2017 Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout in Oviedo Preview

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Oviedo, FL (April 24, 2017) – The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (OWSRCC), the City of Oviedo and Helpful Hands are thrilled to announce the entertainment lineup for Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout presented by Sonny’s BBQ and Oviedo Roofing. The BBQ Blowout will take place on Saturday, May 27, from 2pm-10pm at Oviedo Mall. Admission is free. Alexa Neilen will be singing the National Anthem at 1:50pm,and the final performance will be the Jeff Howell and Bubba Wilson Band from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

OWSRCC is collaborating with Helpful Hands, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a better quality of life for children and their families by picking up where other agencies leave off.

“We are thrilled about this year’s stage line up,” stated Bridget Lake, Senior Director of Sponsorships and Events. “Amazing musicians and delicious BBQ, it doesn’t get better than that.”

Below is the main-stage entertainment lineup:

1:50 Alexa Neilen

2:00 Bailey Callahan

3:00 Paul Stott Duo

4:00 Michelle Lambert

5:00 Hoot n Holler

6:00 Megan Katarina w/ Band

7:00 Jeff Howell, Bubba Wilson and Band

Our emcees include OWSRCC’s house emcee Arnie Lee Nussbaum; Mr and Miss UCF, Angelo Baldado and Madison Daniel; Josh Strzalko, Helpful Hands; Alex Diaz, MIX 105.1; Mitchell Kenneth Perera, film director; and Brandon Lunzman, screenwriter and director.

For more information about Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout please visit http://www.bbqblowout.com

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The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located at 376 N. Central Ave., near downtown Oviedo, the purpose of the chamber is to serve as an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. For more information on the Chamber, please visit www.oviedowintersprings.org.

Helpful Hands, Inc. is a 100% volunteer run nonprofit charity. 96% of all fundraising and donations go to grant funding of Community Partners that strategically align with Helpful Hands, Inc. mission. With this support, Helpful Hands, Inc. funded $78,000 in grants in 2016 and over $84,000 in grants in 2017. All funded programs benefit more than 2,300 children and families in crisis. For more information on Helpful Hands, please visit www.helpfulhands.org. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please visit us at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 WMMO Downtown Concert Series featuring George Thorogood with the Destroyers Band Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Come down an experience a WMMO DCS concert in person at City Commons on Orange Avenue by Orlando City Hall. This event is being held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 4pm -11pm. This concert is free and everyone is welcome. Rain or Shine this concert will go on.

In previous years this event has always been packed with people. Arrive early to secure your place to watch the George Thorogood and the Destoryers live and in person. What make this event great are the various food trucks and the live band on stage. These two combinations are what make it a great event in Central Florida. Parking for this event are scattered through Downtown Orlando. There are many public and private parking garages to park for a fee. Sorry, no free parking near concert location.

Who is George Thorogood and the Destroyers? Some music fans may have heard of Thorogood popular songs, which are Bad to the Bone, Madison Blues, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Move It On Over, and Who Do You Love?

The sights and sound of a WMMO DCS event brings many people down together for a great Rock and Roll music. DCS opens the gates at 4pm. The main gate is located on Orange Avenue and East South Street. There is a security checkpoint to access this concert event. All bags will be searched. Law Enforcement is present during the duration of this venue. For general admission it is recommended to bring your own folding chair. One may not want to stand the whole time for the concert.

For preferred Listener / Sponsor VIPs there are more amenities that the general admission doesn’t get. For the Listener VIP ticket go on-line and purchase them ahead of time. These VIP tickets sell out fast when released. Plus, VIP attendees get close seating near the stage, private pot-a-lets, and a private cash bar.

This event is a great photo opportunity for serious amateurs and advanced photographers to capture Thorogood and the Destroyers Band. Check with event security if they allow long 70-200mm lens and or 150-500mm lens. Please note that images of the singer and the band are copy righted.

Besides the music, there are vendors and other service providers on hand selling their goods and services. These vendors are located near the front entrance of the concert area. Some of the previous vendors have been law firms, cell phone providers, a motorcycle dealer, a winery, party merchandise, and much more.

If you come hungry than don’t worry, they have you covered. There are a limited number of food trucks and other food vendors. Prices on food will vary depending on the food item. Bring cash however some vendors may take credit cards. There will be many types of foods sold Attendees have a choice from chicken, hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches, fish, and much more. For dessert one will find cupcakes, ice cream, and much more.

There are a few local bands that will open for the headliner singer and or band. Usually, the headliner comes on stage around 8:30pm. Times are subject to change without notice. Some band may be repeat acts from previous DCS events. Some of the local bands are Amp’d, AM/FM Stereo, and much more. These bands play some great rock music with some song that everybody likes and knows.

