Agave Azul will open in the recently shuttered Square 1 Burgers space on South Orlando Avenue in Winter Park in February. Look for additional outposts in Windermere (fall 2018) and Maitland (fall 2019) ... Tea and Tea has moved out of Winter Park Village and will set up shop in the former B's Cupcakes space on Fairbanks Avenue ... Look for Sprouts Farmers Market to open in the former Whole Foods Market space on Aloma Avenue ... Recently opened Donut Central & Fuelpresso plans to break ground on a drive-thru at their café near the corner of Aloma Avenue and Semoran Boulevard by year's end ... Another Foxtail Coffee Co. is poised to open next year, this time in the old Mama B's location on the corner of South Orange Avenue and Annie Street in the SoDo District ... Also in the SoDo District, Eat Fresh Kitchen will open next spring in the old Noodles & Co. space ... Puerto Rican eatery Willie's Pinchos will open a second location in the former Pizza Hut near the intersection of John Young Parkway and U.S. Highway 192. The former food truck's first brick-and-mortar operation is on Goldenrod Road just north of Colonial Drive.
The Food & Wine Classic at the Swan & Dolphin Resort is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with more than 60 food and beverage stations. Cost is $115, or $140 with beer garden access. Eleven educational seminars will also be offered, starting at $50 ... Orlando Date Night's 10th Anniversary Party goes from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Reyes Mezcaleria with food stations, cocktails and sweets. Cost is $25 ... The Festival of Bacon takes over Lake Baldwin Park Saturday, Nov. 4, with more than 20 vendors and restaurants creating bacon-inspired dishes. Early-bird tickets are $10, or $20 on the day of the event, with food ranging from $3-$10.
Voting for Orlando's Signature Dish, a contest by the wizards over at Visit Orlando, has begun. There are photos and descriptions of 29 honey-based desserts created by local chefs at visitorlando.com/dish. Why honey-based desserts, you ask? It's still not totally clear to us, but we're working on it. Maybe they're all just sick of turkey legs and Dole Whip.
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