“A party without cake is just a meeting.” Maybe Julia Child actually said that and maybe she didn’t (turns out she didn’t), but we love the sentiment. We make such a big deal out of a wedding cake because it symbolizes good fortune and prosperity. It’s also a chance for a couple to share a little of themselves. The venue they pick does that too. From a blueberry field to the beach to the shadow of a space shuttle, Central Florida has so many memorable places to get married. Check out 13 places to tie the knot along the coast in the Spring edition of Edible Orlando magazine.
If you don’t have a wedding to attend in the next seven days, here comes a little advice to keep you busy. Writer John Graham combs through the fun food events ahead for the week in and around Orlando. Here’s your big five.
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is back on Saturday after two cancelled years because of COVID-19. Led by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the nationwide food drive lets you leave non-perishable food next to your mailbox before mail delivery on Saturday. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is America’s largest one-day food drive and has collected about 1.82 billion pounds of food in the last 30 years. The drive is held in May because food banks are often running low on donations from the winter holidays and heading into summer when most school meal programs are on hold.
Viva La Musica and National Chocolate Chip Day
SeaWorld Orlando’s annual celebration of Latin music and food, Viva La Música, is back the next two Saturdays and Sundays – May 14, 15, 21 and 22. Food items for sale are inspired by the cuisines of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. A few items that caught our eye are the ropa vieja arepas, pork belly with sofrito aioli, papa bravas, and dulce de leche empanadas. In all, it’s 20 dishes and 30 “adult” beverages to try. Grupo Mania perform in concert on Saturday at Nautilus Theater and El Gran Combo on Sunday. Viva la Música is included with park admission although reserved concert seating is available for $9.99.
Sunday is National Chocolate Chip Day — not to be confused with National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, which is in August. All this chocolate chip talk got us thinking about the May special at Gideon’s Bakehouse, the peanut butter chocolate swirl cookie. The (almost) 1/2 pound cookie is swirled peanut butter dough and chocolate dough, topped with both chocolate and peanut butter chips along with house-made candied peanuts. You can take your chances they won’t be sold out at the Disney Springs location or pre-order online only at the East End Market shop. Gideon’s is also in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide, local folks making outstanding food and drinks from scratch in small batches with quality ingredients.
Sanford Wine Walk
The previous Sanford Wine Walk sold out, so if you’re interested in the one on Friday night, you might want to buy a ticket now. The night is a benefit Theater West End. When you check in at the theater, you get a wine glass and guide to tasting stations at shops around downtown Sanford. Each tasting station has a sponsored winery with unlimited tastes. Ticket prices for the Sanford Wine Walk vary depending on when you’d like to start tasting. A 6 p.m., check-in is $30. At 6:30 p.m., it’s $25 and at 7 p.m., just $20. The night wraps up at 9 p.m.
The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival continues at Walt Disney World through July 4, but we wanted to tell you about a few limited-time menu items that go away after this week. The EPCOT Farmers Feast outdoor kitchen (near Test Track) is rotating from its Spring menu to Summer on May 21, so you’ve just got a few days left to try the grilled vegetable bruschetta with marinated vegetables and goat cheese (pictured). Also rotating out will be herb-crusted Spring lamb and strawberry rhubarb upside-down cake. Starting May 22, new items include a barbecue seared pork tenderloin with summer succotash and a feta cheesecake with watermelon. In-park dining requires a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date for each person in your group, age 3 and up.
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