Taste! Central Florida Goes Totally Local August 19

By Kelly Green for Edible Orlando on March 2, 2017

Edible Orlando has long been a proud supporter of Taste of The Nation, a food and wine benefit held at Orlando World Center Marriott. Proceeds have impacted thousands of lives both locally and around the country. This year, organizers are making a change that means an even greater impact on the hungry right here in Central Florida by giving all local at the newly re-branded TASTE! Central Florida.


Guests enjoy bite-sized samples, but never fear. Seconds (and thirds) are par for the course.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. event-goers will enjoy what they’ve come to expect: creative and culinary offerings from some of the top chefs/restaurants in the area, plus beer, wine and specially-crafted libations. What will change is the distribution of funds. In previous years, a portion of the proceeds was disseminated to anti-hunger efforts nationally, as hunger reaches every corner of our nation. Organizers have decided to further pinpoint the direction this year by advocating more directly for those in our neighboring communities struggling to put food on their plates. TASTE! Central Florida is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Orlando World Center Marriott went retro in 2016 with diner-inspired gourmet bites.

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In addition to indulging in the bountiful, fun, and creative food and drink options available, they’re not the only offerings. Guests can participate in 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.

Taste! Central Florida is also bringing back the Giving Tree, where guests can win certificates and gift cards to Orlando’s most popular establishments. Donate $50 for the chance to select envelopes hanging from a towering tree. Prizes range from $25 to $300 in value.

Wine lovers will enjoy the Instant Wine Cellar game where participants have a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500!

Guests can also take their chances on winning a bottle of wine with a Ring Toss For Wine fundraiser. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.


Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here. Hurry: Use the code KICKOFFORL through March 14, 2017 and get 25 percent off.

Betsy Dye