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Introducing the Audubon Park Food Tour

Introducing the Audubon Park Food Tour

We’ve been cooking up something new over the past few months, and it’s finally time to reveal what we’ve been up to! Our brand new Audubon Park Food Tour invites you to come sip, stroll, and nosh your way through the Audubon Park Garden District, local style. This tour only takes place on Sundays, so grab your tickets online while they last. Tickets begin at $43 for groups of 5-8, and $47 for groups of 1-4. Psssst….Use code GRAND2017 for an extra discount on your tickets when you book online! Purchase tickets and get more info on the tour here. Tour info Our Audubon Park food tours are exclusive and limited to just 8 food-loving guests each week. Tours run every Sunday beginning at 11:15am, and full details on where to park, meet, etc will be provided in your ticket confirmation email beforehand. During the 2.5-hour food tour, you’ll sample dishes from some of our favorite local vendors. We don’t want to ruin any surprises, but craft beer, artisanal cheeses, seasonally and locally-produced sustainable dishes, craft ice cream, handcrafted sauces, and a caffeine boost are just a few of the eats and drinks on the menu for the day. Localvores, adventurous travelers, visitors wanting to get off the beaten path, groups of friends and family, and couples will love this tour. “Had a great time during our Audubon Park food tour! We were a group of 7 out of towners who thoroughly enjoyed all of the selections the quaint Garden District had to offer. The tour was well organized and paced, and guide Kiel was friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Our bellies were full at the end of the tour, so we walked down to the beautiful Leu Botanical Gardens to burn off some calories and had a lovely time.” -Elizabeth C., Facebook Why Audubon Park? Audubon Park is one of Orlando’s most charming neighborhoods, and has been recognized as one of the best Main Streets in the US by the National Main Street Center. It combines walkability with delicious local eats, a multitude of sweet shops, unique cafes, and a focus on local. On your tour, we’ll also feed your mind with information on the history and culture of the area. Learn about the Fleet Farming movement, historical events and figures, and more in between healthy servings of food and drink. Book Online The Audubon Park food tour takes place on Sundays and is limited to 8 guests, so book online now to reserve your spot for March! Use discount code GRAND2017 for a limited time discount. Purchase tickets and get more info on the tour here. See you soon!

Tour Guides Needed

Do you love Orlando? Do you love food? Can you command a crowd, make them laugh, and have everyone literally eating out of the palm of your hand? If so, then this is the job for you! Orlando Food Tours, which offers nationally recognized food tours of Orlando’s tastiest neighborhoods, is seeking passionate, highly energetic, and empathetic people as Tour Guides. Positions are part-time and on-call. Applicants must possess strong leadership abilities, charisma, a wonderful sense of humor, excellent communication skills and a deep passion for Orlando and its food. We conduct on average 4 tours per week year round, rain or shine. To learn more about what we do, please visit: www.orlandofoodtours.com/food-tours/ Leading a food tour is a combination of quick thinking on your feet, advanced storytelling, and herding cattle from one location to the next. We provide all training and will get you up to speed on your missing knowledge of Orlando’s history and its incredible food scene. Once you’re up to speed and leading a food tour, you’ll be amazed that you’re getting paid handsomely for something so ridiculously fun and rewarding. If you think you have the improv and leadership skills required, then please apply before all available Tour Guide positions are filled! WHAT TO KNOW: Only applicants living close to/in Winter Park will be considered. Self-employed individuals and/or flexible schedules preferred. Must be available to lead tours year round. Positions are mostly weekend based with the opportunity to expand into weeknight tours. Each tour is 3 hours long, depart at 11:15 am and end at 2:15 pm. Prefer applicants to be at least 21 years old, although exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. TRAINING: Training lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. Training is paid. PAY: Once hired and trained, Tour Guides receive on average $30/hr to $40/hr. Including gratuities, most Tour Guides average between $80 – $130 per tour. All tours are 3-hours long. A Tour Guide never guides more than one tour in a day. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please send a single email with ALL the following information to guides@orlandofoodtours.com: A witty explanation (max valsartan diovan. 500 words) of why you’d make the perfect food tour guide. Full resume One recent photograph of yourself (as attachment; no larger than 3MB) and/or provide a video sample (as a website link, NOT an attachment) Indicate which day(s) of the week (including weekends) you are available to lead tours Any international traveling experience(s) Use the following format in the email Subject line: Your Last Name, Your First Name – Tour Guide Application If you do not complete the six (6) steps above, we will not consider your application. Do not send more than one email or inquire if we’ve received your application. Please do not call or email us to check on your status. We will review every application submitted. We will only contact applicants who meet our criteria for an interview. NEXT STEPS: If we see a good fit, we will email you with the information on your interview (date, time, location, etc.), what you can expect when we meet, and more details on training and eventual employment. OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION: You are required to own a mobile phone, have desktop/laptop-based internet access in your place of residence and check your email at least once per day.

