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A tasty new food tour is winding through Celebration.

Celebrate Food Tours takes guests through several restaurants in the picturesque community while giving them information on the local history and architecture.

“People have this thought in their head that food tours are for foodies, that’s not the case,” said Keith Fogarty, the tour’s founder. “It’s something very fun and social and you get to eat too.”

Fogarty, who has experience in the restaurant and tourism industry, first got the idea for a local food tour while taking a similar excursion in Miami.

“I wouldn’t consider myself a foodie, but I definitely like my craft beer and I like trying new places and hole-in-the-wall places,” he said.

Celebration’s appeal to both locals and tourists as well as Fogarty’s own experience with the area made it an ideal first location.

The itinerary takes guests almost on a progressive dinner. They visit Columbia Restaurant for its famous “1905” Salad, Celebration Town Tavern for its clam chowder, Bohemian Hotel for crab cake sliders, Imperium Food and Wine for wine and cheese, and Kilwin’s for some fudge and caramel apple.

“Once we get going, the plan is to possibly go to other (Celebration) restaurants for a second tour,” Fogarty said.

Fogarty is considering creating a food tour in Winter Garden.

“It has tons of great restaurants and lots of neat history,” he said.

ldelgado@orlandosentinel

Celebrate Food Tours
What: A guided walking food tour through Celebration and five of its eateries.

When: Friday and Saturday 11:30am

Cost: $55 adults, $39 children

Includes: All food and drink. Vegetarian options are available.

Book: Visit celebratefoodtours.com or call 800-656-0713

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5 Ways To Do Date Night In Celebration

Located just 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks, Celebration is a charming and quaint town originally developed by Disney as a master-planned community. Today, it’s morphed into equal parts local residence and tourist destination.
While the main downtown area (a.k.a. Celebration Town Center) is small, it packs a serious punch with numerous restaurants and shops clustered along Market and Front Street. Paved walking trails weave around the lakes, with boardwalks leading to further secluded walkways and residential areas.

Whether you’re visiting for an ice cream cone or putting on your date night best for a romantic dinner, there’s an option for every budget in this All American town. Here are my top picks for a night out:
Cheap/Free
Celebration’s small size makes it ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle. Ditch the car and make your way to the intersection of Market Street and Front Street where you’ll find the majority of the action.
For a totally free date night, bring your own food and set up a waterfront picnic. There’s plenty of space to spread out a blanket and the further you follow the paved walking trails, the more secluded you’ll feel. I recommend visiting right before sunset.
For cheap fun, rent bikes for $15 each on Bloom St (next to the Bohemian Hotel) and cruise through the neighborhoods. Grab a sandwich for lunch at Sweet Escape, or head into Upper Crust if pizza is more your speed. Little Greek is another option for lunch, although it’s located about a 5 minute drive outside of town (try the gyro pita!).

Dessert for Dinner
Dessert before dinner, and even dessert FOR dinner, is a common occurrence in my life. Change things up on your next date night, with a multi-course dessert for dinner approach.
Kick things off at Kilwin’s, a staple of the area, which is always bustling with a healthy mix of locals and tourists. A chocolate malt milkshake or scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone are always good choices. If you’re stumped on flavors, try the toasted coconut, Kilwin’s mud, chocolate peanut butter, or the limited edition double peanut butter pie. If you’re really pulling out all the stops, treat yourself to a piece of Salted Caramel Fudge – no regrets.
For your next stop, head next door to Le Macaron, a French bakery specializing in macarons. Inside you’ll find colorful Parisian inspired décor, chocolates so beautiful you almost (key word: almost) don’t want to eat them, and creative macaron flavors like black currant and basil white chocolate (my personal favorite). The café playlist adds to the ambiance.

Make one last stop at Sweet Escape for fresh baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, and more. This is also a great stop for breakfast or lunch if you’re visiting earlier in the day.
Wine and Dine
While Celebration has many budget-friendly options and free activities, it’s also home to a variety of restaurants worthy of your best date night ensemble.
Located on Market Street, Imperium Food & Wine is a cozy wine bar with indoor/outdoor seating, a selection of 80+ wines available by the glass or bottle, and a variety of wine cocktails. While you may be perfectly content with just wine, don’t miss the food menu full of light bites and creative flatbreads.
Lakeside Bar + Grill, located inside the Bohemian Hotel Celebration, is another go-to spot for a luxurious dining experience. Located on a quiet corner and overlooking a lake, the dining room’s signature offerings include Scallops, Filet Mignon, and Halibut. Shared appetizers like the Artisan Cheese Board or Shrimp Tacos are great starters.

