Ox Grill Opening Soon at ICON Park

Ox Grill ICON Park International Drive 2019

Ox Grill brings world cuisine and event venue to International Drive’s ICON Park

Ox Grill, is getting ready to introduce diners to new flavors and cuisines from around the world when it opens this fall at International Drive’s ICON Park.

When Ox Grill opens, its menu will feature food with links to countries from around the world, as well as a gourmet salad bar. The 7,800 square foot restaurant will also feature an event venue that can seat up to 200 people for corporate meetings and special occasions. It will be a unique addition to ICON Park’s entertainment district, which features 20 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions.

“Ox Grill brings a whole new dimension to dining at ICON Park,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, President and CEO of ICON Park. “Guests will get to enjoy global cuisine with a view of our record-breaking attractions.”

The restaurant is an innovative collaboration between local entrepreneur, Josefina Muñiz, and veteran Orlando restaurateur and sommelier, Joseph Thomas. The two worked to create specialty dishes from around the world. There is mofongo inspired by Puerto Rico, vatapa created from Brazilian recipes and a taste of France in the chicken jambonette.

“I am so proud to bring people from around the world together over food,” said Muñiz. “ICON Park is the perfect location for a new restaurant experience. Our guests will feel spoiled from the minute they pull up to the complimentary valet until they take that last bite of dessert.”

Ox Grill is located near SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and Walgreens. Free parking is available both through the nearby valet and the seven-story garage on the other side of ICON Park.

Ox Grill joins a lineup of more than 40 distinctive restaurants throughout ICON Park, in addition to The Wheelhouse Market. ICON Park continues to increase its restaurant choices with Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, set to open in 2020. 

For more information on ICON Park, visit ICONParkOrlando.com.

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2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Overview

2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Overview

The 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, happening daily through November 23, brings a culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation will bring irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and family fun to the park.

With new favorite festival offerings and dates than ever, let’s take a look at everything you can experience at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces

Epcot guests can taste their way around the park with 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces that extend from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade. 

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

New marketplaces include the Appleseed Orchard Marketplace, where guests can pair apple-inspired beers, ciders and cocktails like the Apple Blossom Sky while nibbling on Charcuterie and Cheese. Brews, ciders and wines will be offered individually or as flights, and kids of all ages can enjoy a deliciously sweet Frozen Apple Pie drink.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

More new sweet and savory treats can be found at The Alps Marketplace, a tasty new spot where guests can conjure a snow-capped setting while dipping into a dish of Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with refreshing Frozen Rosé.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019


The Doughnut Box is debuting in Future World on October 1st with sweet eats and refreshing sips. Disney chefs have harnessed their creative energies for a festival spin on the donut craze, producing irresistible marketplace goodies that include a Black and White Coffee Cocktail garnished with a fresh yeast donut sprinkled with chocolate espresso bean crumbles, a Sweet Corn Fritter with Fresno and red pepper jelly, Strawberry-dusted Yeast Donut Holes. Also on the menu is a Strawberry Smoothie made with Blue Diamond Breeze Almondmilk and an exclusive festival beer called Boston Cream Donut Ale from Central 28 Beer Company, located in DeBary, Florida.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Fun for Families

Back by popular demand, the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World will expand to seven days a week. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. While on Fridays and Saturdays, Radio Disney stars will pump up the mix with live performances. 

The celebrity lineup includes:

  • September 27-28 – Isabella Nicole (“Headphones”) 
  • October 4-5 – Avenue Beat (“Delight”) 
  • October 11-12 Sky Katz (“Like This,” Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home”)
  • October 18-19 JAGMAC (“Like a Band”)
  • November 1-2 – AJ Mitchell (“All My Friends”)
  • November 8-9 – Kylie Cantrall (“That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout”) 
  • November 15-16 – Erin Bowman (“Keep Me Warm”) 
  • November 22-23 –Tegan Marie (“Horses”)
Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Other family activities include Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt where you use your map to locate statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces for a fun surprise, compliments of Chef Remy!

The popular Candy Sushi interactive experience returns to Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion inviting kids of all ages to create sushi rolls using gummies, fun strips, and crisped rice to create a fun-to-eat treat!

Families can also enjoy the all-new Emile’s Fromage Montage,where they can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. Guests can purchase any five cheese dishes from the official Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport and collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. Once guests collect all five stamps, they can take the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Three times nightly, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will rev up fans and rock the America Gardens Theatre stage through November 19 with the biggest musical menu of top talent in the festival’s history, including new acts Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kris Allen (pop, alt-rock), Boyce Avenue (rock, pop), and D. 

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of eras and genres include Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men. Showtimes Sundays through Thursdays will be 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday shows are slated for 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are also available to let guests choose their favorite restaurant for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, plus guaranteed concert seating that evening.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Premium Festival Events

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers a wide variety of Premium Festival Events such as Party for the Senses, Sunday Brunch with the Chef, Cheese Seminars and other special wine and culinary programs to take your experience to the next level.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - Demonstration

The back-by-demand Sunday Brunch with the Chef series in World Showplace Events Pavilion will kick off Sept. 1 with Chef Jamie Deen and continue on select Sundays through November 17. The chef lineup includes Cat Cora, Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro, Richard Blais, Robert Irvine, David Burtka, Graham Elliot and Aarti Sequeira.

Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football will be available select Sundays through November 17. The 45-minute program will pair gridiron grub with a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night. Guests will also learn how to prepare the dishes for their next tailgate party.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2013

The grandest of the festival’s hot-ticket tasting events, Party for the Senses at World Showplace Events Pavilion, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners September 21, October 5, 12 and October 19 (All Disney Chef Night!). This event showcases creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment featuring Femmes of Rock, who wowed guests last year with their blistering solos and innovative arrangements. (Note: The November 9 event is sold out.)

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops on select Mondays and Thursdays through November 14 will offer new opportunities for guests to work side-by-side with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.

Popular TV chefs and other culinary icons will entertain guests and inspire their palates on select dates at festival seminars and other events. Big names on tap include Bryan Voltaggio, Kenny Gilbert, Jet Tila, Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.

Book & Bottle Signings by some of the world’s top vintners and chefs will return on select dates this year, in addition to the popular The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, offering guests samples.

Culinary Demonstrations (available through November 16) and Beverage Seminars (available through November 17) will offer learning and tasting sessions select days throughout the festival.

Reservations and separate event admission are required for these premium festival events and can be made by calling (407) WDW-FEST or on TasteEpcot.com. 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

While you are in the park, don’t forget about the exciting new merchandise to commemorate the festival!

