Halloween is on Sunday, and if you’ve been following us on Instagram you know our readers are fascinated with Halloween candy. Missed it? The general consensus seems to be that you should stock up on Snickers, Reese’s Cups, and Blow Pops . Now, what about the other six days this week? We’ve got you there too. Here’s five quick tips on what fun and food in Orlando for the week ahead, sourced by John Graham.
A lot of the “grown-up” Halloween events are on Saturday, Oct. 30 – so children of the night can recover before work on Monday. For example, the Chills 50 Pub Crawl and Costume Contest runs Saturday from 7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Buy a $10 wristband at Ten10 Brewing or Wally’s and you get drink specials at 18 Mills50 bars and restaurants. That includes Pig Floyd’s, Black Rooster Taqueria, Santiago’s Bodega and the new Pour Choice Taphouse. If you show up in costume, you might win a free bar tab.
If you’re out and about on Halloween Sunday morning, the Downtown Orlando World of Beer is serving Sunday Scaries Hangover Brunch, starting at 11 a.m. Special menu items include pumpkin pancakes, Halloween hash (topped with sausage “octopuses”) and eyeball poppers (warm donut holes filled with maple-bourbon syrup).
Brunch and Crunch
Chef Art Smith from Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen at Disney Springs is hosting a Wednesday brunch with the authors of the new Delicious Disney cookbook, including Edible Orlando Managing Editor Pam Brandon. The brunch meet and greet is 9 – 11 a.m. and your $125 ticket includes brunch, two mimosas/soft drinks, and a copy of Delicious Disney: Recipes & Stories From The Most Magical Place on Earth signed by both Pam and Marcy Carriker Smothers. The cookbook is sold out in many places right now, so here’s a chance to pick up a hard-to-find Christmas present. For tickets, call 407-828-6094 or e-mail [email protected]
Apples can grow in Florida, but not like the harvests coming out of the upper Midwest right now. The Apple Truck will be in Orlando and Ocoee on Friday, dropping off 20-pound boxes of pre-ordered Michigan apples and cider. The Apple Truck estimates apples are harvested only two or three days before delivery. Check The Apple Truck website for deliver times and locations. If you’re thinking “What do I do with 20 pounds of apples?” – maybe bake the apple crumb tarts in the latest Edible Orlando print edition.
Feasts and Fests
Curated Experiences at Grand Lakes Orlando starts Friday and overlaps into next Saturday and Sunday, but we wanted to make sure you know about the “perfectly planned weekend” in plenty of time. Your $750 admission includes group events such as the Wheels, Watches, Whiskey & Wine Reception, Chef Art Smith’s Picnic Luncheon, a four-course Celebrity Chef Dinner, and live concert with Sister Hazel. You also personalize the weekend by choosing from events covering mixology, chocolate, Italian cuisine, dry-aging, guided kayaking touring, fly casting, jewelry, and wine and whiskey tastings. Overnight accommodations are available separately.
Greek Fest Orlando also starts Friday and continues until Sunday, Nov. 7 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Maitland. This year, admission is free to the fest and all the dancing, live music and church tours. There’s plenty of authentic Greek food for sale too – from gyros and souvlaki and moussaka to baklava cheesecake and the honey-drenched walnut cake called karithopita. Holy Trinity is right along I-4, so if you don’t go to the fest, you’ll still see all the fun as you drive by and realize you’re missing out.
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