Fun Food Events for June 11-17


You try to eat “right” and read all the labels, but it’s not always easy. “All natural” doesn’t mean as much as you might think. Check out the latest print edition of Edible Orlando for some advice on how much we can really trust food labels and the certifications that actually mean something when you see them on your tomatoes or T-bones.

Each week, Edible Orlando writer John Graham picks five fun food “best bets” around Orlando for the next seven days, Saturday through Friday. Get out there and enjoy what Central Florida has to offer.

While we wait for the new Filipino restaurant Kaya to open (soon) in the Mills 50 neighborhood, Kaya and friends are celebrating Philippine Independence Day, Saturday and Sunday, 4-8 p.m., in the East End Market courtyard. Food vendors will change up a bit, but both days will include Sampaguita Ice Cream, The Wooden Fork & Spoon baked goods, Cowamel dulce de leche, and NamNam Foods with their Heaven in a Box date bars.  Both days will also have live music, merchants, and kids activities. Admission is free. Organizers are asking overflow parking to not street park in the neighborhood but use Corrine Drive and the parking lot over at Audubon Park Elementary.

Are wine and cupcakes a good Thursday – or the best Thursday? “Cupcake Wars” champ Jillian Hopke is leading a wine and cupcake tasting, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., inside Dolce across from Lake Eola. You get four mini-cupcakes and four wine tastings. There’s no mention of dunking, but the class promises to bring out both the full flavor of the wines and the cupcakes. Tickets are $35. Jillian’s own bakery, Jillycakes, is part of the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, local folks making delicious food and drinks from scratch in small batches and using quality ingredients.

You don’t usually look to the library for dessert, but on Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Pattie Lou’s Donuts will be making and giving out free doughnuts with custom toppings at the downtown Orlando Public Library. Maple dip, bacon and sea salt is popular at Pattie Lou’s. So is strawberry dip and Fruity Pebbles (pictured). The Orange County Library System does lots of cooking classes online, but because Pattie Lou’s is just a block from the main downtown library, they’re coming over in person to teach about making doughnuts, how the company began, and how to custom dip. When a free doughnut is on the line, you want to register in advance and secure your spot.

Iron Cow reopened last month in Orlando’s Milk District after working out parking and alcohol permit issues with the city. On Friday at 7 p.m., Iron Cow will host Sushi & Succulents – a night to wolf down some spicy tuna rolls while making a cactus arrangement for your kitchen or bedroom. Tickets are $55 and you get all the materials and plants you need. (Sushi is not part of the ticket price, but you can order off the regular Iron Cow sushi menu.) Pamela from Bomb Blooms is teaching the class.

Juneteenth (June 19) is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrating the end of slavery in America. This year, Juneteenth is a Sunday, so many celebrations are starting earlier in the weekend. Dozens of Orlando-area Black-owned restaurants (and other businesses) are joining in a Juneteenth scavenger hunt on Friday and Saturday called Black Friday Orlando. Teams of up to four register in advance for free. On Friday, teams get rules and participating locations. Teams spend 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday scanning QR codes and completing challenges. The winner is announced Saturday night at a vendor fair on Wall Street.

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