Plant Street Market Celebrates 7 Years

Plant Street Market

On May 11th, Crooked Can Brewing Company, Plant Street Market, and its vendors will celebrate 7 years of business with specials throughout the Market.

All are available at the special celebratory price of $7.00. Crooked Can will also feature an “open house” where you can look through the production brewery, speak to the owners, and brewers and receive complimentary tours of Florida’s highest volume taproom brewery. 

“We are excited to celebrate with the people who continue to make us such a success, our loyal patrons and fans,” says Andy Sheeter, founding member of Crooked Can Brewing & Plant Street Market. “We wanted to open our doors, offer some great deals and thank everyone who supports us so wonderfully.”

Plant Street Market opened in May 2015. It is a local community market located in historic downtown Winter Garden, with 20 vendors featuring natural, organic food and handmade products all under one roof.

Plant St. Market is a local indoor artisan market. Open 7 days a week, and strives to create a community of quality and diverse farm-fresh products, artisan specialties, and local products.

Also, attached to the market is the multi Award Winning Crooked Can Brewing Company, for on-site hand-crafted beer. Recently named Florida’s Best Large Craft Brewery at the Florida Best Beer Championships. With weekend Live Entertainment and a pet-friendly patio, this is the place to enjoy any day.

Plant Street Market

Plant Street Market Anniversary Offers

Crooked Can Brewing Company

$7 Beers – High Stepper, Cloud Chaser, Tri Wishes, Sakura Zen, Domestic Bliss

$7 Birthday Flight. High Stepper IPA, Cloud Chaser Heffe, Florida Sunshine Lager, Sakura Zen Cherry Blossom Ale

Ceviche Mix

$7 Ceviche, Guacamole & Chips

This Little Piggy

$7 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich & Fries

Hunger Street Tacos

$7 Cheesy Birria Gordita Crunch

Michaels Ali Coal Fired Pizza

$7 Stromboli.

Mac’d Out

$7 Traditional Mac & Cheese

Empanada & Co

$7 for 2 Empanadas

Morthan Cheese.

$7 Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese

Nosh Popcorn

Lucky 7 Beer & Cheese Popcorn

Sr Benjis Donuts

$7 Cereal Milk & Donut Combo

Palateria Original

2 x Popsicles for $7

David Ramirez Chocolatier.

Birthday Chocolate Cigar

AntiqtuiTEAS

$7 Rose Matcha Boba Latte

$7 Tea startup kit (includes 1/2 (half) ounce of loose-leaf tea and one pack of tea filters.

The Local Butcher & Market

All Burgers $7 per pound. 6 All natural uncured hot dogs for $7.00

“We are so proud of our market and the position it has in the local community for bringing families and people of all ages together with great food and drink in a truly special location, that is Historic downtown Winter Garden” says Alan Delahunt, C.E.O of Crooked Can Brewing Company. 

From long-standing vendors to some of the newer arrivals, everyone has something to offer to help you celebrate this happy occasion. 

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Brews Around the Zoo 2022

Brews Around the Zoo

Brews Around the Zoo, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens fundraiser, will put the FUN in fundraiser on April 9, 2022.

Brews Around the Zoo is one of the Zoo’s biggest benefits, offering attendees the chance to sample more than 30 different craft beers as well as soak up the fun atmosphere. The 2022 event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 9 at the Zoo in Sanford.

Early Access and VIP ticket holders will get in an hour early at 4 p.m. Brews Around the Zoo is presented by Wayne Densch.

Brews Around the Zoo

“Events like Brews Around the Zoo allow us to do what we do,” said Stephanie Williams, Zoo director. “It’s a win-win. We get to connect with the community through something fun, and we get to raise money to continue our mission of educating people and empowering them to act on behalf of wildlife by sharing these awesome animals.”

In addition to great beer from breweries near and far, Brews Around the Zoo will feature live music, a seltzer station, and wine tastings. Delicious food selections will be available for purchase.

General Admission tickets are $50. For $70, guests can take advantage of exclusive early admission at 4 p.m. Or, for $150, guests can gain VIP status, with access to exclusive cocktails, food offerings, and more.

Brews Around the Zoo

Tickets are available now at www.centralfloridazoo.org/event/brews/.

Only those 21+ are permitted to attend, and guests must show a valid ID upon entry.

The Zoo will be closed all day April 9 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for event set up. Brews Around the Zoo takes place rain or shine.

For more information about the Central Florida Zoo, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Flavors of ICON Park Foodie Walking Tour

Flavors of ICON Park

ICON Park has partnered with Original Orlando Tours to launch the Flavors of ICON Park Foodie Walking Tour.

