This Saturday May 5, 2012 is the Inaugural Winter Garden Harvest Festival. The festival events will be held in the downtown, historic district of Winter Garden at 104 S. Lakeview Avenue, Winter Garden, FL 34787. During the day from 9am until 5pm, the festival features local farmers, local food, craft vendors, a few food trucks and more. The festival has live entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Specialty events are taking place as well. “Sips and Skylines” event is sponsored by Edible Orlando Magazine from 4-6pm and a Farm-to-Table dining event is scheduled 7-10pm. See the details below for all of the festival information and click on the links to register for the special events and for more information about the festival.
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INAUGURAL WINTER GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Festival to Celebrate Winter Garden’s Agricultural Heritage and Showcase the City’s Unique Food Culture
WINTER GARDEN, FL – A Local Folkus, LLC, producers of the fall Winter Park Harvest Festival, are partnering with the City of Winter Garden and Slow Food Orlando to produce the first Winter Garden Harvest Festival this spring.
The festival will take place on May 5th, 2012 in the heart of Winter Garden’s Downtown Historic District from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will feature a local, producer-only farmers market adjacent to the city’s existing Saturday market. The event will offer an assortment of local food, craft vendors, farm and food related demonstrations, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment. Neighbors and visitors alike will have an opportunity to interact with local food purveyors, gardeners, and food experts throughout the day.
From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Edible Orlando Magazine has partnered with the festival to hold “Sips and Skylines,” a rooftop garden tour of Green Sky Growers and a cocktail tasting and mixology demo in Winter Garden’s new restaurant, Al Fresco.
Following the daytime festivities, a Farm-to-Table dining event will take place from 7:00 to 10:00pm in Winter Garden’s beautiful downtown pavilion. The ticketed dinner will highlight West Orange County’s chefs’ local, seasonal farm-fresh ingredients, as well as some of Central Florida’s best micro brews.
This event is an opportunity to celebrate the City of Winter Garden’s farming heritage, while spotlighting its modern connection to the local food scene. In an effort to build on the community’s unique history and offer more options to its citizens, the City of Winter Garden has made local food a priority. For instance, the city has championed a highly successful farmers market in the Downtown Pavilion, and has furthermore developed a farm incubation program to help small farmers grow their businesses on city-owned land. Through these efforts, and through the first Winter Garden Harvest Festival, the city will continue to strengthen its community bonds and will further the availability of local food to its citizens and businesses.
More information: www.WinterGardenHarvestFestival.com
Contact: Heather Grove
Photo by Julius Mayo Jr.
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