There is usually 2-3 WMMO DCS concerts a year. Check back for future rock concerts in Downtown Orlando. For more information go to www.wmmo.com . 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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2017 Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Are you looking for some great food and wine samplings? Then get your ticket now for this year’s 2017 Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 5pm, at Winter Springs Town Center. Gates open at 4pm. Attendees must be 21 and up to sample alcohol. Under 21 welcome, but cannot sample without wristband. This event will happen Rain or Shine. Sorry, no refunds.

Driving from Orlando to Winter Springs is an easy drive depending on the route you take. Check your GPS for the best route. There is plenty of free parking in the Winter Springs Town Center Shopping Center and at Winter Springs High School. Some streets may be closed off for this event. Arrive early for the best parking spaces closest to this venue.

Hungry? Check out the ABC Fine Wine & Sprits and iHeartRadio present the 2nd Annual Winter Springs Food and Wine Festival taking place Saturday, May 6th, 2017 starting at 5pm. Enjoy a nice evening in the beautiful Winter Springs Town Center with samples of wine, spirits and craft beer. Plus, enjoy delicious food from area restaurants and live entertainment.

Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. If purchasing tickets on-line there is a service charge. Cash only when buying tickets at the door on day of event. To save on the service charge pick up your tickets at Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, Winter Springs Town Center, Big City Pizza, Casey’s Grill on Tuskawilla Road, and Zoo Health Club in Winter Springs Town Center. Each ticket includes a five food samples, 10-1oz wine sample or 2oz beer sample. To purchase tickets online go to

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There are many participating restaurants dishing out some of their best samples. Here is a list of restaurants such as Dunkin Donuts, BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, Old Fashion Amarena Gelato, Rock & Brew, Crave it Love It, Casey’s Restaurant, Stefano’s Trattoria Restaurant, Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders, Victorios II Italian Restaurant, Kona Ice, Gator’s Dockside, King’s Smokehouse, DeVine Wine &Grill, Festive Affairs Food & Catering Service, Senor Tequila Mexican Grill, and Bonefish Grill. Some restaurants may change without notice. Attendees to this event will only be receiving samples and not a full meal from each of the restaurants.

Besides eating, there will be plenty of wine to choose from. Here is a list of choices such as Valckenberg Dornfelder, Undone Pinot Noir, Valckenberg Pinot Blanc, Malbec del Mercado, Sainta Julia Dry Rose, Kawin Sauvignon Blnac, The Ripper Shiraz, Ca’Momi Rosso, Bianco, Chardonnay, Cabernet , Vista Peak Chardonnay, Vista Peak Cabernet Sauv, Yellow Bird Chardonnay, Yellow Bird Shiraz, Oak Grove Reserve Zinfandel, Ste Genevieve Sweet Moscato, Yellow Bird Cabernet, Oak Grove Pinot Grigio, Oak Grove Sauv Blanc, Oak Grove Merlot, Vista Peak Charonnay, Arctic Fox White, Morro Bay Cabernet, Shannon Ridge Wrangler, Kawin Sauvingnon Blanc, M Lynch Merlot Cab, Paisajes De Los Andes Classic Carmenere, Le Temps Des Vendanges Dry White, Domaine Maby Tavel, Gouleyant Malbec Cahors, Castell Silvaner, Les Fosses D’Harengs Vouray, Chevalier de Bayard, Duca d’Amalfi, Southern Red, and Sunblush. Additional wines may be provided by Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard and PRP Wine International. Some wine selections are subjected to change without notice.

Some of the beer selection on hand are White Claw Black, Cherry, Lime, Grapefruit Brooklyn Brewery lager, defender, local 1, and Bel Aire Sour, Sailfish, Hedden Springs, Infinite, Walking Tree, Ocean Sun, Slim Pickens, Anchor Brewing – Blood Orange, Blackberry Daze IPA, Mango Wheat, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Radberger and Palm Amber Ale, Deep Roots , Spook Hill, Boricua Beer, Taino Light, Tomoka Red Ale, Tomoka Oceanside IPA. Also, some beers are provided by Rogue Pub, Red Cypress Brewery, and Boricua Beer. Plus, there are some selection spirits on hand as well too. Choose from Pigalle Vodka with Steve’s Gourmet Olivesand Bloody Mary Mix, Tequila, and Moonshine.