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

Chef Minnie and Chef Mickeyare bringing an extra “sprinkle” of fun in a new merchandise line depicts those true originals busily making cupcakes and other delectable desserts with ingredients that include rose-gold accents and a little sparkle. 

Guests can also celebrate the festival with returning favorites including the Taste Your Way Around the World, Brews, Figment, and Remy collections.

Epcot International Food and Wine 2019

During the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat concerts through November 19, Disney du Jour Dance Party, Festival Passport, and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

You can find more information about special events like these and theme park news by following @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs Guide

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs Guide 2019

Disney Springs is once again celebrating the return of Autumn with the WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs limited-time celebration returning September 20 through November 4, 2019.

The WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs takes foodies on a journey around the shopping, dining, and experience destination with stops at over 30 participating locations.

From specialty cocktails and ciders to desserts and dishes featuring the popular flavors of the season like pumpkin, squash, apple, cinnamon, and more you are sure to find your favorite (or even new favorite) seasonally-inspired dish.

You can also pick up a WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs event guide at various locations, but why wait???

The Disney Parks Blog has shared the 2019 Foodie Guide to WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs!

Squash Blossom Quesadilla from 4R Barbacoa Cantina Food Truck for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

4R Barbacoa Cantina Food Truck

  • Squash Blossom Quesadilla – fresh squash blossom, zucchini, tomato, onion, refried beans, Chihuahua cheese, and queso fresco with a side of pico de gallo
Harvest Apple Crépe from Amorette’s Patisserie for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Harvest Apple Crépe – with vanilla sauce and toasted pecans
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée – pumpkin custard with brûléed sugar, candied pecans, and a pumpkin sable cookie garnished with Amorette’s chocolate
Poison Apple Cocktail from AristoCrepes for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

AristoCrepes

  • Poison Apple Cocktail – caramel apple frozen cocktail featuring apple whisky and creamy caramel served in a poison apple stein

The BOATHOUSE

  • Apple and Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée – topped with cinnamon whipped cream and sugared wonton chips
  • Pomegranate Margarita – tequila, lime juice, pomegranate liqueur, agave nectar, and a fresh lime wedge with a salted rim
Smoked Turkey Sliders from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

  • Smoked Turkey Sliders – made with white cheddar cheese, spring mix, tomato, and Homecomin’s homemade cran-apple chutney
  • Brown Sugar Old Fashioned – featuring brown sugar bourbon, simple syrup and bitters with muddled orange and cherries

D-Luxe Burger

  • Oktoberfest Burger – signature blend beef patty topped with smoked sausage, braised red cabbage, stout cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onion on a Parker House Roll.
  • Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – made with gelato, caramel sauce, and graham cracker crumbles topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice
Holiday Turkey Sandwich from Earl of Sandwich for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Earl of Sandwich

  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich – sliced turkey with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on fresh-baked bread

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

  • Caramel Apple Medley – vanilla cake lightly drizzled with caramel, baked apples, and a cinnamon mousse topped with sugar crystals

Enzo’s Hideaway

  • Roasted Pork Porchetta – made with smoked maple polenta, delicata squash, pomegranate, and garlic gremolata
  • Smoked Maple Old Fashioned – featuring smoked maple bourbon, cinnamon pear syrup, and chocolate bitters topped with a cinnamon stick and an orange-peel garnish

Frontera Cocina

  • Chorizo Sopes – two crispy corn masa boats, pork chorizo, roasted butternut squash, cotija cheese, crema, cilantro, and onions.
  • Horchata Margarita – joven mezal, agua de horchata, coconut liquor, and cinnamon
Fall Ganache Squares from The Ganachery for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

The Ganachery

  • Pumpkin Spice Ganache Square – chocolate ganache with pumpkin spice
  • Chai Tea Ganache Square – chocolate ganache with chai tea
  • Maple Pecan Bourbon Hot Ganache – topped with a chocolate bacon garnish

House of Blues® Restaurant & Bar

  • Voodoo Shrimp – sautéed shrimp in a beer reduction sauce served over jalapeno-cheese cornbread
  • Abita Pecan Ale, Abita Brewing Company

Jaleo by José Andrés

  • Seared Scallops – with butternut squash, orange, and caramelized pumpkin seeds
  • Karlita Cocktail – brandy, amontillado, orange, lemon, and orange bitters
Giant Charcuterie Pretzel and Autumn Smash from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Giant Charcuterie Pretzel – featuring an air pirate cargo pretzel, prosciutto, sliced brats, artisan pepperoni, smoked cheddar, black diamond cheddar, pickles, spicy mustard, and beer cheese fondue
  • Autumn Smash – spiced rum, pear nectar, simple syrup, and a splash of lemon juice topped off with a cinnamon twig
Chicken Saltimbocca from Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Maria & Enzo’s Ristortante

  • Chicken Saltimbocca – prosciutto di parma, roasted apple, cipolini onions, and balsamic glazed baby carrots
  • Pumpkin Vodka Cocktail – mixed with pumpkin purée, apple cider, and a splash of soda water with lemon
Crispy Catfish from Paddlefish for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Paddlefish

  • Crispy Catfish – with southern grits, black pepper butter sauce, baby kale, and julienne apple.
  • Paddlefish Hard Apple – apple juice mixed with bourbon and ginger beer and garnished with a cinnamon stick

Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

  • Autumn Special Flatbread – honey-roasted pears, creamy brie, caramelized walnuts, and fresh rosemary on a delicious crispy crust
  • Smoky Cinnamon Old Fashioned – made with a s’more roasted cinnamon stick and bourbon

Planet Hollywood

  • Slow Roasted Chicken Breast – tender slow-cooked all-natural double chicken breast, pan gravy with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and green bean medley
  • Fall Spirit – cinnamon whiskey blended with fresh lemon juice and honey syrup finished with apple cider
Maple Bourbon Pork Belly from Polite Pig for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

The Polite Pig

  • Maple Bourbon Pork Belly – pork belly croutons on smashed sweet potatoes with maple whiskey caramel
  • Apple Cider Whiskey Sour – rye whiskey mixed with apple cider, lemon, brown sugar, and cinnamon

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

  • Braised Pork Shoulder – served with creamed sage cabbage, pickled mustard seeds, red wine jus, and spiced caramelized apple purée
  • Samhain Sangria – whiskey, sauvignon blanc, cold pressed apple cider, seltzer, and homemade cinnamon syrup with fresh orange, apple and cranberries

