Fun Food Events for Nov 19-25: Thanksgiving Week in Orlando


It’s Thanksgiving week in Orlando! Here are some quick tips for fun food events around the city, including Thanksgiving dining, pig roasts, Armenian Food Festival, and more.

We like to mix it up just a little for Thanksgiving dinner … which is Thursday, by the way. We love the turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie, but maybe we throw some bacon in the stuffing or add a ripe banana to the pie filling. The latest print edition of Edible Orlando has a fun seasonal appetizer you could pass around early on Turkey Day – a candied pecan and feta crostini with raspberries from Winter Garden’s Market to Table. Just don’t let the family fill up on them!

Are you ready for the week ahead? Thanksgiving is a big part of it, but that’s not all that’s going on for Central Florida food lovers. Each week, Edible Orlando writer John Graham picks five newsy foodie items you shouldn’t miss, Saturday to the next Friday. We’re just thankful to live in such a fabulous food community.

Jingle Eve, Two Pig Roasts

We’ll get to Thanksgiving in a minute, but Saturday, Ivanhoe Village kicks off the 2022 holiday season with the annual Jingle Eve. Along Orange Ave., Virginia Dr., and in Gaston Edwards Park, you’ll find beer gardens, food trucks, live music, vendors, and specials from Ivanhoe Village restaurants, bars and retailers. The big moment of the night is fireworks over Lake Ivanhoe. Admission to Jingle Eve is free, although for $50, you can buy into a “12 Wines of Christmas” wine walk at 20 locations. One of Jingle Eve’s hot spots will be the Holly Jolly Parking Lot Party at Gnarly Barley with Red Panda Noodle, Black Magic Pizza, Cholo Dogs and more.

How’s this for a coincidence? Two Central Florida bars are planning Hawaiian-style pig roasts on Saturday. Over at 808 Island Pub in Thornton Park, the luau and pig roast start at 11 a.m. with a show by Uso’s Polynesian Entertainment at noon. Admission is $10 and reservations would be so ono (a good idea). Plan your day right and you could then head to Tuffy’s Music Box in Sanford for the $55 pig roast and luau that goes 4:30 – 8 p.m. That luau includes hula dancers and fire breathing along with a welcome drink, dinner, a seat at the luau tables, and a photo opportunity with performers.

Armenian Food Fest, Miracle on Orange, Thanksgiving Dining

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church in Orlando is having the 10th annual Armenian Food Festival on Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. You can get a kabob plate or lahmajoun (meat pie) plate with pilaf, salad and pita – or if you’re the à la carte type, there will be hummus, cheese boreg (turnovers), tabouleh (parsley/tomato salad), sarma (stuffed grape leaves) and more. For dessert, options include bakhlava, choreg (Easter bread) and anthill cake (a mounded treat made with cake crumbs and what is essentially dulce de leche).

The Courtesy cocktail bar is just settling into its new Winter Park location and on Tuesday, here comes its annual transformation into the Christmas-themed Miracle on Orange. (Thank Santa Claus that both the new and old location are along Orange Ave.!) Bars around America take on this holiday theme each year and share the same cocktails and fun barware. A couple new holiday cocktails for 2022 are the Christmas Cricket (blanco tequila, vanilla liqueur, minty amaro, coco pandan, cream, mole bitters, dark chocolate) and the Grandma Got Run Over By a T-Rex (vodka, orange liqueur, gentian aperitif, aloe vera, spiced pomegranate/grapefruit mix, lime, aromatic bitters).

We told you we’d get back to Thanksgiving! If you’re thinking you’d rather go out to eat on Thursday, or at least let someone else do the cooking, Edible Orlando has put together a big list of buffets, à la carte, and to-go. We’re talking dozens of local places to get your turkey and stuffing fix – or prime rib or crab cakes or a plate of veggie sides. With so many options out there, you should be able to find something that works for you.

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