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Whiskey Business is Tonight Friday April 27th 7:00-10:00 PM!

Calling all Whiskey Lovers!!! Whiskey Business is tonight, Friday April 27th, 7-10 p.m. at the Cheyenne Saloon, 126 W. Church Street! Patrons of this unique whiskey-centered event will enjoy discovering a huge selection of whiskies, bourbons, and scotches from around the world, as well as those distilled here locally. Guests will sample single malts all the way from Scotland, from new tastes to the classics. Brand ambassadors will be representing the best-of-the-best and are excited to share their wealth of knowledge! Ticket prices include entrance to the event, live entertainment, as well as appetizer samples from some of the hottest local restaurants around. Additional vendors will round out the evening, offering beer and cigar samples, and much more! Whiskey Business raises money for The Barber Fund, a small, grassroots 501(c)3 organization, established in 2014. The Barber Fund helps men, women, and children with various forms of cancer afford their basic utilities, mortgages, medical bills, grocery bills, and so much more (they even assist with animal care!). Ticket prices range from $20-$50. VIP tickets (entry at 6:00PM) are sold out, unfortunately.

Create the “Best Date Ever” with Orlando Food Tours!

The perfect date doesn’t have to include an expensive fancy dinner, the latest blockbuster movie, or showering your date with flowers. Whether you’re looking to create a memorable first date or you’re revamping your tired date night routine, make some magic and impress that special someone by taking them on one of our tasty Orlando Food Tours for a unique, fresh, and fun daytime date. Not only will you give your date the first impression that you are super thoughtful and creative, but you’ll both be thankful that you can avoid those dreaded getting to know you jitters. No remembering to keep your elbows off the table. No worrying about which utensil to use. No awkward silences. You can take complete comfort in the relaxed environment that our food tours provide. You’ll be in the company of others as you explore Winter Park Florida’s infamous and picturesque Park Avenue, letting you get to know each other while keeping the mood fun and laid back. The alcohol included in the tour helps with that, too! You’ll be amazed by just how much you can learn about another person through the love of food and the conversation will flow easily as you sample local favorite dishes. You’ll also quickly learn each other’s likes and dislikes while finding new places to explore together, venturing off into quaint romantic hideaways, discovering delightful gourmet treats to share. But if the conversation is lacking (which we doubt will be the case), our talented tour guide will be there to help keep you entertained along the way. Our guides are locals and strive to provide unique and interesting tour information – an obscure piece of history, or the scoop on an unfamiliar restaurant (which is sure to give you something to talk about afterwards or possibly even a second date idea…). Assuming things go marvelously on your date, Winter Park’s Park Avenue still has plenty more to offer if you and your date decide to continue your “Best Date Ever” after our food tour comes to an end! Well, what do you think? Are you ready to take your date to the next level? Let’s get to planning! Select your tour – invite your date- and we’ll take it from there!

Uncork, Unwind, and Support the Orlando Science Center!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. Engage Your Mind & Palate! $100 Members | $110 Early Bird | $125 General Admission Sip, savor, and get your science on at the 8th annual Science of Wine at the Orlando Science Center! Presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, the Science of Wine, hosted by culinary experts, mixes the opportunity to sample over 150 fine wines from all over the world with the chance to learn about the science behind wine growing and tasting. Not only will guests enjoy fine wines from the world’s most famous wine regions (Tuscany, Napa, Bordeaux), but patrons will also enjoy decadent pairings of local cuisine from over 30 of Central Florida’s finest restaurants that support the Orlando Science Center! Purchase “early bird” tickets by April 2nd and save $15.00 per ticket to Saturday April 28th’s Grand Tasting, where patrons will enjoy a wonderful evening of wining, dining, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Special wine seminar and cooking demo tickets can be purchased for an additional $20.00 per person. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot today! Guests must be 21+ to attend. Science of Wine ticket proceeds directly benefit the Orlando Science Center and help support STEM education and accessibility. For more information visit: www.osc.org/wine. To learn how to become a sponsor or partner please email wine@osc.org.

