Downtown Food & Wine Fest 2014

One thing I've noticed since moving to Orlando is this city sure has some great festivals.  While many people are dealing with the cold we can get out there and enjoy some sun, food and fun.  One of the local festivals I'm looking forward to trying is the annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest.

Downtown Food & Wine Fest

The tradition continues as more than 20,000 foodies and wine lovers experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe at the sixth annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 40 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment. 

Along with the food and wine, there will also be live entertainment both days.
Saturday, February 22 (noon to 9 p.m.)
Matt Nathanson
Orange Avenue
Simulcast MIX 105.1’s Scott McKenzie
Matt Shenk
The Mud Flappers
Sunday, February 23 (noon to 7 p.m.)
Three Dog Night
Dominic Gardious
Derek & the Slammers
Selwyn Birchwood

Tickets: Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase.  Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day. Admission for children under age 12 is free. 
For all-weekend Fest fans, a new, two-day ticket is available for $20 per person with advance online purchase.
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets. 

A portion of the proceeds benefits the FRLA Educational Foundation and Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Forty top restaurants are scheduled to present culinary tastings including the return of the 2013 Foodie Award winners as honored by a panel of Orlando elected officials, food writers and reporters, and celebrity chefs.

You'll find many restaurants you are familiar with along with some of my local favorites like The Smiling Bison, Hawkers, Dexter's Thornton Park, and The Meat House just to name a few.  

While this will be my fist time attending the Downtown Food & Wine Fest for those who have been in the past you will find some new ways to experience the event.
The Ultimate Fest Experience
The Ultimate Fest Experience ticket is $100 per person, per day and includes parking, $40 in food and beverage tickets, access to the private Cadillac pavilion with crudités and premium wine selections, a commemorative wine glass, and additional Fest perks and privileges.   A limited number of VIP tickets are available with advance online purchase.
Wine Tasters Club
A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $15 per person at the Fest.  Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard. 

VIP Bottle Service at The Liquid Lounge
VIP Bottle Service at The Liquid Lounge hosted by Team Market Group will be the place to remix, relax, and refresh during the Fest on Broadway Street.  Featuring beer, wine, and specialty drinks for purchase, guests will meet and mingle with 102 JAMZ Freaken Weekend On-air Mixers in a sleek and swanky atmosphere to enjoy remixes of today’s hottest hit music while relaxing in a South Beach-style setting.

Lake Eola is the perfect backdrop for the festival.  You can't beat an afternoon of food and wine with a great view of downtown Orlando.