Fun Food Events for Oct 8-14: Still more Oktoberfest, Tase of College Park, Wagyu Dinner


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Oktoberfest, Taste of College Park and more.

Now that Hurricane Ian has passed, we’re happy to say more and more local food businesses are open again. Some popped back almost immediately. Others had to throw out food ruined by power loss, fix leaking roofs, or replace broken windows and signage.

Now is the time to get out and spend a little money at local restaurants. Even the ones with no damage lost a couple days of diners. Special events around Central Florida are also back. Each week, writer John Graham searches the local food scene for five fun events. That might be a restaurant opening, a local festival, a cooking class, or just a good deal. Here’s what up this week, Saturday to Friday.

Serving up Science, Oktoberfest

Maybe they can tell us why folks either love or hate candy corn! This Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m., at Orlando Science Center, you can check out a class called Serving up Science: Best Taste Scenario. With Halloween around the corner, OSC will explore the chemistry of taste and why our favorite candies are our favorites. The class is included with general admission and free to OSC members. Serving up Science: Best Taste Scenario continues Saturdays and Sundays until Halloween.

The week’s Oktoberfest celebrations start Saturday in downtown Avalon Park, 5 – 10 p.m., with a beer garden, live polka bands and dancers, car show, food trucks, and a 6 p.m. stein holding contest. Mount Dora is having its own (and its first) Oktoberfest on Friday in Sunset Park, 3 – 10 p.m. with German food, beer, live Alpine music, and a VIP Hollerbach’s bierhaus with German buffet and exclusive seating. General admission is $10. VIP is $100.

Two big Central Florida Oktoberfests kick off on Friday and continue Oct. 15 and 16. Crooked Can Brewing in Winter Garden expands out into the street with music, new and returning German beers brewed on site and German remix food items from Plant St. Market food stalls. Hollerbach’s in Sanford throws such a big Oktoberfest that they move it over to the Sanford Civic Center. This year, all Hollerbach’s food and drink at the fest must be bought with a $5 “Festband’ and loaded with funds through your smartphone. We’ll give these two Oktoberfest biggies more space next week.

Taste of College Park, Milky Way Bar + Bites Crawl, Wagyu Dinner

Known as “College Park’s Best Night Out,” the Taste of College Park food and wine festival is Thursday, 6- 9 p.m., in the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom and Patio. Organized by Rotary Club of College Park, more than a dozen local restaurants and distributors provide the night’s food, beer and wine. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from the night and online auction benefit multiple charities including Ronald McDonald House, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Christian Service Center for Central Florida, One Heart for Women and Children, The Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club’s Student of the Month program, and ShelterBox.

As part of Come Out with Pride 2022, the Milk District is back Friday, 6 -10 p.m., with a Pride edition of The Milky Way Bar + Bites Crawl. For a $10 advance ticket (or $15 day of), you hit a bunch of Milk District hot spots and each has an exclusive discount or special for the night. Some participating include The Nook on Robinson, Sideward Brewing, MX Taco, Bad As’s Sandwich, Southern Craft, District Drive, and Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria. As part of the crawl, The Milk District is making a donation to Come Out with Pride and encouraging attendees donate to Contigo Fund, supporting LGBTQ+ Latinx, immigrant, and people-of-color communities in Central Florida.

Palm Beach Meats is coming to Orlando Friday and next Saturday with two eight-course Japanese wagyu beef tasting dinners at 7 p.m. Chefs Emerson Frisbie (Clandestine Culinary, pictured up top on the right) and Glenn Jones (The Pinery, pictured up top on the left) are taking over Edible Education Experience for a chance to try some of the rarest cuts and brands of the deeply marbled meat, including coveted Matsusaka beef. Tickets are $300 per person with wine and sake pairings for an additional $65. Non-alcoholic drink pairings are $35.

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