Cultural Adventure
If your favorite thing about travel is the food, this date night is for you. While you may not be able to jet set to multiple countries all in one trip, you can sample culinary creations from around the globe in one evening. Celebration has plenty of options for American fare, but why not get exotic?
Start your evening at Columbia, a local Spanish/Cuban chain located on Front Street. Think old world décor, white table cloths, and authentic Spanish dishes. Choose a few tapas such as The Original Cuban Sandwich, Empanadas de Picadillo, or the “Tapeo” Sampler (a combination of 3 tapas – perfect if you’re on a double date). The “1905” Salad is also a signature dish tossed tableside and named after the year Columbia Restaurant’s original location in Ybor City was founded.
Break things up with a short walk around the lake and when you’re ready for more, make another stop at Café D’Antonio to sample Italian delights such as Bruschetta, the Capellini D’Angelo pasta, Chicken Picatta, and more. If you’re still hungry, check out Ari Sushi (Front Street) or Thai Thani (Market Street) nearby. Macarons from Le Macaron are an excellent option for a French dessert.
Take a Tour
Snag two tickets for the Taste of Celebration Tour with Celebrate Food Tours. Local guides will take you on a two-hour walking exploration of Celebration’s most delicious eateries. Or check out Celebration via a Segway tour. ZE Tours takes guests on a speedy jaunt through downtown, quaint neighborhoods and along nature trails.

About the Author
Stephanie Patterson is a local photographer, travel blogger, and food tour guide with a passion for creativity, the beach, and great food. Find her online at Stephanie Patterson Photography (www.spattersonphotography.com) or Travel Taste Click (www.traveltasteclick.com).

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Tour gastronômico em Celebration

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Vocês pensam que eu não sei, mas já estou por dentro que Celebration, aquela cidadezinha cheia de charme perto da Disney, já faz parte dos roteiros da maioria dos turistas que vem visitar Orlando. Sei também que quem vai lá ama de coração. Eu, por exemplo, adoro passear por lá, principalmente nos finais de semana e, agora então com o Taste of Celebration Food Tour, ficou melhor ainda! A gente conhece o local com um guia e ainda prova de várias delicinhas dos diversos restaurantes espalhados por lá.

Depois que a gente faz check in, conhece nosso guia e se familiariza com o grupo, vamos passeando pelo centrinho ouvindo a história do local e paramos no primeiro restaurante, o Columbia, um dos que mais indico quando alguém me pergunta sobre o local, simplesmente pelo fato de que, se por um acaso, você estiver com saudades do arroz e feijão da sua casa, é lá que você tem que ir! E tem bife também… com batata frita.

Cortesia Columbia Restaurant
O Columbia foi fundado em 1905 pelo imigrante cubano Casimiro Hernadez, Sr. e o seu primeiro, localizado em Tampa, é o mais antigo da Flórida. Um dos pratos servidos é a premiada salada 1905, que leva alface, presunto Julienne, queijo suíço e um molho, que tenho certeza, é o segredo do frescor dela, conhecido por Worcestershire.

Cortesia Columbia Restaurant
A próxima parada já é um estilo totalmente diferente, mais americano, em uma taverna/restaurante de frutos do mar, cujo donos são da Nova Inglaterra. Adorei a sopa de “búzios” e a bolachinha de ostras.

Estão pensando que está perto de acabar? Que nada! Entre conversas e aprendizados sobre arquitetura do local, caminhamos em direção ao Bohemian Celebration Hotel. Dentro dele um corredor com obras de arte à venda.

A tarde termina com vinhos e queijos no Imperium e o sorvete queridinho dos americanos no Kilwins Ice Cream.

Fiquem tranquilos que ninguém sai rolando, rs! Tudo é milimetricamente pensado e as porções são pequenas, para que possamos provar e terminar feliz!