Guests of the tour will make eight stops for food and beverage samples, and ride on The Wheel, ICON Park’s signature attraction that provides views of Orlando from 400 feet in the air.

They’ll also receive a minimum 10 percent discount at the eateries when returning the night of the tour.

“ICON Park has always been dedicated to providing unique and memorable experiences for our guests. We’re proud to be the home of the first and only food hall in the Orlando Entertainment District,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “The Flavors of ICON Park Foodie Walking Tour will add another exciting layer of entertainment for our guests.”

At each stop, restaurateurs will share information about their concept and the samples offered. Between the stops, the tour guides will tell guests about the history of ICON Park.

Flavors of ICON Park Foodie Walking Tour

Flavors of ICON Park

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

This fast-casual concept by award-winning chef and television star Gordon Ramsay serves the perfect English meal while transporting guests to a seaside fish and chips shop on the British coast. Along with fried favorites, the restaurant serves the best British deserts such as Gordon’s signature Sticky Toffee Pudding and Biscoff shakes.

Flavors of ICON Park

Blake Shelton’s Ole Red

Inspired from Blake Shelton’s famous song “Ol’ Red,” this place is for music-lovers, food-lovers, drink-lovers and a helluva-lot-of-fun-lovers. Guests can enjoy 100-proof live music, scratch-made dishes and signature drinks… all inspired by the boss man himself.

Flavors of ICON Park

Sloppy Joe’s

This fun-centered casual dining restaurant is the perfect place for families! With a wide array of great bites, delicious drinks for mom and dad, and classic Florida key lime pie for the kiddos, there’s something for everyone at Sloppy Joe’s. Guests can kick back and relax while enjoying nightly entertainment, including a live feed back to the original Key West location.

Flavors of ICON Park

Tin & Taco

From Chorizo to mac and cheese, you could say Tin & Taco is a casual tacos destination with a creative spin on all its offerings. A unique and delicious experience to your taste buds is waiting for you as its team uses the best-quality ingredients with you in mind.

Flavors of ICON Park

Brick & Fire Pizza

This concept is a locally-owned pizza and pasta parlor. Its dough is made by hand fresh every day using high quality cheeses, premium extra virgin olive oil and other higher-grade ingredients in all its dishes before firing each pie right on the brick oven. You will absolutely taste the difference!

Sandwich Station and Chicken On Fire

Nashville Hot Chicken is served with the freshest ingredients including, fresh-never-frozen chicken breasts, a no-frills menu consisting of fried chicken tenders, fries, and a deli sandwich station sure to satisfy your cravings.

Let’s Jess Bake

Delight with every bite! Master Baker Jessica makes delicious handcrafted gourmet cupcakes, cookies, pastries, and cakes. With a unique creative touch, the offerings range from custom cakes to catering possibilities on site. Grab a coffee and indulge in a sweet today!

Flavors of ICON Park

iCafe Dé Paris

Experience a taste of the City of Lights in the Orlando Entertainment District! This modern-rustic coffee shop with a stylish patio is in the center of all the action at ICON Park. Enjoy its delicious crepes, desserts, specialty drinks, and other light fares.

What makes the Flavors of ICON Park Foodie Walking Tour so unique is the eateries’ ability to offer different selections each tour. The samples might change with the week’s specials or seasonal options, so you never know what surprises are in store! Come back again and again to experience it all.

The Flavors of ICON Park Food Tour will depart at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening and lasts 90 minutes to two hours. Check-in is at 6:20 p.m. inside The Wheelhouse.

Tickets are $65 per guest. Advance reservations are required.

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On the Go in MCO: St. Patrick’s Day 2022

On the Go in MCO St Patricks Day 2022

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

If you are going to be On the Go in MCO this St. Patrick’s Day, there are some really great ways for you to have fun while wearing your green!

On the Go in MCO: St. Patrick’s Day 2022

Raglan Road 2018 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival
Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road

The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is back in full swing this year from March 11-17 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant with top Irish bands flown in for the celebration. 

The most authentic Irish festival in America will take it to the Disney Springs street outside Raglan Road with extraordinary Irish talent arriving from Ireland, five outside bars, fun St. Paddy’s merchandise, and more.

Award-winning Irish musicians and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will rock the fun throughout this lively festival that leads up to the mother of all Irish holidays.

Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival Raglan Road Disney Springs 2020

Especially for the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival, a new berry-forward St. Paddy’s brew, “So Berry Les,” is on tap for the holiday and on into spring. 

Crafted in collaboration with Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Fla., So Berry Les is a refreshing hard seltzer infused with local Florida strawberry (‘tis the season!) and Key Lime juice. The brew pays tribute to Raglan Road co-owner John Cooke’s father, Les, who in 1977 earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for buying the dearest strawberries at a charity auction for a record 530 Irish punt—equivalent to the British pound—to generate publicity for his restaurant business. 

