Taste! Central Florida is Returning August 19th with an All New Local Focus

Taste! Central Florida, the region’s premier fundraising food, and beverage tasting event, returns to Orlando World Center Marriott on August 19 with an impressive roster of 40 restaurants and more than a dozen brewers, distilleries, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors. 

This is a great local event I look forward to every year! 

This annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence invites guests to an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by craft beers, cocktails, fine wines, and specialty beverages to help Central Florida children struggling with hunger get access to the meals they need. 
No kid hungry Food cans at taste of the nation in orlanod

One of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Taste! Central Florida is a volunteer-driven event with chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors donating their time, talent and creations, more than 300 event volunteers, in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott. 

New to this year’s event are nine of the area’s most noteworthy restaurants including The COOP, Ace Café, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort, Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks, Raglan Road, and Urbain 40 American Brasserie.
craft beer at raglan road in disney springs
Irish beers at the pub🍻

Tapas & beer at Chroma in lake nona orlando
Tapas for two👌

Several popular brewers, spirit vendors, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors will give guests plenty to sip on including Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino, Beam Suntory, Beso Del Sol Sangria, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Crooked Can Brewing Company, Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Orange Blossom Brewing Co., Orlando Brewing Co., Pabst Brewing Company, Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey, RedCypress Brewery, Rico Foods/NOI Caffe, Rogue Pub, Scavi & Ray Winery, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Wild Buck Whiskey/Njoy Spirits. 
orange blossom brewing obb craft beer
Florida fresh beer🍺

Also new to the event is the way proceeds will benefit childhood feeding programs in Central Florida. With a new name and focus, Taste! Central Florida will direct 100 percent of the funds raised from this year’s event entirely to local anti-hunger efforts to make an even greater impact on hungry children throughout Central Florida. 

Drink a beer for a great cause. My recap of last year's event.

“In previous years, our event helped battle childhood hunger and food insecurity both locally and around the country,” said Michele Byington, co-chair of Taste! Central Florida. “This year, we are advocating solely for those in our own community, since the fastest growing segment of the hungry and homeless population in Central Florida is families with children.”

 Guests will also enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways. 
Silent Auction table at Taste of the nation at Orlando world Marriott center
Lot's of great offerings at the Silent Auction

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the third year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select an envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a concealed gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value. 
edible orlando magazine ad for taste! Central Florida
Local 💗 with the Giving Tree

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game is back offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 300 chances to win this exquisite wine collection. Each key is a $25 donation.
Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─ 3 tosses for $15. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home. 

Orlando World Center Marriott is offering Taste! Central Florida guests an exclusive rate to stay at the resort during the weekend of the event. A special rate of $129 per night for a standard room (additional $25 daily resort fee applies) is available between August 18 – 20. Guests can reserve their room at the discounted rate by clicking here or call (888) 789-3090 with the discount code Taste August 2017 before July 28, 2017.

WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Dr., Orlando 
TICKETS:👉$150 each 
ATTIRE: Cocktail / Semi-Formal 

1. 4 Rivers and The COOP 
2. Ace Café 
3. Benihana 
4. Canvas Restaurant & Market 
5. The Capital Grille 
6. Catering for Good/Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida 
7. Centerplate 
8. CFHLA Food & Beverage Council 
9. Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen 
10.Cress Restaurant 
11.Dragonfly Robata Sushi and Grill 
12.Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort 
13.Empress Sissi 
14.Florida Nitro 
15.Fresh Point 
16.Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 
17.Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt OIA 
18.JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes/Primo 
19.K Restaurant and Wine Bar 
20.Marlow's Tavern 
21.Nestle Professional 
22.Orlando World Center Marriott
23.Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando 
24.Raglan Road 
25.The Ravenous Pig 
26.Red Wing Restaurant 
27.Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes/Highball & Harvest 
28.Rosen Shingle Creek │A Land Remembered 
29.Rosen Shingle Creek │Cala Bella Restaurant 
30.Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom 
31.Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks 
32.Seasons 52 Fresh Grill 
33.SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando 
36.Universal Orlando 
37.Urbain 40 American Brasserie 
38.The Whiskey 
39.Yak & Yeti 

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 ABOUT TASTE! CENTRAL FLORIDA Featuring the area’s most accomplished chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors, Taste! Central Florida is an annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence offering an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty beverages. This volunteer-driven event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the children’s feeding programs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

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