Fun Food Ideas for Oct. 23-29


Edible Orlando is rooted in the notion that saving room in our busy lives and tight budgets to eat a little more local food has great benefits (find some great local food resources HERE courtesy of Healthy West Orange!).

This website is one way we recognize and celebrate the food artisans, growers, restaurants and chefs of Central Florida. There’s also Edible Orlando magazine and a weekly e-mail update with the latest events in the week ahead. If you’re not checking out all three, you’re missing something. Here’s an example: If you pick up the Fall Issue, you’ll read about Hanalei Shave Ice and how Brandy Lynn Ford brought a traditional treat from Hawaii to find success here in Orlando.

That’s just part of the story though. Because the Edible Orlando e-mail is weekly, subscribers also learned that the Hanalei Shave Ice trailer has found a home, Wednesday-Sunday, at The House on Lang in the Mills50 neighborhood. This weekend, Hanalei is debuting new fall flavors including maple bourbon pancake, sapote (soapapple) sweet potato pie, vegan oatmeal cookie, and yes, pumpkin spice!

Congrats if the e-mail brought you to this article, but odds are good someone reading this doesn’t subscribe to the Edible Orlando newsletter. Well, get on it and sign up HERE so you don’t miss out on the weekly updates! Now, onto five fun food events coming up in Orlando, Saturday to Friday.

Vegan Vittles

The Central Florida Veg Fest is back at Orlando’s Festival Park on Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. That makes this the festival’s 16th year, one of the biggest and oldest in the world. Veg Fest is backed by Vegetarians of Central Florida and designed for both the experienced vegetarian/vegan and the curious. Admission is free for the family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free and smoke-free event. Around 40 food vendors will be selling everything from Korean tacos to mofongo to cauliflower “wings” – all vegan. Veg Fest also features speakers, food demos, yoga classes, live music and a kids zone.

Street Weens and More Oktoberfest

This next event is a hard turn in the opposite direction… Saturday at 3 p.m. is also the first annual (probably) Franco’s Battle Royale hot dog eating contest at GB’s Bottle Shop in Ivanhoe Village. The competition “street weens” will be prepared by Cholo Dogs (pic above) and the whole thing lasts just seven minutes. If you want to sign-up, you must be over 18 and have both $25 and an emergency contact. Winner gets a trophy and a free Cholo Dog a day for a year. All the rules and advance registration are available on the Cholo Dogs event page.

We’re into Week 6 now of Orlando restaurants and bars celebrating Oktoberfest. Both this Saturday, Oct. 23, and the next, Oct. 30, the German American Society of Central Florida in Casselberry will spread the gemütlichkeit with plenty of music and beer, noon – 10 p.m. This fest deserves extra attention because of the authentic German food prepared by club members. That’s sauerbraten, schnitzel, brats, potato pancakes, goulash, German potato salad and more. The society has a big biergarten out back, styled like the ones in Munich. Admission is $5 or free for kids under 12. Parking is extra.

One more Oktoberfest this week. On Friday, Oct 29 (6 – 10 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 30 (noon-midnight), SoDo’s RockPit Brewing is releasing several German-style beers for RockPitOberfest. Planned brews include Kumpel (“Buddy”) Märzen, “Darth Malt Legs” schwarzbier  “Olde 1842” lager, and Wittelsbach Weizen. RockPit is roping off its front parking for more outdoor seating and will be serving up smoked brats from nearby Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q. A live rock band plays Friday and a live German band on Saturday. Also promised – “contests of strength!”

Monsters and Swans and Dolphins, oh MY!

Thursday, you can enjoy a night out and help local restaurants recover from COVID-19. The second annual Monster Mash Masquerade will set up in the courtyard of the Dr. Phillips House at Lake Lucerne, 6-10 p.m. In all, that’s about 30 restaurants, wine, beer, and liquor stations – in addition to a cigar and whiskey experience on the rooftop patio and a wine cellar tasting. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $100 and net proceeds go to participating restaurants. Monster Mash Masquerade is presented by The Restaurant & Allied Partnership of Central Florida (RAPCF) for Restaurant Recovery.

And to close out seven days, Friday marks the return of The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Together, the Swan and Dolphin resort restaurants will offer 20+ outdoor food stations and 100+ beverage options. That’s everything from Todd English’s bluezoo to Smokin D’s BBQ. Multiple live bands will also be playing across the property. The Classic is actually both Oct 29 and 30, but some food locations change it up, so now you’re thinking about attending twice? Room and event packages are sold out, but event tickets are still available for $165. Parking not included.

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