From craft beers and scary cocktails to worldly bites and Oktoberfest delights, Kissimmee has everything you need to pumpkin spice up your Central Florida family vacation this fall.
Eat and Drink Your Way Around the World
From now through Nov. 23, you and your family can taste authentic cuisine from around the world – all in one day! Grab your festival passport and head to Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. With more than 30 individual Global Marketplaces around the park, you can taste the flavors of your favorite countries and sip on unique drinks that complement each bite. Throughout World Showcase and even Future World, these marketplaces give you the opportunity to try a bit of everything!
Just to name a few:
- Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bushberry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (Australia)
- Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone (Shimmering Sips)
- Nigerian Meat Pie (Refreshment Outpost)
- Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions (Bazil)
- Belly’s Brewery Porter, Comstock, MI (Flavors from Fire hosted by ESPN’s College GameDay)
- Twinings® Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka (The Chocolate Studio)
- Caribbean White Sangria (Islands of the Caribbean)
- Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape (Africa)
(Photos: Disney Parks)
If you’re still hungry for more, check out special seminars and culinary demonstrations from celebrity chefs behind the creations. Rub shoulders with chefs or get cooking tips at Party for the Sense; Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!; Food & Beverage Pairings; and Candy Sushi – just to name a few. And during your tasting tour, chow down at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series that runs through Nov. 19.
Thrilling Haunted Houses and Chilling Cocktails
Go for the frights but stay for the wickedly good food and drinks at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The carefully crafted cocktails and iconic foods pair with the house theming and this wicked event isn’t for the faint at heart. Although most go for the thrilling haunted houses, the fare and libations are definitely sites to see – and devour. Can you imagine the horror of leaving without trying any of these ghoulish spirits or chilling cuisine options?
At Starcourt Mall – the popular Hawkins, Indiana shopping center from Netflix’s Stranger Things – you can enjoy a bento box of Orange Chicken Bao Bun or a dangerously sweet Syrup & Waffles cocktail with tiny waffles to garnish. Fuel up for your next house with Ghost Trap Popcorn from Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters – complete with your own proton pack. Now who you gonna call to share the delicious popcorn? And back again for the third year are the famous Pizza Fries. These legendary crinkle-cut fries are loaded with sour cream, garlic parmesan, sausage, marinara sauce, and pepperoni.
(Photos: Universal Orlando Resort)
Experience a different sort of chill while trying four 80s-inspired signature drinks (along with the annual souvenir cups) that make all your nightmares come true.
- Blood Pit – vodka, blood orange sour, peach schnapps, and orange juice
- Twilight Gateway – tequila, watermelon schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine
- Vampires Curse – spiced rum, fruit punch, and sour mix
- Saturn – gin, Falernum liqueur, passion fruit puree, and sour mix
With so much to choose from, you can eat and drink your little horror heart out all night long.
Brews and Eats Pairings
SeaWorld® Parks & Resorts™ is hosting the perfect party for foodies and craft beer drinkers – SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival. This festival features more than 100 craft brews so you’ll surely find something to cheers! And, for the perfect complement to your suds, savor more than 20 food pairings.
Across the park, you’ll find booths and venues with beers from Crooked Can Brewing Co., Orange Blossom Brewing Co., Deadly Sins Brewing, and many more. You can also find delicious ciders including 3 Daughters Key Lime Apple Cider and Ace Blood Orange Cider. You can experience this festival from now until Oct. 27. Also, snag yourself a Sample Lanyard which gives you the chance to try either eight or 12 samples for a lower price.
May we recommend:
- 3 Daughters Brewing
- Cigar City Crewing
- Latrobe Brewing Co.
- Terrapen Beer Co.
- Yuengling Brewery
- Beer and Yogurt Chicken Wings
- Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Brisket Loaded Potato Skins
- Guinness® Infused Mini Doughnuts
Oktoberfest Meets Florida
Looking for an authentic and family-friendly German Oktoberfest in the crisp fall air? Celebration Town Center is the place to be on Oct. 18 and 19. Enjoy the 13th Annual Oktoberfest Street Celebration featuring live music, falling leaves every hour, and so much more.
The interactive live show is a must-do where you and your family have the chance to practice your yodeling and sing-along skills. While you’re there, Rockoberfest hosts international recording artists that take the stage and steal the show. For more quiet time, sit and relax by the lakeside promenade or take a hayride! You won’t want to miss the rustling leaves, relaxing walk around the lake, and the booths full of food and drinks. The best part? Admission is free!
Live music includes:
- DJ Tami
- Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten
- James Boyd
- The Band Be Easy
Central Florida has a meal for every palate and budget. Here in Kissimmee, you’ll have the entire season to eat and drink your favorite fall delights.