This fall, foodies can find something delicious happening in Orlando almost every day for more than three straight months. The eating extravaganza begins with Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining on Aug. 23, scattered with a wide variety of specialty festivals celebrating everything food and drink throughout October and continues into November with the longest-ever Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
For a full schedule of fall happenings, insider attraction tips and vacation planning guides, go to VisitOrlando.com. Find highlights of Orlando’s most popular food events below:
- Guests can dine on haute cuisine without burning through their budget during the 14th year of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining (Aug. 23 – Sep. 30). More than 120 of Central Florida's top fine-dining restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $35. And, a dollar from every meal will benefit a local charity.
- At the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Aug. 29 – Nov. 23), taking place at Walt Disney World Resort, guests can sip, sample and savor sweet treats and scrumptious snacks from some of the world’s most famous wineries and celebrated chefs as they circle the iconic World Showcase. New this year, guests can enjoy Sunday brunch with celebrity chefs, listen to new artists at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, experience a make-your-own candy sushi workshop and innovative international dishes at global marketplaces throughout the park. At 87 days, this year’s festival will be the longest since the event started in 1995.
- Extended to eight weekends, SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival, (weekends Sept. 7- Oct. 27), features more than 100 brews on draft from breweries across the state of Florida, plus a few domestic and international craft favorites. The festival will also offer more than 20 unique food items designed to perfectly pair with the selection of brews.
- Food and Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (Sept. 6 – Nov. 23) is a celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts. Throughout the event weekends, guests can enjoy complimentary cocktail creation classes as well as a gourmet popsicle bar, traditional Royal Tea and the Bar du Chocolat with champagne. Tasting dinners at the hotels’ signature restaurants – Bull & Bear, La Luce and Zeta Asia – give both aspiring foodies and serious epicureans a chance to experience authentic dishes inspired by American, Italian and Asian cuisine.
- In its second year, Lakeridge Winery’s Wine & Cheese Festival ( 14-15) features complimentary tastings of best-selling wines carefully paired with artisanal cheeses. Guests can also enjoy live music, Lakeridge wine by the glass, beer and a variety of food available for purchase. New this year are complimentary winery tours showcasing the entire wine-making process and ending with a spectacular view of the vineyards.
- ICON Park welcomes TheInternational Food and Drink Festival Orlando (Sept. 29). This free event offers flavors from around the globe, with beer, wine and food from Colombia, Italy, Spain, Peru, the Middle East, India, Thailand and more.
- The 8th Annual Winter Park Wine and Dine (Oct. 9) invites the community to sample flavors from more than 40 of Orlando’s top food and drink establishments. Tickets include unlimited tastings of food, dessert, wine, specialty cocktails, craft beer and non-alcoholic drinks, plus live music throughout the Winter Park Farmer’s Market.
- From Orlando’s ever-growing vegetarian community comes the Central Florida Veg Fest (Oct. 26). Now in its 14th year, Veg Fest is one of the biggest vegetarian festivals in the country. Held at Orlando Festival Park near downtown Orlando, this colorful and educational event hosts more than 200 vendors and 100 contributors, for a wide variety of vegetarian-themed presentations and food preparation demos. Also popular are the veggie kids zone, animal haven and artist corner.
- The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Nov. 8-9) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event treats guests to a street party festival with unlimited food tastings at dozens of stations, featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from around the world amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment. Numerous themed areas include a beer garden and hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts.
- The 5th Annual Orlando Beer Festival (Nov. 16), held in the Milk District of downtown Orlando, invites guests to sample more than 200 craft beers from more than 50 local, regional and national breweries. Guests can also enjoy wine tastings, interactive games, food trucks, college football streaming and live music.
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