Celebration Kicks off Ninth Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves on October 23 & 24, 2015

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Fall Festival

Celebration Kicks off Ninth Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves on October 23 & 24, 2015

Celebration Town Center brings the colors, sights, and sounds of fall to central Florida once again for its 9th annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 23 & 24, 2015!

During Oktoberfest in Celebration, you can watch the fall leaves drop onto Market Street and enjoy a lakeside view while listening to live music all while enjoying this one-of-a-kind themed event.

Starting Friday, October 23rd, Oktoberfest will get kick started with a traditional German experience, featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come watch and join in with this interactive, life show, featuring German customs such as yodeling, sing-a-long fun, and much more!

Celebration Oktoberfest Dan Witucki Band
Dan Witucki Band

On Saturday October 24th, the celebration continues as Celebration Town Center puts on, “Rocktoberfest.” Music will be performed live by Jordyn Kane, and the amazing The Jonnie Morgan Band. Come and ring in the fall season this year in Celebration with one of the most family-friendly and fun Oktoberfest celebrations in the southeast!

Celebration Oktoberfest Jordyn Kane
Jordyn Kane
Celebration Oktoberfest The Jonnie Morgan Band
The Jonnie Morgan Band

There is something for everyone in the family. Hop on a hayride, dance to terrific live music, paint a pumpkin, or just stroll and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy the great savings at the lakeside promenade.

Celebration Oktoberfest DJ Tami
DJ Tami

Leaves fall daily at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 PM.

Of course, as always, Parking and Admission are FREE!!!

There is something for everyone at this one of a kind Fall Festival presented by Lexin and sponsored in part by Sam Adams, Axis Magazine, The Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee.

For more information, visit us at www.celebrationtowncenter.com

Oktoberfest in Celebration Schedule 

October 23rd   Schedule

5:30 PM DJ Tami Begins/Pumpkin Painting Begins

6:10-7:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

10:00 PM Event Ends

October 24th  Schedule

5:00 PM DJ Tami Begins/Pumpkin Painting Begins

6:15-7:00 PM  Jordyn Kane

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM The Jonnie Morgan Band

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM The Jonnie Morgan Band

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM The Jonnie Morgan Band

10:30 PM Event Ends

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Celebration Annual Oktoberfest Fall Festival

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Fall Festival

Celebration Kicks off Eight Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves on October 17th and 18th

 

On October 17th and 18th, Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. Listen for the rustling of leaves, relax by the lakeside and rock your troubles away, and enjoy the live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza.

Halloween in Celebration Oktoberfest

On Friday October 17th,    Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.

Then, come back on October 18th    as Celebration Town Center will celebrate “Rocktoberfest”. Featuring the one and only The Jonnie Morgan Band .Celebration Town Center is the place to be to usher in Fall. It’s the coolest family-friendly Oktoberfest in the Southeast, so don’t miss it.

Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Fall Festival

Hop on a hayride, dance to terrific live music, paint a pumpkin, or just stroll and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy the great savings at the lakeside promenade.

 

During Oktoberfest in Celebration, leaves fall daily at 7:008:00, and 9:00 PM. Parking and Admission are FREE!!!

 

There is something for everyone at this one of a kind Fall Festival presented by Lexin and sponsored in part by San Adams, Axis Magazine, The Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. For more information, visit us at www.celebrationtowncenter.com

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Come early, Stay Late, and have fun at Celebration’s 8th Annual Oktoberfest!!!!

 

2014 Celebration Oktoberfest Schedule  

October 17th  Schedule

5:30 PM DJ Tami Begins/Pumpkin Painting Begins

6:10-7:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

10:00 PM Event Ends

October 18th Schedule

5:00 PM DJ Tami Begins/Pumpkin Painting Begins

6:45-7:00 PM  Jason Domulot

7:00 PM Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM The Jonnie Morgan Band

8:00 PM Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM The Jonnie Morgan Band

9:00 PM Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM The Jonnie Morgan Band

10:30 PM Event Ends

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2014 Great American Pie Festival Giveaway

Great American Pie Festival Giveaway

The 2014 Great American Pie Festival

is returning to Celebration, and we’ve got a sweet giveaway!