Upcoming Event Happenings this Spring in (and around) Winter Park

We thrive off of great local events, especially when said events take place in and around one of our favorite local neighborhoods. Winter Park is home to weekly, monthly, and yearly happenings you won’t want to miss. Here’s just a taste of some upcoming activities taking place over the next few weeks. We’ll see you there! Orlando Food Tours: www.Orlandofoodtours.com Every Saturday and Sunday 11:15AM – 2:15PM Orlando hasn’t been the same since our Orlando Food Tours launched in Winter Park. Sip and sample some local favorite dishes as you stroll across the brick-laid streets of historic Winter Park, FL. Sample craft beer and cocktails, eat organic locally sourced plates, and soak-up the local history and culture of one of Orlando’s most charming neighborhoods. Our tasty tours are perfect for couples looking for a fun day date, ladies ready for a relaxing afternoon, friends after an adventure, or a laid-back stroll with friends and family visiting Florida. We even offer special private group tours that are excellent choices for corporate bosses looking to team build or reward employees. They’re also perfect for birthday parties and bridal showers. Adults $47.00 per person / Children (6-12yrs) $35.00 / Children (6 and under) $12.00. Private group rates are also available. Bands & Brew Music Festival: www.eventbrite.com/e/bands-brew-music-festival-tickets-43078151912 Fri, Apr 6th, 2018, 7:00PM – Sat, Apr 7th, 2018, 12:00AM The Deadly Sins Brewing music festival features great music, craft beer and wine, raffles, and awesome local vendors. Event proceeds benefit the “2018 Orlando Cattle Baron’s Ball” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Central Florida. Ticket price includes entrance to the live concert venue, tasty food from local vendors, and raffles. Bands include AMP’D, SKIN DEEP, & EVIL GENIUS. Charity food sponsored catering by Sonny’s BBQ, Olive Garden, Teak Neighborhood Grill, and John and Shirley’s Catering. Advance tickets are $20 through 3/30, and $30 thereafter. National Beer Day BBQ: www.eventbrite.com/e/national-beer-day-bbq-tickets-44415165957?aff=erelpanelorg Sat, April 7th, 2018 2:00PM – 5:00PM Hinckley’s Fancy Meats & Deadly Sins Brewing are hosting a National Beer Day BBQ where some seriously tasty eats will be smoked to perfection for National Beer Day! One ticket affords 1 beer ticket, 1 bottle of BA Barley Wine (12%) and 1 food item for just $25. Please pre-order your food as quantities are limited – BBQ Ribs (half rack), Mixed Grill (quarter rack ribs/6 duck wings), or Duck Wings (12). All items served with a choice of side. Drink Around the World: www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-around-the-world-tickets-43479161342?aff=es2 Sat, April 28th, 2018 6:00PM – 9:00PM Visit all your favorite countries while enjoying authentic FULL size PREMIUM signature cocktails and beer from around the globe, without leaving Downtown Orlando. Presented by Orlando Pub Crawl, Orlando Sport and Social Club, and Wall St. Plaza, each themed area around Wall St. Plaza and the Orange Co. Regional History Center will represent each country’s specific culture with cocktails hand-crafted from that part of the world. Enjoy cocktails from premium brands like Jameson, Stoli, Jager, Three Olives, Absolut and many more for as little as $20. Discover beverages from Russia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, St Croix, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, Italy, Chile, England, Canada, Margaritaville, and more! Unlimited cocktails from each country from 6-9PM. $20.00 on or before April 27th 2018 / $25.00 the day of the event. Derby de’ Mayo: www.eventbrite.com/e/derby-de-mayo-tickets-42391982561?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse Sat, May 5th, 2018 3:30PM – 7:30PM Enjoy Orlando’s first ever Kentucky Derby/Cinco de’ Mayo party experience in true Winter Park style! Patrons are encouraged to wear their best Derby day attire as they enjoy 4-hours of unlimited food, drinks, live music, and fun cheering on their favorite horses. Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Orlando and realtor Anthony DiNova. Sponsors include Hunter Vision, Broadstone Winter Park, Manny Acosta – State Farm Agent, EG Vodka, and Orlando Relocation Guide. Park Ave is the only ticket option available with Full VIP access $59 – Super Early Bird VIP Park Ave 1-person Tix or purchase a 4-Person VIP Tix for $220 ($55 per person). Costume contest with $1,000 cash prize and more! For a full breakdown of VIP perks, Park Avenue sponsors, food vendors, wine vendors & dessert vendors please visit the Eventbrite link above. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Event held rain or shine. Must be 21 and up to attend. No pets. No Gambling.  

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Disney Springs’ Ragland Road!

