Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chef and Brewer pairings announced for Taste of Florida Festival May 15th at East End Market

A collection of Florida’s finest chefs and brewers will gather at East End Market on Sunday, May 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Local Roots’ First Annual Taste of Florida Festival. Showcasing beer and cuisine exclusively from the Sunshine State, Taste of Florida will feature 12 stations, each pairing a brewer’s special creation with a chef’s dish.

The lineup for Taste of Florida features a variety of award-winning breweries and chefs. The stations will pair the following restaurant and breweries:

· AlFresco, Winter Garden: Turnip Croquettes, Roasted Cauliflower, Rainbow Carrots, Orange & Beer Glaze, Hourglass Brewery, Longwood: MikeChuck American Pale Ale

· Citrus Restaurant, Orlando: Smoked Alligator Ribs, Datil-Kumquat Bbq, Cabbage and Carrot Slaw, Jdub’s Brewing Company, Sarasota: Poolside Kolsch

· DIRT, Eat Clean, Miami: Sticky Kumquat Almond Cake, Whipped Goat Cheese Cream, Honey, MIA Brewing, Doral: Domino Pilsner

· Goblin Market, Mount Dora: Fresh Florida Ceviche, Swamphead Brewery, Gainesville: Cottonmouth Belgian Witbier

· K Restaurant, Orlando: Confit and Maduro Brown Bbq Rabbit Slider, Kohlrabi & Carrot Slaw, Potato Salad, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa: Maduro Brown

· Pearl In the Grove, Dade City: Confit Duck Leg, Rainbow Carrot Slaw, Smoked Papaya Butter Vinaigrette, Za’atar Crackers, Barley Mow, Largo: Quackalope American IPA

· Smiling Bison: Pickled Shrimp and Spicy Watermelon Salad, Playalinda Brewing Company, Titusville: Une PETITE POMME — Apple Table Saison

· Nova Restaurant, Orlando: Togarashi Roast Chicken, Sweet Potato & Beet Hash, Original Sin, Melbourne: Original Sin Pear Cider

· Hinckley's Fancy Meats, Orlando: Mojo-Roasted Whole Hog w/ Pickles, Datil Chili Pique & Pan de Agua, Central 28 Beer Company, Debary: Trekker Bier, Farmhouse Ale

· Swine & Sons, Winter Park: The Whole Frickin’ Chicken Sandwich, Smoked Chicken “ham”, Chicken Terrine, Liver Mousse, Crunchy Skins, Frisee, Florida Peaches, Olde Hearth Bun, Cask & Larder, Winter Park: Florida Peach Gose

· The Birchwood: Poached Rock Shrimp & Rainbow Shiitake Mushroom Ceviche, Citrus-Tomato Jam, Sorrel Aioli, Apricot Pickled Sweety Peppers, Long Pepper, Watermelon Radish, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersberg: St Peter’s Saison de Banc Vert, Farm-House Ale

· The Strand, Orlando: Shrimp Grits, Florida Red Royal Shrimp Salad, Green Tomato Relish, Roasted Tomato Jam, Cheddar Grit Cracker,Red Cypress Brewery, Winter Springs: Fruit de la Terre Saison

“Our state is rich with amazing local producers, chefs and brewers,” said Emily Rankin, Local Roots founder/owner. “It is very exciting to see them work together, sharing what Florida flavor means to them, while showcasing Florida's finest local ingredients!"”

In addition to craft beer and cuisine, Taste of Florida will also have live music from local musicians. Tickets are $45 per person and includes one beer/food pairing at each of the 12 chef/brewer stations. To purchase tickets visit:

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