Orlando’s Top 5 Food and Wine Festivals

While Orlando Magical Dining Month may be coming to a close, foodies never fear! Orlando offers a wide array of food and wine festivals each with unique wine and culinary choices to satisfy your cravings this fall season.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2012

1.  Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September 28 - November 12)
In its 17th year, this event is a food and wine lover's haven, offering new festival flavors including Florida Local and the Terra (includes vegan choices), celebrity chef demonstrations including Paul Pavlovic from The Crystal Palace Restaurant at Magic Kingdom® Park, and rocking performances including everything from Sister Hazel to Boys II Men, for the whole family to enjoy! Click on the image above to see last year's pictures.
Cost: Included in cost of regular Epcot park ticket. Appetizer-sized portions of featured food and beverages range from $3 -7.

Food and Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

2.  Waldorf Astoria Food & Wine Weekends (September 28 - November 3)
Designed for the serious epicurean, The Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria® Orlando include:

  • A Taste of Waldorf Astoria®, an exclusive degustation menu at Bull & Bear from master chefs of the most renowned hotels in the Waldorf Astoria brand including Versailles, Rome, Berlin and more.
  • Il Cibo Della Vita at La Luce by Donna Scala - Be the first to same new items and wine pairings from celebrity chef and restaurateur Donna Scala. (On Oct 12 - 13 Donna Scala will be at the restaurant!)
  • Bar du Chocolat and champagne tasting at Peacock Alley featuring a chocolate lover's dream crafted exclusively with chocolate from the world-renown Amedei of Tuscany.

Cost: Guests staying at the hotel are invited to enjoy Food & Wine Weekends. Guest packages begin at $268 per night and some packages include a $50 nightly resort credit

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
3.  Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin  Food & Wine Classic (October 12 - 13)
This outdoor festival will feature culinary offerings from: Shula's Steak House, II Mulino New York Trattoria, and Todd English's bluezoo, along with beverage seminars taught by the hotel's certified experts, and opportunities to meet with celebrity chefs like Todd English and Michael Mina.
Cost:  Make your trip an unforgettable one with over night packages starting at $285.

Latin Food and Wine Festival

4.  Latin Food & Wine Festival (October 12 - 13)
A two day event with the mission to "celebrate the culinary delights of the Latin community while promoting cultural diversity in our region," starts off with "Taste the Night", a tasty trip around Latin America and Spain followed by the Grand Tasting featuring small plates from restaurants such as Bongos and El Inka Grill, located at Cranes Roost Park.
Cost: Tickets for Savor the Night start at $75 and Grand Tasting features small plates and drinks ranging from $1-5.

Winter Park Food and Wine Festival

5.  Winter Park Food & Wine Classic   (October 26 - 27)
This two-day non-profit festival for foodies kicks off with the Friends of James Beard tribute dinner, a family-style dinner with wine pairings, prepared and plated by some of Orlando's finest culinary talent including chefs from The Ravenous Pig, Luma, K and more.
Day two is Cows & Cabs, a food-and-wine walk around, featuring gourmet fare, wine & craft beer tasting from up to sixteen local restaurants. Proceeds for the events go to local charities.
Cost: Tickets start at $80 dollars and you must be 21 or older to attend


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