If you’re looking for something spectacular to do tonight for St. Patrick’s Day which includes the Irish traditions of great music, dark beer, and delicious hearty traditional Irish food then head on over to Disney Springs’ Ragland Road Irish Pub And Restaurant for their Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, already in full swing! Their weekend long festivities began yesterday, Friday March 16th, and will carry on through the night until late tomorrow night. If you’re into live Irish music and Irish step dancing, this weekend is your chance to partake in some incredible entertainment highlighting some of Ireland’s best and brightest. Check out their Pub & Patio Stage line-up of award-winning musical talent: The line-up includes Celtic rock’s the Young Dubliners, well-known U2 tribute band Elevation, a brilliant Irish family band The Maguires, and The Byrne Brothers, featuring Dempsey (8), Finn (11), Luca (13), and their father Tommy. Also playing all the way from the southwest corner of Ireland, are Reel Republic. These highly acclaimed Irish bands will be joined by Ragland’s house bands, The Raglan Roots Coalition and Out the Gap. For a steppin’ good time, the Ragland Road Irish Dancers will get the crowd riled up throughout the weekend and will be teaching patrons some traditional Irish dance moves so wear your green dancing shoes! Don’t forget to bring the kiddos as Ragland’s family-friendly festivities also include complimentary face painting which the little ones will love! Tip: If you’re looking for green beer you won’t find it here! Ragland will be featuring an impressive authentic selection of beer, craft cocktails, and spirits, along with Irish pub food and more up-scale elegant Irish dishes. The full menu will be available tonight and tomorrow, including brunch. Today, St. Patty’s Day March 17th, guests are being seated on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for Sunday, including brunch, by calling 407-938-0300. Now grab your green and get headed to Ragland Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! *All images taken from Ragland Road’s Facebook page.

Looking For A Fun Private Corporate Event Idea?

Are you a corporate boss looking for a unique and memorable way to promote team building or reward your hard-working employees? Or are you a small business owner looking for alternatives to the annual Christmas party? We’ve got you covered! Orlando Food Tours offers fully customizable private food tours for corporate groups of 9 or more. You and your staff will enjoy a fun-filled VIP team building experience noshing on local hand-selected foods and sipping adult beverages at 6 different unique tasting stops. Our professionally trained local tour guides will also teach your group a little about the local history and culture of the historic Park Ave in Winter Park, Florida. We offer special discounted rates for corporate groups of 9 or more – $40 per ticket, saving your organization $7 on every team member. Unlike our normally scheduled Winter Park Walking Tour, we offer private group tours any day of the week, so we can work around your company’s busy schedule. Private tour perks include everything offered on our regular tours, along with the extra goodies of discounted ticket rates, customized experience and personal touches, flexibility in scheduling, only your group on the tour, and a few other additional surprises along the way. Our private corporate tours are fun and affordable with plenty of tasty food for everyone. Ready to book? If you’re looking to plan a one-of-a-kind corporate event or celebration, we want to hear from you! Contact us here or call 800-656-0713 to reserve your spot today!

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Debuts January 31st, 2018!

As a self-proclaimed Gryffindor Harry Potter nerd (sorted by one of the actual Sorting Hats featured in the films via the Harry Potter Museum Warner Brothers Hollywood), I am excited to see that Universal Orlando is turning their “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter into a new projection mapping experience called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” The new show features a dazzling display of lights and special effects, and is set to music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films. The show will celebrate the spirit and pride of the Hogwarts Houses by wrapping Hogwarts Castle in each house’s unique color concept (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw & Hufflepuff) as night falls on the island. “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will debut Wednesday, Jan. 31st at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, and will run Feb. 5th, and Feb. 7th – Feb. 12th with previews during “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Jan. 26th-28th.  Additional dates will be announced later and an exclusive preview event will be available on Friday January 26th for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” package holders. “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” which depicted various Christmas memories inspired from the Harry Potter films, debuted last month to rave reviews and has also been featured at Universal Studios Hollywood. We’re happy to see that Universal Orlando is keeping the concept alive for a bit longer (hopefully, for good!). Oh, and if you have extra time to spare at the parks – try eating your way through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

