Not all weeks are created equal. Every seven days, this column breaks down five events, festivals, or just fun times that would appeal to Edible Orlando readers. This week, writer John Graham did his best, but the week is really loaded toward Saturday. Maybe just get out there and go nuts on Saturday and then you can ease up a bit. If Wednesday comes and you’re not sure what to do with yourself, crack open the latest print edition of Edible Orlando and teach yourself to make a big batch of Pumpkin Pie Dip.
As for this week, let’s start with why there’s a big photo of steak up there…
Bovines and Beer Festivals
The food and wine stroll known as Cows ‘n Cabs is back on Saturday in Winter Park, but don’t let the name mislead you. Yes, there’s steak (see above!) and red wine, but also seafood and beer and desserts and cross-cultural cuisine grazing from more than two dozen local restaurants. Founded by John Rivers (4R Restaurant Group) and Dave Larue (ABC Fine Wine & Spirits), Cows ‘n Cabs has raised more than a million dollars for charities supporting children in need. The open-air, country-western themed party starts at 7 p.m. in Winter Park’s Central Park West Meadow. Tickets are $140 for unlimited food samplings, wine, beer, spirits, and access to the cigar tent.
Saturday is also the Orlando Beer Festival with more than 40 breweries, local and national, pouring samples of more than 200 brews in Orlando Festival park. VIP tickets are already sold out, so admission now runs $50 or $60 depending on whether you want to get in at 1p.m. or 2 p.m. (Designated driver tickets are $35. You still get access to the festival’s food trucks, music, vendors, and entertainment.) You must be 21+, but dogs are allowed. As you might guess, the rarer and more expensive beers typically run dry first.
And in a move that’s either brave or foolhardy (or both), there’s another beer festival the same day, Saturday, in Mount Dora. Organized by coffee and beer bar Serendipity Brews, the first All the Hype Craft Beer Fest will feature 25 breweries and around 50 beers. The festival runs 1-4 p.m. in Elizabeth Evans Park. Admission is $55.
Lamb Pizza, Beach Pizza and Cottage Food
Lahmajoun is a sort of Armenian pizza, dough spread with minced meat, and it’s one of the dishes to try Saturday during the Armenian Food Festival at Orlando’s Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church. Combo platters are $15. Other items you might choose include kabobs, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), kufte (meatballs), sarma (wrapped grape leaves), cheese boreg (turnovers), and pastries.
Every day of the week but Sunday, you can tour Sugar Works Distillery in New Smyrna Beach. Tours are free, take around an hour, and you can see how Sugar Works makes whiskey, rum, and moonshine. Of course, you can also buy a bottle in the tasting room. Now, what do you do for lunch before or after the distillery tour? Check out the latest digital edition of Edible Orlando for six wonderful New Smyrna Beach pizzerias. Café Heavenly’s NSB Special is topped with wood-fired chicken, bacon, cheese, potato chips and ranch dressing.
Have you thought about starting your own small food business? Florida recently revised its “cottage food” laws, low-risk foods that can cover everything from candy to bread to cookies to fruit pie. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., University of Florida / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Osceola County will hold an in-person cottage food class in Kissimmee. The class fee is only $6.
Save those dates!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Grande Lakes Orlando has all kinds of festive fun in store for the holidays from now through the New Year! Check out the full lineup of offerings — from gingerbread houses (at right) to classic cocktails around the lake to fine dining — here.
Grab your boots and scoot on over to the Rosen Shingle Creek on Saturday, December 4 — The Cattle Baron’s Ball is back! This Western-themed fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is a sure-fired crowd pleaser with some of Orlando’s favorite food vendors, live entertainment and dancing plus live and silent auctions! Tickets start at $250.
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