The Great American Pie Festival will be returning for its thirteenth year to the streets of Downtown Celebration, Florida on April 26th and 27th, bringing thousands of pie lovers and bakers together!

The highlight of the Great American Pie Festival is the the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award winning pie, ice cream, toppings, and beverages from the Festival’s sponsors.

The Never-Ending Pie Buffet will have sweet offerings by Bakers Square Restaurants and Pies, Legendary Baking, Kroger’s Private Selection, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Village Inn, Wick’s Pies, Harlan Bakeries, Winn-Dixie and Cabot Cheese.  Zoe ALWAYS has to visit the Publix ice cream and the Duncan Hines Comstock/Wilderness toppings first!

Tickets for the Never Ending Pie Buffet will be on sale at the door for $10/adults and $5/seniors 65+ and children 6-12.

Children and adults alike can make their own pies at the Comstock Creation Station. There will be pie shell decorating, pie art, take your photo at the Paramount Pictures Labor Day Booth, chef hat decorating  and many more pie activities to enjoy.  Of course, no pie festival would be complete without a Pie Eating Contest, sponsored by Private Selection.  Cost for the children’s area, which includes the crafts and bouncy houses was $10/child.  The Pietopia Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants features entertainment and baking demonstration by chefs from across the country and was free to all attendees.

And now for the really sweet part… You have the chance to win a Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Great American Pie Festival Never-Ending Buffet!

We will be giving away one Family Four Pack (2 adult and 2 children) Tickets to the Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, FL on April 26 or 27, 2014. You will be contacted via email for confirmation and pick-up instructions.

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Good Luck!

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Wordless Wednesday – Christmas in Orlando

Wordless Wednesday – December 25, 2013

We want to wish everyone celebrating today a very Merry Christmas!

We hope that you all have a day full of family, fun, and love!

Merry Christmas from Orlando!!!

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Now Snowing Nightly In Celebration

Celebration Now Snowing  Nightly

Snowfall and Events EVERY Night at Now Snowing Nightly Now through December 31st
(including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve)

Now Snowing, is by far our favorite event hosted by Celebration all year!

Now Snowing Nightly

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers a new snowfall program, an  ice rink and a schedule filled with surprises. Now Snowing is a month long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, community performers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, the Celebration Express train, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM.

There is nothing like catching a bite to eat (We love Sweet Escape for a sandwich, Celebration Town Tavern for the best Chowder, or The Columbia for a 1905 Salad and Sangria), playing in the snow or ‘snoap’ as we call it, and doing a little shopping as a family!

Now Snowing Nightly
I picked this little guy up at Confetti!!! I love him!!!

During the hourly ‘snow’ a short story plays about how it first started snowing in Celebration which is followed by really fun and upbeat Christmas music!

Now Snowing Nightly

If you are planning on attending Now Snowing in Celebration, here are a few tips!

  • Make sure that your little ones wear closed toed shoes with lots of tread on them, because the ‘snow’ can be slippery and it helps keep the little ones safe while they run around!

Now Snowing Nightly

  • You will want to make sure that you plan ahead for parking, because it can take awhile to find a parking spot…especially on the weekend or on nights with special events. And when it says ‘Resident Parking Only’, take heed because they will tow your car!
  • If you think that your little one may be a snow magnet, you may want to keep a towel and even a change of clothes in your car. They lay a layer of ‘snow’ on the street before it starts ‘snowing’ so it will get everywhere!

Now Snowing Nightly

  • A lot of the shops will have specials, so make sure you peek in! (You know how much I love the Celebration Sanrio Surprises…I have a problem!)
  • Don’t forget there’s a Starbucks in Celebration! It can get really busy at times, but there’s nothing like their hot chocolate when it’s ‘snowing’!!!

Now Snowing Nightly

  • Wear socks or bring them if you are thinking about skating!!! The skating rink is great, because there are refs to keep things safe and walkers to help new skaters.
  • Don’t be surprised if you spend more time than you intended to at Now Snowing Nightly! You WILL get sucked in to the fun!!!

