Is it actually starting to feel like autumn out there – or at least autumn in Florida? John Graham is our culinary meteorologist here at Edible Orlando, and his forecast is that the next seven days (Oct. 9-15) bring a chance of fiery gumbo, pumpkin carving, spicy bloody marys, rib-sticking risotto and more. Check back every week for the latest in Central Florida dining and drinking.
Gumbo and Gemütlichkeit
You know a cook-off means business when it’s called Gumbo Wars. On Saturday, Orlando’s Fish on Fire will host teams cooking up their own takes on the steamy, spicy Louisiana stew. A $10 ticket at the door gets you all the gumbo samples you can eat and a vote on which is the best. Teams start cooking around 10 a.m., but the eating and judging part goes from 2-5 p.m. Gumbo Wars is an annual fundraiser for youth angler groups in Central Florida.
Hollerbach’s in Sanford has moved Oktoberfest over to the Sanford Civic Center for Saturday and Sunday. (Friday too, if you’re reading this early!) The move lets the fest have both indoor and outdoor space, add a craft bier courtyard, and bring in more live music. We see bratwurst, currywurst, leberkäse, and pretzels on the menu. You pay for food and drink with “Hollerbucks,” which you buy on site – kinda like carnival tickets. Saturday hours are noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday is noon to 6 p.m.
Come Out with Pride
Come Out with Pride Orlando is one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in Florida and while the parade through Downtown Orlando on Saturday afternoon is the most visible part of the weekend, there are a few “foodie” elements too. The official pre-parade brunch is 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The Hammered Lamb, frequent winner of Best Bloody Mary. Also on Saturday, The Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream cart will be in Lake Eola Park with “pride pinwheel” cookies for your scoops. On Sunday, Come Out with Pride Brunch starts at noon as part of the Frontyard Festival outside the Dr. Phillips Center in Downtown Orlando. Winter Park’s The Glass Knife is the presenting sponsor of Come Out with Pride Orlando 2021.
Fall Fun and Edible Events Oct. 9-15
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, Grande Lakes Orlando is hosting Fall on the Farm, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a family-friendly autumn celebration at Whisper Creek Farm, 18,000 square feet right on Grande Lakes property. We immediately noticed the farmers market offering local jam and honey and Surplus, a citrus ale made with honey from Whisper Creek Farm bees. Other activities include hayrides, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, fly fishing and falconry. Admission is $60 per person if you’re not staying at Grande Lakes, but goes down to $40 if you are. Children two and under are free. Both JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes Orlando are offering discount family packages right now.
The Edible Education Experience brings back an updated version of the popular Chef Night on Wednesday. The first of the new “Chef Night (Around the Table)” will be led by Chef Fabrizio Schenardi from Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Chef Fabrizio plans a night of six small courses based in Italian cuisine. Just one example – an autumn risotto with porcini mushrooms, Taleggio cheese, truffle butter and prosciutto di Parma. OK, one more – Anitra e Agnello, a dish of both duck legs and rack of lamb with an anchovy/black garlic emulsion and apple-pistachio sauce. Chef Night is at Orlando’s Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 a person. Chefs donate their time and all money raised goes back into youth programing.
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