Article in Cosmopolitando by editor Mila Soares

7 Orlando Food Tours Locals Will Love

7 Orlando Food Tours Locals Will Love
Posted by: Stephanie Patterson March 16, 2017

With all of the different dining districts and fabulous restaurants to choose from in Orlando, it’d take even the most dedicated and ambitious foodie a significant amount of time to explore them all. Local Orlando food tours speed up the process quite a bit while giving you a taste for the district, often through the eyes of a local.
In light of the recent launch of Orlando Food Tours’ new Audubon Park food tour, we’re celebrating with a guide to the best food tours here in Orlando. Discover hidden gems, explore by bike, get the VIP treatment and more, all while indulging in some of Orlando’s best eats.

Orlando Food Tours
Orlando Food Tours has been taking locals and visitors around Park Ave. in Winter Park for a few years, but they recently expanded with the addition of a new food tour route in Audubon Park. The new tour highlights the best of the garden district, with six unique tasting stops along the way. Expect 2.5 hours of food fun complete with plenty of cheese, adult beverages, ice cream, interaction with local business owners, history tidbits, and local flair. Don’t forget to try the Winter Park tour too!
$47/person, orlandofoodtours.com
Audubon Park Food Tour - Guide to Orlando Food Tours
Image credit: Orlando Food Tours

Sanford Food Tours
Sanford may be a bit of a hike from Orlando, but the charming historic district and impressive restaurant scene are totally worth the drive. Sanford Food Tours, brought to the area by the LimoCycle team, offers a 3-hour guided culinary tour that will tempt you to return again and again. In addition to hearty food samples and culinary demonstrations, you’ll also get a healthy serving of interesting historical facts about the area.
$49/person, sanfordfoodtours.com
Sanford Food Tours - Guide to Orlando Food Tours
LimoCycle
With tour offerings such as Sunday Funday Brunch and the Craft Brewery Tour, LimoCycle is arguably one of the most entertaining food tours in Sanford. Forget walking to your tour stops; instead, hop on the large 15-passenger “vehicle” best described as a party bike. It’s up to you to power the bike by pedaling between each stop – which, as you can imagine, leads to plenty of laughs. But don’t worry, pedaling isn’t too tough and you’ll be rewarded with tasty stops during your tour.
$40+/person, limocycle.com

Orlando Foodie Tours
Focusing on farm-to-table eats around Orlando, Orlando Foodie Tours features three diverse VIP-style food tour options. The signature tour, offered at night, visits some the area’s finest restaurants in Downtown, College Park, Winter Park and beyond all in the span of one evening. A luxury car will serve as your transportation for the night, ensuring you arrive at each stop in style. Other tour options include the Vegetarian Happy Hour and Morning Brunch Tour.
$89-$159/person, orlandofoodietours.com
Orlando Foodie Tours - 7 Orlando Food Tours Locals Will Love
Image credit: Orlando Foodie Tours

Downtown Orlando Tours
For a taste of downtown, look no further than Downtown Orlando Tours. The Downtown Food Tour includes diverse dining options throughout the district, including Artisan’s Table, Ferg’s Depot, Avenue Gastropub, and more. Also on offer is the Crafty Cocktail Tour, a drinks-only tour with five beverage tasting stops.
$36-$40/person, downtownorlandotours.com

Celebrate Food Tours
The town of Celebration, located about 15 minutes from the Disney theme parks, may seem small at first glance. However, the walkable town center is filled with inviting all-American charm and savory eats. Celebrate Food Tours takes guests to five of the area’s best restaurants, including Columbia, Imperium, and the Bohemian Hotel, on their signature Taste of Celebration tour. Snap photos of the picturesque town in between bites, and stick around for a stroll or bike ride around the quiet lakes and boardwalks.
$54/person, celebratefoodtours.com
Celebration

Taste of our Town Tours
Mount Dora is best known for its scenery, history, and antique shops. Yet there’s also a wonderful culinary scene to experience in this town located 45 minutes from downtown Orlando. Taste of Our Town Tours, led by two Mount Dora locals, offers tours 3 days a week. With stops ranging from a meat boutique to wine and tapas, you’re sure to be delighted. And since tasting stops vary daily, surprise is part of the package.
$49/person, mountdoratasteofourtown.com

Image credit: Taste of Our Town Tours
More tours to watch
LocalMotive tours offers occasional food-themed bike tours, conductor crawls, and coffee tours. Keep up with their Facebook page for the latest tour information.
In addition to their Celebration food tour, Celebrate Food Tours has plans to launch a Winter Garden food tour.

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