This event was made possible by the following sponsors by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, iHeart Radio, XL 106.7, Real Radio 104.1, and Magic 107.7. For more information on this event please visit www.winterspringsfoodandwine.com . 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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2017 Casselberry Spring Jazz & Art Festival Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL — Jazz comes alive at Lake Concord Park with saxophonist Steve Cole and keyboardist Brian Simpson coming to Casselberry for the Spring Jazz Concert and Art Festival at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017. This free event, sponsored by 102.5 WLOQ Orlando’s Smooth Jazz and the City of Casselberry, will entice all jazz lovers to gather and enjoy a spectacular evening at the lakefront park.

This event is only a short drive from Orlando. There are many routes to take to arrive at this event. Please check your GPS for the best travel route. Parking near Lake Concord Park is very limited. Here are some areas where one can park their vehicle and walk over to the park. There is plenty of parking at the Casselberry Target and Home Depot. It is recommended to get to this event early for the best parking spaces. There is a limited number of handicap spaces near the Casselberry Police Station and Casselberry City Hall public parking lot.

Don’t forget to bring your folding chair and or blanket to sit out on the lawn in front of the stage. Anywhere you sit will be the best seat in the house. Relax and enjoy some great jazz music from these well-known musicians. Coolers are welcome too. Pack your cooler with some great refreshing drinks.

Cole, a Chicago native, exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed/recorded, with Culbertson, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Boz Scaggs, and many smooth jazz performers. Simpson, an inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer, has an eloquent style to playing sophisticated harmonics, bluesy overtones, and R&B flavor.

Brian had been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years, and his approach to music has made him first call to tour with many greats including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, Sheena Easton, Stanley Clarke and Gerald Albright. Riding high on the 2017 newly released album Persuasion, Simpson is sure to throw in some new tunes, as well as all the classics.

Besides the music there are vendors and artisans selling and providing services. Check out the many local companies on hand. Just about all crafts and fine arts are hand made by the individual artists. Some items you’ll find are handmade soaps, candles, fresh honey, floral arrangements, artwork in and various styles. Plus, there will be some service vendors such as investment planning services, insurance brokers, and much more. Prices on items and services are reasonable. Don’t forget to bring cash. Some vendors may only take cash while others take both cash and credit cards.

One can’t forget the food. There will be plenty of food trucks on hand with a variety of food and drinks to choose from. It is unknown at this time what food truck will be at this venue. Prices range from $2 – $15 depending on what you order. On average a full meal can costs about $10.

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Don’t forget there is another Casselberry Fall Jazz and Art Fest in the fall. For more information on this event go to www.casselberry.org . 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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Cheap Eats at McDonalds featuring the Mac Jr

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Altamonte Springs, FL – A while ago McDonalds has been featuring in their television commercials the three different Big Mac sizes. One size does not fit all. Depending on your taste and appetite for lunch or dinner there is only one size that fits you.

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the afternoon, I drove thru the McDonalds Store #11974 at 240 S Highway 434, Altamonte Springs, Florida, and picked up a Mac Jr and a small fry for dinner. The total cost of this meal was $4.16 without a drink. However, one could purchase a Mac Jr for $2.49 plus tax. Once I got home, I could not wait to dig into a Mac Jr. I have never had one before. In the past, I have had a Big Mac and loved it.

Many customers were wondering what is in the Mac Jr. Here are the ingredients into the Mac Jr with Lettuce, onions, pickles, special sauce, American cheese, single hamburger patty, on a sesame seed bun. The nutrition summary is 460 calories, 27g total fat, 36g total carbs, and 21g protein. I found this burger quiet tasty. For more information on this burger go to www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/product/mac-jr.html  Would I buy this again? You bet.

Can you remember the old McDonalds Big Mac jingle? The Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun concept for the jingle was created by Keith Reinhard, Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide, and his creative group at Needham Harper and Steers. Information from http://www.retroist.com/2016/03/06/the-big-mac-song-1975/

One can buy a Mac Jr for a limited time only. It is unknown when McDonalds will remove this burger from the food menu. For more food option go to www.mcdonalds.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great event listings please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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The 2017 23rd Annual Taste of Oviedo

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Oviedo, Fla. (March, 6, 2017) – This Saturday, the 23rd Annual Taste of Oviedo, presented by Air Flow Designs Heating and Air Conditioning, is held at Oviedo Mall. The very popular, community festival will have food, live music, Citrus and Celery food competition, arts, crafts, local businesses and more from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Taste of Oviedo is budget-friendly with free admission, plenty of free parking, food samples $3 – $6 and unlimited kids rides wristbands from $5 – $10.

Taste of Oviedo is produced by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oviedo . For more information about Taste of Oviedo please visit www.TasteofOviedo.org.

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2017 9th Annual Orlando’s Downtown Food and Wine Festival Preview

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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.

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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.

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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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