On St. Patrick’s Day only, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m. with a $20 cover charge for guests 18 and older; (first-come, first-served—no reservations on this day only); younger patrons may enter free of charge.

Make your reservations now!

St. Patrick's Day Parade Winter Park On the Go in MCO
43rd Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Gather your family and friends and wear some green to enjoy the 43rd Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m., in downtown Winter Park.

The parade will begin at Webster Avenue and proceed south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. Active in the Irish-American community for many years, Al Denecour will serve as Grand Marshal, and more than 60 units will participate.

On the Go in MCO St. Patrick's Day Parade Winter Park Cars

After the parade, the celebration will continue with Irish music and step-dancing on the Central Park Main Stage with performances by professional Irish dancer Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance, Watters School of Irish Dancing, Finnegan Academy of Irish Dance, and Michael Daly, Tenor.

This is one event you don’t want to miss!

7th Annual Crooked Can Celtic Festival

One of Central Florida’s Largest Celtic Festivals is coming to Crooked Can Brewing Company for its’ seventh year from March 17-19, 2022.

Festival-goers will enjoy three days of live Celtic music, Irish Dancers, Local Vendors, Delicious Eats, and of course fan-favorite favorite Crooked Can Brews!

This event is FREE for all ages to attend.

St. Patrick's Day Promenade at Sunset Walk On the Go in MCO
Promenade at Sunset Walk

Join in on the fun as Promenade at Sunset Walk hosts its St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Street Party and Celebration on Thursday, March 17, from 2 pm to 11:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverage specials from participating restaurants while listening to live music from artists Tim Hamlin, DJ Scotty B and The Hooligans and watching live entertainment like street performers and lucky leprechauns.

Admission to this event and parking are free.

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Chef Richard Blais Brings Tropical Concept to Orlando

Chef Richard Blais

I was beyond excited when I found out that acclaimed Chef Richard Blais will open his first Orlando restaurant later this year with a new tropical concept at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, located adjacent to Walt Disney World.

“It’s undeniable how talented and invigorating Chef Blais is. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with him for our newest restaurant,” said Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress General Manager Paul Joseph. “This concept is something very near and dear to our hearts and to Blais’s and we can’t wait to be able to unveil it to our guests.”

Blais is widely recognized as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and recently announced co-star of the new Gordon Ramsay / FOX cooking competition, Next Level Chef. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and trained at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli.

Chef Richard Blais

His new Orlando restaurant will make its home in the former Hemingway’s venue within the resort and offer dinner nightly and brunch on Sundays.

Blais currently owns and operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary consulting company that has consulted on, designed, and operated popular eateries across the country. He is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, as well as his second cookbook, So Good.

Most recently, he opened Ember & Rye at the newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California, and took on the role of Culinary Director at the newly opened San Diego Symphony performance space, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. 

“I love having fun with my concepts and menus and I’m so excited about what we’ve got in store for this restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress,” said Chef Richard Blais. “We’re looking forward to adding a memorable and innovative offering to Orlando’s already incredible food scene.”

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will host a hiring event for the new restaurant on Tuesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the resort’s Windsong Ballroom. Positions available include management, cooks, bartenders, servers, and greeters.

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On the Go in the Parks: September 3-5, 2021

On the Go in the Parks September 3-5 2021

Make sure you tune into Orlando’s Evening News on WDBO tonight at 6:38 pm ET to hear about what you can enjoy as you are On the Go in the Parks!

Being on the Go in the Parks has been a ride this week full of new announcements at Walt Disney World, fan favorites returning to Disney Springs, and the return of Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party!
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Before we dive into the parks, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party will be bringing its magic to Orlando’s Amway Center September 3-5, 2021! You can find out more information about the show here.

With so much to go over, what are we waiting for????

On the Go in the Parks: September 3-5, 2021

Halloween Horror Nights
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Halloween Horror Nights has returned to the Universal Studios Resort Orlando daring guests and celebrating 30 years of fear on select nights through October 31.

For its highly-anticipated return, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is unleashing a legion of horror legends, pop culture greats, and haunting original stories – many from the event’s esteemed history – in 10 disturbingly realistic haunted houses, five nightmarish scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment, with diabolical surprises lurking around every corner…

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event you won’t want to miss. This is my #1 Halloween event in Central Florida!!!!!

Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road

Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival, the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley, will return for the long Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. 

Never heard of a “Hooley?” It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family, and from September 3-6 guests can enjoy performances from top Irish bands alongside food and beverage offerings.

