Whenever I tell people I’m from Orlando, their first words are, “Cool! Home to Mickey Mouse!” While Disney certainly has its charm, I always encourage visitors to get outside of the theme parks for at least a day to see the Orlando area the way locals experience it. This tour is a great way to get to get to know the area and have a taste of why Orlando is earning a reputation for being a great city for foodies.
The Orlando food tour currently meets during the weekend in Winter Park and, as a local, I can tell you that this area is definitely a hot spot for Orlando foodies. It’s also a gorgeous area with tree-lined streets, quaint shops, and tons of art galleries and is one of my favorite places to hang out when I’m home.
After booking our tour, my husband and I confirmed with the guide via email and got a quick and welcoming response with the location meet up: Prato. As the winner of multiple awards, including Best New Restaurant by Orlando Magazine, this is certainly a fabulous place to start a food tour!
Once everyone arrived, we all introduced ourselves and learned a bit about what everyone’s favorite food was. This was also the time where the guides confirmed if there were any food allergies. Out of a group of twelve, they had two seafood allergies, two gluten free, and one vegetarian. That’s challenging! But I gotta say, they handled it seamlessly.
We had six stops and countless nibbles, including pizza and wine, an olive oil tasting, fresh baked orange pound cake with fresh berries, spiced pear and vodka cocktails, fresh made dips and hummus, cranberry apple tea cocktails, Thai spring rolls, curry and potato dumplings, chicken satay, pumpkin cupcakes, ice cream, hot chocolate, fudge and cotton candy.
We. Were. So. Stuffed!
Honestly, I could have skipped the cotton candy and gone for coffee.That’d be the only thing I’d change about this fun and tasty little tour.
In between the food stops, some fascinating stories were shared about the history of Winter Park, and even as someone that visits the area frequently, I learned a few things!
If you’re visiting Orlando, I definitely encourage you to spend a day in Winter Park. You can do a walkabout with this tour to get a sampling of all the great yummies in the area and then afterward walk to the Morse Museum or some of the other art galleries along the avenue.
–Contributed by Rachelle Lucas