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In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, join us for the Orlando Sentinel Celebration of Voices on December 7th , a special Radio Disney Holiday concert with performances by Megan Nicole and Before You Exit! on December 14th and the Countdown to Christmas with National Recording Artists Ryan Cabrera and Lucy Iris on December 21st, and presented by Jarrett Automotive Group. For a complete list of Community Performances click here!

Now Snowing Nightly in Celebration Overview

Nightly Snowfall 6, 7, 8 and 9 PM November 30th through December 31st.

Celebration Now Snowing Nightly

Endless Ice-Ice Skating Rink
$10.00 for a 1/2 hour minimum skate (skate rental included)
4:00-10:00 p.m. daily

Now Snowing Nightly

Horse and Carriage Rides
Wagon Rides- $5.00 per person
Horse and Carriage Rides- $25 for the first 2 passengers, $10 each additional

Special Holiday Home Tour Rides (30/40 minutes in length to see the lights throughout Celebration)- $25 per person
Call for Appointment for Horse & Carriage Holiday Home Tour: 321-624-6380

 Celebration Now Snowing

Train Rides
$5.00 at the Gate or
$4.00 in advance if purchased at Confetti, Market Street Gallery, Sweet Escape,  or Sanrio Surprises. (Before 4 p.m. Nightly)

Celebration Now Snowing

Story Time at Sanrio

FREE-(schedule available in the Celebration Sanrio Store)
A Special Guest Reads Christmas Stories
(Space is Limited-for reservations visit Sanrio in Celebration 

 Now Snowing Nightly

Brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, Experience Kissimmee, and Melia Suites Hotel at Celebration. Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free.

 

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Bike Rentals in Celebration, Florida

Disclaimer: Two bike rentals were given free of charge. No compensation was given. 

I’ve talked about it before, but one of my favorite things to do outside is ride my bike in Celebration.

I get that not everyone owns a bike, and if you’re visiting from out of town, a bike will probably not be making the trip to Florida with you. Those baggage fees are enough in itself, I don’t even want to think about flying a bike here!

I mean, heck, my parents fall into both categories (and they only drive 1.5 hours to see us!)

A couple of weeks ago while they were in town, we wanted to show them around Celebration on our new favorite mode of transportation.

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After a quick talk with the owner of Celebration Surrey Company, she let my parents borrow a couple of their bikes! I was SO thrilled!

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When we got to their location (in the parking lot behind the Bohemian Hotel), we quickly rented the bikes from them, my parents signed a piece of paper (everyone has to do this) saying that they would return the bikes, etc and we were on the way.

Incase you didn’t see it on the rates picture above, when you rent with them you can get a map of the Celebration trails and also some water.

They have so many different kinds of bikes to rent.

Mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, trailers, three wheel bikes, tandem, surrey bikes, kids bikes.

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My mom saw the purple one and had to have it – I tried to get her to try a cruiser since that’s what Jeff and I have, but she was sold on the purple mountain bike.

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Dad picked out a cruiser.

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They really liked their bikes and riding around Celebration. They both kept saying, “We know why you guys like this so much.”

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If you’re around Celebration and looking for something active to do, I would highly recommend taking a bike out for a spin around town and I believe your best bet for a rental is Celebration Surrey Company!

Their hours are 10-5, but if for some reason you want to rent the bike a little later in the day and would be returning after 5, give them a call (407-791-2822) and they’ll work with you on the times. Both of the employees I talked to were super helpful and friendly and were more than happy to work with us on the times, which is not something I’ve found with any other company.

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Inaugural Celebration K-8 School Pride Prowl Races

Pride Prowl

Registration Opens today for the inaugural running of Celebration K-8 PTA’s Family 5K Fun Run and Wellness Walk, known as The Pride Prowl.

The Pride Prowl is a fundraising event to help the exceptional programs and activities that the Celebration K-8 PTA brings to the Celebration K-8 School.

This year the PTA volunteers have taken on the extra work of organizing this fundraiser ourselves – with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the school.

