Fun Food Events for July 23-29: The Fry Basket, FusionFest, and More


One of the great things about working for Edible Orlando is that you can taste something wonderful at a local restaurant, ask for the recipe, and they just might give it to you! Have you tried the caramelized cauliflower and whipped goat cheese appetizer from The Chef and I at The Hall on the Yard? It’s easy, it’s delicious, and the recipe is in the current issue of Edible Orlando. (It’s also the photo at the top of the page.)

So, now, you can make a killer appetizer this week … but that leaves six more nights open. Each week, Edible Orlando writer John Graham tracks down the food fun in Central Florida and puts together a list of five items to get you out of the house.

The Fry Basket

Fancy fries at EPCOT Food & Wine

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back at Walt Disney World, now through Nov. 19. More than 25 food and drink marketplaces are added for the festival, celebrating a literal world of flavors. New for 2022 is The Fry Basket marketplace, with options including barbecued bacon french fries with smoked aioli as well as sweet potato casserole fries with candied pecans, toasted marshmallow cream and caramel whisky. A couple personal favorites out in the “world” are the fisherman’s seafood pie in Ireland and the Le Cellier mushroom filet mignon with truffle butter sauce in Canada. To enter the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, you need both valid park admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date.

FusionFest, Fresh Threads

Monday, FusionFest is back with another Diversitastic! dinner night. This one celebrates the food and culture of Venezuela, 7 p.m. at Q’Kenan Restaurant, not far from the new O-Town West development. The menu includes tequeños (fried cheese sticks), chicken arepas, a plate of Venezuela’s “national dish” pabellon criollo (beans and rice with meat and sweet plantains). Dessert is quesillo (flan) and the beverage is chicha (similar to horchata). Live entertainment includes music by Maestro Freddy Bermudez and dance by both Lorena & Jaime Navarro and Isla Danza. The meal also includes storytelling and a chef talk. Tickets are $49.95 per person.

Orlando-based clothing brand Deli Fresh Threads specializes in sandwich-themed shirts and hats. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., DFT fans are invited to a meet-up (or “eat-up”) at the new Gnarly Barley on Lake Ivanhoe. Deli Fresh owner Anthony Bencomo (aka Biggie) has a sandwich on the regular menu. Biggie’s Bomb-Mi is a house-made orange chicken thigh “sammi” with pickled coleslaw, carrots, cucumbers, and sweet chili mayo. This is the first eat-up in more than two years. “Biggie” just picks a sandwich shop that’s not a chain and invites anyone who likes a good sandwich to give the place a try.

Bourbon Dinner, Chili Dogs

The chili dog from Knife Burger at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Just a very few spots left for Thursday’s bourbon tasting dinner, 6:30 p.m., at Market to Table in Winter Garden. Seating is $145 per person in the restaurant’s private dining room and includes five courses paired with unique and hard-to-find bourbons. Just two of the selections – a 32-day dry-aged New York strip with Peerless Small Batch Bourbon and duck breast paired with Willett Pot Still Reserve. The dinner will cover the history of the distilleries and key notes for each spirit. This is the last bourbon dinner for the season, but Market to Table plans on cocktail-driven multi-course dinners in August and wine dinners before the end of the year. Call 407-395-9871 for reservations.

The last Thursday in July is always National Chili Dog Day … so, this Thursday. Maybe the newest chili dog in Orlando — and definitely the newest poolside chili dog — is at Knife Burger in the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. Knife Burger is from Chef John Tesar, who appeared on seasons 10 and 14 of “Top Chef.” Knife Burger’s chili dog is topped with onions, jalapenos, and chili made with all-natural Black Angus beef from 44 Farms in Texas. You get your choice of fries or fruit. Of course, Knife Burger is best known for its hamburgers, but we’ve also got our eye on the think green hummus and the citrus-poached shrimp cocktail.

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