Fun Food Ideas for Jan 8-14


The Winter 2022 issue of Edible Orlando will be available in all the usual places any day now, but you can also page through the entire magazine right this minute with the free digital edition. (It’s fun. You can actually watch the pages slide by.)

Oyster mushrooms are this issue’s cover model. Inside, you’ll find both Greek and Chinese-inspired recipes for mushrooms as well as advice on the best bakeries along Central Florida’s coastal counties and how to stir up a simple, spicy cocktail.

Edible Orlando also has some timely advice for you: five foodie experiences coming up just this week that should be on your radar. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is always on the lookout for what’s new, so let’s get right to this week’s adventures.

Fishing, Raising Cane and Moonshine Festival

Whether you like catching fish or eating fish, Sanford is your spot this Saturday for the Get Hook’d on Lake Monroe Fishing Tournament & Seafood Festival. If you actually want to compete for the $10,000 dollars in prizes, there’s a meeting you must attend on Friday. If you just want to eat and drink, that’s noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday with both food trucks and Historic Downtown Sanford restaurants. There will be live music, vendors and kid zones too.

Also on Saturday, Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City is staging the Raising Cane and Moonshine Festival from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can watch live sugar cane syrup making at the cane mill, join the syrup tasting contest, and taste samples of legal moonshine from local distillers. All the museum will be open as well as live music, blacksmith demos, and ax throwing (!) Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Kids under five are free.

Plant-Based Cooking, Picnics

Māla Girl powdered vegan broths are blended in Orlando and sold online with ingredients including mushrooms, cacao, ginger, seaweed, and an assortment of herbs and spices. On Thursday, Māla Girl founder and chef Raechel Barfield will host January’s “how to” night at Edible Education Experience. Chef Raechel will be teaching how to make better food choices and add plant-based flavor to your cooking. Tickets are $75 for the two-hour class, 6-8 p.m., as well as light bites and hands-on goodies to take home.

On Fridays, 3-5 p.m., the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando and Orlando Picnics set up al fresco lunch for two in Lake Eola Park and you can book it for an afternoon escape. For $366, you get the whole thing set up before you arrive and folks to clean it up when you’re done. That includes tables and décor, umbrella, seating, games and more. The meal? That’s fresh fruit, charcuterie, salad, tomato and burrata, smoked salmon tartine, seasonal dessert platter, tea or lemonade, and other items. Alcohol can be added for additional cost. Same goes if you want to increase the picnic beyond two people.

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