Held at the Lakeridge Winery, the 8th Annual Wine and Seafood Festival is a signature event that marks the beginning of springtime in Orlando. The festival runs for three days, and with its exciting array of food and beverage vendors, musical lineups and arts and crafts shows, there really is something to appeal to just about everyone.
It goes without saying that seafood is the focal point of the dishes served up at the festival, with all of the seafood being provided by vendors that are local to the East Coast. Whether you prefer your seafood grilled, fried or steamed, the choices seem almost endless, with platters of mussels, crabs, shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters, salmon and much more to choose from.
Florida was the birthplace of American winemaking, and the Lakeridge Winery pays close attention to the region’s history when making their wines. By using the native Muscadine grapes, which used to grow wild in the area, their handcrafted wines stand out from the competition. The unique Muscadine flavor can be tasted across all of the wines, including the drier varieties such as the Chardonnay and Cabernet, as these are also blended with Muscadine to cut back their dryness and increase their smoothness. In addition to the Lakeridge Winery wines that will be on sale at the festival, there will also be a selection of domestic and imported beers.
This year, the festival will be featuring six bands from Central Florida, with an emphasis on blues, jazz and classic rock. The bands have all toured extensively and have been selected based on the feedback of customers who have visited the festival in previous years, ensuring that everybody will be able to appreciate the music and that there will be no shortage of visitors singing and dancing along to the songs being played. There will be two bands playing on each of the three days that the festival runs for, one in the mornings and one in the afternoons, with a detailed lineup available online for those who want more information.
Arts and Crafts
With over 70 different arts and crafts vendors present at the festival, there is plenty to see. Most of the vendors are local artists, and the majority of items on sale are wonderfully unique, from the paintings to the sculptures to the jewelry to the precious stones. Whether you are searching for a gift for someone special, or are simply browsing through the local talent, the creations on offer are most certainly inspiring, adding to the festival’s unique and vibrant atmosphere.
Over 17,000 people visit the Annual Wine and Seafood Festival each year, making it one of Orlando’s largest, and hottest, F&B events. When visiting the festival, each guest has the opportunity to take part in a complimentary wine tour and tasting, and this is a great way to be introduced to the wines on offer, so that you know exactly what you like when it comes time to explore the event on your own.