The region’s premier food and beverage tasting event, Taste! Central Florida is bringing a supremely delicious culinary experience to our community, for our community, with a positively local flavor.
An evening featuring talented local chefs, signature dishes and specialty drinks, Taste! Central Florida is the same annual culinary event guests have come to know and love, returning this year with a new look and name and a completely local focus.
For the first time, Taste! Central Florida will be a truly local event with 100 percent of proceeds remaining in the community.
In Central Florida, the fastest growing segment of the hungry and homeless population is families with children. “Childhood hunger touches thousands of residents in Central Florida, and Taste! Central Florida wants to direct every dollar we raise to those who need it in our own community,” said Michele Byington, co-chair for Taste! Central Florida.
The launch of Taste! Central Florida makes that possible while continuing to build on the critical work of battling hunger and food insecurity in our region that longtime local beneficiaries Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida do as the leading nonprofits in the region for fighting childhood hunger and providing homeless services.
As a volunteer-driven event, Taste! Central Florida is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, thanks to the local chefs, brewers and distilleries who donate their time, talent and creations, an all-volunteer steering committee, more than 300 day-of event volunteers, in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the backing of Orlando World Center Marriott who donates the event space.
Beyond its local charitable focus, Taste! Central Florida will tap into the local foodie culture by showcasing an extensive lineup of local celebrity chefs and eateries and highlighting local farmers, food purveyors, brewers and distilleries through samples and sips of gourmet fare, fine wines, craft beers, and signature spirits.
While the new Taste! Central Florida has cooked up a feast of changes to this year’s culinary fundraiser, the proven event format will remain unchanged. Taste! Central Florida will continue to attract some of the most sought-after and respected chefs, eateries and mixologists in the region. The event will also return to the same elegant location at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
In addition, Taste! Central Florida will delights guests with many of the hallmark entertainment and fundraising games guests anticipate each year. The automated mobile silent auction will once again feature signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.
The Giving Tree will invite guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a donation, guests can select envelopes hanging from a towering tree containing dining and beverage gift certificates.
The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game will offer participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine from an exquisite wine cellar valued at more than $2,500. “The same enthusiastic and devoted event planning committee is at the helm as well as the volunteers who helped make last year’s event a success,” Byington said. “Guests will be able to enjoy Taste! Central Florida as they have always known it.”
Last year’s event attracted more than 3,000 guests and is expected to grow in attendance with its transition to Taste! Central Florida. The funds raised by Taste! Central Florida will help Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, where families make up 63 percent of their residents. The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provides shelter and services to more than 150 children and their families each night and serves more than 250,000 meals each year.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will direct the funds raised from Taste! Central Florida to childhood hunger relief programs at their agency. The largest food bank in Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. Of all the clients served by Second Harvest Food Bank, 27 percent are children under the age of 18.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tastecfl.org.
Reserve a discounted room at Orlando World Center Marriott by clicking here, or by calling (888) 789-3090 and requesting the special rate for Taste August 2017.
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