican food from Ms. Auntie’s Cuisine. The House on Lang will have Puerto Rican favorites from The Bruja’s Table and homemade malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) from Hanalei Shave Ice.  Ivanhoe Park Brewing and Quantum Leap Winery are both listed in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, local artisans making delicious stuff from scratch and using quality ingredients.

Summer Matsuri, Sip & Savor

Sushi time!

“Matsuri” is the Japanese word for “festival” and Sunday afternoon, noon – 3:30 p.m., Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs is throwing a Summer Matsuri full of culture and food. The restaurant’s ground floor will be dedicated to traditional Japanese street food, taiko drummers, and family-friendly games. Upstairs, you can hit food stations hosted by experts teaching the ins and outs of preparing fish. Vendors will include a preview of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s new line of Sun Noodle retail ramen. Tickets are $60 per person or $400 for a booth with a four-person max. Cash bar will also be available.

Starting Monday and through to Sunday, Aug. 21, a bunch of Central Florida restaurants, food shops and bars are joining together for Sip & Savor – two weeks of prix fixe menus, special pricing and/or drink specials. Dozens of hotspots are joining in this chance to check out new neighborhoods and new menus. Swirlery, Hungry Pants, The Chef and I, The Guesthouse, Quantum Leap Winery and Black Rooster Taqueria are just a few of the many choices. August can be a slow month for restaurants, so here’s a chance to try someplace new while also supporting local businesses.

Making cake toppers can be easy as pie.

Sugar Cookie Cake Topper Class

You see all those fancy cookies and cakes on social media and wonder if you could to that yourself? Orlando’s D&G Occasions, a literal baking supply superstore, has been around since 1987. They teach both beginners and experts to up their baking game. The next class is Friday, August 12 and you can learn to make a sugar cookie cake topper. It’s a full day, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but you’ll learn to make and bake the cookies along with tips for royal icing, cookie flooding and more. The class is $160, and at the end, you take home a seven-inch cake topped with your day’s work. The following day there’s an intro to French pastries and pastry cream.

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