The Pride Prowl has two races, a 5K Fun Run and a 1 Mile Wellness Walk that begins and ends at the Celebration K-8 School. The route for the race has runners passing through some of Celebration’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

The schedule for the Pride Prowl is as follows:

· Friday, September 13th: Family Fun Expo

The Family Fun Expo will take place from 5pm – 9pm, and will be held in the Celebration K-8 Gym. The Expo is where race participants can pick up their race packets and attendees will have the opportunity to find products, activities, and services that are family friendly in nature.

· Saturday, September 14th: Run With the Pride
5K Fun Run will begin at 7:30 AM and the Wellness Walk 8:30 AM in from of the Celebration K-8 school.

You can register online here, and you can see the costs below as of August 26, 2013!

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5K Family Fun Run – Single Runner $25.00 $30.00
Family Wellness Walk – Groups up to 5 People (Ages 3 and under free) $35.00 $40.00
Family Wellness Walk – Single Walker $15.00 $20.00
5K Family Fun Run – Groups up to 5 People (Ages 3 and under free) $60.00 $70.00

 

Make sure you register soon! The first 100 Runners/Walkers to sign up receive a free event shirt, and ALL runners/walkers will receive a custom appreciation item from Celebration PTA.

Help support the Celebration K-8 School by participating in our inaugural running of The Pride Prowl – Celebration K-8 PTA’s Family 5K Fun Run and Wellness Walk!

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It’s Going To Be A Sci Fi 4th of July in Celebration!

A Sci Fi 4th of July

Celebration Town Center ushers in A Sci Fi 4th of July

 

Celebration Town Center’s World Famous 4th of July event joins forces with MegaCon to bring the first ever A Sci Fi 4th of July to Central Florida.

Celebration Town Center’s A Sci Fi 4th of July will feature a movie themed costume contest at 7:30 PM, so come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win big prizes. It will also feature a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack, bounce houses for kids, live music by Oliver’s Queen, Jordyn Kane, DJ Tami, Gina Marie Incandela and an unforgettable tribute to our Veterans. So, get ready to dance the night away in a one of a kind, family-friendly event with a fireworks show you will be talking about for years.

There will be something for people of all ages as Town Center’s KidZone will feature an assortment of inflatable games for kids and teens that will include a jousting area, bounce houses, face painting and more.

Additional music will be offered by The Dixieland Jazz Band. This unique group, made up of former members of the “Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Band” will offer patriotic music for the whole family to enjoy.

Sponsored in part by MegaCon, Melia Suites Hotel, The Celebration Town Tavern, Celebration Sanitation, Axis Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel and Sam Adams,  this event will be “the can’t miss place to be” this July 4th.

As always, Parking and Admission are FREE!!!!

Free Park and Ride Shuttle will be available from 215 Celebration Place.

Come early, stay late, and have fun at this year’s “A Sci-Fi 4th of July”.

A Sci Fi 4th of July – Thursday July 4th, 2013 – Schedule of Events

 

 

5:00 PM                                             Free Park and Ride Shuttle Service Begins

5:30 PM                                             Event Opens

5:30 PM                                             DJ Tami begins

6:00 PM                                             Jordyn Kane performs

6:30 PM-7:30 PM                               Oliver’s Queen performs

7:30 PM                                             Costume Contest (come dressed as your favorite Sci-Fi or Super Hero character)

7:50-9:00                                           Oliver’s Queen performs

9:00-9:25                                           A Special Salute to Veterans featuring The Seeds

9:25 PM                                             National Anthem-Gina Marie Incandela

9:30-10:00                                          Fireworks

10:00-10:30 PM                                  Oliver’s Queen performs

11:00                                                 Event Closes

For more information on Celebration Town Center and Special Events visit us at www.celebrationtowncenter.com.

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Celebration Exotic Car Festival

Celebration Exotic Car Festival

The 10th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival children’s charity event is here again! This event showcases North America’s largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars, coming together to help children with life threatening medical conditions. Enjoy the world class exotic car concours set along the waterfront of Celebration, meet world famous chefs at the Food and Wine at Portofino event, participate in the acclaimed road rally, and more!

