Fun Food Events for Oct 15-21: More Oktoberfest, Weird Beers, Pride Brunch


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Oktoberfest, Pride Brunch and more.

You’ve got less than a month now to snap up tickets for the 2022 Edible Orlando Field to Feast Dinner featuring the Walt Disney World Chefs. This is Nov. 5, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., at Mount Dora’s Long & Scott Farms. Disney chefs cook outside for you, a mix of country charm and culinary excellence. Each dish pairs with wines chosen by 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 usually sell out, so get yours now!

Here at Edible Orlando, we throw a pretty good party but we also keep an eye on all the upcoming fun food events around Central Florida. Writer John Graham boils it down to the big five for the week ahead, Saturday to Friday.

Beer Festival, Oktoberfest

You know those “Chopped” challenges where contestants try to make something edible with pepper flakes and bananas? Saturday, you can try a bunch of weird beers brewed that way. The Central Florida Top Brewer Beer Festival is 1 – 5 p.m., at Casselberry’s Lake Concord Park. More than 30 brewers randomly drew one grain, one hop, and two odd ingredients. Some combos already handed out include juniper berries with sauerkraut and cucumber with cloves. Brewers must show up with a beer made from all four, but don’t worry. They can bring their regular beers too. Tickets are $50 which gets you a sample cup with unlimited beer sampling, a sticker, a program, and three votes for your favorite competition brews.

Here we go with Oktoberfest again. Crooked Can Brewery’s party continues in Winter Garden on Saturday (11 a.m. – 11 p.m.) and Sunday (12 – 6 p.m.) with live Bavarian music, house-brewed German beers, remixed Oktoberfest food inside Plant Street Market, and wiener dog races on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. In Sanford, Hollerbach’s big Oktoberfest bash has been pushed to Nov. 4-6 as the downtown area continues to recover from Hurricane Ian.

We’ve got two more Oktokoberfests running weekends through the month. Dezerland Orlando on International Drive is festing Friday – Sunday each week with both traditional German dishes and $7 Samuel Adams OktoberFest pints served from converted Volkswagen buses. Pay to enter Dezerland’s Orlando Auto Museum and you get a free pretzel. Krush Brau Park in Kissimmee is running their party Thursday – Sunday with a tented biergarten, live music, and special menu items such as German disco fries and a sauerbraten melt sandwich. Admission is $5 or free for veterans through the Krush Brau Park website.

Pride Brunch, Taste of Thornton Park

Also Saturday, the Orlando Pride Brunch & Bar Crawl is the official pre-game to the 2022 Come Out with Pride festival and parade in downtown Orlando. The morning starts 10 a.m. at Ember with unlimited brunch buffet and two mimosas. Crawlers then have access to five bars with a free shot and no cover. Tickets are $55 or $25 for the crawl only. Prices go up as Saturday gets closer. From each ticket, $2 is donated to Come Out with Pride.

Thursday night, A Taste of Thornton Park returns, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the party moves into the streets. Action centers around the Four Rivers Fountain at N. Hyer Ave. and E. Washington St., which was actually bought with money raised at earlier “Taste” events. Rain or shine, the night includes food and adult beverage tastings from local restaurants, bars and businesses. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. Proceeds fund the Thornton Park Neighborhood Association. No strollers or pets.

Now until the end of the month, Mia’s Italian Kitchen on I-Drive is offering a special $49 prix fixe menu with $10 from each dinner donated to World Central Kitchen’s relief work after Hurricane Ian. Just one possible combo in the three-course meal would be an appetizer of mussels alla birra (blue mussels with house-made Italian sausage, fennel, peppers, tomatoes, and Peroni lager), a main course of grain-fed veal chop with celery root polenta, and dark chocolate olive oil cake for dessert.

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