9 Upcoming Orlando Events Food and Beer Lovers Won’t Want to Miss

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The calendar is packed with foodie festivals, dinners and parties this spring. Having trouble narrowing down all the choices? Here are our picks for 9 upcoming Orlando events to top your list… and fill your belly!

A Truly Floridian Experience: The History of Florida Through EatingFlorida+Dinner+4-3-01
Sunday May 1, 6:30pm
East End Market
Chef Greg Baker of the Refinery and Fodder & Shine, Chef Kathleen Blake from the Rusty Spoon, Chef Josh Oakley of the Smiling Bison, Chef Matt Hinckley of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats and Chef Jennifer Banagale from Kappo share the history of Florida cuisine through eating.

The Taste at I-Drive 360
Sunday, May 1, 2-5pm
I-Drive 360 Courtyard
Enjoy samplings of food from a unique line-up of restaurants featuring a variety of flavorful bites while enjoying all of the attractions that I-Drive 360 has to offer. Ticket includes tastings from 9 restaurants and 25% discount on attractions.

Upcoming Orlando Events

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Perfectly Paired
Tuesday, May 10, 7-9pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Enjoy 5 wines, 4 cheeses, and 4 Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park chocolate confections, perfectly paired.

beer mericaBeer ‘Merica
Sunday, May 15, 2pm
Gaston Edwards Park, Ivanhoe Village
$15 – $35
In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Beer ‘Merica will feature unlimited samples of 100 craft brews, all from the good ole USofA, lakeside in the park at Ivanhoe Village, with live music and more for an awesome Sunday Funday.

Taste of Florida, Local Roots Chef & Brewer Festival
Sunday May 15, 1-4pm
East End Market
12 of Florida’s finest chefs and 12 of the best local breweries come up with amazing pairings that will remind us why we live in the Sunshine State.


Wine & Dine
Sunday, May 15, 5:30pm
TR Fire Grill
A chef-crafted, four-course meal expertly paired with the highly rated Hope Family Wines.

The 24th Annual Chef’s Gala
Saturday, May 21st, 6:45-10pm
Epcot World Showcase
Recognized as the region’s premier food and wine pairing event, Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala features cuisine from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs, along with thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music and a silent auction.

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Central Florida's BBQ Blowout
May 27 – 28
Oviedo Mall, Oviedo
Free admission
Professional BBQ teams from all over the country compete at this event to qualify for the World Food Championships! Sample delicious barbecue from 15 professional teams.

Alter Miami Pop-up Dinner
Monday, June 13, 6:30pm
East End Market
Chef Bradley Kilgore, a Semi-finalist for two national James Beard awards, Best New Restaurant & Rising Star Chef of the Year, will collaborate on a five-course dinner.


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