** LAST WEEKEND ** Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando
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SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean has returned until September 6th with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Visit Orlando Magical Dining

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

On the Go in the Parks, you can find Magical Dining goodness at:

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Amatista Cookhouse – Loess Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Area

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Terralina Crafted Italian – Disney Springs
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Disney Springs
  • Jaleo – Disney Springs
  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • La Luce – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • The Venetian Chop House – Caribe Royale

Reservations are encouraged, and when you arrive at the dining location make sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu as you are seated.

Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store

Halloween Horror Nights is returning next weekend, but you can get hyped with the Tribute Store that is now open at Universal Studios Florida!

Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Disney After Hours Boo Bash 2021

This weekend’s Disney After Hours Boo Bash Dates:

  • Sunday, September 5, 2021

Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash is a special ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select nights until October 31, 2021, and like any new event, and I am sharing what you should know before you go to make the most of your Halloween fun!

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Craft Beer Festival

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival is returning with more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, plus Labor Day until September 12.

Guests can sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites, plus savor more than 20 food items expertly paired to match their preferred brew.

And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long. This is the one craft beer celebration guests won’t want to miss. 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bierfest 2020 Howl-O-Scream Halloween

During the fourth year of Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries.

Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music, and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations, including the new Giraffe Bar.

This year, park guests can toast to new adventures each Friday through Sunday until October 31.

Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World 
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest On the Go in the Parks

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is underway at Walt Disney World with delicious dishes, fun for families, and entertainment for the entire family until November 20th!

The festival celebrates the best of food and drink with more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces open now and even more coming in the fall!

In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Don’t forget to see EPCOT Forever fireworks at the close of every day!

Theme Park Reservation & Mask Policies

Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World has updated their mask policy for guests ages 2 and up

– Masks are required regardless of vaccination status
– Masks must be worn while indoors
– Masks must be worn on Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner
– The new policy includes attractions & their queues
– Masks remain optional in outdoor common areas

  • Walt Disney World has opened up more Park Pass availability for summer visits to the park. So while you still need a reservation to enter the parks, it is now easier to snag one.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of local officials, face coverings are recommended to be worn in designated, indoor spaces regardless of the vaccination status of SeaWorld Orlando guests and employees.
  • The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can be in outdoor areas without the need for a face covering.
  • The CDC still recommends that people get fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people use preventative measures such as face coverings and social distancing.
  • For special interactions with certain animals, unvaccinated people will be required to wear a face covering.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica are both no longer requiring reservations…if you are planning on going to Aquatica during the weekend GET THERE EARLY as parking is running out before noon each day!

Universal Orlando

  • The Universal Orlando Resort encourages all guests to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Face coverings are optional while outdoors.
  • All guests are ecouraged to keep a safe distance between travel parties.
  • Universal Orlando Resort hasn’t required reservations, but you’ll want to keep an eye one their official twitter – @UniversalORL – for any capacity or operational updates
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Magical Dining Returns with More Offerings

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

UPDATE: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has been extended until October 17th!

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is back to showcase some of Orlando’s best cuisine while supporting local restaurants and charities from August 27 to October 3.

During this year’s Foodie dream, more than 80 of Orlando’s fine dining restaurants will offer a $37 three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2021

“Now in its 16th year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining continues to evolve with new features to make  it easier for diners to research restaurant options, share plans and recommendations with others and even create a weekend getaway,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “Magical Dining is an important program for our community because of both the money raised for  charitable organizations and the support it provides to our local restaurants, who are still working  hard to recover from a challenging year.” 

Menus for most participating restaurants are now live at  MagicalDining.com so diners can plan ahead, make reservations and explore exclusive hotel offers as part of the new Magical Nights program enhancement. 

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2021

More NEW Magical Dining Features 

New additions to Magical Dining make it easier to explore the restaurant options and keep track of favorites.

Chefs now have greater flexibility to offer exclusive menu options and six new  restaurants join this year’s lineup: 

  • My Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Favorites: The updated MagicalDining.com website includes a new tool for diners to “favorite” must-try restaurants, view a  customized map with their selections, and share their list with friends, making it easier than ever to create a Magical Dining game plan. 
  • Chef’s Creation: Participating restaurants now have the chance to add a bonus  Magical Dining menu option that is not offered on the regular menu. This exclusive option gives chefs even more creative freedom and guests additional options to choose from during their Magical Dining experience. 
Visit Orlando Magical Dining
  • New Restaurants for 2021: Six restaurants have joined the program for the first time this year: 310 Lakeside, 310 Park South, Adega Gaucha, Aurora at the Celeste,  Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, and RusTeak at Thornton Park. A full list of participating restaurants is available at MagicalDining.com. 
  • Takeout options are returning to this year’s program, giving foodies the flexibility to enjoy dinner from some of the program’s participating restaurants in the comfort of their home or hotel room. Several restaurants are also offering vegan options.  
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NEW! Magical Dining Dine, Stay and Play 

With the all-new addition of Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights, visitors and locals gain access to exclusive hotel and resort offers to enhance dinner with an overnight stay and more time to explore the destination.

