In case you haven’t noticed (and “around these parts, it’s easy to miss), Orlando has finally broken into Florida’s version of fall activity.
Translation: No more 90’s highs.
The festive season finally begins with the “fresh” days on the calendar. Of course, it’s still October, so naturally many such events gravitate towards the symbol of the season: the gorgeous gourds. It’s a noble autumn pumpkin.
Case in point: À La Cart’s 4th Annual Pumpkin Fest from October 21-31.
“Autumn is our favorite season. The air is starting to get a little fresher, the leaves are changing, football is back in full swing, and nothing really captures that magic like pumpkin beer,” says À La Cart. ‘s co-owner April Williams says. “It may sound cheesy, but it’s true and it’s fun!”
When she and her husband/partner Dustin lived in Seattle and brewed beer at home and at work, they celebrated the season with pumpkin parties, created their own ales, and brought in many other varieties. Friends also came to the potluck and each had a dish containing pumpkins.
“Now we host this event for the public every year, and the party is bigger and better than ever,” she says, adding that Williams’ funky food truck park and Milk’s craft beer. We are talking about a 10 day event starting today at the bar. area.
All sorts of crafty pumpkin pours are showcased throughout the festival, with each vendor offering squash-focused fare for the fall-obsessed foodie. , Poke Kai’s Pumpkin Miso Soup, Steak It Easy’s Baked Butternut Steak Sandwich, and Fly Guy’s Pizza Pie’s Prosciutto and Butternut Squash Pizza. Dulce Pecado’s dessert is covered in an affogato pumpkin spice latte.
Starting with a free Giant Beer Pumpkin Tasting on October 21st at 7:30pm, with 21 all-you-can-drink, events scattered throughout the festival add to the season.
October 24th: 7:30 p.m. Outdoor cinema by Orlando Pop Up Movie Services featuring “Scream” (1996, Rated R)
October 26th: Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, 7:30 p.m. $10 ticket for online, phone, or on-site entry. Comes with pumpkin beer in a preservable pumpkin glass. The first person to eat the pie (no hands!) will win a $50 gift card.
October 30th: Bob for beer, ice cream for kids! On the adult side, each apple rocks the net, offering one can (up to six) of Liquid Hoppines from Sierra Nevada. Kiddos bob for extra toppings on their ice cream. ($10, $5, tickets online, by phone, or in person).
October 31: Adult scary movie night. Flick undecided. Plus, the costume wearer gets 25% off all pumpkin beer.
More information: À La Cart, 609 Irvington Ave., Orlando, 407-776-4693;
Find out at the Florida Jerk Festival on October 23rd.
Head to the Apopka Amphitheater the night before National Jerk Day for a day of music, arts and culture. There, cooking contests will be held showcasing Jamaica’s unique and well-loved baking methods and how to flavor authentic, delicious dishes.
“Florida Jerk Festival has brought our communities together to share food and good times while celebrating the city we love,” festival founder Damien Tater said in a news release. “This is an opportunity to join our neighbors in the City of Apopka and surrounding communities and show your support for local restaurants.”
The festival runs from 2pm to 10pm and features live reggae and soca from veteran Jamaican dancehall artists Spragga Benz, Inner Circle and Pumpa. The DJ also spins (and guests sample the wares) as chefs compete for jerk his cook-off his trophy. A VIP experience featuring sample and mixology presentations by Duke & Dame Salted Caramel Wsky is also available.
tickets: $50-60, available online and onsite. Food samples are included in the ticket price.
More information: Apopka Amphitheater, 3710 Jason Dwelly Parkway in Apopka, floridajerkfestival.com
its big. It’s long term (try 17 years). 100% plant-based. And admission is free.
The Central Florida Veggie Fest hits Orlando Festival Park on October 22 (10am, 6pm) for longtime devoted vegans and plant enthusiasts who want to learn more. attract people. Over 300 vendors and contributors provide knowledge, entertainment, and nourishment for the brain and stomach.
Attendees will be able to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegan cuisine (if you arrive early, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the spot!) and a home-cooking experience through food preparation demos and guest speakers. Learn how to add variety and color to your music and enjoy it live. Music at events that aim to be as waste-free as possible through things like compost bins and recyclable packaging.
More information: 2911 E. Robinson Street in Festival Park, Orlando. cfvegfest.org
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