As one of the largest exotic car festivals in the world, they are also one of the only events that donate 100% of the net proceeds to charity. Since 2004, over $800,000 has been donated to children’s charities, including Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics, and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospitals just to name a few through the efforts of this event!

Celebration Exotic Car Festival Schedule

Saturday, April 13

Concours of Exotic Cars
10 am-4:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Saturday morning, the peaceful waterside village of Celebration will welcome 250 of the planets most exotic cars, race cars and Hollywood movie cars in a world-class concours event. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Bugatti, McLaren, Lotus, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Marti, Pantera, DeLorean, and others will be competing for Class Trophies and the coveted Best of Show. Now in it’s 10th year, the Celebration Exotic Car Festival has been named one of the 5 Best Car Shows in the World by Made Man Magazine.

Located across from the Walt Disney World Resort, Celebration offers an ideal setting for the concours. Take a stroll around the lake, enjoy lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes, and browse the eclectic collection of shops.

Saturday, April 13

Food & Wine at Portofino, Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort
Universal Orlando
7:00 pm-11:00 pm

This high-energy event is the party of the year!  the annual Food & Wine party will take place harborside at the stunning Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando. A virtual duplication of the beautiful seaside town of Portofino, Italy, this idyllic waterfront setting is the perfect location to enjoy fine wines and incredible cuisine!  More than 50 local restaurants and renowned celebrity chef’s join to prepare a world-class culinary and fine wine extravaganza. Highlighting the evening will be a display of exotic cars, live music, performance artists, silent and live auctions, and much more!

Sunday, April 14

Rally10:30 am (Drivers Meeting 9:30 am)

Join us Sunday Morning for a fun and competitive rally! Following a drivers meeting and Continental Breakfast, drive your exotic car as it was meant to be driven, with a Police Escort to get us on our way. See the sights and enjoy the wide open roads of Central Florida! Wrapping up the event, enjoy a fantastic awards luncheon back at Cafe D’ Antonio in Celebration.

Check out the official 2013 Celebration Exotic Car Festival here for more information about the festival.

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Great American Pie Festival Giveaway!

Great American Pie Festival Giveaway

While I love the holidays in Celebration, nothing makes me happier than the arrival of spring and the Great American Pie Festival!

This year marks the 12th year that the ever popular American Pie Council Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco® returns to Celebration, Florida, making the dreams of thousands of pie lovers come true on April 27th and 28th, 2013.

The festival will be held at Lakeside Park at 631 Sycamore St. in downtown Celebration, Florida 34747. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 28.

Admission to the Great American Pie Festival is free, and full of great activities, entertainment, and most importantly pie!

Some of the activities that you’ll find at the festival include a Pie Creation Station, pie tin art activity for art lovers of all ages, and the Pietopia Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants, featuring entertainment and baking demonstrations with chefs from across the country.

And what would a Pie Festival be without the kids’ and adults’ pie eating contests that are returning this year, once again sponsored by Private Selection.

There is also a really large Children’s area that is chocked full of great crafts, some are edible and all are fun, and tons of bouncy houses. Zoe absolutely LOVES this area, and while she loves the pie this is her absolute favorite area!!! Admission to participate in all this area has to offer is $10/child, but it is absolutely worth it and a great way to work off some of the pie you’ve eaten!

However the shining star of the Great American Pie Festival is the Never Ending Pie Buffet, which last year featured an astounding 90,000 slices of pie as well as ice cream, toppings and beverages from America’s best known commercial bakers.

This year the Never Ending Pie Buffet will feature Bakers Square Restaurants and Pies, Bonert’s Slice of Pie, J. Horner’s Desserts, Kroger’s Private Selection, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Rocky Mountain Pies, Smucker’s Toppings, Village Inn, and Wick’s Pies among others.

Tickets to the Pie Buffet are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors over 65 and children under 5 to enjoy all they care of eat and drink.

Now…for the super fun part!