Find more than a dozen hotel options here, including: 

  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: Saveup to 30% on an overnight stay.
  • Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive Orlando: Save 40% and get a  free bottle of champagne. 
  • Element by Westin: Receive a free ride on The Wheel with popcorn and soft drinks  for up to four people. 
  • Rosen Plaza Hotel: Special package including dinner for two at Jack’s Place, a  Magical Dining restaurant and breakfast for two. 
Visit Orlando Magical Dining Chef 2019

Dining with a Purpose 

Every year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining contributes one dollar from each meal served through the program to local charities. This year’s donated funds will focus on two organizations – Pathlight HOME and IDignity – that help combat homelessness in Central Florida and facilitate access to necessary services. More information can be found here.  

With the mission to end homelessness, Pathlight HOME provides affordable housing and offers an employment resource center to help low-income and homeless individuals in Central Florida get back on their feet, while IDignity assists disadvantaged Central Floridians in obtaining legal identification documents often required to access education, employment, housing, banking,  social services, proper healthcare, and numerous additional opportunities.

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Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Opens Today

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Pin

I’m super excited to share that Chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips officially opens its doors today at ICON Park, the open-air entertainment destination located on International Drive.

The fast-casual restaurant serves Chef Ramsay’s take on classic fish and chips, in addition to other dishes like fried shrimp, lobster, chicken, and his signature “Fishwich.”

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

To accompany the dishes, sauces like Gordon’s Tartar, Curry & Mango, Sriracha Aioli, Southwest Ranch, Dijon Mayonnaise and Cocktail sauce are featured.

The menu also includes a “Just Chips” section of “dirty” fries with a combination of toppings like jalapeño, chorizo, cotija cheese, red onion, chives and parsley or truffle, parmesan cheese, chives, and parsley. The restaurant also serves two delicious shakes – Sticky Toffee Pudding and Biscoff.  

“Fish & Chips was a real tradition for me growing up, so I’m excited to deliver that same nostalgia to all the local residents and tourists here in Orlando,” said Ramsay. 

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Rendering

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips’ first restaurant is located in Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade, where the staff use 25,000 pounds of potatoes monthly to prepare their expertly textured chips. The ICON Park restaurant is Gordon Ramsay North America’s first in Florida. Its color scheme is reflective of the Union Jack; blue and red with industrial hardware touches. White subway tiles line the sleek kitchen space while an iconic red telephone box serves as the restaurant’s entrance and exit.  

During grand opening previews the restaurant collected donations that will be given to its national charity partners, Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as its local partner Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The restaurant is excited to be part of the local community and eager to welcome Central Florida residents and visitors.   

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips ICON Park is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and Friday through Saturday from 11:00am to 12:00am. No reservations are required and service is first-come, first-serve. 

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Chicken Guy! Coming to Winter Park

Chicken Guy! Winter Park Rendering

Chef, restaurateur, New York Times Best Selling Author, and Emmy Award-winning TV host, Guy Fieri, and internationally renowned restaurateur, Robert Earl, are thrilled to announce that they have teamed up once again to open their third Chicken Guy! location in Florida, this time in Winter Park.

The exciting new venue will be the first corporate-owned free-standing location with a drive-thru component, making the iconic menu more accessible to Orlando locals and visitors alike. Joining its successful predecessors at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, FL and at Aventura Mall in Miami, FL, the fast-casual chain dedicated to serving delicious, succulent chicken tenders paired with 22-signature sauces to please all palates, will feature interior seating for 80 guests indoors and seating for 12 outdoors.

The spacious 3,500 square-foot restaurant will have a sliding glass door of windows, a unique design element that will easily provide plenty of natural light or an open-air dining experience on a nice day.

The parking lot will have reserved parking spaces to accommodate third party delivery services as well as guests who order on-line, with dedicated staff who will bring the orders directly to waiting cars.

The menu at Chicken Guy! features one-of-a-kind all-natural fresh chicken tenders, hand-pounded to maximize crunch and paired with a wide selection of delicious sauces. Brined in fresh lemon juice, pickle brine, buttermilk, and infused with fresh herbs, these tenders deliver on flavor and texture.

