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ORLANDO, FLA. (August 1, 2017) – Taste! Central Florida, the region’s premier fundraising food and beverage tasting event, returns to Orlando World Center Marriott on August 19 with an impressive roster of 43 restaurants and two dozen brewers, distilleries, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors.

This annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence invites guests to an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by craft beers, cocktails, fine wines, and specialty beverages to help Central Florida children struggling with hunger get access to the meals they need.

Presented by AmeriFactors, Taste! Central Florida is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for children’s feeding programs administered by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Taste! Central Florida is a volunteer-driven event with chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors donating their time, talent and creations, more than 300 event volunteers, in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott.

New to this year’s event are 12 of the area’s most noteworthy restaurants including The COOP, Ace Café, Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort, Orlando Food Department Co., Paddlefish, Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks, Raglan Road, Tommy Bahama, and Urbain 40 American Brasserie.

Several popular brewers, spirit vendors, wine purveyors, and specialty beverage vendors will give guests plenty to sip on including:

  1. Acqua Panna & San Pellegrino
  2. Beam Suntory
  3. Beso Del Sol Sangria
  4. Big Top Brewing
  5. Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
  6. Crooked Can Brewing Company
  7. Florida Dairy Farmers
  8. Jackson Family Wines
  9. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards
  10. Magner's Irish Cider
  11. Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co.
  12. Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
  13. Orlando Brewing Co.
  14. Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey
  15. PepsiCo
  16. Red Cypress Brewery
  17. Rico Foods/NOI Caffe
  18. Rogue Pub
  19. Scavi & Ray Winery
  20. Small Town Brewing
  21. Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
  22. Tito's Handmade Vodka
  23. Tsing Tao
  24. Wild Buck Whiskey/Njoy Spirits

Also new to the event is the way proceeds will benefit childhood feeding programs in Central Florida. With a new name and focus, Taste! Central Florida will direct 100 percent of the funds raised from this year’s event entirely to local anti-hunger efforts to make an even greater impact on hungry children throughout Central Florida.

“In previous years, our event helped battle childhood hunger and food insecurity both locally and around the country,” said Michele Byington, co-chair of Taste! Central Florida. “This year, we are advocating solely for those in our own community, since the fastest growing segment of the hungry and homeless population in Central Florida is families with children.”

Guests will also enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the third year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select an envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a concealed gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value.

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game is back offering participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 300 chances to win this exquisite wine collection. Each key is a $25 donation.

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─ 3 tosses for $15. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

Orlando World Center Marriott is offering Taste! Central Florida guests an exclusive rate to stay at the resort during the weekend of the event. A special rate of $129 per night for a standard room (additional $25 daily resort fee applies) is available between August 18 – 20. Guests can reserve their room at the discounted rate by clicking here or calling (888) 789-3090 with the discount code Taste August 2017.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando

$150 each

Cocktail / Semi-Formal


  1. 4 Rivers and The COOP
  2. Ace Café
  3. ACF Central Florida Chapter sponsored by Nestle Professional
  4. Benihana
  5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  6. Canvas Restaurant & Market
  7. Catering for Good/Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
  8. Centerplate
  9. CFHLA Food & Beverage Council
  10. Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
  11. Cress Restaurant
  12. Dragonfly Robata Sushi and Grill
  13. Eleven Restaurant at Reunion Resort
  14. Empress Sissi
  15. Florida Nitro
  16. Fresh Point
  17. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  18. Hemisphere Restaurant at Hyatt OIA
  19. JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes/Primo
  20. Marlow's Tavern
  21. Orlando Food Department Co.
  22. Orlando World Center Marriott
  23. Paddlefish
  24. Plancha at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  25. Raglan Road
  26. Red Wing Restaurant
  27. Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes/Highball & Harvest
  28. Rosen Shingle Creek │A Land Remembered
  29. Rosen Shingle Creek │Cala Bella Restaurant
  30. Satu-Li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  31. Savor at Osceola Heritage Parks
  32. Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
  33. SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando
  34. STK
  35. Sysco
  36. The Capital Grille
  37. The Ravenous Pig
  38. The Whiskey
  39. Tommy Bahama
  40. Universal Orlando
  41. Urbain 40 American Brasserie
  42. Yak & Yeti

For more information, visit tastecfl.org.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tastecentralflorida •Twitter: @tastecfl• Instagram #tastecfl

Featuring the area’s most accomplished chefs, brewers, wine purveyors, and beverage vendors, Taste! Central Florida is an annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence offering an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty beverages. This volunteer-driven event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the children’s feeding programs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Angel Tagudin