I am giving away a Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Great American Pie Festival’s Never Ending Pie Buffet! The Family Four Pack of Tickets includes 2 adult and 2 children’s admission tickets, and entry is easy and ends on April 19, 2013. So enter our giveaway today and every day until then!

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Good luck and I hope to see you there!!!

Those interested in keeping up to date on the latest news concerning the pie championships, pie festival or pie news can follow the American Pie Council on Facebook and Pinterest and on Twitter.

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APC Great American Pie Festival Returns to Celebration

From Career Bakers to Sunday Afternoon Hobbyists, Upper Crust of Nation’s Pie Bakers Are Invited to Showcase Their Best Original Recipes in 19th Annual APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships

 Great American Pie Festival

Pie Events Draw Both Bakers and Tasters: APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships April 26-28 in Orlando and APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®
April 27-28 in Celebration, Fla.

Some of them bake pie for a living. Some of them simply live for pie. For 19 years, pie bakers of all skill levels — from the Sunday afternoon family baker to the neighborhood bakery owner, from budding pastry chefs putting a twist on their grandma’s recipes to the nation’s most experienced commercial bakers — have gathered once a year to determine who bakes America’s very best pies. From Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, hundreds of competitors hungry for prizes and bragging rights will gather at the American Pie Council® (APC) /Crisco® National Pie Championships held at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando. In conjunction with the pie championships, the APC is proud to present its 12th Annual APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco® on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, in nearby Celebration, Fla.

The APC — America’s only organization dedicated to preserving America’s love affair with pie— is now accepting entries for the National Pie Championships from amateur, professional and commercial bakers. Amateur bakers may compete in a flavorful new category this year: Comstock Wilderness pie fillings in the baker’s choice of apple, cherry, blueberry, peach or strawberry. New this year is a Bake Learning Center which will offer championship attendees pie baking tips and instruction by leading industry professionals and pastry chefs.

Last year, the prestigious pastry bake-off drew more than 441 commercial, 115 professional, 237 amateur and 8 junior entries for an astounding total of 801 pies in the quest to find America’s top bakers. Commercial winners took home bragging rights and the promise of greater sales, while winners in all other categories received plenty of dough, as is cash and prizes. This year’s competition is expected to be even more heated. Entry forms and pie categories for each division are available on the APC website, www.piecouncil.org. Entry is $15 per pie for amateur APC members, $35/non members and each entrant receives an Emile Henry pie dish; see website for professional and commercial entry costs.APC members receive discounted entry costs; membership information is also available online.

Pie lovers are also invited to apply to be a judge at the prestigious competition. Last year, 195 esteemed pie aficionados from all over the world lent their time and taste buds to nibble on more than 800 pies. No previous judging or baking experience is required; applicants need only explain why they would like to be a judge. Potential pie judges may fill out an entry form online at www.piecouncil.org through March 30, 2013.

Hundreds of volunteers are also needed to make the championships and the APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco® run as easy as, well, pie. Volunteers may indicate the shifts or duties

they prefer to work by filling out an application online at www.piecouncil.org by Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

The Caribe Royale is offering a special rate of $129 per night for those competing in or attending the APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships or the APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by

Crisco®.  To receive this special rate, guests must mention the event by name.  Reservations may be made by calling 800-823-8300. For more information about the Caribe Royale, visit www.thecaribeorlando.com.

“It’s amazing to think that right now, bakers across the country are baking their hearts out, testing out new recipes and breaking the barriers to create even better tasting, more creative and more tantalizing pies than the year before,” said Linda Hoskins, Executive Director, American Pie Council. “Every year brings new surprises and new recipes from the best bakers in all categories, from our amateurs to our professional and commercial bakers.”

More than 39,000 pie lovers from across the globe are expected to transcend upon Celebration, Fla. on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for the APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®. The increasingly popular, free admission festival returns to Celebration with all the activities that have made it a family favorite, including the Pie Creation Station, the pie tin art activity for art lovers of all ages, and the Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants, featuring entertainment and baking demonstrations with chefs from across the country. Always a crowd favorite, the kids’ and adults’ pie eating contests return this year, once again sponsored by Private Selection.