Rainforest Café 

  • Roasted Fall Vegetable Tacos – roasted butternut squash with a roasted fall vegetable mix, corn, and black bean salsa garnished with avocado crema, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge
Grilled Chicken and Apple Flatbread from Splitsville for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Splitsville

  • Grilled Chicken and Apple Flatbread – Maple apple butter, smoked Gouda,  and goat cheese topped with crisp diced apples, grilled chicken, red onion, bacon, and cilantro
  • Spiced Pear Spritzer – fresh pear nectar, ginger liqueur, vodka, lemon juice,  and allspice topped with ginger ale and garnished with star anise

Sprinkles

  • Pumpkin Cupcake – pumpkin cake laced with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting

STK Orlando

  • STK Beef Lollipops – served with cranberry spice chutney and delicious sweet potato frites
  • Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita – a nutty-flavored beer brewed with Louisiana roasted pecans
Pumpkin Spice Churros from Sunshine Churros for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Sunshine Churros

  • Pumpkin Spice Churros – classic churro with delicious pumpkin spice

T-REX

  • Mushroom Ravioli – topped with Italian sausage in a butternut squash cream sauce, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and sage
  • Bourbon and Cider Cocktail – fall cocktail with bourbon, apple and ginger

Terralina Crafted Italian

  • Apple and Cranberry Bread Pudding – made with cinnamon and cloves
  • Terralina Cider – featuring cinnamon whiskey, apple liqueur, and sour mix
Pumpkin Cannoli from Vivoli il Gelato for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Vivoli il Gelato

  • Pumpkin Cannoli – Italian pastry shell filled with sweet cream and pumpkin

Wine Bar George

  • Ibérico Pork Pluma – made with confit Yukon potatoes and butternut squash purée
  • Triton, Tempranillo from Toro – full-bodied red wine with ripe plum, black cherries, and earthy notes
Pumpkin Ravioli from Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

  • Pumpkin Ravioli – made with a brown butter sauce, crushed walnuts, and sage
  • Drunken Pumpkin – vanilla vodka blended with coffee liqueur and pumpkin purée served in a graham cracker rimmed glass with a touch of nutmeg

Wolfgang Puck Express

  • Delicious Corn Flake French Toast – with maple syrup and seasonal fruit topping with cinnamon sugar
Kabocha Pumpkin Bun from YeSake for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs 2019

YeSake

  • Kabocha Pumpkin Bun – cinnamon-steamed bun filled with a sweet pumpkin cream and cranberries
  • Pumpkin Spice Boba Tea – made with tea, almond milk boba pearls, and spices (non-alcoholic)
  • Spiced Kabocha – made with sake, almond milk, pumpkin and cinnamon     

In addition to all of these yummy items, you can also enjoy a variety of fall-inspired hard ciders at Dockside Margaritas and outdoor vending carts. And don’t forget to stop by Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co. to snack on some fall-inspired treats like candy apples, cookies, cake pops, crispy treats, and more!

For more information on WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs, restaurant info, full menus, and to make reservations, visit DisneySprings.com or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

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Experience an Evening of Magic at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster

An Evening of Magic Dinner Show at Christner's with Kostya Kimlat

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster Dinner Show Includes Four-Course Menu and Entertainment by See Magic Live

Tantalize the senses at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster during Orlando’s most thrilling dinner show. Enjoy the award-winning flavors of a four-course menu while Kostya Kimlat and his team of See Magic Live magicians tease the eyes with an interactive live performance.

“Our Evening of Magic dinner show is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy an intimate evening with friends and family,” says Owner Alice Christner. “We guarantee you are in for an entertaining experience of fascinating mysteries and delectable food and wine.”

Each show features performances by two magicians as guests dine on fresh seafood or Christner’s signature USDA Prime steaks, classic side dishes and house-made desserts. Because of the sophisticated nature of the evening, the show is best suited for adults, teenagers and children age 10 and older.

Reservations are available for upcoming dinner shows on Sept. 28, Oct. 25, October 26, November 29, November 30, December 27 and December 28. Tickets may be purchased at MagicShowOrlando.com.

Additionally, catch a sneak peek of the show each Saturday night as the magicians of See Magic Live perform sleight-of-hand tableside from 7 to 9 p.m. You can also reserve a magic dinner show for your own private party, company meeting or celebration for groups of 10 to 50 people.

About Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster

Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, located at 729 Lee Road, has been a favorite of the Orlando, Florida, community for more than 25 years.

Designed to reflect the Christner family’s rich history of exceptional quality and meticulous service, the award-winning menu features only the finest USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood and outstanding wine and spirits.

Boasting two unique lounges, nine private dining rooms and an intimate main dining room, guests enjoy an elegant fine dining experience complemented by celebrated live entertainment. A popular venue for holiday parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, birthday celebrations and special occasions, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster accepts reservations at ChristnersPrimeSteakAndLobster.com or 407.645.4443.

A popular venue for holiday parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, birthday celebrations and special occasions, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster accepts reservations at ChristnersPrimeSteakAndLobster.com or 407.645.4443.

About See Magic Live

Based in Orlando, See Magic Live provides trained and skilled magicians for corporate and social events across the United States.

The company gained notoriety for partnering for six years with the Orlando Magic NBA team, providing magical entertainment for its fans, on and off the court. 

The team’s magicians perform all types of magic, including close-up interactive magic and stage shows, and they frequently give back to their local community by performing at many charity benefits throughout the year. 

See Magic Live was founded by master magician, Kostya Kimlat, who fooled the legendary duo, Penn & Teller, on their hit TV show, “Fool Us.” In addition to managing See Magic Live, Kimlat now travels the country, improving companies’ customer service by teaching their employees to Think Like A Magician. 

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Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2019

8th Annual Great Irish Hooley Music Festival Will Rock Labor Day Weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs

Central Florida’s rip-roaring, toe-tapping, high-voltage boutique Irish music festival will serve up a colorful live playlist of traditional Irish, Celt grass, folk, blues and soul August 30-September 2 during the 8th Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

There’s no cover charge to join the fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, August 30 and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, September 2.

Never heard of a “hooley?” It’s an old Gaelic term for a party with music and entertainment with fun for the whole family. The Great Irish Hooley will include Celtic face painting, Hooley-crafted cocktails and beer plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team. Raglan Road also will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2.