10 Festive Events To Attend This Christmas In Orlando

Now that the Thanksgiving festivities are taken care of, it is finally time for Christmas – decorating the tree, addressing holiday cards, baking cookies and cakes, wrapping presents, sappy Lifetime and Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and enjoying the remaining weeks of 2017 with family and friends!! Our team here at Orlando Food Tours wanted to share some of our favorite family-friendly events taking place in and around the Orlando area this holiday season. Let’s get started! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Select nights, Thursday November 9th – Friday December 22nd Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of Orlando’s biggest holiday merriments of all time! Every year, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is transformed into a holiday haven. This year Queen Elsa decks Cinderella’s magical castle to the nines with icy-glittering lights. This one-of-a-kind festive celebration features spectacular fireworks, live entertainment, holiday treats, and a jolly parade with Mickey, Minnie, your favorite Princesses, toy soldiers, and all their Disney character friends – singing festive songs, all dressed in delightful holiday clothing! Separate tickets required; $89.00 per event ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/. Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Tuesday November 21st – Sunday January 7th During Christmas at Gaylord Palms, get into the spirit with holiday attractions and extravagant displays which include over 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and larger-than-life decorations. Some of the events include: ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt, Snow Tubing, Santa’s Snow Throw, ALL-NEW Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a free live stage show, Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions, Christmas at Gaylord Palms Light Show, Photos with Santa, and much more! Check the Gaylord Palms website for schedule and times, as each event varies each day. https://www.gaylordpalmstickets.com/online/default.asp Prices vary. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Friday November 24th – Sunday January 7th Wizards and Muggles alike can experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley for the first time ever! Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have both been transformed with wonderous holiday spirit. Marvel at the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch as the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular returns. The minions join Santa with merry mayhem in the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and Hogwarts castle have been transformed with festive décor & garland, and brilliant lighting. There are special holiday treats and drinks, as well as special shows from the Frog Choir & the King’s Cross Station busker singers, and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. Ticket prices vary. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events/holidays-at-universal/index.html. 36th Annual Light Up Mount Dora Saturday November 25th Celebrate the holidays this Saturday November 25th at the 36th Annual Light Up Mount Dora. Over 2 million sparkling lights will light up Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with a spectacular show of traditional Christmas songs, exhilarating dances, and much more! Festivities begin at 5:00PM and at 6:30PM the lights come on. Location of the event is Donnelly Park at 530 N. Donnelly St. Free admission to the public. For more information please call the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-383-2165 or visit http://mountdorachristmas.com/lightup.html. Celebration “Now Snowing 2017” – Celebration, FL Saturday November 25th This month-long celebration of snow kicks off this Saturday November 25th in gorgeous downtown Celebration, FL. Guests can enjoy the magical tree lighting ceremony and the very first snowfall of 2017, as well as live holiday music, train rides, enchanting horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, Dickens Christmas carolers, and the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus! The tree lighting festivities are from 5:30PM – 9:00PM, and snow will fall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00. Free to the public. To learn more, visit the Celebration Town Center website http://celebrationtowncenter.com/events/now-snowing-2017. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Holidays Around the World Sunday November 19th – Saturday December 30th This international celebration at Epcot’s World Showcase allows visitors to learn about the diverse holiday traditions around the world, from Hanukkah to the Chinese New Year, to Christmas. Performers, dressed in immaculate country-original costumes, teach parkgoers about the various traditions of the nations around the world; including beautiful native music selections and festive holiday décor. Two of the highlighted performances are “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” and the Candlelight Processional (led by a celebrity narrator, with an enormous choir and 50-piece orchestra). During Holidays Around the World, Epcot’s evening fireworks and laser water show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, also includes its very own seasonal makeover. Ticket prices vary. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/holiday-festival/. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Select nights, Friday November 24th – Sunday December 31st SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration features a lit-up sea of tree sparkles over the main lake in a wintery & watery wonderland. World-famous skaters twirl on ice while parkgoers enjoy festive food & shopping, stunning live shows, and delightful entertainment inspired by the natural world.  Make new holiday memories – stroll around the lakeside Christmas Market and savor the scents of delicious food & delectable holiday treats while shopping for unique, artisan-crafted gifts. The festivities are included with park admission. Ticket prices vary. For additional information please visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/christmas-celebration/. Tree Lighting Celebration – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park Begins Friday December 1st The City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake Eola Park’s Walt Disney Amphitheater starts Friday December 1st at 5:00PM. The highlight of this family-friendly event is the lighting of the city’s six-story Christmas tree (72-feet!), featuring 88,000 animated lights, by Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event also includes live entertainment and holiday music, vendor booths, and the scrumptious food of TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar. Following the first lighting of the season, the Holiday Celebration Stage Show finale will begin. Performances begin at 5PM at the Amphitheater, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 7PM. The show runs every hour until 9:45PM. The Salvation Army will be at the event collecting monetary donations which will supply children in need with toys this holiday season. Unable to make it to the tree lighting ceremony? No worries – you can catch the synchronized light and music Christmas Tree Show each night starting at 5:45PM. Free to the public. Please visit the City of Orlando’s website for further information and the schedule of events http://www.cityoforlando.net/holiday. Winter on the Avenue – Winter Park Friday December 1st Kickoff the holidays on Friday December 1st with Park Avenue’s Winter Park holiday festivities from 5:00PM – 10:00PM. Park Avenue’s winter wonderland street party includes the annual tree lighting, snowmaking fun, Christmas carolers, and a visit from Santa Claus! The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Winter Park, Park Avenue Merchants Association, and the Enzian Theater to bring this “flurry” of entertainment to the Winter Park community. Free to the public. For additional information about this event visit http://winterpark.org/events-programs/winter-on-the-avenue/. The Nutcracker Tea Party and The Nutcracker – Russian Ballet Orlando Saturday December 2nd The Calvary Assembly celebrates the holiday season with the ever-so-famous ballet – The Nutcracker, and the Nutcracker Tea Party. The Tea Party is from 4:30PM – 5:30PM and the Nutcracker performance begins at 6:00PM. This timeless classic of a tale of hope, imagination, and excitement features treasured characters, stunning costumes, special effects such as an onstage blizzard, and of course the timeless choreography and extraordinary Tchaikovsky arrangement performed by the world famous Russian Ballet Orlando. This performance is focused on incorporating community, interacting with the audience, and creating a family-friendly environment for everyone. Tea party $10.00 per person. Nutcracker ticket prices vary.  For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://russianballetorlando.org/russian-ballet-productions.html  

