Fun Food Events for Oct 22-28: Veg Fest and Monster Mash


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Veg Fest, Monster Mash and more.

Have you bought your ticket yet for the 2022 Edible Orlando Field to Feast Dinner featuring the Walt Disney World chefs? Let’s tempt you with a few of the dishes they’ll be whipping up Nov. 5, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., at Mount Dora’s Long & Scott Farms. How about Merguez sausage-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon with a spicy harissa vinaigrette? Then, there’s grilled Florida fish with creamy grits and huitlacoche (corn smut) as well as black truffle and potato raviolo (a big ravioli) with sage butter. Each dish at Field to Feast will also have a plant-based option.

Wines for each course are chosen by Master Sommelier George Miliotes (Wine Bar George at Disney Springs). In fact, there’s the bottles from just one course of last year’s meal up at the top. 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 don’t wait until the last minute.

Field to Feast is Nov. 5, but there’s also a lot of food fun ahead this week, Here at Edible Orlando, we also keep an eye on all the good stuff and writer John Graham have picked the big five for the week ahead, Saturday to Friday.

Veg Fest, Backyard Biodiversity, Monster Mash

The 17th annual Central Florida Veg Fest hits Orlando Festival Park on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., a day of food and activities for vegans, vegetarians, and the veggie curious. Presented by Vegetarians of Central Florida, more than two dozen food vendors will dish out vegan burritos, empanadas, loaded tots, pad thai, ribs, chili, desserts and more. Veg Fest also includes speakers, vendors, demonstrations, live entertainment and pet adoptions. Admission is free, although parking on the west side of Festival Park is $5 per vehicle. Veg Fest is dog-friendly, alcohol free, and smoke free.

Florida mulberries

Florida’s native plants are diverse and, often, tasty! Saturday is also Backyard Biodiversity Day at Mead Botanical Garden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The big attraction is the huge sale of native plants and wildflower seeds, but there will also be speakers, workshops, vendors and food trucks. At 9:30 a.m., Stacey Matrazzo from Florida Wildflower Foundation will lead a hike about the “weeds” in our yards that can be edible. At 1:30 p.m., Maggie O’Halloran from the School of Holistic Living will take folks on a walk to learn about medicinal plants here in Central Florida. Admission to Backyard Biodiversity Day is free, but parking is limited.

Get a jump scare on Halloween at Monster Mash this Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m.,  at Bites & Bubbles in the Mills 50 neighborhood. A $100 ticket gets you access to food, wine, beer and liquor stations from local restaurants including B&B, Maxine’s on Shine, MX Taco, and Tornatore’s. You also get a dessert and whiskey experience on the rooftop patio and a premium wine tasting on the lanai. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Monster Mash is a fundraiser for Restaurant & Allied Partnership of Central Florida, a non-profit created during the COVID pandemic to support, promote and protect the restaurant industry in Central Florida.

Diversitastic! Dinner, Epicurious Progressive Dinner Tour

FusionFest is back with another Diversitastic! dinner night, celebrating food, music and culture from around the world. Friday, the party is at Nikki’s Place in Parramore for southern soul food. They must expect this one to be a biggie because Nikki’s is doing two seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The menu includes fried green tomatoes, both smothered pork chops and rib tips, mac and cheese, barbecued chicken feet, candied yams, collard greens, and rutabagas and cabbage. Live entertainment is also included. Tickets are $49.95.

Here’s a chance to enjoy seven hotspots for cuisine or cocktails, all in one night. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12, Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek are teaming up for Epicurious: Progressive Dinner Tour. We don’t have room for everything you’ll sample in this culinary expedition through the resort complex, but definitely check out the charred octopus, the herb crusted venison and beef tournedos, and the mezcal negroni. The night is $245 per person plus tax and gratuity. You can reserve your spot by emailing or calling 407-597-3771. If you’d like to take the elevator home, guest rooms are available at the special rate of $295 plus taxes.

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