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2019

This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include: 

  • Billow Wood – Playing Irish and U.S. music festivals, this four-piece band fuses its unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies for a blend of Irish and folk music.  The band, which released its long-play  album, “Can You See Me” – available for streaming and downloading on Spotify and other music sites – will have everyone tapping along to its bass and drums.
  • Strings & Things – Before returning to Raglan Road this summer, the original Irish folk/trad four-piece band Strings & Things toured in London and throughout Ireland with their own original sound and a variety of crossover songs featured on their first original album, “Turbulence.”
  • High Time – This fresh new trio from Connemara, Ireland, combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience. The band rocks an energetic statement with its instrumental line-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhran, guitar and vocals – as well as some Irish dance steps thrown in!
  • TradGad — Three talented musicians from Kerry, Dublin, Colin Foley (guitar, vocals); Fionn Morrison (Uilleann pipes, whistles); and Ciara Ni Bhrian (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bazouki, charm Raglan Road audiences with their vibrant performances.
  • Maca – Two Irish sister-musician-songwriters dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” are rocking Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent.  Saoise Carty (guitar,vocals) and Naoise Carty (fiddle, vocals) are from Wexford, Ireland. 
  • The Rolling Wave  –  Stephen & Abby are one of the finest traditional Irish music duos around.  These accomplished, energetic musicians work their crowd for some lively audience participation.
  • Atlantic Bridge – These accomplished musicians blend their rich musical backgrounds to create a fresh, exciting mix of country, folk and Irish trad music.
Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2019  Raglan Road Bar Disney Springs Walt Disney World
  • The Raglan Road Irish Dancers — Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the Great Irish Hooley.  You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary! 

Throughout the Hooley, guests can step up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic contemporary Irish fare. 

In May 2019, Raglan Road received OpenTable honors as one of the top 100 restaurants in America with “all the ingredients for the perfect big night out – upbeat energy innovative cocktails . . . and outstanding food.” A TripAdvisor Hall of Fame honoree and The Daily Meal’s 2018 “Best Irish Pub” in Florida, Raglan Road is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie with a contemporary twist, delectable seafood and desserts, plus gluten-free entrees. 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

The festival will run from Friday afternoon at 4 pm through the wee hours of Labor Day (actually 1 a.m. Tuesday).  

Check out raglanroad.com and join us for the fun!  

The complete entertainment schedule is at Great Irish Hooley 2019 .

Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley 2019 Rhythms of Raglan Road Disney Springs Walt Disney World

Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist.  

The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando.  

Live entertainment nightly includes a suite of shows featuring Irish bands and dancers. Guests also can enjoy shows beginning at noon during the weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch.  Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch is served from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  

Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300. 

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining 2019 Details

** update: visit orlando’s magical dining has been extended to october 7, 2019 **

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2019
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Record-Breaking 120+ restaurants join Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining for 2019

 Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining returns August 23 – September 30, 2019, where foodies can dine on haute cuisine from more than 120 fine dining restaurants offering a $35 three-course, prix fixe dinner menu.

A full list of participating restaurant partners is available now by visiting OrlandoMagicalDining.com, where you can view participating restaurant menus, including special options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets, and the ability to make dining reservations directly though OpenTable.

“Now in its 14th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has reached an unprecedented number of restaurants with more than 120 and 11 new to the program,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “The expanding depth of options for diners this fall reflects Orlando’s thriving culinary scene found in all areas of our destination, from the tourism corridor and Restaurant Row to downtown Orlando, Winter Park and beyond.”E

New to Magical Dining for 2019

Eleven new restaurants – including two celebrity chef restaurants – have joined the program for the first time:

  • Bella Tuscany Italian Restaurant
  • Bites & Bubbles
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • Euphoria
  • JALEO
  • Menagerie Eatery & Bar
  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen
  • The Backroom Steakhouse
  • The Edison at Disney Springs
  • The H Cuisine
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Special Diet Options

Orlando’s dining scene has made increasing strides toward catering to all foodies. For the second year in a row, diners can easily identify vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options marked on the OrlandoMagicalDining.com website.

These special menus are available across the destination, from downtown Orlando venues like Artisan’s Table to Paddlefish in Disney Springs, Hamilton’s Kitchen in Winter Park, Winter Garden’s Market to Table and even in the theme parks, at Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando.

Dining with a Purpose

Every year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining contributes one dollar from each meal served through the program to local charities.

For more information, go to OrlandoMagicalDining.com.

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A Visit to Toledo at the Gran Destino Tower

Up on the 16th floor of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort you’ll find an unforgettable new dining experience, Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, a unique rooftop table-service restaurant offering dishes and small plates inspired by the flavors of Spain.

Featuring sweeping views of Walt Disney World Resort, this charming, surrealistic location invites guests to dine indoors under a pair of large olive trees nestled beneath an intricate vaulted ceiling with shimmering stained-glass accents.

Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood is the namesake of the Spanish city that was home to avant-garde writers and artists in the 1920s and ’30s. 

Chef Robert Sayles, Chef for Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, talks through some of the dishes you can enjoy at the restaurant.

Stick around for the end of the video, as Jeremiah helps flip through the menu inspired by Spain that includes:

  • Begin the adventure with tapas from the Basque region of Spain. An onstage tapas kitchen serves small plates, charcuteríá, and cheeses.
  • Or choose from Cazuelas – chef interpretations of classic recipes presented in a traditional Spanish terra cotta dish.
  • Entrees include rioja-braised chicken, Spanish-style bone-in ribeye or golden tilefish (100% sustainable seafood).
  • Spanish sides include bravas (potatoes) with pimento aioli, braised gigante beans with aged sherry vinegar, and roasted cauliflower with harissa vinaigrette.
  • Three signature desserts from the Master Pastry Chef include the Tapas Bar, a crunchy chocolate bar with bite-sized flavors of Spanish coffee, crunchy chocolate, raspberry mousse and lemon curd.
About the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs

The Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World serves as the new main entrance point for guests visiting the resort adding a total of 545 new guest rooms (including 50 suites – 44 Deluxe Suites, 4 1-Bedroom Suites, & 2 Presidential Suites) to the resort, as well as feature a gorgeous two-story lobby. 

An oasis set on the shore of Lago Dorado, the reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort celebrates the daring spirit of the great Spanish explorers, artists, writers and architects. 

Throughout the resort, guests will discover a blend of classic Spanish influences, imaginative Disney touches and modern comforts both inside and out. 

