Culinary event features record number of gourmet restaurants
Orlando’s gourmet dining scene steals the show during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining®, running Aug. 23 through Sept. 30. Now in its 14th year, the highly anticipated culinary event features its widest variety of cuisines yet. More than 120 Orlando-area restaurants are offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for just $35 per person. With 11 restaurant newcomers this year, there are plenty of fresh flavors to savor. And there’s something for everyone, with a wide range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining celebrates our region’s dynamic culinary landscape, inviting the community to revisit local favorites and try some of our hottest new venues. The icing on the cake? Diners get to support a great cause, with $1 from each meal benefiting deserving local charities. Over the years, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has raised more than $1 million for area nonprofits that benefit children and families. Visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com for more details, including menus, OpenTable reservation options and a full list of this year’s participants.
DRIVING AN APPETITE FOR OUR DESTINATION
By George Aguel
It’s no secret that Orlando’s culinary star continues to rise, with established venues and exciting new additions attracting global attention. From celebrity chefs to home-grown venues, our fine dining experiences are both fresh and diverse. There’s no better time to enjoy a memorable meal than during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® program. Since we launched it 14 years ago, this annual event has exploded in popularity and now features a record number of restaurants. This season’s expanding options
reflect the thriving food scene found across our destination, from the tourism corridor and Restaurant Row to downtown, Winter Park and points beyond. Tourism is a key ingredient in culinary innovation, offering access to award-winning chefs and bringing fresh concepts to the table. Our diverse dining options also elevate Orlando’s brand and increase visitor spending, which in turn generates jobs and revenue to enhance our local quality of life. With tourism supporting 41% of Orlando’s workforce, the restaurant industry plays a big role in generating positive economic impact. And Visit Orlando is proud to partner with our member restaurants on a high-impact program that further stimulates our economy, while at the same time giving back to local nonprofits that benefit our community.
Bon appétit, everyone!