Fans of Orlando Science Center’s signature Science of Wine fundraising event have lots of new to look forward to when the event returns on April 22, including a brand-new partnership with Florida Dairy Farmers. And you can probably guess what that means.
Thusly, Florida Dairy Farmers and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits have partnered to present a series of pairings. Throughout the evening, three 20-minute mini-seminars will feature four wine pairings (a combination of classic and trendy wines) and local cheeses, including Hawthorne Creek Creamery Tomme and Gouda. Guests will learn about the sips, snacks and other accouterments that make a perfect pairing.
Additionally, Orlando’s own Advanced Sommelier Melissa McAvoy, owner of Swirlery Wine Bar — the critic’s top Wine Bar pick in this year’s Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards — will be taking over Dr. Dare’s Lab to share her experience and answer questions in a science-driven activity where knowledge comes in white, red and rosé. That said, fans of the stronger stuff can celebrate the addition of cocktails into the event’s mix. Same goes for teetotalers, as nonalcoholic options also are available.
Tickets ($100 for members; $125 for nonmembers) are available at osc.org/wine and include unlimited food and wine sampling, as well as access to a silent auction featuring travel packages and other unique items.
If you can’t make this weekend’s event, consider a more family-centric outing at I-Drive’s Icon Park come April 30 when the fifth annual Sip n’ Savor returns to the green expanse of its lawn from noon to 5 p.m.
The private event features live entertainment and tasty bites from 11 participating restaurants:
- Brother Jimmy’s
- Tapa Toro
- Uncle Julio’s Orlando
- Tin Roof
- Blake Shelton’s Ole Red
- Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
- Sloppy Joe’s Orlando
- Sugar Factory
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Shake Shack
- The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall
Complimentary beer and wine tastings, as well as hard seltzer and moonshine samples, will be on-hand amid an international selection of eats. Attendees will also enjoy discounts on Icon Park’s many attractions, including 50 percent off tickets to The Wheel.
Passes purchased in advance are $39 for adults and $9.99 for children ages 3 to 12. Guests must be 21 and older to consume alcohol. A portion of proceeds from the Sip n’ Savor event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. For tickets and more information, visit iconparkorlando.com/tickets-packages/sip-and-savor.
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