Fun Food Events for Jan 21-27

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Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Beer Week, Hot Sauce Day and more.

We’ve had a few chilly moments this past week, but generally, January days in Orlando are perfect to spend a few hours in your backyard vegetable garden – or to dig in and start one. Sure, you need to watch your more tropical plants for frost but check out the Winter issue of Edible Orlando for advice on planting Chinese pink celery, celtice (like celery and lettuce together), and snow peas (like the ones up top) that you might just snack on crisp and raw.

You should also get out of your garden and check out the food culture around Orlando. In the coming week, you’ve got beer and sticky rice and hot sauce and mofongo. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is always hunting for the best food fun around town, so here’s five best bets, Saturday to Friday.

Saturday’s Park Ave 5K Presented by AdventHealth is known for its 3.1-mile trek through Winter Park … and the snacky snacks from a multitude of local restaurants when you finish. We’re talking Jeff’s Bagel Run, Black Bean Deli, Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Hungry Pants, Lazy Moon Pizza, Pig Floyd’s and Hawkers. Registration is $43, but $33 if you’re under 18 or at least 65. You can also register that morning, but it’s a little more. The run starts at 7:30 a.m. and there is a virtual option, but then, you don’t get the bagels and pizza and such.

It’s Orlando Beer Week, so check with your neighborhood brewery or beer garden and see what they’ve got planned. Orlando Beer Week’s official Instagram is also a good spot to check for the latest. Orlando Science Center has its big Science on Tap afternoon on Saturday in Loch Haven Park. For $60, you can try 30+ Central Florida breweries. On Sunday, Redlight Redlight will be releasing Halo-Halo Milkshake, a beer brewed with flavors of the Filipino dessert including ube, jackfruit, and tropical Sabro hops. They’ll have both draught and cans to take home.

January 22 is always National Hot Sauce Day, which is Sunday this year. No one’s sure who started the day – or who first combined chiles and liquid – but the first recorded bottled hot sauce in stores was in 1807. Today, Sanford’s Spice is Nice store is filled with hot sauce, hot mustard, hot mayo, hot salami, hot blueberry jam and more. The store’s own Hotter than El hot sauces have been featured on the “Hot Ones” YouTube celebrity interview series and made Matt Damon curse while also saying how tasty it wa

FusionFest’s Diversitastic! dinners are back for 2023, starting Wednesday at 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. with the food of Laos. For $49.95 per person, Sticky Rice Lao Street Food will serve up a dinner including kapoon nam gai (red curry noodle soup), nam khao (lettuce wraps with pork, peanuts, and coconut), braised curry ribs, sweet purple rice with mango and more. There will also be live entertainment. Money raised supports FusionFest’s mission to inspire creativity and innovation from the diversity around Orlando and Central Florida.

Friday at 11 a.m., The Marketplace at Avalon Park celebrates the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the

Chef Robert Treviño

food hall’s newest restaurant, Chicharrón Grill by Roberto Treviño. You may have seen Chef Treviño on “Iron Chef America,” “The Next Iron Chef,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” or Rachael Ray’s “$40 a Day.” The menu at Chicharrón Grill will feature Puerto Rican-inspired items including empanadas, tostones, mofongo, pinchos, and of course, chicharróns. Born in California, Chef Treviño fell in love with the food of Puerto Rico while working there. He has also worked with Orlando restaurants Tapa Toro, Don Julio’s Mexican Kitchen, and his own concept El Buda.

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