This weekend Orlando will be a food-lover’s dream-come-true when the 7th annual Downtown Food and Wine Fest comes to town Saturday, February 21 (noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, February 22, 2015 (noon to 7 p.m.). More than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers are expected to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe. The Fest is held on E. Robinson Street at Lake Eola, in the heart of Orlando.
Dave Robbins, senior vice president and market manager, CBS RADIO Orlando (event presenter and producer) commented, “Through the power of radio and the strength of our FRLA restaurants, foodies and fans come together to celebrate an event that truly brings our community together to indulge in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Orlando.”
Over 30 of Orlando’s top restaurants will be on-hand serving up Tapas-style plates for anywhere from $2 to $6. Just a few of my favorites include Hard Rock who will have their Award Winning Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Marlow’s Tavern (serving up their shrimp and grits that I LOVE!), Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe (give their Pretzel w/ Obatzer Cheese Dip a try) and Cooper’s Hawk with Red Wine Braised Short Rib.
There’s a Wine Taster’s Club with a special wine sampling lanyard that will allow you to sample 2 oz. samples of 5 different fine wines, but there are over 50 types of wine on tap. Little Black Dress Wines are the official wine of the 2015 Downtown Food & Wine Fest. Check them out along with all the other amazing offerings.
Entertainment lineup includes musical entertainment and Lifehouse Saturday and Loverboy on Sunday. Plus there will be other acts throughout the weekend, including Osteen Florida native, CeCe Teneal.
As a highlight of this celebration of Orlando’s Culinary Scene, restaurants will compete for the 2015 Golden Fork awards. Judges for the 2015 Downtown Food & Wine Festival will include Kayla Becker the Host of Orlando My Way, Kala Rama from WKMG- Local6 news, Bo Outlaw, Orlando Magic Community Ambassador, and Scott Fais, News Journalist on News 13. Previous winners include:Smiling Bison – Pretzel Bread Pudding, 2014 Foodie Award; Kasa Tapas & Raw Bar,2014 Best Overall Menu; Siro at Orlando World Center Marriott, 2014 Best of Show (winner in 2013 and 2014).
For the Ultimate experience, buy tickets for the Ultimate Fest Experience that includes the Wine Taster’s Club, $20 in food tickets, great viewing of the bands, plus VIP parking! Click here for all the ticket options.
See you this weekend for a fabulous foodie FEST!
Disclosure: I was given two admission tickets for the event in exchange for writing about this fun food event. I’ll be buying my own food and wine. And lots of it!