Fun Food Events for Sept 24-30: Bourbon, Oktoberfest, and Zellwood Corn


Here are some quick tips for fun food events around Orlando this week, including Zellwood corn, bourbon, and more.

Field to Feast is back! The 8th Annual Edible Orlando Field to Feast Dinner featuring the Walt Disney World Chefs returns to Long & Scott Farms in Mt. Dora, Nov. 5, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Disney culinary stars set up outdoors, cooking and serving locally sourced dishes for a mix of country charm and culinary excellence. That paella up top is from a previous Field to Feast, but chefs always try to top themselves.

Each dish will be paired with wines selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs. All proceeds from Field to Feast benefit the Kids Café Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Tickets are $195 per person (21 and older) and usually sell out, so head right here to guarantee your spot.

You also look to for all the fun food events coming up around town each week. Writer John Graham tracks down the best festivals, classes, parties and specials for the next seven days and boils it down to the big five.

Oktoberfest, Bourbon Heritage Month

Wunderbar! The Oktoberfest celebrations keep coming!  Saturday, noon – 8 p.m., Deviant Wolfe Brewing in Sanford celebrates its first Oktoberfest as well as the birthday of brewer and co-founder Matt Rolfe. Expect German food (pretzels, brats, etc.) as well as Oktoberfest märzen lager, hefeweizen, and German-style bock. Both Hourglass Brewing in Longwood and The Hourglass District are running “Prost!” parties (German for “Cheers!”) on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. A $20 advance package is not required, but gets you a 20-ounce Hourglass stein, two draft beers and five entries into a giveaway for a wrapped YETI 45 cooler. You can also just stop by to enter. Longwood will have live polka music, 4 – 8 p.m. The Hourglass District will have the Schnitz and Giggles food truck, 2 – 9 p.m., and live music, 2-5 p.m.  Let’s not forget the À La Cart food truck court has Oktoberfest food and beer specials going through Oct. 3. Food trucks in residence are cooking up items including goulash, brats, shrimp schnitzel sliders, vegan schnitzel, and apple strudel.

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Sunday, The Whiskey on Sand Lake Road is teaming up with Woodford Reserve, 5 – 7 p.m., for a bourbon tasting dinner. You get a welcome julep, four courses and four paired bourbon cocktails. The menu includes an elevated Kentucky hot brown, fish course with drunken fig and cherry salad, herb-crusted pork loin with roasted squash and candied sweet potato, and peach cobbler. Tickets are $75 plus taxes and fees.

Zellwood Corn, Italian Wine Dinner, Family Nutrition Class

Zellwood used to be the corn capital of Florida, shipping autumn sweet corn north each year after the Midwest summer corn crop was over. Long & Scott Farms in Mt. Dora is now the only Zellwood corn farmer left. Tuesday, L&S opens Scott’s Country Market for the season, selling (fingers crossed) sweet corn, Kirby cucumbers (good for pickling), fresh eggs, cheese, butter, jams, jellies and more. As the season goes on, green beans, okra, black-eyed peas and conch peas should hit the market too.

For the next three Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Market to Table in Winter Garden is cooking up a five-course prix fixe Italian wine dinner in its private dining room. Courses include carpaccio, caponata, tortellini in brodo (in broth), acqua pazza (poached branzino), and dessert. Each course is paired with an Italian wine, cocktail or house-made limoncello. Tickets are $145 per person. You can see the full menu and purchase seats for the dinner on the Market to Table website.

Also on Wednesday, Edible Education Experience will be hosting Dr. Hanna, a pediatrician with AdventHealth, to lead a class dubbed Family Nutrition: Building the Basics from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $70 for adults and $100 for one adult plus one kiddo aged 12 or more. More info available on their website.

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