Photo courtesy Orlando Greek Fest
The only thing better than cheese is flaming cheese.
This weekend might as well be the official start to the holiday season, because you're gonna get a head start on that Santa-style gut with all the delicious doings around town. Here are four you won't want to miss.
Orlando Greek Fest
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 3-5
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Maitland
One of Central Florida's most-loved food and culture events is happening this weekend, and it's a must-attend. Don't miss the Greek art fair and traditional dancing by the Hellenic Dance Troupe in full regalia. But what you'll really want is to slurp up saganaki (flaming cheese) and chow down on as much lamb and gyro as you can. Also, there will be ouzo. Lots of ouzo. Opa!
Grace Church Orlando
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Last year's Korea Festival was such a hit they're bringing it back, sponsored by the the Orlando Korea Cultural Center. Be prepared for a ton of K-Pop, karaoke contests and other activities. You really will want to come on an empty stomach, though, because the kimchi will flow and there will be pots of bubbling jjigae and banchan for everyone.
Festival of Bacon
Lake Baldwin Park
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Bring the puppers to this one because they're gonna love lapping up the crumbs. There will be a ton of live music and inflatables for the kids to jump around on, and, of course, there will be bacon. Come early to double-fist bacon Bloody Marys. Local restaurants and food trucks peddling pork include Peru Power, Ravenous Pig, Swine & Sons, Sweet City Gelato and more. Tickets are available here
Orlando Japan Festival
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
First of all, Asia Trend
magazine is sponsoring this free event, and one of the raffle items is a round-trip ticket to Japan, so jump on that opportunity. The other thing: a 100-member taiko
drum ensemble. There will also be quieter activities, like traditional tea ceremonies and calligraphy, and all your favorite Japanese delights from local restaurant vendors. Sunday is expected to be a balmy 83 degrees, but still not too warm for ramen-slurping, if you ask us.