Fun Food Ideas for Nov 6-12

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Can you feel it in the air? A change is coming. On Sunday morning, we “fall back” into Eastern Standard Time again. Friday and Saturday night, the sun still sets at a respectable 6:40 p.m. Sunday, it’ll start at 5:36 p.m. Are you the kind of folks who love grilling and patio dining in the dark – or will you miss that extra hour of summer setting sun?

Either way, get out there and enjoy all that Central Florida has for the Edible Orlando reader. John Graham has scoured Orlando for what’s good to eat, drink, and do in the week ahead. Here’s five “must do’s” for the week and make sure to check back next week for five more.

Green Eggs & Ale

The Central Florida Fall Egg Fest is Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at Wekiva Island in Longwood, but this is not a chicken egg party. This fest is dedicated to the ceramic smoker and kamado-style grill known as The Big Green Egg. A day of demos (like those shrimp skewers up top), cooking samples and speakers, Egg Fest is for both long-time “eggheads” and folks who are just thinking about making the investment. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. Proceeds benefit Keep Seminole Beautiful.

The Health & Harvest Festival is back in Winter Garden on Saturday, but if you have a copy of the Edible Orlandoprint edition, you already know that! (And if you don’t, stop by the festival and pick up a copy from our booth.) Hosted by Healthy West Orange from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Winter Garden Farmers Market, HHF is a morning of cooking classes — including one by our own Kendra Lott — fitness lessons, gardening tips, games and giveaways. Wheelworks will be running free bicycle safety checks and healthcare partners will have free screenings. The family-favorite hay maze will be back this year too.

Two words quite possibly never typed back-to-back: library beer. Wednesday at 5 p.m., Ivanhoe Brewing is releasing Captain Albertson Ale, a collaboration with the Orange County Library System. The beer is a tribute to Charles L. Albertson, a NYPD police captain and Orlando snowbird who donated his personal library of 12,000 books to the city in November 1921. Over the last 100 years, that donation grew into the 15 Orange County library buildings today. Proceeds from Captain Albertson Ale will benefit the OCLS. 

Best Bets for Vets

Veterans Day always falls on November 11, which this year, is Thursday. Several local restaurants are honoring vets with special deals. From November 8-11, Rodizio Grill, the Brazilian steakhouse at Pointe Orlando will give a free meal to any veteran with the purchase of a full adult dinner. Proof of service required.

American Social Bar & Kitchen on Sand Lake Road will be offering 50% off checks for veterans and their families from 11:30 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday morning.

Hard Rock Café Orlando at Universal Citywalk is offering a free Legendary® Steak Burger to veterans with valid ID on Thursday. That’s in addition to a 15% discount all day, every day, that applies to a vet’s whole table.

Orlando-based chain Red Lobster is offering dine-in guests nationwide a free appetizer or dessert on Thursday with valid military ID or proof of service.

Party..unpaused

Peruvian restaurant Papa Llama started in Orlando as a popular pop-up. Friday, it celebrates its first anniversary as a permanent location in Curry Ford West. They couldn’t have a grand opening during the pandemic, so this night is billed as a grand reopening. The party is by ticket only for tables of four or six. The family-style menu includes four courses, two bottles of natural wine, a live vinyl DJ set, Orlandough doughnuts, and a treat from up-and-coming Colombian pop-up, el Tinto.

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