Fun Food Events for Nov 9-11: Food & Wine Classic and More

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Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including deals for Veterans Day deals, Food & Wine Classic, and more.

You’ve still got time to snag tickets for Saturday’s 2022 Edible Orlando Field to Feast Dinner featuring the Walt Disney World chefs. That’s the chefs and crew from the last event up at the top of the page. Imagine that much culinary talent cooking for you in the middle of a Central Florida farm! That’s the party on Saturday, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., at Mount Dora’s Long & Scott Farms. You get a bunch of tasty little plates and wines from Master Sommelier George Miliotes (Wine Bar George at Disney Springs). Proceeds from Field to Feast go to the Kids Café Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Tickets are $195 per person (ages 21 and older) and going fast.

Are you ready for the week ahead? The whole point of this weekly column is to spread the word on what’s coming up for Central Florida food lovers. Edible Orlando writer John Graham picks five fabulous bits of food fun you shouldn’t miss, Saturday to the next Friday. Here we go!

Beer Festival, Fiesta in the Park

A new beer festival begins Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m., with Mash of the Titans at Lake Nona’s Boxi Park. Breweries participating include Lake Nona’s own Park Brewing as well as Brewlando, Deadwords Brewing, Gatlin Hall Brewing, Oviedo Brewing Company, Home State Brewing Co. and local farm St. Johns Hops. Beer lovers 21 and older will have unlimited samplings of dozens of craft beers as well as entertainment, games and food specials. General admission passes are $30. VIP passes are $50 and include early access at noon, swag bag, and a 22-ounce bomber bottle of limited-edition, barrel-aged Diamond Dog Scotch Ale. Mash of the Titans will be on the sand volleyball court at Boxi Beach, so flip flops are encouraged.

Fiesta in the Park is back at Lake Eola on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. Hundreds of artists and crafters take over the streets around Lake Eola Park, but let’s talk about the food trucks and vendors. Trucks will be dishing out German food, gourmet pretzels, Asian tacos, Brazilian barbecue, shave ice, Chicago hot dogs and more. Vendors will have even more including Cuban, Thai, Indian, Puerto Rican and Greek food. We also hear artists will have beef jerky, pickles, candied jalapenos and more stuff. Yes, you can bring your dog.

Chef Fabio

VINIA Wine & Kitchen, Veterans Day Deals, Food & Wine Classic

Winter Park’s VINIA Wine & Kitchen is celebrating its fourth anniversary by reviving the multi-course wine pairing dinner called Fabio’s Table. Each month gets its own theme, and Friday kicks off November’s “Europe Meets Asia” dinner. Each course will also be paired with European wines and Japanese sake. A plant-based menu is also available. Throughout the meal, VINIA owner Fabio Perricelli comes to each table, sharing tasting notes and anecdotes. The five-course dinner is $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) or $85 if you skip the wine and sake. The “Europe Meets Asia” dinner is also available Saturday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 26 with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Veterans Day is Friday and a lot of restaurants are offering meal deals to vets, active-duty service members and reservists with military ID or proof of military service. Exact requirements may vary restaurant to restaurant, so it’s best to call ahead. Orlando-based Red Lobster is offering vets six free fried shrimp, fries and coleslaw for dine-in and to go orders placed in the restaurant, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Also based in Orlando, Olive Garden has a special Veterans Day menu with five options for one free dine-in entrée including the never-ending soup, salad and breadsticks or chicken parmigiana. Tijuana Flats is offering half-price entrees for in-store and takeout, one per check per person. Toojay’s Deli, which is now owned out of Orlando as well, is offering a 25% off discount to all vets for their meal on Friday, dine-in only. There’s a great list of national brands with Veterans Day specials at military.com.

One of Orlando’s biggest outdoor food events is back Friday and next Saturday, Nov. 12 – The Food & Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts. From 5:30 – 9 p.m. both nights, chefs from 16 resort restaurants will serve up tempting tastes including a preview from Rosa Mexicano, opening in 2023. You’ll also sample wines and other adult beverages at more than 100 drink stations and enjoy live music from multiple bands. Interactive food and beverage seminars, including pasta making and craft cocktails, start at $75. Single-day, event-only tickets are $165 and you must be 21 or older. Food & Wine Classic attendees can also get a discount on a room reservation by calling 888-828-8850.

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