Fun Food Events for Dec 17-23: Santa Brunches and More

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Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including more Santa brunches, Chanukah at the Park and more.

The time will come this holiday season when you need to bring finger food. It might be a potluck or it might be a cocktail party. “Oh, we’re all just bringing a little something from home.” The pressure! Here at Edible Orlando, we’ve got your back. The latest print edition has four recipes for low-impact party dishes you can make ahead, including miso-soy Chex mix and the pickled shrimp up at the top of the page.

We hope you also have time to get out around Orlando and enjoy the fantastic local food culture. As you might guess, a lot of events in the week ahead are built around the holidays. Whether you say, “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Feliz Navidad,” or “’Elf’ is on AMC this year,” Edible Orlando writer John Graham has got your best bets, Saturday to Friday.

Santa Brunches, World Food Trucks

Santa is brunching in Orlando again this weekend. On Saturday, the man in red pops into Avalon Tavern, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., for a special kids menu, milk and cookies, and bottomless drinks for the grown-ups. Santa’s also hitting multiple Metro Diners. On Saturday, he’s at the Daytona Beach location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oviedo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (He is magic, after all.) Sunday, Santa’s at Orlando University, 5 – 7 p.m. and Tuesday, he’s at the Altamonte Springs Metro Diner, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

World Food Trucks is a permanent spot at Visitors Flea Market in Kissimmee with more than 50 regular trucks. On Saturday, starting at noon, they’ll be celebrating the holidays with live music, free toys for the kids, and yes, a visit from Santa. This time of year, many of the trucks are serving up traditional Christmas foods such as coquito (coconut eggnog) and morcilla (blood sausage) from Puerto Rico, rabanada (French toast) from Brazil, and cueritos (pickled pork rinds) from Venezuela. Of course, you’ll also find lots of tamales, papusas and empanadas.

Chanukah Fun, Beer/Cookie Pairings, Chinese/Deli Mash-up

Chanukah at the Park is back in Winter Park and Park Avenue on Sunday at 5p.m. Of course there will be sufganiot, the filled doughnuts that symbolize the Hanukkah miracle of oil burning for eight days instead of one. Other hot food will be glatt kosher. For the kids, there will be a gelt drop, chocolate coins tossed from the top of a fire truck’s extended ladder. Winter Park Mayor Phil Anderson will light the big menorah, along with live music, face painting, jugglers on stilts, and a show from acrobatic training school AntiGravity Orlando.

Ever been tempted to dunk your cookies in a pint of beer? Thursday, 7 – 10 p.m., you can learn to do it the right way. Dees Brothers Brewing in Sanford is teaming with The Tipsy Cookie for a beer and cookie pairing. (It doesn’t hurt that Tipsy’s cookies are already made with brandy, rum, bourbon or wine.) Among the pairings are a fruit cake brown ale with a rum-spiked pecan praline cookie and an imperial stout with a white chocolate peppermint whiskey cookie. Advance $25 tickets are available at the Dees Brothers online store.

Chinese food pop-up Little Giant is teaming up again with Deli Desires on Friday for a collab they call Giant Desires. From 3-7 p.m., the Deli Desires storefront will be featuring Chinese/Deli mash-ups including “Krab” Rangoon bialys, matzo ball egg drop soup topped with chili vinaigrette, mapo tofu dip with matzo chips, and char siu on a seeded bun with pickles and poppy slaw (check it out on the right!). If you can’t bring yourself to be there in person, the menu will also be on Uber Eats.

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