Style Events, News & Gossip From Around the City
Believe it or not, we’re already four months into 2015 and that’s no April Fool’s joke! Spring is in the air and the month of March proved to be the perfect segue into this highly anticipated season. From Food and Wine Festivals to Shamrock shaking on Wall Street Plaza, we’ve got all the highlights for you right here, just in case you missed it!
Live Free! Ride Loud! Party Hard! Last month Orlando’s annual Bike Week returned for nine wild days of motorcycle fun. From March 6th-15th, more than 100,000 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and motorcycle fans were in hog heaven at Harley-Davidson of Orlando, the official Orlando Bike Week headquarters. Hundreds of thousands from across the globe turned up to the Historic Factory Dealership, a detailed re-creation of the 1910 factory and the 1903 “shack” in which the Harley legend was born. Just a few of the many festivities that highlighted this thrilling event were live music, games, shows, motorcycle stunt rider exhibitions and delicious food and drinks from the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Attendees also had the opportunity to take advantage of the various vendors selling everything from new bike accessories and sunglasses to classic leather attire and heavy metal jewelry.
On March 7th, the 5th annual Taste of Windermere returned to the city for a delicious evening of fine dining. Taste of Windermere showcases some of the best restaurants and wines in Central Florida. From Windermere and Dr. Phillips to Restaurant Row[s] on Sand Lake Road and even participating restaurants from International Drive, attendees were pleasantly overwhelmed by the huge turnout from some of the city’s best eateries. Held at the Grove and presented by the Central Florida Women’s League, event guests enjoyed delectable mouth-watering bites from the various local restaurants represented including Brio Tuscan Kitchen, Cake in the City, Capital Grille, Copper Canyon Grill, Dexter’s, Il Mulino, Ocean Prime, Red Eye Bar & Grill, Senor Frogs, T-Rex, Jeremiah’s and Marlow’s Tavern. Fine wine tastings provided by Dexter’s of Windermere complimented the fabulous evening. All proceeds from the event went to community grants and scholarships funded by the Central Florida Women’s League Foundation, Inc.
March 8th saw the introduction of an exciting, brand new fundraising initiative to the city of Orlando! The Mad Hatter Luncheon was a phenomenal event put on by Kids Beating Cancer in order to raise funds in support of the beloved organization. Held at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, the event showcased a variety of Orlando’s favorite talents. It was a wonderful afternoon of lively entertainment featuring acoustical band Violectric, the singing of excerpts from the Phantom of the Opera by Keith Workowski and Cheryl Lugo, four performances by the Orlando Ballet and more. Celebri-Teas Tracy Stern and Celeste Miller, of Tracy Stern Tea CO, co-hosted the event, which saw attendees and guests showing up in hats ranging from sophisticated couture to wacky, and fun in order to win special prizes and awards.
Cheers to the Irish! St. Patrick’s Day was back last month and the city of Orlando wasted no time in throwing on green attire and throwing down green beer. Just like last year and every year, the only place to celebrate was Wall Street Plaza of course! From March 14-17th, downtown Orlando’s popular hangout spot was a sea of green as the city came together for several days of partying with live Irish music and plenty of green beer. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicked off a couple days early on Saturday night with the St. Practice Day Block Party. The St. Patrick’s themed weekend continued with a Sunday Funday like no other, but of course Tuesday proved to be the main event as the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Block Party to date rocked Wall Street Plaza with tons of beads, giveaways, green beer and jello shots. Doors opened at high noon so everyone could start their week off right—with more Guinness, more Jameson and even more green beer! Live music from Off Kilter, The Lighter Exchange, Who Rescued Who, Pipes & Drums and more took the party to another level as merry attendees (and even a Leprechaun!) laughed with friends, shook their shamrocks and drank to the Irish.
From March 20th-22nd, the art community of Orlando came together in celebration of the 2015 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. As one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, more than 350,000 visitors flooded the streets of downtown Winter Park to enjoy the three-day event. Over 600 artists were spread out in Central Park and along Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. The beloved festival featured live concerts in the park, fantastic food, the Children’s Workshop Village, fabulous sidewalk cafes and more. Run by an entirely volunteer board of directors, over 1,000 artists from around the world applied for entry to the 56th annual show, which has been named America’s Best Juried Fine Art Fair by Art Fair Calendar.
If you’re a gourmand or wine enthusiast, there was only one place for you to be from March 20th-22nd. The three-day weekend saw the highly anticipated return of the 7th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival at Lakeridge Winery. Located on the rolling hills of Clermont, the signature event marks the beginning of springtime and the warmer weather. Central Floridians, as well as visitors from all over, came out to enjoy the fun-filled weekend of spectacular live music and outdoor entertainment. In addition to Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of tasty seafood specialties, attendees also enjoyed beautiful displays and works of art from local artists and crafters. A two-dollar donation at the door benefited the Autism Society of Greater Orlando.
It’s officially time to hit the gym and get that beach body ready for spring swimwear! On March 27th, divas and fashionistas joined Style FX and Orlando Style Magazine for a Swimwear Fashion Show at Gilt Nightclub. Attendees received an exclusive unveiling of 2015 swimwear from Florida’s favorite designers. Proceeds from the event benefited Fashion Funds a Cure in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. DJ and Host Scotty B, produced positive vibes throughout the evening as stylish guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails, tasty hors d’oeuvres, great company and plenty of fashion with the city’s most fashionable magazine and it was hot!
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