The highlight of the festival is the Never Ending Pie Buffet, which last year featured an astounding 90,000 slices of pie as well as ice cream, toppings and beverages from America’s best known commercial bakers. The Never Ending Pie Buffet has grown each year, from 83,000 slices in 2010 and 70,000 in 2009. The buffet and the children’s activities are the only paid events at the festival.  All stage entertainment and demonstrations are free.  Tickets to the Pie Buffet are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors over 65 and children under 5 to enjoy all they care of eat and drink.

Those interested in keeping up to date on the latest news concerning the pie championships, pie festival or pie news can follow the American Pie Council on Facebook and Pinterest and on Twitter at FYPie.

The festival will be held at Lakeside Park at 631 Sycamore St. in downtown Celebration, Florida 34747. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 28. Admission to the festival is free.

For more information, visit the Front Porch Celebration Community at www.celebration.fl.us or the American Pie Council® www.piecouncil.org.

Crisco® is a registered trademark of The J. M. Smucker Company.  For more information, visit www.crisco.com.

The American Pie Council® is the only organization committed to maintaining America’s pie heritage, passing on the tradition of pie-making and promoting America’s love affair with pie. The APC offers personal, professional and commercial memberships. For more information, please visit www.piecouncil.org.

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Weekly Review – Our Week On The Go September 10-14

Weekly Review – Our Week On The Go September 10-14

Weekly Review time!!! This past week here at On the Go has been full of great stuff, and now it’s time to look back at all that happened September 10-14!!!

Let’s Go!

Monday started with a review of Walt Disney Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey into a New World action-packed animated musical adventure Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey into a New World debut for the first time ever in vivid High Definition on August 21, 2012.

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Walt Disney Pocahontas and Pocahontas II is available on Blu-Ray on August 21, 2012.

Aurora shares some of her highlights from Nights of Joy with Shalon at the Magic Kingdom. Included are links to our many performance videos on YouTube and Facebook Albums of pictures!

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Lecrae putting on an AMAZING Show in front of Cinderella’s Castle!

Wordless Wednesday took us to the roofs of Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Wordless Wednesday - Weekly Review
Wordless Wednesday – The Roofs of Hogsmeade

It’s almost time for Oktoberfest in Celebration, and if you are in the area you will want to swing by because it is a lot of fun for the whole family!

Celebration Florida - Weekly Review
Celebration, FL

Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Soccer’s President are visiting other parks in the Kansas City area, including Livestrong Sporting Park, to explore stadium options for the Citrus Bowl.

Orlando City Soccer - Weekly Review
Orlando City Soccer

Betsy had the chance to attend a Lunch and Learn for Joe’s Crab Shack, and their new menu additions look delicious!!!

Joe's Crab Shack - Weekly Review
Joe’s Crab Shack entrance

The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Derick Martin.

Orlando Solar Bears - Weekly Review
Orlando Solar Bears

Star Wars Celebration VI was held at the Orange County Convention Center, and Cheryl shares some of her preparations and pictures!

Star Wars Celebration VI - Weekly Review
Star Wars Celebration VI Logo

The Orlando Solar Bears announced that single game tickets for the 2012-13 season will go on sale beginning Wednesday, September 19.

Orlando Solar Bears Opening Night Logo - Weekly Review
Orlando Solar Bears Opening Night Logo

Thanks for joining us this week at On the Go, and we can’t wait to bring you even more posts next week!!! We are going to be dedicating a lot of our posts to one of our favorite events at the Magic Kingdom…Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!!!

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Celebration Florida Celebrates Oktoberfest With Falling Leaves October 5th and 6th

Celebration Florida Kicks Off Sixth Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves on

October 5th and 6th  with National Headliner-Ryan Cabrera

 

Celebration Florida
Celebration, FL

Celebration Florida will celebrate Oktoberfest on October 5 and 6.Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. Listen for the rustling of leaves, relax by the lakeside and rock your troubles away, and enjoy the live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza. It is Central Florida’s premier family-friendly Oktoberfest event.

On Friday October 5th Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.