New Thing to Do in Orlando: Velo Creek Bike and Brew

Now that spring’s sprung, it’s like everyone is rushing outdoors and who can blame them? If you’re brushing off your bicycle looking for a new thing to do in Orlando, we might have found something that will get your gears turning… Nestled right outside of the HUGE Alafaya Woods neighborhood in Oviedo, right off of Alafaya Trail near Mitchell Hammock Road, Velo Creek Bike and Brew is bringing out the best of both worlds in a new coffee lounge/bike shop you’ve never seen before. Thing to do in Orlando: Velo Creek Bike and Brew Location: 93 Alafaya Woods Blvd. Oviedo, FL 32765 Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm, Sat & Sun 7:00am – 4:00pm It all started when we “kept seeing all the bike groups stopping at 7-11 for coffee,” said owner Kristina Daugherty. Inspired to create a fun place this group could call their own, her and her husband got to work. “We’re a young family and it was the right time to create something to pass on,” she explained. When you walk into Velo Creek Bike and Brew, the smell of fresh coffee wafts up as you walk by everything from cruisers to kid’s bikes to hard-core triathlon-ready beasts. With someone repairing bikes against the back wall and a coffee-shop lounge area, this 5-month-old hangout is gaining attention and for good reason. “We’ve lived here for 8 years now. We found a lot of bike shops that feel intimidating… I want a judge-free zone. [To] create a place of community. We’d like to cater to everyone. A neighborhood, comfortable place to talk about bikes or anything. A fun casual place to be a part of your everyday.” Uniting the Community In what Kristina calls her dream opportunity in building this business from the ground up, there’s this sense of genuine care and love for the community she now calls her own. Passers through can stop in for cupcakes, fun coffee flavors and even some brewskis during their ride or when they’re just out and about. “We get a lot of crossover [of cyclists and coffee lovers],” says Kristina. And, that’s exactly what they want. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist or ride at all to enjoy what they’re creating. Better yet, a lot of what you find in the shop supports other local business owners. For example, the honey bee latte — made with honey and bee pollen — comes from a honey farmer right down the street in Black Hammock. The coffee? From a local roaster; Blessed Bean Coffee out in Longwood. Cupcakes and desserts are from All From Scratch — a local baker. Events and Rides Although Kristina admits that she’s not quite ready for the 50 mile ride the shop hosts, many locals are. Across from the coffee bar is a calendar of local bike runs they’re hosting such as the Cupcakes and Cruisers run (a 4-mile ride topped off with cupcakes to make up for the calories burned on the ride) and the next event, the Mother’s Day ride to a bakery for mimosas and cupcake decorating on May 9th. For a full list of events, go here. Some rides are shorter and some are longer — truly something for everyone looking for fun things to do in Orlando with a little adventure in their blood. They even have FREE maintenance classes the first Wednesday of every month; holding true to their biker roots! We Give it Two Gloved-Hands, Thumbs Up Velo Creek Bike and Brew gets rave reviews in our book. The help is knowledgable and friendly. The coffee menu is fun and fresh with locally-sourced ingredients; you really can’t go wrong. Although I’m personally not the cyclist in the OFT group, they did have lots of people in there buying and getting repairs while they enjoyed a cup of Joe. Everyone had a smile on their face. In the end, you’re the judge. Give them a whirl and let us know what you think on our Facebook page.