Tired of Disney World and Universal? Here’s 10 Fun Things to do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks!

Everyone knows that Orlando, FL is home to some of the most iconic theme parks in the world. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM, Universal, Islands of Adventure, and Sea World are just the tip of the iceberg of all the exhilarating attractions and unique entertainment that Orlando offers residents and visitors from around the world. From pro sports team soccer matches to family-friendly dinner shows, this magical location has a little bit of everything. Let’s take a quick look at some of our favs! Orlando Food Tours: www.Orlandofoodtours.com Orlando hasn’t been the same since our Orlando Food Tours launched in Winter Park and Audubon Park. Sip and sample some of locals’ favorite dishes as you stroll across the brick-laid streets of historic Winter Park, FL. Or sample craft beer and cocktails, eat organic locally sourced plates, and soak-up the local history and culture of one of Orlando’s most charming neighborhoods on one of our Audubon Park food tours. Our tasty tours are perfect for couples looking for a fun day date, ladies ready for a relaxing afternoon, friends after an adventure, or a laid-back stroll with friends and family visiting Florida. We even offer special private group tours that are excellent choices for corporate bosses looking to team build or reward employees. They’re also perfect for birthday parties and bridal showers. Adults $47.00 per person / Children (6-12yrs) $35.00 / Children (6 and under) $12.00. Private group rates are also available. Orlando Food Tours Holiday Gift Certificates are on sale now! *Use Discount Code “FALL15” for 15% off all Tickets and Gift Certificates* Zombie Outbreak: http://www.zombieoutbreak.co/florida Think you can survive a zombie outbreak? Now is your chance to prove your apocalyptic worth thanks to International Drive’s Zombie Outbreak! Armed with “fake” realistic state-of-the-art weaponry (150 rounds), groups of 4-5 participants will be sent into a zombie-filled facility to “stun” free roaming zombies (live actors – how cool!) to avoid getting bitten and turned. You better be quick – the walking dead only stay stunned for 5-7 seconds! The course takes approx. 10 -15 mins to clear. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations recommended. Prices – $24.95 per person. Orlando City Soccer: https://www.orlandocitysc.com/ If you’re a resident, or happen to be visiting Orlando when Orlando City Soccer is playing a home game, you won’t want to miss out on the experience of a lifetime! Our local Orlando City sports heroes battle it out in their brand-new OCS stadium and guarantee an adrenaline-filled game for their die-hard fans. Be sure to check out the OCS game scheduleto verify when they’re in town and wear your purple with pride! Ladies – be advised you cannot bring your purses or bags into the stadium, so be sure to lock them in your car or leave them at home or at the hotel. Season tickets, single game tickets, group tickets, and premium seating are all available! Ticket prices vary. Painting with a Twist – Winter Park: https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/orlando-winter-park/ Want to knock back a few glasses of wine but tired of going to the same old boring local bars? Check out Painting with a Twist! One of numerous locations available, the Winter Park location is one of our favs for a night out with the ladies (or gents). Grab your booze, your friends, and get ready to unleash your artsy and creative wild side. These fun instructor-led studio classes are the perfect blend of art and entertainment. You’ll be led step-by-step by one of their talented artists to create your very own masterpiece that you can take with you to showcase in your home. Check their schedule for painting choices and reserve your seat online or via phone. All supplies are included and no experience necessary! 2 hr. classes $35.00 per person / 3 hr. classes $45.00 per person / Family friendly & Seniors $25.00 per person. Private parties welcome. Disney Springs: https://www.disneysprings.com/ As a local that has been to Downtown Disney too many times to count, I was pleasantly surprised the first time I ventured over to the new Disney Springs, since the much-needed giant renovation. Tons of brand new exquisite retail shops, fun and fancy restaurants, and family entertainment venues have been added, as well as decent parking (those that remember the horror of Downtown Disney parking can relax – there’s plenty of free and convenient parking now available!). Be sure to stop by the Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Bar