Attention all food-lovers: February in Orlando is prime time to sample new delicious dishes, taste fine wines and drink craft beer. From local food festivals to some of the biggest theme park events of the year, now’s the best time to be hungry! Here's our list of the top spots to try in Orlando this month.
Orlando Chili Cook-Off
This local event has been bringing the heat since 2009. Sample chili from more than 100 booths cooked by talented local chefs. If you're brave (and hungry) enough, you can take part in the World Chili Eating Challenge, featuring famous professional eaters Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo and more. Other entertainment includes live music, cooking demonstrations, games, vendors and an interactive kids zone. The event is on Saturday, February 17 at Festival Park (2911 Robinson St. Orlando) from noon to 6pm, rain or shine.
Field to Feast
The best chefs of Walt Disney World are serving up locally sourced dishes along with wine, beer and cocktail pairings, in this popular charity event. It’s on February 17 at Long & Scott Farms, (26216 County Road 448A in Zellwood) and runs from 3pm to 6pm. All guests must be 21 or older to take part in this special tasting event. All of the proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Kids Cafe which helps provide healthy meals to disadvantaged children throughout Central Florida.
SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival
Sample international cuisine during this returning event at SeaWorld Orlando every Saturday and Sunday from February 17 through April 15. Enjoy unique fare from around the world including savory seafood dishes, smoky barbecue and Asian, Latin and Polynesian cuisine. Sip and share more than 100 types of beers and wines. And catch concerts with some of the biggest names in entertainment every weekend. The event and concerts are included in park admission. Food and drinks available for an additional cost.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest
Head to Lake Eola during the weekend of February 24 and 25 for the 10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest. They'll be serving up mouthwatering dishes from more than 30 Orlando restaurants along with 50 domestic and international wines. The event also includes live music performances with bands like Blue October and Plain White T's as well as some local favorites. The event kicks off at noon each day, running until 9pm on Saturday and ending at 7pm on Sunday.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
The fun is just getting started on February 28 when the 25th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off. This huge event brings together more than 100 topiary displays and gardens, amazing one-of-a-kind food and drinks, live concerts and fun interactive playgrounds for kids. This year features several new dishes inspired by honey including the amazing wildflower honey-mascarpone cheesecake. The event runs February 28 through May 28 and is included with Epcot admission. Food and drinks available for an additional cost.
(Photos: SeaWorld Orlando)