While its world-famous theme parks are what make Orlando stand out, the dining scene in the vibrant Florida city has also become widely recognized, with Orlando named No. 2 Best Foodie City in America by WalletHub in 2021. Every year Orlando’s dining scene grows stronger with nationally recognized chefs, new restaurants from celebrity chefs, and diverse cuisines for every budget and taste, representing 40 different international cuisines.
In this two-day press trip, writers will experience Orlando’s diverse culinary scene while staying at the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which offers 20 world-class restaurants and lounges with distinguished chefs from around the world, sophisticated guest rooms, and the luxurious Mandara Spa. Every year, the resort hosts The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, an annual outdoor festival, held in October, featuring unlimited food tastings from the resort’s culinary team and wine, beer, and other sips from around the world.
The press trip will offer the opportunity to explore Orlando’s various neighborhoods, each with distinct offerings for dining and entertainment, that showcase the region’s personality and charm. From nature trails and gardens to watersports and ziplines, Orlando’s natural beauty serves as the perfect counterbalance to its signature attractions. The destination is home to numerous open-air activities that take advantage of the Florida sunshine and incredible weather. Acclaimed galleries and museums, compelling live performances, and nationally recognized cultural events, ensure that Orlando has a galaxy of memorable experiences for art aficionados, too.
Day 1 - Welcome!
Arrival at Orlando International Airport; transportation to hotel provided
4 p.m. – Check in at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, 32830
Located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning 2,265-room Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is a luxurious getaway surrounded by waterways and lush landscaping. Guests can dine around the world at one of the many restaurant venues, with some featuring their favorite characters! They can also take advantage of the wide array of amenities available on property including a full-service spa, pools, waterfalls, white sand beach, game room and more. The resort is also home to the only two-time World Pastry Champion, executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard.
7 p.m. – Enjoy hosted dinner at Amare Mediterranean Restaurant, located at the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
1255 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, 32830
Amare, which means “to love”, is a casual upscale venue inspired by the tastes and cultures of the Mediterranean region. The menu focuses on highlighting fresh premium ingredients popular in the area, including a wide variety of seafood, citrus, olive oils, pasta and pitas.
9 a.m. – Breakfast at The Glass Knife
276 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL, US, 32789
The sweet and savory menu at The Glass Knife is carefully crafted and chef-made, using nothing but the highest quality ingredients and making everything in-house. The comfortably elegant atmosphere makes this sweet spot a must-see in Winter Park.
10:45 a.m. – Experience the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
312 E Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL, US, 32789
Located on Lake Osceola in the quaint city of Winter Park, the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour offers hour-long guided cruises through three lakes and two narrow man-made canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain. Participants will learn the history of Winter Park, Central Florida’s oldest community, which was originally founded by wealthy Easterners in the 1800s.
Enjoy free time along Winter Park’s Park Ave.
Winter Park is a picturesque, upscale area with 10 tree-lined blocks off Park Avenue with more than 140 boutiques, restaurants and specialty shops.
Popular stationery and lifestyle brand Rifle Paper Co. started in Winter Park by Anna and Nathan Bond and has quickly grown into an internationally recognized brand.
Winter Park is no stranger to restaurant recognition with James Beard nominated chefs James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig and Brandon McGlamery of Prato.
The neighborhood is also growing with a wide variety of coffee shops such as Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co., Foxtail Coffee Co., New General and Austin’s Coffee.
The Impeccable Pig – A chic women’s boutique featuring trendy clothes and accessories located at 316 N. Park Ave
Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Gourmet chocolate shop with a vast assortment of chocolate delicacies and truffles at 300 S Park Ave
The Wine Room – An upscale wine & cheese retailer, restaurant, and wine bar that offers over 150 bottles of wine, charcuteries, and cheese boards at 270 S Park Ave”
1 p.m. – Experience lunch at The Milkhouse
201 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, FL, US, 32803
The Milkhouse – located in the heart of the Milk District in Orlando – houses some of the most noted Central Florida Food & Beverage brands and offers a wide array of concepts which span each day from delightful breakfast offerings to unique tapas-style afternoon bites. Visitors can top off their experience with a taste of The Milkhouse’s homemade ice cream flavors or a sip of their house-made signature cocktail.
Enjoy Bubble Tea in the Mills 50 District
North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL, US, 32803
Just northeast of downtown Orlando, Mills 50 is home to the largest Vietnamese American community in Florida, with an expanding enclave of authentic Asian restaurants, shops and markets.
4 p.m. – Return to Hotel
7 p.m. – Enjoy dinner at Disney Springs
1490 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL, US, 32830
Disney Springs features an eclectic and contemporary mix of styles, as well as double the amount of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences available than ever before. From nightlife to entertainment to concerts to casual or upscale dining, there is something for every age at Disney Springs to enjoy.
9 a.m. – Brunch — to be determined
11 a.m. – Check out of hotel
Transportation to St. Petersburg to begin IFWTWA conference
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Dates of the trip: September 16-18, 2022
Number of participants to be chosen: 6-8
Applications due: June 8
See the wonderful tentative itinerary with this post for details on this trip.
Accommodations and local transportation to all activities will be covered. See the tentative itinerary for all meals and activities to be covered.
Selected writers would fly to Orlando International Airport (MCO) to begin this press trip.
Transportation from Orlando to St. Petersburg for the IFWTWA conference is pending, as is additional information about other activities included in the media trip.