Fun Food Events for Oct 29-Nov 4: Halloween and Taste of Space 2022


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Halloween, Taste of Space 2022, Greek Fest, and more.

Halloween is this week, but you might also start thinking now about Thanksgiving and the turkey. The USDA is predicting a turkey shortage for 2022. Supply looks to be down 2-3 percent while demand is steady. One possible solution is to find a local turkey. Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee is taking orders now for vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free turkeys as well as duck, goose, lamb, and ham. Lake Meadow Naturals is just one of many local businesses, parks, and cultural hotspots featured in Edible Orlando’s Healthy West Orange’s 2022 Health & Harvest Guide.

You come to each week because you know there’s always something delicious going on in Central Florida and you know Edible Orlando is on top of it. Writer John Graham has tracked down the five best bits of food fun in the week ahead, Saturday through Friday.

Before we get into the “Big Five” for the week, don’t forget about Fall on the Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando, Saturdays and Sundays through October. The family-friendly autumn celebration is at the resort’s Whisper Creek Farm. Activities include hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving with the resort’s award-winning culinary artist, fly fishing and falconry. Admission is $60 per person but goes down to $40 for overnight resort guests. Kids two and under are free.

Halloweekend, Last of Oktoberfest

Halloween Cocktails at Lake Nona Wave Hotel

The Lake Nona Wave Hotel is throwing a Halloween party for grown-ups on Saturday. Starting at 6 p.m. the Halloweekend Adult Treat Trail features four stations with spooky cocktails including Soul & Skull (peppercorn-infused scotch, lemon juice, agave, egg white and squid ink) and Smoking Cauldron (mezcal, blackberries, cinnamon, allspice, agave, lemon juice and club soda). Hors d’oeuvres include Zombie Ceviche (shrimp with beet aguachile, avocado, sweet potato and chili oil) and Spooky Rings (tempura squash with tomato jam and pumpkin seed furikake). The night wraps up at Hell’s Lounge (aka Haven Pool bar) with live entertainment. Tickets are $99 per person by emailing [email protected]

This week should be the last two Oktoberfest celebrations for 2022. On Saturday, Orange County Brewers (which, yes, is in Lake Mary and Seminole County) is throwing an Oktoberfest Block Party & Outdoor Market, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with beer releases, live music and food specials.

Flooding from Hurricane Ian postponed the big Oktoberfest blowout led by Hollerbach’s German restaurant in Sanford, but the rescheduled gemütlichkeit kicks off Friday and goes until Sunday, Nov. 6. The party is so big, they move it over to the Sanford Civic Center with live bands and dancers. Admission and parking are free, but you pay for food and beverages through a $5 “Festband” loaded with funds through your smartphone.

Taste of Space 2022, Greek Fest

Three familiar faces are rocketing into Kennedy Space Center on Friday, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., for the Taste of Space 2022 Celebrity Chef edition. Pictured from left to right up top: Chefs Rocco DiSpirito (“Tournament of Champions,” “Guy’s Grocery Games”), Duff Goldman (“Kids Baking Championship,” “Ace of Cakes”) and Marc Murphy (“Chopped,” “Guy’s Grocery Games”) will demo cooking techniques and share tastings inside KSC’s newest attraction, Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex. NASA astronauts Bruce Melnick, Scott Altman and Sandra Magnus will also mingle with guests. Tickets are $175 per person or $135 for KSC annual passholders.

Also on Friday, Greek Fest Orlando starts and continues until Sunday, Nov. 6 at Maitland’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando. You’ve got live music, dancing and church tours, but of course, we want to talk about all the authentic Greek cooking. Gyros, souvlaki, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), pastitsio, baklava, baklava cheesecake and more will all be available for purchase. You can even buy moussaka (eggplant, beef and bechamel casserole) to take home and bake yourself. Admission to Greek Fest Orlando is free, but parking in the church lot is $5.

The Local Butcher and Market in Winter Park is staying open late on Saturday, 7 – 10 p.m., for its fourth annual holiday sampling and discount presale. You taste some wines, some cheeses, some locally made bits and bobs. They’ll also be doing one-night-only discounts on holiday pre-orders and cases of wine. It’s $15 to get the deals and the noshes.

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