Eat Local Week, a week-long celebration promoting connection, community, culture and cuisine in Central Florida, returns March 7 through 14, 2015. With a calendar filled with special community events and fabulous dining establishments offering local-focused dishes, this foodie extravaganza is a terrific way to celebrate our local food culture.
EAT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Visit these participating restaurants and look for locally-sourced items on the menu:
• California Grill
• Crimson Tavern
• Flying Fish Café
• Jiko – The Cooking Place
• The Rusty Spoon
• Swine & Sons
• The Wave … of American Flavors
• Wild Ocean Seafood Market
• Yachtsman Steakhouse
EAT LOCAL EVENTS
Audubon Park Garden District Sip & Stroll
March 7, 2-5pm
Check in at Redlight Redlight, 2810 Corrine Dr., Orlando
Kick-off Eat Local Week and enjoy locally-sourced light bites along with wine and craft beer curated by Redlight Redlight at businesses throughout the District, including Fresh 24, Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Café, Blue Bird Bake Shop and more.
$20 in advance via audubonparkgardens.com ($17.50 for APGD members); $25 the week of the event.
Field to Feast
March 14, 4-8pm
Long & Scott Farms, Mount Dora
Walt Disney World Chefs present a farm-to-table dinner at a working farm in Zellwood. Hosted by Edible Orlando, all proceeds to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank Kids Café. **SOLD OUT**
Book Signing and Tasting at APEX at East End Market
March 8, 4-6pm 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando
Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant in DeLand will sign his book Dreaming in Spice, which includes recipes that reflect his interest in both cuisine and culture.
$75 per person includes a signed copy of the book, hors d’oeuvres by Cuisiniers Catered Events, champagne or wine and a Cress shirt; $112 per couple includes an additional shirt. Tickets available HERE.
Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-Up at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery
March 13, 6-8pm
211 East 1st St., Sanford
Learn the language of the local food movement via a collection of photo collages featuring thought leaders from all over the country. Florida made/grown refreshments.
Free event, the public is invited to make voluntary donations to support Celery Soup, Florida’s Folk Life Play.
There are myriad ways to enjoy Florida beer, wine, and spirits at home or in a local bar or restaurant. These local establishments make or brew their product on site:
Hourglass Brewery, 480 South Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood
Cask & Larder, 565 West Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Wop’s Hops, 419 South Sanford Ave., Sanford
Lakeridge Winery, 19239 US 27 North, Clermont
Check out these producer-run stores and producer-only markets all season long:
Lake Meadow Naturals Farm Store, March 7 & 14, 9am-5pm; March 9, 10 & 11, 10am-5pm
Audubon Park Community Market, Mondays from 6-10pm
Brevard Farmers Market, November 15 from 3-7pm
Wild Ocean Seafood Market