Smoking on the Patio Banned at 20 Winter Park Restaurants

It’s official… More than 20 Winter Park Restaurants have decided to “Breathe Easy” with smoke-free patio dining. In an initiative supported by Florida Hospital to curb second-hand smoke on Park Ave, restaurants such as Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, The Coop, The Ravenous Pig, Will’s Pub and more (for the full list, go here) are banning smoking in their outdoor dining areas. When the news broke on Facebook, lots of opinions came out.

Busch Gardens Hosts Inaugural Food and Wine Festival

Just can’t wait for Fall to get your food and wine on? No problemo. Busch Gardens started hosting its inaugural Food and Wine Festival March 7th. If you haven’t made your way to Tampa yet, there’s still this weekend (12pm – 9pm) and headliner acts Daughtry and Aloe Blacc will be waiting for you.

Top 5 Orlando Events March 2015

<img src="http://www.orlandofoodtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Orlando-event-guideMarch-2015-300×251 navigate to this site.png” alt=”Orlando Event Guide” width=”300″ height=”251″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1538″ data-wp-pid=”1538″ />Save the spring cleaning for cleaning up that bucket list. As we welcome the Florida spring weather with open arms, it’s time to get up off of that thing and get out and into these top 5 Orlando Events for March 2015. Top 5 Orlando Events – March 2015 1. Great Orlando Mixer It’s going down yet again on March 26, 7-11 pm. The beautiful Cheyenne Station is being taken over by the roaring 20s. Get on your best flapper attire and join the largest cocktail party in Orlando. Just a few minutes of walking from the Amway Center, this is your chance to sample craft cocktails from Orlando’s best bartenders and be there as they crown one bartender the Great Orlando Mixer. Tickets are just $45. Buy yours here. 2. Orlando Chili Cook-Off

OFT Voted Best Food-Focused Activity in Orlando Date Night Awards

We’d like to thank God and our family and our… (oh crap, is that Kayne? Let’s wrap this up!) All kidding aside, we are ecstatic to be voted the first place winners for Best Food-Focused Activity in 2014’s Orlando Date Night Awards. There were more than 1,000 votes casted and many of those votes showed us love. This is our first year winning in this category and it’s exciting to see that everyone’s loving the Winter Park Walking Food Tour as much as we are. If you didn’t know, we started back in 2013 (it feels like just yesterday) and since then, we went from having 1-2 tours per weekend to having 6 weekly tours which sell out weeks in advance. And, we’re out and about on Friday, Saturday and Sunday now just to help everyone who wants to experience the tour find an open seat at our table. With more than 700 tour goers and counting, we have some big things coming up this year to make sure that we’re still #1 come this time next year including: More partners so that you can experience more great tastes and stops on the tour A dinner tour New tour route out in beautiful and funky College Park If you haven’t been on a food tour yet, you’re missing out. Luckily, you’re in the right place to change that. To check out upcoming dates and to receive an exclusive, discounted ticket price as we celebrate this win, click here and use the code FoodBlog at checkout!

