Here’s your Orlando Update for this week. I’m Richard, the Orlando Guy.
The Orlando Sentinel has just released their 25th Annual Foodie Award winners. Orlando and Central Florida has seen an epicurean explosion over the past decade, in fact recently having 4 of our restaurants awarded Michelin stars – more than any other city in Florida in the newly published Michelin Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Some of the winners this year in the annual Sentinel review include: SoDough Square named best new restaurant in Orlando. SoDough is the cities first Detroit Pizza joint bringing more authentic tastes from other regions of the country to the city beautiful giving Michiganders a taste of home while visiting. Jeff’s Bagel Run was named best bakery with their crusty and chewy bagels and house blended cream cheeses. Best burger went to Bacán at the Wave Hotel in Lake Nona. The foie gras and brie-slathered masterpiece is one of the most decadent burgers you can find in Orlando. You can see my take on the restaurant in my comprehensive review of the Wave Hotel, you’ll find on YouTube. Check out more from the Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards on their website and let me know what your favorite Orlando restaurant is in the comments section for this video.
Port Canaveral just 54 miles east of downtown Orlando has just been named the busiest cruise port in the world! Overtaking Port Miami servicing more than 4 million cruise passengers in 2022. Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray said in a prepared statement, “We’ve always aimed to be the best cruise port in the world, but what an achievement to now be known as the busiest.” The growth at the port doesn’t seem to be leveling off. The latest estimates are that by 2027 Port Canaveral will see 6.43 million cruise passengers annually. Part of the reason for the wave of growth at Port Canaveral is that it has become the home port for some of the newest ships in the cruise industry, including Norwegian Cruise Line’s Prima; Mardi Gras for Carnival Cruises; the brand-new Disney Wish and Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. Port Canaveral is one of many entities that help boost the Orlando region’s $75 billion tourism industry.
The 32nd Annual International Fringe Theatre Festival has announced this year’s tribute to theatrical and visual arts will be held May 16th through the 29th at Loch Haven Park and surrounding theaters. The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is a 14-day immersive cultural experience held annually in mid-May, featuring 850 ticketed theatrical performances and a free outdoor music festival. It is the longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States, celebrating 32 years as “Orlando’s Most Unique Cultural Experience.” Visit my website at theorlandoguy.com for more details.
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