The menu includes tenders—grilled or fried—in sandwiches, straight up on skewers, or in meal-sized salad bowls, your choice of signatures sauces to enjoy with the chicken as well as tempting sides like Chicken Guy! Fries with Guy’s special fry seasoning, crowd-pleasing Mac Daddy Mac ‘n Cheese, fried pickles, and fresh slaw.

For dessert, Chicken Guy! features delicious Flavortown Frozen Treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth. The Triple Double Ice Cream Treat–triple chocolate and double-mint, or the Cinnamon Apple – a heaping cup of vanilla soft serve ice cream smothered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ and Apple Jacks™ cereal- are not to be missed and, of course, classic shakes are always available—Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Oreo Cookie.

“It’s always such a pleasure to be able to work with Guy on Chicken Guy! ventures and I’m beyond pleased to open a location in Winter Park,” said Planet Hollywood founder and chairman, Robert Earl. “Chicken Guy! is a proven crowd-pleaser now with three locations in Florida and two in sporting arenas on game days including FedEx Field in Maryland and Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, we are well on our way to becoming a household name nationwide.” 

Set to open in late summer 2021, Chicken Guy! is located at 818 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.

With a mixture of colorful meets playful design elements and modern finishes that will delight guests as they dine on-site, Chicken Guy! also offers innovative packaging that will make carry out and delivery orders even more fun to enjoy at home or on-the-go. No detail has been overlooked in providing the best possible dining experience that keeps guests coming back for more every chance they get.

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White Castle Opens in Orlando

White Castle Grand Opening Moment

Since its beginning in 1921, White Castle has held fast to its founder’s belief that families everywhere should be able to enjoy an evening at a restaurant with tasty food at a great value.

And now Orlando is home to the Orlando Castle – the largest, free-standing White Castle in the World – which marks the restaurant’s return to Florida since operating several Miami locations during the 1960s.

President and CEO Lisa Ingram – a fourth-generation family member – along with other family members, company leaders, White Castle Hall of Famers, local elected officials, development partners, and guests were excited to attend the Orlando Castle’s Grand Opening on May 3, 2021.

“You could say our Orlando Castle has been 100 years in the making,” remarked Ingram. “We have been humbled and honored by the warm welcome we have received to date from the Central Florida community. Our vision at White Castle is to ‘feed the souls of craver generations everywhere,’ and our mission is to ‘create memorable moments every day. We can’t wait to meet our new neighbors, whether long-time Cravers or new to the Castle.

White Castle Orlando

Fun Facts about the Orlando Castle

  • The Orlando Castle will be open for take-out, dine-in, and drive-through service from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days per week.
  • The 4,567 square-foot restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating and 2 Drive-Thru lanes.
White Castle Orlando Drive-Thru
  • This newest Castle has hired 120 team members and managers.
  • In addition to their menu (where you can order breakfast all day), you can find a selection of Orlando Castle merchandise.
  • Every table has multiple charging ports for mobile devices to keep all ‘Cravers’ connected.
White Castle Orlando Charging Tables
  • Team members will be hard at work on the company’s largest griddles, but Cravers should know there is a 60 slider cap per visit.
  • Vegans and vegetarians should know that the Orlando White Castle takes keeping food safe from cross-contamination seriously and that Impossible & veggie patties are kept and cooked separately.
White Castle Orlando Vegan and Vegetarian Grill
  • In addition to sliders, ‘Castle Combos’, beer, wine, and sides, the Orlando Castle menu features exclusive and limited-time items like Crave Coolers and Desserts On-A-Stick.
  • To provide a memorable experience for customers, hospitality doors will take the place of Drive-Thru windows to allow team members to walk out to cars in the Drive-Thru lane.
  • Julia, an AI drive-thru assistant, will be joining the Orlando Castle team soon to help make ordering a breeze.
  • The Orlando Castle will be open 24 hours and life the slider cap in the future.
White Castle Orlando Shelley Caran

To ensure tasty fun for all, White Castle has implemented health and safety measures consistent with Orange County’s COVID-19 guidelines, including mask requirements for all team members and guests, social distancing, ongoing cleaning, and hand sanitizers, and wipes.

White Castle Team Member

The Orlando Castle is located at 11595 Daryl Carter Parkway at The Village at O-Town West.

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Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Coming to ICON Park

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

I was beyond excited to share that Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will be coming to Orlando’s ICON Park!!!

Slated to open at the popular I-Drive location on August 2021 opening, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips ICON Park will seat more than 30 guests with indoor and counter seating, with additional outdoor patio seating that overlooks ICON Park’s observation wheel, picturesque fountains, and lawn.

“It was a real tradition for me growing up, so I’m excited to bring that nostalgia from my youth to Orlando, for all the residents that call the City Beautiful home and the millions of tourists that visit each year,” said Ramsay.  