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Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs

This summer you can experience the Flavors of Florida on a ‘Foodie Adventure’ across Disney Springs with a selection of perfectly paired Floridian-inspired plates, cocktails, and brews at 20 different locations throughout the the shopping and entertainment district.

Exploring the Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs 2019 Walt Disney World

Let’s take a look at what you can find at each location around Disney Springs!

Foodie Guide to Disney Springs Flavors of Florida 2019

Flavors of Florida Foodie Guide 2019

Fountain of Youth Chicken Wings and Florida Rain Cocktail from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Fountain of Youth Chicken Wings – Chicken wings served with St Augustine Datil Pepper Sauce
  • Florida Rain – Orange vodka, gin, coconut rum, blue curaçao, and sour mix
Southern Burger and Orange Crème Milkshake from D-Luxe Burger for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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D-Luxe Burger

  • Southern Burger – Signature beef blend patty topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce, grilled onion, and bacon
  • Orange Crème Milkshake – Vanilla gelato blended with zesty orange flavors and topped with whipped cream
Blood Orange Mousse from Amorette’s Patisserie for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Blood Orange Mousse – Lemon chiffon cake with grapefruit gelée
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from The Ganachery
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The Ganachery

  • Disney Springs Dark Chocolate Bar – Dark chocolate bar with orange
  • Florida Orange Ganache Square – Dark chocolate blended with Florida orange juice and orange zest
  • Key Lime Ganache Pop – White chocolate blended with Key lime juice and fresh lime zest covered with dark chocolate 
Conch Fritters from Rainforest Café for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Rainforest Cafe

  • Conch Fritters – Conch fritters served on a bed of tropical slaw with Key lime tartar sauce
  • Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen

Wine Bar George and The Basket at Wine Bar George

  • Frozcato Cookie Sandwich – Frozen pineapple frozcato sandwiched between two house-made sugar cookies
  • Frozcato – Moscato, vodka, and Dole Whip Pineapple
Smoked Prime Rib Slider and Florida Mango Frosé from Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Polite Pig

  • Smoked Prime Rib Slider – Prime rib served with a citrus aïoli and a green papaya horseradish slaw
  • Florida Mango Frosé – Fresh mango purée, sparkling rosé, and citrus
Key Lime Pie from House of Blues – The Smokehouse for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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House of Blues – The Smokehouse

  • Key Lime Pie – Key lime pie with graham cracker crust and toasted coconut
  • Sandbar Sunday Islamorada Beer Company American Pale Wheat Ale
Tuna Poke Tower and Strawberry Sake Spritzer from Splitsville for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Splitsville

  • Tuna Poke Tower – Seared ahi tuna, spicy crab mix, diced Florida avocado, and Asian slaw stacked and served with crispy wonton chips
  • Strawberry Sake Spritzer – Local strawberries, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and rosé-infused sake garnished with a whole strawberry and mint
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from YeSake
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YeSake

  • Fresh Tuna Tekka Don – Fresh, customizable poke bowl featuring sushi-grade tuna on a bed steamed rice topped with avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, tempura crunch, and a zesty house-made yuzu aïoli
  • Violet Sake Slushie – Japanese sake, prickly pear, and lime topped with konpeito candy
  • Frozen Beer Shandy – Kirin draft beer with fresh-squeezed orange juice topped with frozen Kirin foam
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from T-REX
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T-REX

  • Boom Boom Alligator Tacos – Flour tortillas, fried alligator, and tropical fruit slaw topped with micro cilantro and spicy garlic sauce
  • Sailfish Brewing Co. Tag & Release Amber
  • The Ice Age – Rum, blue curaçao, piña colada purée, and orange juice
Key West Shrimp Cocktail and Blood Orange Madras from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

  • Key West Shrimp Cocktail – Seasoned shrimp hand tossed with avocado, mango, cucumber, and house-made cocktail sauce and served with buttermilk crackers
  • Blood Orange Madras – Blood orange moonshine, freshly muddled strawberries, pineapple purée, and cranberry juice
Local Buratta and Cigar City Jai Alai IPA from Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

  • Local Buratta – Buratta made in Pompeo Beach, Florida served with prosciutto, arugula, fresh peaches, and basil pesto
  • Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Crab Ceviche and Key Lime Wheat Ale from Paddlefish for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Paddlefish

  • Crab Ceviche – Blue crab, avocado, bell pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime served with tortilla chips
  • Key Lime Wheat Ale
Steamed Peel and Eat Florida Shrimp from The BOATHOUSE for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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The BOATHOUSE

  • Steamed Peel and Eat Florida Shrimp – Florida shrimp dusted with Boathouse seasoning and served with drawn butter
  • Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat Ale
 A Zesty Slice of Florida from Pizza Ponte for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Pizza Ponte

  • A Zesty Slice of Florida – Pizza bianca with Florida lemon, ricotta cheese, arugula, and black pepper
  • Guyebera Citra Pale Ale
Market or Fresh Catch Ceviche and La Playita Lager from STK Orlando for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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STK Orlando

  • Market or Fresh Catch Ceviche – Ceviche with passion fruit, lime, and chilis
  • La Playita Lager
Florida Scorpion Shrimp Paella and Sunset Margarita from Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Paradiso 37, Taste of The Americas

  • Florida Scorpion Shrimp Paella – Colossal gulf shrimp, mussels, pancetta, peas, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, and savory Key lime butter tossed with Calasparra rice and broiled to perfection
  • Sunset Margarita – Tequila, cointreau, and fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice
Citrus Kale Salad and Key Lime Martini from Planet Hollywood for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida
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Planet Hollywood

  • Citrus Kale Salad – Superfood blend of kale, julienned broccoli, slivered Brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, fresh grapefruit and oranges, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and agave dressing
  • Key Lime Martini – Vodka, ice cream, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup with a graham cracker crumbs rim
Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Offerings from Morimoto Asia
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Morimoto Asia

  • Orange Gator & Waffle Cone – Tempura alligator wok-tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce and served in a house-made waffle cone
  • Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA

The Flavors of Florida event runs daily through September 2, 2019, and to keep track of your progress there is an event guide, available at any participating location as well as the Disney Springs Welcome Center!

For more information and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

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Bigfire Restaurant Opening at Universal CityWalk

Universal Orlando CityWalk Bigfire Restaurant Announcement 2019

All-new restaurant to put modern twist on open-fire cooking, adding bold flavors to American classic dishes

ORLANDO, Fla. 

This summer, Universal Orlando Resort will debut its next original concept dining experience – Bigfire – an all-new, full-service restaurant that will bring a specially created menu and a highly-themed environment directly to guests at Universal CityWalk – and take open fire cooking to a whole new level.

