Fun Food Ideas for Jan 22-28


Did you notice it was actually chilly there for a a bit? Other parts of the country are digging out from big snowfalls while we here in Central Florida wonder if we should put on our flip flops and maybe bring that one plant in from the porch. Check out the latest issue of Edible Orlando for the recipe to make a Vegan Sweet Potato Soup that works whether it’s really cold out there or just barely long sleeves weather.

Not that we’re complaining about balmy temps! This coming week in Orlando brings us the chance to get outdoors and enjoy chili and craft beer – or stay inside with Irish whiskey and cinnamon rolls. Edible Orlando writer John Graham has this week’s hot picks for food and fun around town.

Otter Fest, Chili Showdown

Craft beer fans may well want to hit Wekiva Island on Saturday for Otter Fest, 1-5 p.m.  Sixteen breweries will be pouring everything from pilsners and IPAs to Bud Light Seltzer Soda. General admission tickets are $30. VIP passes get to start drinking an hour early for $40. No children or pets allowed at Otter Fest and JunoSmile will be playing live. Why “Otter” Fest? Wekiva Island’s “Craft Beer, Wine Bar & General Store” is named The Tooting Otter.

Chili lovers have two cookoffs to choose from on Saturday. Green Acres Farm in Oviedo is hosting its second chili competition from noon-3 p.m. Teams can join in for $25. Taster tickets are $10. You need to buy both in advance. Over toward the airport, Fish on Fire is hosting the seventh Pine Castle chili cookoff, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., as a benefit for The Pine Castle Historical Society. Teams can join for $35. Adults pay $5 to taste, Kids are $3. Both chili cookoffs will feature live music.


Irish Coffee, Virtual Field Trip, Baking Breakfast

Tuesday is National Irish Coffee Day and Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs is celebrating with essentially free whiskey. They’re calling the one-day offer on the traditional Irish coffee, “You Buy the Coffee, the Whiskey Is on Us!” Raglan Road has three coffee cocktails on the regular menu. The “Traditional” is coffee, whiskey, sugar and cream. The “Iced Irish” is iced coffee with Bailey’s Salted Caramel liqueur, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, and butterscotch schnapps, topped with whipped cream. The “Irish Espresso Martini” includes fresh espresso, Slane Irish Whiskey, Miami Club Cuban Coffee liqueur and Guinness simple syrup.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is giving a virtual tour of its warehouse and distribution facility on Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. Register and staff will e-mail you a Zoom link that morning. During the sixty-minute session, you’ll learn who is going hungry in Central Florida and how Second Harvest has focused on elevating hunger relief efforts during the pandemic. If you can’t make it Wednesday, two more virtual tours are scheduled for February.

Did you get into sourdough during lockdown – and then just kinda move on? Traditional Lifestyle Creations in Saint Cloud will be teaching a three-hour class on making sourdough cinnamon rolls Thursday night. Each student gets to take rolls home and a new starter if you’d like. Tickets are $20 and the class is small, so if you’re intrigued like we are by sourdough cinnamon rolls, reserve a space quick.

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