Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Orlando Food and Wine Festival

On November 13, I visited the Third Annual Orlando Food & Wine Fest. It happened on a section of Robinson Street next to Lake Eola Park. The festival featured food samplings from a multitude of Orlando's restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and live music.
Food & Wine
While I was there The Redcoats were playing Beatles covers.
The Redcoats @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
I watched a cooking demonstration with John Zimmerman of Ruth Chris Steakhouse.
John Zimmerman @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Moving on to the food for sale, Kobe was cooking up their hibachi chicken.
Kobe @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Sushi was also well represented at the festival with Shari Sushi, CRAVE, and this Spicy Tuna Hand Roll from Orlando Sushi House.
Orlando Food & Wine Fest Spice Tuna Hand Roll
There were several restaurants serving ribs. O'Charlie's had big slabs of ribs and The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel was offering Beef Ribs with Mango BBQ.
Orlando Food & Wine Fest O'Charley's Ribs
G.B. Ribs @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Dexter's was serving up pulled pork sandwiches.
Dexters @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Cityfish had huge Jalapeno Hush Puppies and some delicious looking Gumbo.
Cityfish Hush Puppies @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Champion's Gate was grilling kabobs that smelled great!
Champion's Gate BBQ @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
The larger restaurant chains were also at the festival. Panera Bread was serving soups and P.F. Chang's had rice and lettuce wraps.
Panera @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
P.F. Changs @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Anatolia Mediterranean Cuisine was one of the booths that I choose to try. I had a gyro, served with tzatziki, hummus, and pita. The lamb in the gyro was very tasty!
Anatolia Gyro Platter @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Anatolia Gyro @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
I also tasted the food from Caribbean Sunshine Bakery. I tried the Jerk Chicken with a side of rice. The chicken was nice and tender and had a great kick to it. Out of all the food at the festival, it seemed like Caribbean Sunshine Bakery was giving some of the most generous portions.
Caribbean Sunshine Bakery @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
Caribbean Sunshine Bakery Jerk Chicken @ Orlando Food & Wine Fest
I had a good time at the Food & Wine Fest! I was able to eat delicious foods, but my only wish was that I could have tried a bit of everything! There was so much to choose from at the festival, there was no way to sample it all! I suppose it's a good excuse to go visit the restaurants represented at the festival and try what I missed...




JulieD said...

The gyro looks awesome. Sad I missed it.


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