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Taking a road trip to Central Florida? Add beer to your to-do list

Submitted by on March 16, 2010 – 9:14 amNo Comment

If you plan to be in the Central Florida area on Saturday, March 20, 2010, check out the East Orlando Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. at Waterford Lakes Town Center, 413 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando.

Admission to this festival includes not only the usual host of tastings from a spectrum of breweries, but also free samples of food from local restaurants, free water and soft drinks, and tents featuring are businesses.

Last year, tickets were still available at the gate – $35 each this year – but advance tickets are discounted.  New this year are advance “Instant-In” tickets, which for $10 more lets you avoid waiting in line.

That could be worth it because the line usually forms early and moves slowly because of ID checks. Also, the festival takes place in a large, roped-off section of the lifestyle center’s parking lot where there is little shade for attendees.  The forecast for the festival calls for mild temperatures in the mid-70s, but “partly cloudy skies,” which means lather on the sunscreen, wear a hat and, as always, drink lots of water to counteract the effects of the sun and the alcohol.

Also, Waterford Lakes is an enormous lifestyle center with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Plan on sticking around after the festival for dinner, shopping or even a movie at the Regal Cinemas 20 theater.

The festival is organized by Florida Beer Festivals, which puts on fests throughout the year in different regions of the state.

If you can’t make a road trip to the East Orlando Beer Festival, FBF has two more coming up in Central Florida in 2010.

Greater Gator Beer Festival, Saturday, March 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Magnolia Parke, 4700 Northwest 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.

Florida International Beer Festival, Saturday, May 15, 4 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Square, 65 E. Central Blvd., Downtown  Orlando.

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