Orlando, FL – October 18, 2016 – For the 8th year in a row, the Latin Food & Wine Festival (LFWF) has brought culture and flare to Orlando, showcasing the range of diversity found in the Latin community. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) in partnership with Ventana al Jazz, City of Orlando, and Walt Disney World Resort, delivered a weekend of flavor, art, and amusement for residents to enjoy. The festival served as an example of how Orlando embraces and celebrates its diverse culture.
The weekend festivities began on Saturday with Savor the Night- an exclusive food and wine reception. Under the cover of the city lights, the City Hall Commons Plaza provided the backdrop for this elegant event. Over 600 guests were able to sample enticing entrees from a variety of restaurants, including Black Fire Steakhouse, Pio Pio Semoran, Sysco, Outback, 4 Rivers, Dynamic Desserts, and Orlando Coffee Roasters. Guests also enjoyed complimentary premium wine and spirits. Bongo’s Cuban Café’s music permeated the air as attendees enjoyed other activities such as a cigar lounge, photo booth, and a silent auction sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Tupperware Brands.
“Savor the Night is a unique experience that brings our culture together and reconnects the community in an inviting atmosphere. The level of detail is a credit to all those involved in the planning and execution of this event and remains as one of Orlando’s premier gatherings in the business community,” said Lourdes Mola, Chair of the HCCMO Board of Directors.
The following day, Downtown Orlando was filled with vibrancy and color with the Latin Food & Wine Festival. Despite recent events, Orlando has continued to show its support to the intricacies that make the city unique. LFWF was a testament of this notion as it welcomed foodies, music lovers, and art enthusiasts. The event was free, as it has been since its inception. Over 10,000 attendees made their way from tent to tent enjoying dishes from over 20 food vendors. The public also enjoyed an interactive Chef Stage presented by Dominican Republic Tourism and moderated by Food Network’s Cake Wars finalist, Elaine Duran. Presenters included Sysco’s Chef, Luis Reyes, Grand Bohemian’s Chef, Carmelo Moyeno, culinary teacher, Chef Chrissy Benoit, and Chef Luigi from the Dominican Republic.
“Perhaps one of the most interesting qualities of this festival is the diverse representation of Orlando’s Latin community coming together to celebrate the things that unite us, and at the same time, make us different,” expressed Pedro Zorrilla, President of Ventana al Jazz and 2016 Chair of the festival committee.
“Both events serve as an example of the great results achieved through collaboration. Every individual and business involved in the execution of these events was essential to its success. We are grateful to our community for embracing and supporting our mission,” added Maria Garcia, Vice-President of the HCCMO.
The weekend festivities were made possible through the support of sponsors like Ventana al Jazz, Walt Disney World Resort, Coca Cola, Downtown Development Board, Florida Dairy Farmers, Telemundo Orlando, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and many more. For a complete list visit www.latinfoodandwine.com.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando has been a proud voice for the Hispanic community in Central Florida for over 20 years. Our mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For more information visit www.hccmo.org