Welcome to the first days of autumn in Central Florida, which means not much just yet. No chill in the air for now and still enough daylight for some post-work patio cocktails and nosh. Edible Orlando has the straight skinny on five events in the next seven days — Sept. 25-Oct. 1 — for those of us who love a good meal, a good pint, or the wonders of cooking up your own Tonga Toast. Thanks to John Graham for the research!
Progressive Dinner with Bonnet Creek Epicurious
A progressive dinner party is like a fancy foodie pub crawl. You meet everyone for an appetizer at the first place, move to the next hotspot for sushi, and so on until you eventually wrap up with dessert. Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando have upgraded the progressive dinner concept with Bonnet Creek Epicurious. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 20, you can do a seven-stop progressive dinner without leaving the resort complex! The four-hour adventure includes La Luce, Zeta Asia, Bull and Bear, the Vibe Kitchen Food Truck (pictured), and Bar du Chocolat. The night out is $235 per person. Call 407-597-3712 or email for reservations.
Like we told you last week, Oktoberfest season is well-defined in Germany, but here in America, individual fests can go on for a few weeks. Saturday, Hourglass Brewing is throwing a party at both the Hourglass District and Longwood locations. Admission is free, but you can pre-order a logo alpine hat with pours of four German-style beers: Festbier, Hessian rye lager, Landbier (Kellerbier) and Frankie Rock hefeweizen.
Citrus Club will also host an Oktoberfest party on Saturday, 4-10 p.m., promising all-you-can-eat-and-drink along with authentic music. The fest is open to the public with tickets at $75 for non-members booking this close to Saturday.
Sept. 25-Oct. 1: National Dumpling Day and A New Cookbook
National Dumpling Day is Sept. 26, which is Sunday this year. The celebration is only six years old, but we’ll take any excuse to praise (and eat) that magical combo of dough and filling, whether it’s sweet or savory, steamed or fried. Wine 4 Oysters, in The Shoppes at Eastwood, will celebrate with nine different kinds of pelmeni (example pictured above) – the Eastern European version of perogies. For reservations, call 407-507-7952.
On Monday, Edible Orlando Managing Editor Pam Brandon will sign her new cookbook at Art of Disney in Disney Springs. From 1-2 p.m., Pam and co-author Marcy Carriker Smothers will be signing Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth. Recipes include Disney World classics such as cheese soup from Epcot’s Canada pavilion and the long-lost Cap’n Jack’s Clam Dip. Buy the book at this event and you get it a day before it’s released to the general public.
The Taste of College Park food and wine festival is usually held in the Spring. As we all know, 2021 is a little different, so the party moved to the autumn and next Thursday. Still at the ballroom at Dubsdread Gold Course, “College Park’s Best Night Out” includes local restaurants and distributors provide the food and wine while local shops and businesses fill up the silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 a person. Taste of College Park is the Rotary Club of College Park’s big annual fundraiser, raising money for local charities as well scholarships and awards for College Park students.