Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Orlando, FL – The tradition continues as the Orlando foodies and wine lovers experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe at the 9th annual Downtown Food and Wine Festival. This festival is one of the largest in the Central Florida area food events. There are a variety of foods to choose from. Prices of food vary and are separate from admission. This venue is being held on the weekend of February 24 & 25, 2017, on Robinson Street at Lake Eola Park. Saturday festival hours are noon to 9pm and Sunday festival hours are noon – 7pm.
The location of this venue is in the heart of Downtown Orlando. There is limited metered street side parking near Lake Eola Park. More public and private parking garages are available throughout the downtown area. There is some free street parking in the residential areas, which are just a few blocks from this venue.
Upon arriving at this event one will notice a fence around this venue. The main gate is located on Robinson Street at North Eola Drive. There is an admission fee of $20-$115. It is recommended to buy your ticket on-line to save some time at the admission gate. Once you’re into this event check out all the unique food and wine booths. Some booths give out free samples of their best food creations.
So what types of restaurants will be attending you ask? There will be many different corporate and independent restaurants that have kitchens and booths set-up selling their best dishes from appetizers, main entree, and desserts. Here is a list of restaurant such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Java Lava Coffee Shops, Bulla Gastrobar, Your Pie, The Naked Cupcake, The Tipsy Cookie, Restaurant ASH, and much more.
Besides eating, this festival offers a variety of beverages to drink. Sip on coffee, wines, liquor, and other mixed drinks. Some of the areas best wineries are showcasing their drinks, which are Little Black Dress Winery, Castle Rock Winery, Fruits and Wine, Whispering Oaks Winery; Besco Del Sol. Attendee can buy a wine by the glass and or the bottle. Don’t forget to try a sample. Plus, there some unique special blend wines available. Don’t forget to bring your government ID. Staffers will be checking for underage drinkers.
Relax and enjoy some great entertainment while eating some food and drinks. It is recommended to bring a folding chair and or blanket to sit on the Lake Eola Park Northeast lawn. There is entertainment throughout the day. The headline music acts for Saturday evening at 8pm is Gavin Degraw and for Sunday evening at 5:45pm is KC and the Sunshine Band . Both singer and a band are well-known.
If you have never been to this event, just bring your family, friends, or neighbors, and join in on the fun. For more information on the Downtown Food and Wine Festival go to www.DowntownFoodandWineFest.cbslocal.com . Social media accounts are Twitter is @dtfoodwinefest, Instagram is dtfoodwinfest, and facebook is facebook.com/downtownfoodwinefest . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .
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