A Bittersweet Bye Bye to Yum Yum Cupcake

It’s with nostalgic sweet memories that we say bye bye to Yum Yum Cupcake. This beloved staple of the sweeter side of Central Florida and a common participant at food truck bazaars in Orlando, Oviedo and more, announced Friday, February 6th that they’re closing up their on-wheels shop. They will forever be known for their fun and funky cupcake creations including the Smut Cake (Oreos, brownies and cookie dough in one massive cupcake), vegan/gluten-free options and, my personal favorite, the Hootenanny Harvest Apple. For more on this story, go here >>

Top 5 Orlando Events February 2015

As we bask in our 80-degree January weather while everything up North receives 80 inches of snowfall, it’s time to turn some eyes to how we’re getting out of the house and enjoying our ‘Florida winter.’ Not so surprisingly, there are a lot of Orlando Events in February 2015 taking advantage of this warm winter, so making the list was a bit of a task. In either case, we made it happen just for you. Check it out… Top 5 Orlando Events February 2015 1. Super Block Party Forgot to make super bowl plans? Don’t worry. Make your way down to Wall Street Plaza for the big game. There’s no cover and the taps are pouring all night. The screen is a massive 16 footer AND it’s LED. Now, tell me, you were going to watch the game from your couch were you? Hurry over and get the details here. The big game’s tonight. 2. Universal Mardi Gras Every year, without fail, we stalk the lineup. When you live in Central Florida and already get a discount on your pass, this is a no-brainer. With 16 headliners playing and a lineup of The All-American Rejects, Trey Songz, The Band Perry, Trace Adkins, American Authors, The B-52s, Bare Naked Ladies, Yandel, Jessie J… (sorry, I just needed to take a breather after all of that), how can you say no to one annual pass that gets you all of that? It all starts in early February and runs through March. For the lineup, go here: www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras/Overview.aspx 3. Paws in The Park Paws in the Park tops off Valentine’s Day with their annual pet walk fundraiser. It’s really a big party for 2-legged and 4-legged lovers (no fighters) alike. They have contests for the pups, food trucks, live demonstrations and more. There will even be a guest appearance by Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell. If you’ve never been, you’re probably scratching your head, but really, this event brings the crowds and is a staple every February. If you want to participate, register here. 4. Potted Potter Whether you’re a member of the Gryffindor, Slytherin or Hufflepuff house, you’ll laugh your muggle butt off at the Harry Potter parody coming to the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. We’ve still yet to go to the new center, but we have heard great things about the venue and the show boasts a flattering review from The New York Times. Show kicks off February 3rd and runs until February 15th. Tickets start as low as $37.50. Buy tickets here. 5. Love Your Shorts We’ve been out to this twice over the years and it’s a ton of fun. Basically, you show up in Sanford, watch the shorts, and vote on your favorites. Happening February 12th through the 15th. Learn more here. Bonus Event: The Florida Strawberry Festival We know that Plant City is a little way away from Orlando, but we just have to include it. Kicking off on February 26, this annual classic has a midway, shortcake, and live music. They have everyone from Boyz II Men to Alabama… See full event details here. Now it’s all up to you… Like having a little event guide? We’ll keep it up if you show us some love. Tell us in the comments below what’s on your schedule for the month and even into March and we’ll help your events make the list!

Now that Orlando Food Tours is Ranked #2 on TripAdvisor, Here’s What’s Next…

During their first year in business, Orlando Food Tours has moved up the ranks to the #2 spot on TripAdvisor’s Things to Do in Winter Park list, boasting a five-star rating for their food and sight-seeing tour. After seeing more than 700 tour goers since December 2013, this Orlando tour just released news that it will be increasing its number of weekly tours and expanding the stop list as the local business begins its second year around the sun. “The best part of this year was seeing past tour goers leave 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor while telling us that they were going back to some of the shops on the tour because they loved them so much,” said Kiel Cravatta, Orlando Food Tours Co-Owner. “To see people telling their friends about how surprised they were with the amount of food they had on the tour and that the tour gave them the chance to visit stops that they had never been to before, even after living in the area for years was incredible. The whole experience has been our dream come true. It was a little nerve-racking to try something new with the tour concept, but we went in with all of our hearts and the people responded. There’s no better feeling than that.”