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Orlando -- On April 19, 2017, Gatorland broke ground on what will become an off-road adventure.
Orlando -- Now that Publix and Amazon have gotten into the make-your-dinner-with-our-recipes-and-ingredients game, a local restaurant chain is joining the fray. Tijuana Flats will deliver Hardly Homemade meal kits via UberEATS.
Orlando -- They call it Aloha Hour at Roy's, the Restaurant Row Hawaiian-ish dinnerhouse. Whatever the name, the happy hour is enticing: Bar Bites for $6 to $14.50 plus discounted adult beverages.
Orlando -- Chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari of The Meatball Stoppe is revving up a monthly Cook, Wine and Dine series.
Orlando -- More than 100 restaurants wiil be part of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, selling three-course dinners for $35 and donating part of the proceeds to charity.
Orlando -- Orlando's Magical Dining Month is underway, so you can get three-course dinners for $35 at more than 110 of the destination's best restaurants.
Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida -- Receive a $100 resort credit for any two-night package when staying at Mission Inn Resort & Club through the end of 2017.
The Villages -- The Villages, a retirement community outside Orlando, will be home to the next Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar.
Orlando -- Master sommelier George Miliotes, who created the original wine programs for Disney's California Grill and Darden's Seasons 52, will open a namesake enterprise, Wine Bar George, in fall 2017.
Lake Buena Vista -- Levy Restaurants is revamping its Disney Springs restaurant that was long called Portobello. The new name will be Terralina Crafted Italian.
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Orlando -- The sprawling indoor-outdoor brasserie Urbain 40 is now open for lunch.
Orlando -- Magic shows will accompany dinner during a series of special events at Christner's Fine Steak & Lobster.
Orlando -- Old Forester spirits will be the focus of a Statesman dinner at The Whisky, on Restaurant Row in Dr. Phillips.
Orlando -- Learn how to make craft cocktails, then sample them along with lobster guacamole, at Paddlefish.
Orlando -- The bar and music house TInRoof will host an Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, October 1.
Orlando -- Bakers and would-be pastry chefs, put October 13 to 15, 2017, in your calendars. The Americas Cake Fair will be at the Orange County Convention Center.
Boone, NC -- Bavarian and American food and music will fill the two-day Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort with spirited fun.
Winter Park -- Tickets for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park's fall-through-spring shows are on sale now.
Orlando -- Pastry in the Park is a new event that will feature desserts from seven top area pastry chefs.
Orlando -- For the eighth year in a row, the Swan-Dolphin hotel, located on Disney World property, will host the two-day Food & Wine Classic this fall.
Lake Buena Vista -- Learn about Italian wines from a Master Sommelier at this year's Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, a two-day food-and-wine fest.
Kissimmee -- Cirque du Soleil performances, a musically enhanced six-story Christmas tree, and a Build-a-Bear scavenger hunt will be among the components of this year's ICE! winter wonderland attraction.
Orlando -- Opera Orlando is offering three subsciption packages, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at all the main-stage productions.
West Palm Beach, FL -- Wondering where the best eats are in West Palm Beach? Try a bunch of restaurants with West Palm Beach Food Tours.
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