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

The fast-casual British-style eatery takes it to the next level with fresh, sustainable ingredients paired with hand-crafted shakes, fresh-squeezed lemonades and ice-cold domestic and import beers.

The star of the show is the fish & chips. Since Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips opened in Las Vegas in 2016, the restaurant has served over 750,000 fish & chips.

Made with sustainable True Cod and coated with custard powder batter for the perfect golden crisp, the fish continues to be a standout menu item.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

The chips will be served “natural” with sea salt or “dirty” with truffle, parmesan and chives; chipotle, jalapeño and crisp chorizo; or bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream.

Alternatives like marinated shrimp with basil and lavender or chicken and chips will also be available, along with some seasonal specials and secret menu items.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

The restaurant’s color scheme is reflective of the Union Jack with blue and red with industrial hardware touches. White subway tiles line the sleek kitchen space while an iconic red telephone box serves as the restaurant’s entrance and exit.

The restaurant will create over 30 jobs and is currently hiring for all full-time and part-time positions. Interested applicants should email their resume to jobs@grna.com.

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Coney Island Drive-Inn- Brooksville

Looking for a fun outing, we decide to head over to Coney Island Drive-Inn that has been in Brooksville, Florida since 1960 when they took over an old boat manufacturing building.

While the building has changed hands a few times over the years, the quality and vibe has remained the same.

Legend has it that in 1961, Elvis Presley was in Inverness, Florida, filming a movie and he ventured down to Brooksville for one of their world Famous Footlongs.

We have been here many times before, and some of these photos were pre-Covid to give you an idea of the inside, but they do have a walk up window if you didn’t want to go inside to eat or order.

I love the vibe inside the Coney Island Drive-Inn, because there are a lot of classic photos of not only Elvis (who ate here don’t forget!) but also so many old license plates and old photos.

I love all the Betty Boop items, too!

During my first visit a few years ago, I stared at everything for a long time, as there’s so much to look at!

I even love the furniture it feels like an old retro gas station vibe which sounds really odd but as you can see from the photos, it really works!

There are a few different rooms you can sit in too if eating inside, each with plenty of cool items to admire.

As for the food, they do have their famous footlong hot dogs, including gator dogs, Reuben dogs and “Hot Diggity Chix Wings”.

Below is a photo of their selection from their Facebook page, then a photo of what I, the awkward vegetarian at a hot dog place, orders, fried corn!

Image taken from the Coney Island Drive-Inn Facebook Page.

I can honestly say its the best fried corn I have ever had! Which is why I always come back, its so tasty as are their fries!

They also have free Elvis impersonator shows, and you can check their Facebook or Instagram for their upcoming calendar of events.

In 2015 they purchases an old turpentine building in Zephyrhills Florida as their second location, and just this year they opened their first licensed location in Crystal River, Florida.

Depending where you live, it is quite a drive out of the Orlando area, off the beaten track, but it is a really pretty drive over there and you can always visit downtown Brooksville for the local stores after and make a fun day out of it.

Coney Island Drive-Inn is located at 112 East Jefferson St, Brooksville, Florida 34601. Their hours are Monday & Sunday 11am till 6pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am till 9pm.

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2021 ICON Park Sip n’ Savor

ICON Park Sip n' Savor 2021

The 3rd Annual Sip n’ Savor at ICON Park event, Presented by Truly Hard Seltzer, is taking place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, is your chance to sample dishes from select ICON PARK restaurants.

Whether you’re a foodie aficionado, Instagram star or simply looking for a delectable bite, there will be something for you. Best of all, there’s no admission fee to this event.

Throughout the event, guests can enjoy entertainment on The Lawn, mouthwatering food samples of select tenants’ famous dishes, and cold beverages from The Lawn Bar. All guests who purchase food options at participating restaurant locations will receive a special discount to ride The Wheel for 50 percent off during event hours.

“The annual Sip n’ Savor event has been a favorite among locals and visitors for years,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, ICON Park president and CEO. “ICON Park is proud to show off our restaurant tenants at this special event for the third year in a row and we’re thankful to Truly® Hard Seltzer for partnering with us this year. From sweet to salty to savory, we know guests will be able to find dishes to satisfy any craving!”

ICON Park is home to a wide array of delicious and interactive dining options, so no matter who’s in your party, you’re sure to find options for everyone.

2021 Sip n’ Savor Restaurants Include:

  • Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant
  • Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Restaurant
  • Tin Roof: A Live Music Joint
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Sugar Factory

“ICON Park is open-air and gate free, making it the perfect place to get some fresh air and enjoy a scenic view. It’s easy to access from anywhere in Central Florida and there’s free on-site parking,” said Jaskiewicz. “Events like Sip n’ Savor are the perfect excuse to come out and explore the new Orlando Entertainment District.”

