Fun Food Events for Nov 12-18: Health & Harvest, Flavor Fest, Taste of…

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Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Health & Harvest Festival, “Taste of” events and more.

Edible Orlando magazine has been publishing for 11 years now and while we have a big stack by the couch, we don’t expect you’re the same kind of completist. The latest print issue takes a look back through some of the great recipes we’ve published, the ones we keep going back to in our own kitchens. Example? That fantastic icebox cake with the photo at the top of the page!

Each week, Edible Orlando writer John Graham finds the five best bits of food fun in the week ahead, Saturday to Friday. Dig in!

Health & Harvest Festival, Cooking Demos

EO’s own Kendra Lott

There’s a lot going on in Winter Garden on Saturday — the annual Health & Harvest Festival at the Winter Garden Farmers Market is from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and you can enjoy free games, fitness activities, giveaways, cooking and gardening fun, and more! Edible Orlando Publisher Kendra Lott will do a cooking demo at noon featuring sweet corn from Long & Scott Farms. Flavor Fest runs from 5 – 9 p.m. in the Horizon West neighborhood, and 25 area restaurants will be selling small plates. That’s everything from pot roast and pizza to alligator tail and lobster mac and cheese. Beer and wine too. Admission is $10 for age 13 and older; kids 3-12 are free, but still need a ticket available online.

Because there’s no such thing as too much stage time, our own Kendra Lott will be at the Orlando Sentinel Prime Expo on Sunday. Starting at 12:30 p.m., Kendra will be on the exhibit floor with the Sentinel’s Multimedia Food Reporter Amy Drew Thompson. Together they’ll demonstrate and pass out easy holiday hors d’oeuvres using recipes from the current issue. The Orlando Sentinel Primo Expo is at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland and designed for active mature adults to find out about new ideas, services, and products. Admission is free if you register at the expo’s website.

Hot Dog Contest, Taste of …

Cholo Dogs has all the competitors it can handle for Saturday’s Battle Royale hot dog eating contest at Gnarly Barley, but you can still come out and watch. The family-friendly party starts at 3 p.m. with a vendor market and live music and, of course, food and drink for sale. At 6 p.m., the wiener gluttons face off and shovel in sausages for seven minutes. The winner gets a t-shirt, a trophy and a free hot dog a day for a year. If there’s a tie, the winner will be decided by beer chug.

It’s “Taste of ….” Season in Orlando and Sunday, it’s A Taste of Dr. Phillips, 1 – 4 p.m. at Dellagio. With all the choices along Restaurant Row and Sand Lake Rd., this should be a good one. The $75 admission includes food from more than 25 neighborhood restaurants as well as wine, beer, and live music. A Taste of Dr. Phillips is organized by Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips which donates to more than 20 local charities.

See, what did we say about it being the season for Central Florida towns to have their own culinary festivals? Monday night, 6 – 9 p.m., it’s the Casselberry Food & Wine Festival in Lake Concord Park. A $35 ticket covers samples from a dozen or so local restaurants plus beer and wine samples and DJ Johnny Velvet. Kids 11-17 are $10. Proceeds from the Casselberry Food & Wine Festival go to the Chamber of Commerce Promote Prosperity Scholarship for local high school students.

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