Bigfire will feature unique theming designed to make guests feel as though they have stepped into a grand lakeside lodge, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of summers spent by the water.

Bigfire Restaurant Universal CityWalk Summer 2019
Rendering Universal Orlando Resort

The two-story venue will feature warm modern surroundings, from a cozy fireplace to cast iron and wood design elements mixed with nostalgic camp lanterns and oversized plaid blankets.

As guests step onto the outside patio, they will be greeted with twinkling lights, comfortable seating and lawn games for the entire family to enjoy. And guests will be able to enjoy one of the most popular fireside treats– s’mores – which they will be able to prepare themselves right at their table.

At the heart of the venue will be a custom wood fire grill that will allow guests to see their meal being prepared from anywhere in the restaurant. And for the first time at Universal Orlando, each dish will be expertly paired with the perfect type of wood to bring out the smoky goodness in each bite.

Bigfire Restaurant Universal CityWalk Summer 2019
Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

From Cherrywood to Pecanwood and more, the pairings will add bold flavors to the American classic dishes and unique entrees, including a signature bison burger, coffee, chili and cocoa rubbed top sirloin, delectable freshwater trout, mouth-watering smoked salads and more.

Bigfire Restaurant Universal CityWalk Summer 2019
Bigfire Signature Bison Burger

Bigfire will be another example of what happens when the Universal Creative team that designs world-class theme park attractions partners with Universal’s award-winning culinary team to create incredible dining experiences for guests.

When it opens, Bigfire will become the next highly-themed, original concept restaurant at CityWalk, and join other popular experiences such as The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, VIVO Italian Kitchen and more.

The restaurant will be located between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon – offering incredible views of Universal CityWalk.  

Bigfire Restaurant Universal CityWalk Summer 2019
Big Fire Baked Alaska

For more information on Bigfire and other CityWalk restaurants, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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Science of Wine at the Orlando Science Center

Science of Wine Orlando Science Center 2019

Ready your mind – and palate – for a night of wining, dining and learning at one of Orlando’s most unique food and wine events, the Science of Wine!

ORLANDO, Fla.

The 9th annual Science of Wine, presented by Southern Glazer’s Wines and Spirits, on April 27th is your chance to sip, savor, and support the mission of Orlando Science Center while you uncork your inner sommelier (and scientist!).

The Science of Wine is not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey for adults only with presentations on multiple aspects of wine growing and wine tasting in addition to samples of more than 150 fine wines from the world’s most important wine regions and some of the best food from your favorite region, Central Florida!

Science of Wine 2019 Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Facebook Page

The Science of Wine Culinary Partners Include: 

  • Barnie’s Coffee & Tea
  • BENTO asian kitchen + sushi
  • Black Rooster Taqueria
  • Bonefish Grill
  • BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse
  • Cocktails Catering
  • Fresh Kitchen
  • Gezellig Cookies
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
  • Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Lucky’s Market
  • Millenia Event Catering
  • Nicole Macaron
  • Olde Hearth Bread Co.
  • The Pub
  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • SusHi Eatstation
  • Sweet by Holly
  • Swine & Son’s
  • Tamale Co.
  • Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen

There are also two add on experiences to take your night to the next level!

Science of Wine 2019 Orlando Science Center
Orlando Science Center Facebook Page

Swine & Sons Cooking Demos

Demos at 7:30pm and 8:45pm

$20 per person with purchase of Science of Wine ticket

Have you ever wondered why your favorite Cabernet compliments a grilled steak so perfectly, or which white wine would be best with the seafood dish you’re preparing?

We’ll explore the science behind some classic food and wine pairings and discover what works, and why in this interactive food and wine tasting demo hosted by Swine & Sons Provisions. 

Cooking demos are $20 per person with the purchase of a Science of Wine ticket, and seats are limited.

Thank you to our partner, Swine and Son’s for leading guests on this cooking journey. 

Wine Seminar – How’d It Get There?

Demo at 6:30pm

$20 per person with purchase of Science of Wine ticket

Want to become the wine expert within your friend group? Look no further than this wine seminar hosted by Julie Pepi, CSW Director for Fine Wine in Florida for Trinchero Family Estates!

You’ll learn why certain grapes grow better in specific places, what tannin and oak flavors actually are, where the bubbles in your favorite Champagne come from and so much more!

Seats to the Wine Seminar are $20 per person with the purchase of a Science of Wine ticket.

Limited seating is available so reserve your spot today.

Tickets are available now for this amazing evening benefitting the Orlando Science Center, and cost $100 for Orlando Science Center Members and $125 for General Admission.

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Seven Seas Food Festival Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Seven Seas Food Festival Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

The Seven Seas Food Festival invites guests to sip, sample, and savor their way around SeaWorld Orlando and enjoy live entertainment each Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday until May 5, 2019. 

The Seven Seas Food Festival showcases what SeaWorld Orlando does best, festivals that pack a punch that are included with theme park admission. 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Seven Seas Food Festival Marketplaces

Chef Héctor Colón and his culinary team at SeaWorld Orlando have created over 180 unique eats that are paired with distinct beverages from around the world. 

Authentic Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian, and North Atlantic dishes can be found at Festival Markets located throughout the park.

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival takes place on Friday evenings from 4:00 pm to 9:00pm then on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am with all locations in full operation by 12:00 pm.

Like all food served at SeaWorld Orlando, each item at the Seven Seas Food Festival reflects the park’s commitment to sustainable foods and farming crafted with organic ingredients, cage-free eggs, regional produce, and sustainable seafood.

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

This year guests can also enjoy a diverse selection of beverages including over 50 wines, specialty cocktails, and over 70 local and international craft brews. 

Sampling Lanyards are a great way to experience the Seven Seas Food Festival, because it lets guests choose an assortment of flavors from the festival’s extensive food, beer, and wine line-up to fill their day. 

Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Guests can purchase a sampling lanyard, either in-person at the park or in advance online, with 10 items for $50 plus tax or 15 items for $65 plus tax, and as a special perk SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can enjoy 20 samples for the price of 15.

To help guests plan their culinary journey, a complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online at SeaWorld.com/Orlando.

Seven Seas Food Festival Entertainment

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment. 

This year guests can rock out to more genres than ever before with 26 live performances taking the stage.

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday and are included with park admission. It is important to note that show times vary by weekend and are subject to change.