Then, come back on October 6th as Celebration Town Center welcomes a host of rock and roll entertainment for a night of “Rock”toberfest featuring national recording artist Ryan Cabrera(“On the Way Down” & “True” & more) as well as Jordyn Kane, and The Reflections Band.

Hop on a hayride, dance to terrific live music, paint a pumpkin, or just stroll and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy the great savings at the lakeside promenade.

Leaves fall daily in Celebration Florida at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 PM.

Parking and Admission are FREE!!!

There is something for everyone at this one of a kind Fall Festival presented by Lexin and sponsored in part by Radeberger Pilsner, Melia Suite Hotel, Axis Magazine, The Celebration Town Tavern, and the Kissimmee Conventions and Visitors Bureau. For more information, visit us at www.celebrationtowncenter.com

Come early, Stay Late, and have fun at Celebration’s Annual Oktoberfest!!!!

October 5th  Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Schedule

5:30 PM                                DJ Tami Begins/Pumpkin Painting Begins

6:10-7:00 PM                      Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

7:00 PM                                Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM                      Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

8:00 PM                                Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM                      Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

9:00 PM                                Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM                    Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten

10:00 PM                             Event Ends

October 6th  Celebration Florida Oktoberfest Schedule

5:00 PM                                DJ Tami Begins/Pumpkin Painting Begins

5:30-6:15 PM                       Jordyn Kane

6:15-7:00 PM                       The Reflections Band

7:00 PM                                Leaves Fall

7:15-8:00 PM                      The Reflections Band

8:00 PM                                Leaves Fall

8:15-9:00 PM                       The Reflections Band

9:00 PM                                Leaves Fall

9:15-10:00 PM                    Ryan Cabrera

10:00 PM                              Event Ends

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A Flashback 4th of July in Celebration, Fl

A Flashback 4th of July-An All-American Salute to Cinema

Come Celebrate July 4th in style with A Flashback 4th of July in beautiful Celebration, Florida. Regarded as one of the top fireworks shows in the Southeast, Celebration Town Center’s unique fireworks and event will be centered around “A Salute to Cinema” July 4thwith A Flashback 4th of July-A Salute to Cinema will begin at 5:30 PM and the movie themed fireworks show will get under way at 9:30 PM.

Celebration Town Center’s “A Flashback 4th of July” will feature a movie themed costume contest at 7:30 PM, so come dressed as your favorite movie character for a chance to win big prizes. It will also feature a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a movie theme, bounce houses for kids, live music by Mo Geetz, DJ Tami, Gina Marie Incandela and a whole lot more. Hosted by actor/host Justin Smith (The Vampire Diaries, VH1′s Single Ladies, Burn Notice, Meet the Spartans and more) So, get ready to dance the night away in a one of a kind family friendly event.

 

There will be something for people of all ages as Town Center’s KidZone will feature an assortment of inflatable games for kids and teens that will include a jousting area, a rock climbing wall, face painting and more.

 

Additional music will be offered by The Dixieland Jazz Band. This unique group, made up of former members of the “Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Band” offers patriotic music for the whole family.

Sponsored in part by the Melia Suites Hotel, The Celebration Town Tavern, Celebration Sanitation, T-Creative, Axis Magazine, and Sam Adams  this event will be “the can’t miss place to be” this July 4th.

 

As always, Parking and Admission are FREE!!!!

Free Park and Ride Shuttle will be available.

Come early, stay late and have fun at this years “A Flashback 4th of July”.
EVENT SCHEDULE:

9:00 AM– July 4th Parade through Celebration Town Center

5:00 PM– Park and Ride Service Begins (bus pickup point: TBA)

5:30 PM– Event Opens (DJ Tami Begins)

6:00 PM-7:30: PM– Mo Geetz Performs

7:30-8:00 PM     Jordyn Kane Performs

8:15 PM– Costume Contest (come dressed as your favorite movie character for a chance to win prize money)

8:30-9:25 PM– Mo Geetz Performs

9:25 PM– National Anthem Sung

9:30 PM- Fireworks!!!!

10:00-10:30 Mo Geetz Performs

10:30 PM– Event Ends

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