To learn more about ICON Park 2021 Sip n’ Savor, visithttps://iconparkorlando.com.

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On the Go this Weekend: January 22-24, 2021

With temperatures warming up this weekend, I am sharing ways that you can be On the Go this weekend around the City Beautiful with some fun outdoor events!

On the Go this Weekend: January 22-24

Portillos Food Truck Visits Town

On the Go this weekend January 2021 Portillos Beef Bus
Make sure to follow @beefbusofficial on Instagram for updates!

Portillo’s is bringing their Chicago-style hot dogs, famous Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, and homemade chocolate cake to Lake Buena Vista on March 2nd…But…

If you can’t wait that long, you can grab a friend and head to Lake Eola Park, 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL, 32801, this weekend (and through January 30th) to check out the Portillo’s Official Beef Bus’ menu, while supplies last!

  • January 22- Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 23- Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 24- Lunch 11 am-4 pm
  • January 27- Lunch 11 am-4 pm
  • January 28- Lunch 11 am- 4 pm
  • January 29-Dinner 3 pm-8 pm
  • January 30-Dinner 3 pm-8 pm

Dinosaurs have invaded the Leu Gardens

On the Go this weekend January 2021 Dinosaurs Leu Gardens

Dinosaurs have invaded the Leu Gardens once again, and you are invited to explore the Jurassic Gardens to find some of the most feared creatures on the planet.

This fun installation features over 20 life-size dinosaurs ranging in size from 14 inches to a massive 33 ft. Daspletosaurus, cousin to the T-Rex.

Admission to the Dinosaur Invasion exhibit is included with daytime garden admission which can be purchased at the Welcome Center:

  • $10 adult
  • $5 child (ages 4- 17 years)
  • Free admission for Leu Members and children 3 years of age and younger.

Dr. Phillips Frontyard Festival is Frozen

Dr Phillips Center Front Yard Festival - view

The Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival – the six-month celebration of live, outdoor entertainment, and unique experiences in a socially distant environment – is continuing their Disney Movie Night Series with ‘Frozen’ this Sunday night at 6 pm.

Tickets for your own socially distant private box that seat up to 5 people are only $5 and $10, depending on location.

Don’t forget you can find even more events if you are On the Go in MCO and keep up with theme park news around Orlando by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Magical Dining Begins Next Week

UPDATE: Visit Orlando Magical Dining has been extended until October 31st!!!!

I am really excited to share that Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining starts next week with an absolutely amazing charity!

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

If you aren’t familiar with it, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining offer diners to experience fine dining in Orlando at a great value with a $35 three-course, prix-fixe menu supporting local businesses and helping to feed others in need.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining Chef 2019

This year Magical Dining will run August 28 through October 4 with new additions that encourage dining with confidence.

Participating restaurants are going above and beyond with new safety measures; new takeout and delivery meal options for in-home dining; and the website now designates venues that also offer open-air and outdoor dining.

The OrlandoMagicalDining.com website is now live for diners to review menus of participating restaurants, make reservations, and see options for outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining

“Visit Orlando originally started this program 15 years ago to support local restaurants during the off-season, and this year is literally the most significant and longest off-season these businesses have ever faced,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “Supporting this program is a positive benefit for all – residents get to enjoy fine dining at a value, local businesses can put employees to work, and Central Florida residents in need will receive meals through this year’s charity recipient, Feed the Need.”

Recognizing the significant impact of the pandemic on the local economy, this year’s charity provides food for local residents in need. The beneficiary, Feed the Need Florida, is feeding those who are struggling to access food during the COVID-19 crisis.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining 2020

Since the program launched in late March, over 1 million meals have been served, and funds raised through Magical Dining will help feed thousands more. The effort is led by Orlando nonprofit 4Roots, plus public and private partners, to support Florida farmers, preserve and create jobs, and prepare nutritious meals to be served throughout Central Florida.

“We are honored to be a beneficiary of this year’s Magical Dining program,” said John Rivers, Founder & CEO, 4Roots & 4 Rivers Restaurants. “Although the COVID-19 crisis has shined a light on our efforts to feed those in need, the beautiful families and children we’re feeding today were hungry before COVID-19, and they’ll be hungry after COVID-19. We pray that others will join us in this cause, come beside us, and help make it happen.”

Due to limited seating capacity at participating restaurants, diners are strongly encouraged to make reservations in advance to ensure securing their preferred dates and times.

Foodies are encouraged to check the website for new additions.

If you are comfortable eating out, the 38 days, which includes six weekends, of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining allows you to support local restaurants and our community.

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