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2017 Bayside Stadium Concert
SeaWorld Orlando

Here are the concerts you’ll be able to see at the Seven Seas Food Festival:

  • April 6 – Olga Tañon
  • April 7 – Roots & Boots 90’s Electric Throwdown – Featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin & Collin Raye
  • April 13 – Jay Leno
  • April 14 – Andy Grammer
  • April 20 –  Collective Soul
  • April 21 – Tenth Avenue North
  • April 27 – Postmodern Jukebox
  • April 28 – Willie Colón
  • May 4 – Macy Gray
  • May 5 – Earth, Wind & Fire

While the concerts are included with theme park admission to SeaWorld Orlando, guests can choose to purchase reserved seating for the concerts to help minimize their wait. 

The reserved seating is guaranteed and prices start at $10 plus tax, and can be purchased in-person at the park or in advance online.

Best Way to Play

The best way for guests to experience the Seven Sea’s Food Festival and all of the events at SeaWorld Orlando throughout the year is with an Annual Pass, starting as low as $10.99 a month for Florida residents. 

Special members-only benefits such as discounts on parking, dining, and shopping make the Annual Pass especially valuable.

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A Visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Disclosure: I was invited to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to try these items, however all opinions are 100% my own. I am genuinely a GIGANTIC fan of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, firmly believe their chicken tenders are heaven sent, and will fight you for the last onion ring…so with that being said let’s get going!

A Visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

A Visit to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

It was probably a year ago that I discovered Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen (when I say ‘discovered’ I really mean I was finally braved the line out the door), and since then it has become my go-to restaurant when I am ‘On the Go’ since their menu has a wide variety of items.

If you haven’t been to a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, what makes them so special is that they really live up to their name! Their menu features made-from-scratch dishes like house smoked baby back ribs, hand-battered country fried chicken, scratch burgers, croissants, and their AMAZING homemade onion rings that are stacked to the ceiling.

While the menu features some fan favorites like their chicken tenders (they serve over 30 million a year), Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is always adding new items to their lineup.

Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite and new favorite menu items!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Texas Sweet Tea and Painkiller (there is a limit of 2 per person…for a VERY good reason)

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Homemade Onion Rings- These are the most amazing onion rings you’ll ever have…promise!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Trio Sampler – The trio sampler for us is perfect, because everyone gets their favorite appetizer. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen New Orleans Pasta – The New Orleans Pasta has a great snap of spicy that is perfect for warming you up on a chilly night.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Tender Parmesan – The parmesan crust on the chicken tenders is FANTASTIC!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop – Let me be honest…Dave didn’t even let me have bite, because he claimed this as ‘his’. Not cool dude. Not. Cool. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Blackened Salmon and Shrimp
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Blackened Salmon and Shrimp  – The Blackened Salmon and Shrimp is a great light dinner or lunch. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Monte Cristo – The Monte Cristo is Zoe’s go-to menu item, and you can actually order a lunch combo with half of this sandwich with a ton of options. It’s great!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Seasonal Crisp A La Mode – So now it’s my turn…I didn’t share. I’m not ashamed. It was too good to share. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Painkiller Mini Cake – The Painkiller Mini Cake was soooo good, and a fantastic light dessert. 

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cake – Don’t let the ‘Mini’ fool you, because the Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cake is big on flavor!

But what makes Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen even better is their prices! They have twenty entrees that are under $10, and let me tell you NONE of them are small! You definitely won’t leave hungry!

There are over 150 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen locations across the country, and you can find your nearest one here.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Holiday Gift Card Offer for Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen:
This holiday season, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is offering a free Sandwich or Scratch Burger served with one side – such as Cheddar’s hand-battered Monte Cristo sandwich or hand-smashed Smokehouse Burger – when guests purchase $30 or more in gift cards online or in-restaurant from December 17 through 24.

If you can’t tell I’m a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen fangirl, and you will be too when you give it a try!

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2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road

St. Patrick’s Day revelers will definitely want to enjoy three non-stop days of live music, Irish dance, first-rate food, and fun during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival 2018 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs March 16-18.

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

Here’s the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival complete lineup:

  • Young Dubliners – One of Celtic rock’s hardest working bands, the You Dubliners play hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the United States and Europe every year. Young Dubliners are known for their hearty rock and Irish-infused live performances.
  • Elevation (U2) — Back by popular demand, this stellar U2 tribute act will play two special nighttime shows March 16 and 17. They appeared at Raglan Road’s Great Irish Hooley last September during U2’s world tour celebrating 30 years of the groundbreaking Joshua Tree album.
  • The Maguires – Called “brilliant” by IrishCentral news, The Maguires traditional Irish family band comprises Emma, 17, on fiddle, flute and whistle; Aoife, 15, on concertina and uilleann pipes; Sean, 12, on bodhrán; and their dad, Philip, on guitar.  Trad favorites and modern tunes combine with syncopated, infectious rhythms sure to wow Mighty Festival crowds.

Raglan Road 2018 St Patricks Mighty Festival

  •  Briste — This inspiring all-female trio includes Emma Robinson (flute, whistle), Joanna Boyle (banjo, vocals) and Alison Crossey (bodhran, guitar). They grew up listening to and playing traditional Irish music, winning numerous awards at County, Ulster and All Ireland competitions, quickly gaining themselves a fine reputation in traditional music circles. Blending together their rich musical backgrounds, Briste creates a fresh and exciting mix of country, folk and Irish traditional music.
  • The Byrne Brothers — An exceptionally talented traditional Irish music family from Donegal. They are Luca, 13 (button accordion); Finn, 11 (banjo, mandolin and whistle); Dempsey, 8, (whistle and bodhran); and father,Tommy (guitar, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes and bodhran). Their show combines exciting traditional Irish tunes with modern dance beats, and they love to interact with every audience.
  • The Raglan Roots Coalition – This edgy house band is known for its soul-rockin’ Celtic bluegrass with hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats.
  • Reel Republic – Hailing from the southwest corner of Ireland, Aisling Egan-Sage (fiddle); Liam O’Keefe (box, vocals); and Colin Foley (guitar, vocals) are Reel Republic 2.0, three seriously talented musicians always pushing to make the next gig better than the last.
  • Out the Gap – Niall McIlroy (guitar, ukulele bass, whistles and flute); Deirdre Ni Mheachair (fiddle); and Aidan Byrne (guitar, vox, keys and percussion) make up the pub’s newest house band performing a sweet combination of innate musicianship, beautiful tune playing and fairly outrageous virtuosity.
  • The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the Mighty Festival. You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary!

