Fun Food Events for Sept 17-23: Farm Finder, Oktoberfest and More


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Florida Farm Finder, Oktoberfest and more.

If you can’t get away for a full-on vacation, a day trip to the family-owned restaurants and markets of the coast will lighten your mood and fill your stomach. Check out the current Edible Orlando print edition for a tasty tour through Port Canaveral, Viera, Cocoa Village, Melbourne and beyond. If you already live out that way, congrats on your good taste!

You turn to each week for the top five fun food events ahead, Saturday to Friday. Edible Orlando writer John Graham is always on the hunt for the best stuff out there, so here we go.

Florida Farm Finder, Oktoberfest, Speed Eating

Long & Scott Farms starts selling this year’s Zellwood sweet corn crop on Sept. 27, but until then, this coming Saturday and Sunday are all about meat. Both days, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., L&S is hosting Florida Farm Finder for Meet Florida Meat. Florida farms and vendors will be selling beef, pork, lamb, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy as well as produce and baked goods. Organizers suggest comfortable shoes, small bills, and wagons and coolers to get your haul back to the car. Other farm fun includes a tree maze, castle playground, super slide, tot lot and $5 farm tours. Admission to Meet Florida Meat is free, but parking is $5.

More Oktoberfests are popping up as the original begins in Munich on Saturday. SoDo’s The Aardvark will do a family- and pet-friendly Varktoberfest on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. The admission-free parking lot party featuring both Munich’s Hacker-Pschorr brewery and Florida crews such as Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. and Ravenous Pig Brewing. Just a few blocks away, Sideward Brewing’s Sidetoberfest runs noon to midnight on Saturday with a German food menu and the double can drop of Sausage Fingers (marzen-style lager) and Fresh Hop Boots (IPA with fresh Mosaic hops). Redlight Redlight opens at 2 p.m. on Saturday with locally made bratwurst, weisswurst, pretzels and a 5:30 p.m. liter hoisting contest. Oviedo also has an Oktoberfest, starting Thursday and running three days with biergarten, dancing, food, and live German bands. Admission is free, but beer cards are available in advance to save you line time.

The International Food and Drink Festival is back Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., at Festival Park near downtown Orlando. On top of food trucks and local restaurants dishing up menus from around the world, the festival stages multiple speed-eating contests – hamburgers, spicy wings, pie, and this year, the Pepito sandwich from Point Grill food truck. That’s the Pepito at the top of the page. If you want to join in the speed-eating, message your name and info to the festival on Facebook to see if they still have a spot for you. There’s no admission charge and full bar is available at the pre-friendly event. Secure parking is $10, but there’s also free parking in the neighborhood.

Avalon Park Party, Aged Beef

The Marketplace at Avalon Park food hall celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Different restaurant stalls are having specials each hour, starting with Rosso Coffee, then Lemon Shark Poké, on through to Dusty’s Dogz in the 9 p.m. hour. Here’s the full list. Bowigens Beer Company will also release several special brews for the day, including a guava coconut sour. Edible Orlando Managing Editor Pam Brandon will be judging Marketplace restaurants in six categories at 4 p.m. The anniversary party also includes live music, face painter (3 – 6 p.m.), and balloon artist (5 – 8 p.m.).

All beef we eat is aged a little bit, but here’s a chance to try everything from 21-day dry-aged beef to waygu kept on liquor for a month and a half. Winter Park’s The Local Butcher & Market is hosting a One for the Ages dinner, Friday, 7 – 9 p.m. The menu will cover six tastings of aged beef paired with sakes, ports and wines from around the world and a welcome glass of sparkling wine. Tickets are $50 and should sell out. You can buy online or call 407-629-6328.

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