where you can explore classic and exotic flavors from around the world. There’s even an adult beverage menu for the grownups – including flights! Prices vary. Orlando Dinner Theatres Medieval Times: http://www.medievaltimes.com/ Capones: https://alcapones.com Sleuths: https://www.sleuths.com/ You can’t really visit Orlando, FL the right way without enjoying one of our many long-running family dinner shows. Some of our favorites include Medieval Times, Capones, and Sleuths! Each dinner show venue includes their own unique theme (beautiful horses, jousting knights, singing mobsters, and mystery), excellent food, and quality entertainment. These local dinner shows are a great way to enjoy a family meal while being entertained by some of Orlando’s finest talent. Large group discounts and private parties are available. Prices vary & reservations are recommended. Universal City Walk – Orlando: http://www.citywalk.com/ Aside from Universal City Walk Orlando being the gateway to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, it is also home to some of Orlando’s finest dining, shopping, and entertainment venues such as Hard Rock Café, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Rising Star Karaoke Club, Pat O’ Brien’s Piano Bar, Emeril’s fine dining, Bob Marley’s – A Tribute to Freedom, and Blue Man Group. Not only are annual passes to the main parks available, but you can even add to your experience with vacation package add-ons (dining plans, photo packages, etc.) that can help you save time and money on your family vacation or weekend adventure. Reservations are recommended for certain venues – we suggest calling or emailing ahead of time just in case! Downside – parking is pricey, unless you have an annual pass! Restaurant & ticket prices vary. Fun Spot (Orlando / Kissimmee): https://fun-spot.com/ Fun Spot’s unique old-fashioned theme park and carnival atmosphere is bound to bring back some childhood memories.  Spend the day riding coasters (there’s kiddie rides for the youngins!), driving Go-Karts, and playing carnival games. You can even visit with Harvey and Lois, two huge gators, and other Florida Wildlife, at their new Gator Spot located at the Orlando Fun Spot location. Oh, and they have free parking! Season passes, two park passes for both parks, and single day tickets are available. Prices and perks vary. The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye: https://www.officialorlandoeye.com Enjoy a breathtaking 360° view of Orlando like you’ve never seen it before with the Orlando Eye located on International Drive! Discover all the magic and wonder that Orlando has to offer “from above” in a calm and serene capsule attached to a 400-foot tall observation wheel. The Orlando Eye allows for a magnificent view of Central Florida, along with downtown Orlando’s skyline, lakes and landscapes, theme parks, and sometimes (with clear skies) even Cape Canaveral! This experience is great for all ages. Free parking close to the venue! General tickets, Florida Resident Rates, Group Rates, Champagne Experiences, and Private Capsules are all available. Old Town – Kissimmee: https://myoldtownusa.com/ Old Town, a local favorite in Kissimmee, is an excellent fun-filled break from the world of Mickey and Minnie. Not only does Old Town include plenty of bars and restaurants, unique and one-of-a-kind shops (Voodoo Rock ‘n Roll, Old Town Leather, and Wound ‘N Around are three personal favs!), but it also is home to family fun such as karaoke, classic car & monster truck shows, bike nights, family movie nights, and some of the most thrilling rides and attractions around. If you want to make your Old Town trip a more permanent memory, there’s even a tattoo shop – Ink Spot Tattoo! And don’t forget to visit Mortem Mansion for a spooky treat & scare! Parking is free. Restaurant and ride prices vary. Escape Game Orlando: https://orlandoescapegame.com/ With 8 national locations, The Escape Game (Orlando), located on International Drive, has become a favorite among locals and Orlando visitors. Participants can choose between 5 different interactive experiences: The Heist, Mission: Mars, Gold Rush, Classified, and Prison Break. Perfect for individuals, private parties (think bachelorette party!), and corporate events, the Escape Game lets participants escape from their everyday lives and immerse themselves in a fictitious mission where they can live out the heroic stories they see on TV and in the movies! Teams are locked in a room, and have exactly one hour to complete their assigned mission and escape – requiring teamwork, determination, and quick thinking! Reservations are recommended. Prices $31.99 – $37.99 per person.

