Happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! There are no shortages of food and wine festivals here in Florida, from South Beach Food & Wine in the winter to Epcot Food & Wine in the fall, you can find one in almost every city and season. That includes one in my own backyard (well, hypothetically speaking) so of course I had to go check it out, especially when the weather is as gorgeous as it was! For the past 9 years, Lake Eola has been home to the Downtown Food & Wine Festival and despite it being so close to home, this is only the second time I've gone.
This year Kate, the boys and I all headed downtown on a gorgeous 80 degree Saturday to experience all of what Downtown Food & Wine has to offer. With over 25 different restaurants and 50 different wines (also cocktails and beer) to sample there really is something for every one. With that being said, similar to other food and wine festivals, it can get expensive so you definitely want to plan what you want to try in advance. I recommend to either check out the menus online or do a lap around the event first before jumping into the commitment of getting something at the first place you see. What can I say, I take my food very seriously ;) Unfortunately the one thing I REALLY wanted to try, the restaurant ended up not showing up, but I managed to find an amazing hotdog that almost made up for the fried goat cheese I didn't get to enjoy. If you know Kate and I, of course we managed to find all of the bubbles at the event to sip on.
One of the cool things about this event is instead of paying cash or using a credit card at each tent, you buy tickets and then pay using the tickets (most food items are 1-3 tickets and most drinks are 2-4 tickets) so you're able to set how much you want to spend and if you have willpower, you won't go over. Once our tickets were gone we headed over to the DJ area and danced to burn off some of the calories we consumed. Later in the evening there's a concert, our headliner was Gavin DeGraw but two years ago we saw Lifehouse. You can't beat ending a great day of food and wine with a free concert!
*Linking up with Biana*