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Food and wine festivals are in our DNA. Some of our famous theme parks host incredibly well-known culinary festivals. We’ve got a great dose of James Beard nominated and awarded chefs managing the menus at local restaurants as well as nationally celebrated chefs leaving their mark in Orlando. This influence inspires up-and-coming chefs, and we completely enjoy celebrating all the rising talent and sampling what creations they call their own.

12th Downtown Food & Wine Fest

This relatively young festival has all the main ingredients expected: drinks, food, and live music. Last year’s festival featured wine from the August Wine Group, Bread & Butter, Lobetia, Relax Wines, Chloe Wine collection, Bass Note Artisanal Sangria, Myx & Fusion Mingle, and Foley Family Wines. Exact dates for this year’s event have yet to be determined at the time of writing, so check back with us as the month nears.

No Theme Park Admission

The more famous festivals the theme parks host require you to purchase entry to the theme park in order to participate in the festival, but not this one. You can purchase your tickets online or buy an entry pass ($20) at the door. You’ll need to purchase more tickets which you trade for 2 oz. samples of wines. If you know you’ll be sampling many wines, lanyards good for five 2 oz. samples are sold in place of tickets. Tickets for food are also available for purchase.

Food that Goes Good with Wine

Speaking of food, the roster of restaurants attending the 11th Downtown Food & Wine Fest ranged from dessert and coffee bars and global cuisine from Indian, Japan, and Brazil, to local Floridian fare that highlight the distinct flavors of the Sunshine State. You’re sure to find a dish that strikes your fancy, whether you’re pairing it with your wine or looking to try a new cuisine.

More than Just Wine

Maybe wine isn’t on your mind. Maybe you’re thirsty for something different. No worries, vendors have a drink for everyone. For those in the mood for beer, you’ll find classic favorites such as Stella Artois. Last year, those looking for something harder found Devil’s River Bourbon Whiskey and several mixologists stocked with the ingredients to whip up a tasty cocktail.

Live Music

Festival needs live music to keep the energy and spirits high. Audience’s at the 2019 festival were rocked by the popular 90s band Everclear; The Strumbellas, a fun and modern indie band with a lovely upbeat sound; The Spazmatics, a super-wild 80s cover band; and then were wooed by the soulful beats, introspective and deep lyrics, and impressive vocal range of Just Loud. Other local acts shared the stage rounding out the days of the fest with a variety of music second only to the varietals of grapes at the fest.

Where to Stay?

Eating, drinking, and dancing take energy, so stay some place close and comfy. Rosen Inn International provides a perfect place to rest after a full day of exploring the theme parks and local Orlando festivals. Bonus: We’re a short rideshare away from downtown. Click the Check Availability button on this page to start booking your room. Once you’re here in Orlando, there will be so much to do. If you need more suggestions, check in with us at the front desk or check out the Theme Park and Central Florida Events page for a current list of major events.

Take the hand of your loved one and embark on an open horizon of warm sunsets and romantic escapes waiting for you both in Greater Orlando. The only question is, where are you going to capture the romance? Let’s give you a few starting points and we’ll leave the remainder of the evening for you to conjure and enjoy.

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Dine & Delight

Lake Buena Vista/Walt Disney World® Resort Area: Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Celebration: Celebration Town Tavern on Front St.

International Drive: Harry’s Pool Side Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre

Downtown Orlando: Citrus Restaurant on Orange Ave.

Winter Park: Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine on Park Ave.

Entertainment to Swoon by

Lake Buena Vista/Walt Disney World® Resort Area: Rent a Surry bike at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas

Celebration: Celebration Farmer’s Market on Sycamore St.

International Drive: Club 39 at Rosen Plaza

Downtown Orlando: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center on Magnolia Ave.

 

Winter Park: The Wine Room on Park Ave.

To Make Lasting Memories

Lake Buena Vista (Walt Disney World® Resort Area): Fireworks display from the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Celebration: Horse-drawn carriage ride on Front St.

International Drive: Couples’ Massage at The Spa at Rosen Centre

Downtown Orlando: Orlando Museum of Art on N. Mills Ave.

Winter Park: Date Night Movie at Harry P. Leu Gardens on N. Forest Ave.

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