Tips for Orlando Food Tour Success

8 Tips for Orlando Food Tour Success

Thinking about making an Orlando Food Tour experience a gift for yourself or your favorite foodie? Excellent choice!! Check out what our Orlando Food Tour is all about. Here are some tips to ensure foodie tour success! 1. Know where to park Our tours take place in Winter Park and Audubon Park. Free parking is available in both locations; you just have to know where to look! For our Winter Park tour, we recommend parking at the train station or at the parking garage on W Canton Ave (public parking is on levels 4 and 5). The train station is closest to our tour start and end points. Street parking is also available, but spots can be difficult to find on weekends. For our Audubon Park tour, free parking is available in the East End Market lot. If it’s full when you arrive, you can park across the street in front of any of the shops along Corrine Drive. 2. Let us know about dietary needs in advance Vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free, and allergies…we can accommodate just about anything as long as we know about your needs before your tour. When you purchase your ticket online, we’ll ask you about food allergies and dietary restrictions. Make sure to fill out this portion so we can better serve you! If you forget, feel free to contact us before your scheduled tour date. 3. Keep an open mind Food tours exist to expose you to restaurants and cuisine you may not be familiar with. So make sure to keep an open mind when you come on a tour. You’ll be trying new things, learning from our vendors, and immersing yourself into the foodie culture of both of our destinations. Even if you’re local, our tours are bound to teach you something new. 4. Mix and mingle Whether you come in a group, by yourself, or as a couple, you’re going to be in good company. We’re all foodies here so don’t be shy! Mingle with your tour group, get to know your fellow tour goers, and stay open to making new friends. And don’t forget to chat up the vendors and your tour guide, too! (We love swapping info on our favorite local restaurants.) 5. Dress comfortably While the focus of our tour remains primarily on food, expect a decent amount of walking as we explore historical and cultural points of interest. Take this into account when choosing your footwear for the day. And remember that we’re in Florida, where the climate can be unpredictable in the summer and afternoons heat up quickly. Wear lightweight clothing and bring an umbrella during the summer months. 6. Bring the essentials Sunscreen, bottled water, some extra cash, and your camera are just a few of the essentials to consider bringing on your tour. 7. Arrive early Remember what we shared about parking? Both Winter Park and Audubon Park get busy on the weekends, and it may take you a few minutes to find a spot. Traffic on I-4 is unpredictable. And if you’re coming from out of town, it may take some extra time to familiarize yourself with the local surroundings. Be prepared by adding some buffer time into your schedule. 8. Make it a day trip Our food tours will give you a great snapshot of the local foodie scene, but there’s so much more to see and do after your tour. Here are a few things we recommend checking out before or after your food tour. Winter Park: – Charles Hosmer Morse Museum – Scenic Boat Tour – Winter Park Farmer’s Market (Saturday mornings) Audubon Park: – Harry P. Leu Gardens – Redlight Redlight craft beer bar – Gideon’s bakehouse cookies Got all that?? Good! Now “wrap up” your purchase and click here for more details and to purchase gift cards while supplies last! Download and Print or Email immediately!