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SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Offer Veterans Free Admission until July 4th

Once again, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld are showing their support for the U.S. Military by offering free admission to U.S. Military veterans and their families through the Fourth of July via their Waves of Honor program. Since SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment launched their Waves of Honor program back in 2005, over 9 million active military, veterans, and their families have enjoyed visiting the parks for free. The Waves of Honor Military Ticket Program offers this once-a-year complimentary admission to U.S. Military veterans and up to three family members. Under this spectacular program, they will gain free admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego or Busch Gardens Williamsburg. To redeem the free tickets, veterans must visit the Waves of Honor website. The free ticket offer cannot be accessed at the entrances to any of the parks. Also, SeaWorld has a second special freebie deal right now which allows guests two free beers upon each visit to Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio. This separate free beer offer is valid until Sept. 2nd. Well, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the parks this weekend and celebrate Memorial Day in style!

Disney World Is Now Serving Alcohol At All Sit-Down Magic Kingdom Restaurants!

Did you hear?? Guests 21+ no longer have to park hop around Walt Disney World in order to get their drink on when visiting the Magic Kingdom. Now park guests can indulge in adult beverages at every sit-down restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, which has had a strict policy banning alcohol from the park since its opening back in 1971. All the other Disney parks (Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios) serve booze, but Magic Kingdom was the last park to keep things sober, respecting Walt Disney’s vision to keep the Magic Kingdom G-rated. But times are a’changing. The first Magic Kingdom restaurant to serve alcohol was the Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, Be Our Guest, which opened back in 2012. Then in late 2016, Magic Kingdom added four more sit-down restaurants that serve wine and beer: Tony’s Town Square, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern. Tony’s Town Square on Main Street offers beer and Italian wines. Cinderella’s Royal Table offers mimosas, bellinis, and sangrias for breakfast, and a rather extensive wine list for lunch and dinner. Liberty Tree Tavern has beer, cider, and wine. Now Disney has announced that guests 21+ can order alcohol off the menu at all Magic Kingdom sit-down restaurants with the addition of three final table service restaurants adding booze to their menus. The three additional restaurants include the Plaza Restaurant, a casual salad and sandwich spot on Main Street USA; the Crystal Palace, a character buffet restaurant with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet; and the Diamond Horseshoe, a dinner buffet in Frontierland. These restaurants now feature specially selected adult beverages that are unique to their menu. At the Plaza Restaurant, guests can enjoy American beer and wine, including a regional craft India Pale Ale. At the Crystal Palace, guests can indulge in sparkling wine breakfast mimosas, as well as beer and wine, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to pair with their lunch and dinner buffets. At the Diamond Horseshoe, guests can grub on Frontierland food with wine or classic American beer such as traditional lagers. Counter services will not be serving alcohol of any kind and hard liquor is still prohibited throughout the park. Disneyland in Anaheim, CA is still a dry park except for the ultra-exclusive members-only Club 33.

We’re Taking a Summer Break June 9th – August 31st, 2018!

We all know how outrageously HOT and UNCOMFORTABLE the Summer months can get here in Central Florida. We completely understand that most sane individuals will be enjoying their Summer afternoons lounging in pools or playing at the beach to catch a break from the brutal 90 degree Florida heat. We get it. Which is why Orlando Food Tours will be taking a Summer hiatus from all Walking Food Tours starting on Saturday June 9th and ending on Friday August 31st. What does this mean? First off, no need to worry – we’ll resume our tours on Saturday September 1st, 2018. All gift certificates will remain valid. They can be redeemed once our tours resume on September 1st. However, we do encourage those holding gift certificates to book your tours ASAP in order to schedule your tours prior to our hiatus. These remaining tours will fill up fast – so book sooner rather than later. To book your tour today, please visit: http://www.orlandofoodtours.com/walking-food-tour/ That’s it! We’ll be back as usual when the cooler weather returns.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Battle of the Biggest Foodies!

Hey, Foodie Friends! You’ve all been patiently awaiting the next Orlando Food Tours FREE ticket giveaway so we’re super excited to announce that it’s that time again – The Battle of the Biggest Foodies TICKET GIVEAWAY TIME!! Our last “Central Florida’s Biggest Foodie” winner thoroughly enjoyed wearing the title with honor but, alas, it is officially time to pass the title on to a new lucky winner! And with that honor comes <ding, ding, ding> TWO FREE TICKETS to Orlando Food Tours! So, let’s get down to business! Are You The Biggest Central Florida Foodie?  Here’s all you have to do to qualify to enter the contest: 1.) Like this blog post on our Facebook page. 2.) Share this blog post (via our FB page) on your Facebook wall. 3.) Tell us (via this post’s comments section on our Facebook page) what makes you the “Biggest Central Florida Foodie.” We’re looking for the BEST reason as to why YOU’RE the biggest foodie in Central Florida. That’s it! – follow these three simple steps and you’ll be entered into our giveaway contest to win two FREE tour tickets to our Winter Park tours. The Deadline to enter (by following the three easy steps above) is Thursday May 10th! One lucky winner will be announced next Friday, May 11th! Now, let’s get this party started! Head on over to our Facebook page and tell us why you deserve to hold the title of Central Florida’s Biggest Foodie!

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!

Stranger Things Is Coming To Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 28

#JUSTICEFORBARB – The Upside Down is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018. Universal just announced that they are partnering with Netflix to give the pop culture phenomenon, Stranger Things, the honor of Halloween Horror Nights fame at their Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore park locations. The season 1 inspired maze will start guests off on Mirkwood and end with them being terrorized by none other than the Demogorgon. Guests will find their way to the Byers’ family home – complete with an epic display of erratic flashing Christmas lights. Guests will also be chased through the Hawkins National Laboratory and they will experience the freakishly eerie floating orb spores of the Upside Down firsthand. I’m willing to bet my right arm that Eleven and her Eggos also make an appearance in the maze at some point! “We’re very excited to be working closely with Netflix – to give our guests an immersive experience into the “Stranger Things” world by recreating some of the show’s most iconic scenes, 80’s settings, and most loved characters,” said Universal. This will be the first time Netflix has dared to cross over into the foreign waters of the tourism industry, despite CEO Reed Hastings previously showing some signs of interest. We certainly hope it won’t be the last Netflix hit to make its way to HHN Orlando! Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights runs September 14th through November 3rd. Universal is already offering BOGO tickets – buy one night, get one night free (available on select nights). I’M IN! Now, who’s coming with me?

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.