The new Summer issue of Edible Orlando is showing up all over Central Florida this week, but you can also read and enjoy every page right now in our free digital edition. This issue’s theme is “Families + Food” – showcasing the incredible family-owned businesses that are the backbone of Orlando’s food community. That’s everything from New Smyrna Beach’s Indian River Oyster Company to Stasio’s Italian Deli in Orlando’s Milk District. (Good eyes if you spotted Stasio’s sandwich with broccoli rabe at the top of the page.)
You can also turn to EdibleOrlando.com for all the fun food events coming up around town each week. Writer John Graham tracks down the best festivals, classes, parties and specials for the next seven days and boils it down to the big five.
Bastille Day Bash, Free Slurpees
July 14 is France’s actual Bastille Day holiday, a historic day in the French Revolution, but Audubon Park Garden District couldn’t wait to celebrate. Saturday’s Bastille Day Bash 2022 is a day of French and faux-French fun. Bikes Beans & Bordeaux is cooking up a $150 four-course wine pairing dinner, 7 – 9 p.m., with plates including coq au vin and filet mignon au poivre. Emmanuel Episcopal Church will host a $35 La Femme du Fromage French cheese and wine pairing. Stardust Coffee & Video will have a French artisan market, 1 – 7 p.m., with baguette fencing at some point. At 8:30 p.m., Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” will screen in East End Market‘s courtyard with a wine and cheese station. We also hear “Marie Antoinette” will be around the district from 4 – 7 p.m.
Since 2002, July 11 has been the day to get a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven. (7/11, get it?) This year, that’s Monday and the convenience store chain is officially changing the name of “7-Eleven Day” to what most of us call it anyway: Slurpee Day. To get the freebie, download the 7-Eleven app and join the 7REWARDS program. Technically, you can get your free (size small) brain freeze any day between now and July 11. Pick any flavor, but for the promotion, there’s a limited-time-only mystery Slurpee flavor called “What the Fanta?” Hot dogs, pizza slices and other snack foods are on $1 special at 7-Elevens through 7/11.
Beer School, Cake Class
Tuesday, you can learn to taste beer the way a brewer does. Bowigens Beer Company in The Marketplace at Avalon Park is teaching Beer School 101, 6 – 7:30 p.m. The class is run by Bowigens co-owner and head brewer Bob Bowen. You’ll get a flight of beers and learn to smell, taste and identify the varieties of beer out there. After class, you’ll also get a buck off your first post-graduate beer. Tickets are $35 and, yes, you have to be 21 or older. Bowigens is also listed in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, local folks crafting delicious food and drinks from scratch in small batches with quality ingredients.
It’s not as alliterative, but how do we feel about Taco (and Cake) Tuesday? Sprinkle Me is a hands-on cake decorating studio owned by “Cake Wars” and “Food Network Challenge” competitor Jeromie Jones (pictured) – aka Kake King. This Tuesday, 6 – 9, p.m., Jones will teach baking students to design a 5-inch cake while also enjoying tacos and margaritas. All supplies are included in the $65 class and you go home with your own decorated cake. Classes are 18+ and you’ve got to be 21 to enjoy the margs. If the kids are interested, Jones does have a Kids Cake Camp coming up Saturday, July 16.
Flavors of Florida
Disney Springs has declared a mini food festival, now through August 15, called Flavors of Florida. That means more than 30 restaurants and shops have added limited-time items inspired by the sunshine state. At D-Luxe Burger, that means a lime garage burger topped with citrus-braised pork belly, lime avocado crema, pepper jack cheese and a fried green tomato. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar has jerk-spiced Florida gulf shrimp tacos with watermelon pico de gallo. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is bringing back its orange blossom cupcake. This vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free treat is vanilla cake and orange frosting topped with orange zest and a flower garnish.
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