Fun Food Ideas for Oct. 16-22

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We’ll eventually get to whose pizza is there at the top of the page, but let’s just start out with the truism that pizza is pretty versatile. You can top it with herbs from your own yard or eat it with one hand, holding a local beer in the other while watching a wiener dog race. You could even attend a live reality show where contestants have to whip up a pizza from the Mystery Box. All those things might just happen this week, you never know. John Graham has five fun food news items for the week of Oct. 16-22 in Central Florida. Check back here at Edible Orlando every week for the latest.

Oct. 16-22 Flowers and Fundraisers

Start your Saturday by celebrating Florida’s native plants – and maybe eating a few. Backyard Biodiversity Day at Mead Botanical Garden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will be filled withspeakers, workshops, vendors and a huge native plant sale. At 9:30 a.m., Stacey Matrazzo from the Florida Wildflower Foundation will lead a hike and ID plants you can eat in Mead Garden. At 11 a.m., Byron White from Yaupon Brothers Tea will cover yaupon holly use in food, medicine and sacrament. Backyard Diversity Day is hosted by the Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and admission is free.

Saturday afternoon, 1-4 p.m., Ten10 Brewing is saluting the volunteers and staff of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida by feeding them – and you can join them for a $15 (or more) donation. Food is donated by Ten10, Francesco’s Ristorante, The Monroe, and Ziggie’s Pizza. (That’s “The Gabagool” at the top of the page.) The party will be in Ten10’s lot around back and a $15 donation gets you a punch card to try all the bites.  Shine & The Shakers will be playing live. One $15 donation can help Second Harvest provide 60 meals.

Oktoberfest season is over in Germany, but we Americans like to keep the party going. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Winter Garden’s Crooked Can Brewing is moving out into the street for three days of live polka music, food, and a biergarten. Sunday will be the wiener dog races to benefit Our Cause 4 Paws Rescue!

Parties and Performances

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company (at right) celebrates its seventh anniversary on Saturday and one year in its Lake Eola location. (Remember, it was a Panera Bread?) Sure, there will be raffles and giveaways and vendors and live music, but how about a beer release every hour between 1-8 p.m.? In order, that would be Tart Cherry Sour, Lime Shandy, Mango Hiker (hazy) NEIPA, Black Currant Sour, a 27-month-aged Drunken Monk, Creamsicle Blood Orange Wheat, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout and Marshmallow Pumpkin Ale.

Tickets are still available for Orlando’s “MasterChef Live!” tour stop, Monday, 7 p.m., at Hard Rock Live Orlando.  The family-friendly show features cooking demonstrations and challenges featuring past “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” contestants. Tickets start as low as $28.50, but VIP packages are also available. It’s not a Halloween Horror Nights evening, so self-parking at Universal Orlando should be free after 6pm.

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