The next few months are packed with foodie-related events, from festivals to galas to prix-fixe dinners in Central Florida. Start marking down a few of the following events on your calendar:
Central Florida Brewers Fest: Local breweries will bring their best and unique beers to this festival from 1-5 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Seminole Harley-Davidson, 620 Hickman Circle in Sanford. Tickets start at $ 40, and can be purchased at orlandoweeklytickets.com.
Foodstock Florida: This multiday foodie event will host a launch party on Feb. 2, an Orlando-centric food festival on Feb. 3, and a four-course dinner hosted by some of the best Sanford restaurants on Feb. 11. For tickets, or to learn more, visit grandtourfoundation.org.
28th Annual Winefest: Sip on Lakeridge wines (for purchase, although there are tastings and winery tours) while listening to live music, local artwork and crafts and more 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets are $ 10 for adults, and can be purchased on EventBrite.
Orlando Chili Cook-off: Get ready to visit more than 100 chili booths at this festival, which also boasts live music, interactive games, a kid’s zone and more. The festival is being held at Festival Park (2911 E. Robinson St., Orlando) from noon-6 p.m. on Feb. 17. Tickets start at $ 10, and can be purchased on EventBrite.
SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival: Sample Asian, Latin, Mediterranean and other international street foods at this festival, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 17-April 15 at SeaWorld Orlando. Dishes include a marshmallow and Nutella empanada, Peking duck lo mein and wild berry chocolate bread pudding. Park admission is required; food costs are separate. Visit seaworldparks.com/seaworld-orlando for more information or to buy tickets.
Field to Feast: Disney chefs will be back in action creating a menu that celebrates local cuisine at the Field to Feast dinner. Tickets are on sale for $ 175 at edibleorlando.com. The event will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A in Zellwood.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest: This food festival on Feb. 24 and 25 at Lake Eola offers dishes from 30 Orlando-area restaurants, 50 wins and live entertainment. Admission starts at $ 18 in advance. Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $ 2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Yes, there are plenty of incredible gardens — but there are also a number of outdoor kitchens to grab a snack or drink at while you look at the plant displays. This event is from Feb. 28-May 28 at Disney’s Epcot.
Florida Strawberry Festival: Celebrate all things strawberry (shortcake, milkshake, cobbler) and more (rides, live music, youth livestock shows). Stop by 303 Lemon St. in Plant City from March 1-11. Admission starts at $ 10 for adults. Learn more at flstrawberryfestival.com.
Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown: Check out this national barbecue competition — and festival — at its new spot at Camping World Stadium on March 3. There will be live entertainment, games, and more. Tickets start at $ 15, and can be purchased from Ticketmaster.
Chef’s Gala: Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala serves cuisine from more than 20 Central Florida chefs. The fundraising event also has a silent auction and live music. It will be held on April 14 at Epcot’s World Showcase. Tickets start at $ 325.
Cattle Baron’s Ball: Enjoy a dine-around with food from Central Florida chefs, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment on April 14. Tickets start at $ 250, and can be purchased on the American Cancer Society website.