March's Foodie Festivities

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Foodies take note: March is heating up with a bevy of food-focused festivities. Here are a few to consider:

TEDxManhattan Viewing Party: Changing the Way We Eat
Hear from some of the world’s thought leaders on changing the way we eat. Feel free to bring a dish for an afternoon potluck as well.
Saturday, March 1, 10:30am – 6:30pm
East End Market
Free

Appetite for the Arches
Top Chefs from local Orlando restaurants, including chefs Kathleen Blake, Kevin Fonzo, James and Julie Petrakis, will create an assortment of culinary delights using McDonald’s ingredients all in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.
Saturday, March 1, 7-10pm
Marriott Orlando World Center
$250

8th Annual Blues B-Q Blues
Lots of gourmet eats plus live music in downtown Orlando at Garland and Central.
Saturday, March 1, 4-10pm
Downtown Orlando
Free

Books and Cooks
Some of Orlando’s most celebrated chefs will be on hand for culinary panels and book signings at this year’s event.
Thursday, March 6, 6 to 9pm
The Alfond Inn and the Winter Park Public Library
General admission tickets, which are $25 each

The Great Orlando Mixer
Attendees in 1920s costumes will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, bartender showdown, and craft cocktails from the city’s top bars and bartenders during what’s been dubbed Orlando’s largest cocktail party.
Saturday, March 8, 8pm – midnight
Cheyenne Saloon, Church Street Station
$30 all inclusive ticket

The Downtown Brew
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with over 40 different types of unlimited craft beer samples.
Saturday, March 15, 4-8pm
Downtown Orlando
$23

Hannibal Square Wine Tasting
More than 40 varieties of wine and beer samples, plus hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment, make this starlit street party a must-attend affair.
Thursday, March 20, 5-7:30pm
Hannibal Square Heritage Center
$25-$30

Guest Chef Night at Second Harvest Food Bank
Chef Jamie McFadden (Cuisiniers) and Chef Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant) will treat attendees to a multi-course prix-fixe menu at this monthly fundraiser.
Thursday, March 20, 6:30-9 pm
Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center at Second Harvest Food Bank
$100

3rd Annual Sanford Pints N’ Paws
A craft beer festival in support of Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue By Judy
Saturday, March 22, 2-7pm
$20-$40

Participation Dinner Affair
Artists transform tables into art installations and guests will dine with that selected artist.
Saturday, March 29
Art & History Museums – Maitland
$100-$130

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