Raglan Road 2018 St Patricks Mighty Festival

Guests can enjoy a mighty selection of beers, spirits and craft cocktails to pair with exceptional pub grub and more elegant Irish fare while musicians and dancers perform on multiple stages, indoors and out, from noon-1:30 a.m. March 16 and 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. March 17 and 18.  Mighty Festival guests can accent their Irish holiday attire with complimentary face painting available for up to nine or 10 hours each festival day.  On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, guests will be 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 other festival days by calling 407/938-0300.

The entertainment schedule will be posted at raglanroad.com.

Raglan Road 2018 St Patricks Mighty Festival

Guests can order from Raglan Road’s brunch, lunch, dinner and bar menus that include new dishes like the Guinness-braised pulled pork, apple chutney with pork crackling on a homemade bun, and the handmade gnocchi with seared Georges Bank scallops and crispy pork belly.  Traditionalists can dig into the pub’s loin of bacon and cabbage, the authentic Irish dish of St. Patrick’s Day, plus other pub classics.  Throughout the event, the restaurant’s Cooke’s of Dublin counter-service eatery will offer Irish favorites, as well, including fish and chips.

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Valentine’s Day Special Events at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando

If you are looking for a luxurious way to spend Valentine’s Day, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has special dining and spa offers for couples.

At , and at Capa, a four-course prix-fixe. menu is offered for USD 155 per person.  Plus, The Spa at Four Seasons is offering special treatments for Valentine’s Day, with complimentary prosecco and chocolates for spa guests. 

Ravello 

Ravello Couple Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Easter Brunch Valentine's Day
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

At Ravello, authentic Italian cuisine is prepared by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, originally from Torino, Italy. Enjoy the warm ambiance of Ravello including the lively open kitchen. 

And to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Ravello is offering a special four-course prix-fixe menu is offered for $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) that includes:

First Course

• Choice of: Poricini budino parmesan and local artisanal greens salad – mushroom flan, crispy parmesan, local greens, truffle vinaigrette

• Or: Tuna carpaccio caper berries with arugula and pickled vegetables – black pepper seared tuna, blistered caper berries, micro arugula, pickled vegetables 
Second Course

• Housemade spaghetti and polpettine to share – “Lady and the Tramp” single piece housemade spaghetti, housemade meatball to share 
Entree

• Choice of: Crispy halibut brandade with braised spinach and lobster – pan seared halibut, crisp potato brandade, spinach, lobster sauce

• Or: Duck with wilted greens and sweet potato sun choke – duck breast, sautéed greens, sweet potato and sun choke puree, cherry jus 
Dessert

• Nougat glace – wild berry sorbet, milk chocolate cremeux, almond cake

Capa
 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Capa Valentine's Day
Four Season Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Capa, the Resort’s rooftop level Spanish-inspired steakhouse, is known for its fresh seafood and prime meats. The stunning ambiance in hues of crimson, black and grey features an open kitchen and wood-burning grill, plus an expansive terrace where couples can enjoy views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Capa was named to Wine Enthusiast magazine’s list of 100 Best Wine Restaurants in the US. 

On Valentine’s Day, Capa is also offering a special four-course prix-fixe menu is offered for $155 per person (plus tax and gratuity) that includes:

First Course

• Choice of: Alcachofa – baby artichokes, oysters, citrus condiment

• Or: Ensalada – fennel salad, orange, chorizo, oats 
Second Course

• Choice of: Viera – seared scallop, celery root, caper and lemon butter sauce, brioche croutons

• Or: Cordoniz – quail, spinach, parsnip puree, saffron hollandaise 
Entree

• Choice of: Pescado – cobia al pil pil, saffron potatoes, tomato, olives, marjoram

• Or: Carne – Lamb rack, Israeli couscous, za’atar yogurt, smoked pinenuts

• Or: Tomahawk – Tomahawk for two, grilled asparagus, preserved lemon, Capa steak sauce 
Dessert

• Vanilla yogurt Bavarois, citrus, champagne, berries

To make reservations for either of these special prix-fixe dinners at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, call (407) 313-6161.

Have a Couples Day at The Spa
 

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Valentine's Day
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Spa at Four Seasons. On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, all who receive a treatment between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco and special valentine truffles from local chocolatier Norman Love Confections. 

Sweethearts can treat their honey to an indulgent Healing Honey Treatment, featuring a massage with local Winter Garden Honey Farm honey.  Those experiencing the Healing Honey Treatment on Valentine’s Day will receive a small bottle of the signature honey. 


In addition, couples who experience a 50-minute Couples Massage on February 14 will receive a complimentary Luscious Lips enhancement to ensure the sweetest, smoothest kiss. The couple will also receive a complimentary lip gloss from the signature line Kaplan MD.
For the ultimate couples spa day, consider a Daycation Duo. Recharge, renew, relax and refresh together, the perfect recipe for romance.

The Couple’s Daycation is $570 and includes a $35 per person lunch credit at PB&G, plus fitness classes for the day, two 80 minute Spa treatments, and use of the Spa’s beautifully appointed locker rooms equipped with steam room, experience showers, whirlpools and full vanity area.

To reserve a Spa appointment this Valentine’s Day, contact The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando by calling (407) 313-6160.
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ICYMI: VooDoo Doughnut is coming to Universal CityWalk

VooDoo Doughnut Coming to Universal Orlando CityWalk

The Universal Orlando Resort announced that VooDoo Doughnut will arrive east of the Mississippi when they open at Universal CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort’s entertainment and dining complex, this spring.

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VooDoo Doughnut was created by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon in Portland, Oregon, in 2003. The pair had enjoyed experimenting with unique flavors to create eccentric pastries and they turned their passion into the phenomenon that is Voodoo Doughnut. As they say, the rest is history.

The Doughnut stop is loved for its sinfully delicious, delightfully weird lineup of fried creations. Their selection of doughnuts will feature signature originals and one-of-a-kind delectables such as the Dirt Doughnut, the Bacon Maple Bar, Grape Ape and, of course, Voodoo Doll doughnuts.

VooDoo Doughnut Universal Orlando CityWalk selection

The Universal CityWalk shop will feature the same eclectic pink theming and irreverent names that can be found in current Voodoo Doughnut locations, and will be located next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew, just steps away from the iconic Universal Globe and Universal Studios Florida entrance.

Good Things Come in Pink Boxes, and I cannot wait to give them a try! 2018 just got sweeter!

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