Thanksgiving is about a week away now, so you probably have visions of cranberry and sweet potato dancing in your heads. By the way, if you’re not a pumpkin pie person, check out the cranberry cake recipe in the Edible Orlando Fall 2021 print edition.
Every week, writer John Graham sorts through all the upcoming events that “might be relevant to your interests” and narrows in on the good stuff – the five fun foodie things to do for the week ahead. This go-around, John’s got advice on what to do on Turkey Day, but also fun stuff that will get you out of the house, and maybe away from your loved ones for just a few hours, on the days before and after.
Fireworks, Farms and Pub Crawls
Ivanhoe Village gets an early start to the holidays with Jingle Eve on Saturday night. Tickets for the “Twelve Wines of Christmas” wine walk, 5-9 p.m., are going fast. The $50 ticket gets you a keepsake wine glass and access to red and white wine tastings at 20 spots around Ivanhoe Village. Look for food trucks, beer gardens, and live music. There’s also a free children’s holiday village at Gaston Edwards Park, 4-8 p.m., and free fireworks over Lake Ivanhoe at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Chef Hari Pulapaka (pictured, formerly of Cress in Deland) is working with The Center at Deltona and local farmers for a farm-to-table dinner party from 4 – 6 p.m. In addition to product from both Vo-La Salle Farms in DeLeon Springs and Tomazin Farms in Samsula, Chef Pulapaka will incorporate crops from Deltona’s own community garden in Vann Park. The Jeff Shepard Jazz Trio will play and Deltona High School culinary arts students will assist through the event. The menu includes tapas and wine parings. Tickets are $50 and includes a complimentary citrus cocktail made with local ingredients.
Thanksgiving Eve (Is it called that now?) is a traditional night for adult kids visiting Mom and Dad to get out, hit the bars, and look for friends who are back in town too. Orlando’s Milk District is doing its part with a Wednesday night pub crawl, 6 p.m.-midnight. A $10 wristband gets you specials at restaurants and bars, plus a “welcome shot” at The Milk District Spot, 2430 E. Robinson St.
To Cook or Not To Cook
So, Thanksgiving… Are you a home cook or do you let a restaurant take care of the turkey and trimmings? If you’re not cooking, you’d be smart to have your reservations by now, but here’s a list of dine-in and to-go options from EdibleOrlando.com. And here’s a few more – dinner at deep blu Seafood Grille at Wyndham Grand Orlando or Bice Ristorante at Universal Orlando’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel; Drunken Monkey’s Vegan and Not Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner; and both brunch and dinner at A Land Remembered in Rosen Shingle Creek, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld and Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach.
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
On Friday, Walt Disney World kicks off the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Running
through December 30, the festival includes 14 holiday kitchens around the park. The menu includes many returning favorites (turkey poutine, smoked salmon latkes, chirashi Christmas tree with tuna and salmon) and new items (peanut butter whiskey eggnog, crispy mozzarella ravioli, Italian bomboloni doughnuts with chocolate-hazelnut spread). The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays also includes the traditional Candlelight Processional featuring (this year) Voices of Liberty, a choir of Disney cast members, and orchestra with a celebrity narrator retelling the Christmas story. EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date.
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