Fun Food Events for Jan 7-13


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Highland Games, moonshine and more.

One of the many great things about living in Central Florida is that January is a perfect time to enjoy a snack, a drink or even a full-on dinner outdoors. Check out the Winter issue of Edible Orlando for our Al Fresco Dining Guide, where you’ll find inspiration for outdoor food and fun all over town.

While you’re out and about, check out some of the amazing events and festivals around Orlando. In the coming week, you’ve got ribs and wine and moonshine and … haggis. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is always hunting for the best food fun around town, so here’s five best bets, Saturday to Friday, with a little bonus at the end.

Highland Haggis, Ribs, Moonshine

The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games are back Saturday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Sunday (8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Lots of folks go for the caber tossing, pipe and drums bands and the Highlands dancing, but don’t forget the Scottish food! We’re talking fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, hand pies (including mac and cheese), haggis, and … haggis burritos. Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s oldest microbrewery, will be there too. Saturday adult tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Sunday is $20 and $25. Bairns 6 – 11 are one $10 ticket for both days.

Saturday, Ten10 Brewing Co. and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida are smoking up Mills 50 for the 6th “annual-ish” Amateur Rib Contest. They’ve got the competing cooks. Now they need the rib eaters. The event is free and the food is donated, but if you want to vote for People’s Choice, buy some voting tickets. The party starts at 11 a.m. behind the brewery and judging is at 2 p.m. All ticket money goes to Second Harvest Food Bank. Of course, there will also be live music, raffles and locally brewed beer.

Moonshine has gone mainstream! Saturday, about an hour from Orlando in Dade City, Pioneer Florida Museum and Village is throwing the Raising Cane and Moonshine Festival, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can see how sugar cane syrup is made at the museum’s working cane mill and sample legally made moonshine from Florida distillers. Alfredo Peña from Discovery Plus’s “Moonshiners: Master Distiller” speaks at 2 p.m. They’ll also have live music, blacksmith demonstrations, ax throwing, and museum tours. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under five.

Wine Dinner, Arts Festival, Beer Bash

Bites & Bubbles’ monthly wine dinner series continues Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Sonoma County’s J Vineyards. For $125, you get a four-course prix fixe dinner with five wines. The menu includes warm brie and jam, bacon-wrapped jumbo scallop, roasted duck breast with country bread stuffing, and a three-layer Florida orange cake. The night starts with a welcoming glass of cuvée. In 2022, Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Awards declared J Vineyard’s Nicole Hitchcock as Winemaker of the Year.

The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is back through Feb. 20 at Walt Disney World, celebrates creativity and art is all forms whether that’s chalk art or Broadway singing stars or chefs who have added 50 new food and beverage choices to the festival for 2023. One addition that caught our eye is the Mille-Feuille de Betteraves aux Herbes et Noix de Cajoux (pictured). In English, that’s a plant-based Napoleon with beets, cashew-herb filling, pepper/pine nut sauce, and balsamic vinegar caviar. There’s also a whole fried soft-shell crab with green papaya salad and a smoked duck breast with ricotta dumplings. Valid admission and theme park reservation for same park on same date required.

photo by Dynamite Studios

Here’s a bonus sneak preview for next week. On Saturday, Jan. 21, Orlando Science Center is bringing back its outdoor beer festival fundraiser, Science on Tap, from 1 – 4 p.m. Around 30 local breweries will be offering up samples in Loch Haven Park as you wander through interactive science demos and enjoy live music. Tickets are $60 or $50 if you’re an OSC member. A $90 VIP option gets you in at noon.

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