Saturday, August 19, 2017
6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


$150 each


Attire: Cocktail / Semi-formal


Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr.
Orlando, FL 32821

special room rate

Reserve a discounted room at Orlando World Center Marriott by clicking here, or by calling (888) 789-3090 and requesting the special rate for Taste August 2017.


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TASTE! Central Florida

We’re the same great “taste” event you know and love with a new look and completely local focus! Join us for Taste! Central Florida. 

The region’s premier food and beverage tasting event returns bringing a supremely delicious culinary experience to our community, for our community, with a positively local flavor.

For the first time, Taste! Central Florida will be a truly local event ─ from start to finish!

We’re back with our same distinguished local chefs, committed local volunteers, and important local beneficiaries. And now, all event proceeds will remain in our community to help connect struggling Central Florida families to the meals they need.


Featuring the area’s most accomplished chefs, brewers, wine purveyors and spirit vendors, Taste! Central Florida invites the community to enjoy an evening of tasting portions of signature dishes accompanied by fine wines, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

This annual celebration of the community’s culinary excellence is a volunteer-driven event with local chefs, brewers and distilleries donating their time, talent and creations to make this event one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

An all-volunteer steering committee, more than 300 day-of event volunteers, tremendous in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott who donates the event space each year allows us to direct every dollar raised to our beneficiaries while generating profound awareness and relief for the children of Central Florida who face hunger on a daily basis.


In addition to feasting on appetizing fare, fine wines, craft beers and premium spirits, Taste! Central Florida delights guests each year with a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree invites guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select envelopes hanging from a towering tree containing dining and beverage gift certificates ranging from $25 to $300 in value.

The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game offers participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine from our exquisite wine cellar valued at more than $2,500. 

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with our Ring Toss For Wine fundraiser. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

Grand Toque


Sommelier Sponsor


Executive Chef Sponsors


Gourmet Sponsor


Sous Chef Sponsors


Gries Family Foundation


Chef de Partie Sponsors


Media Sponsors