Wine Tasting in Orlando, Florida

Wine Tasting in Orlando, Florida

Over the last couple of years we have driven down Formosa Gardens and watched this winery being built and now it’s finally open.

Set in over 6 acres of gorgeous Florida gardens it’s a fantastic setting.  We haven’t visited yet but will put that right when we are next in Florida in May.

They have their own Winery and also a Micro Brewery and they are easily accessible with lots of parking and they have space inside for meetings and corporate events and outside for weddings, they even have a heart shaped area for saying ‘I Do’

Some of the things you can try are as follows:-

  • Drinking – They serve award-winning fruit wines from Island Grove Wine Company, traditional wines of international origins, and craft beers (often from Florida breweries).
  • Eating – Their bistro offers fresh, hot breads and pastries, and artisanal food. Many of the ingredients are sourced from their eight acres of sustainable gardens.
  • Gathering – With roughly 3,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and expansive outdoor venues surrounded by botanical gardens, the winery is the perfect location for weddings and other special celebrations and business meetings. They also host lots of  seasonal festivals, such as Oktoberfest, the British Festival, and the Blueberry Festival.
  • Educating – Go along and  take part in one of theirr wine or tea tastings.

Another string to their bow is  that they are producers of many celebrated fruit wines.   If you’ve not tried fruit wines before you can sample the wines to get acquainted with the entire line of Island Grove fruit wines, they taste quite different to grape wines so it’s worth trying a few (just to make sure you like them right?)

The food is really good with a nice selection of vegetarian options too.  Sandwiches etc are priced well starting at around $9

Take a look at their website and see if this is the sort of place you’d like to go along to:- Island Grove Winery


Florida Blueberry Festival

Florida Blueberry Festival

Kissimmee is hosting it’s very first Blueberry Festival from Thursday March 28th through to Sunday March  31st in a brand new Event Centre in Formosa Gardens

It is a four-day festival with a  small entrance fee. The festival provides free music on its amphitheater grounds including some great tribute acts including Michael Jackson, The Blues Brothers,   Prince  and Frankie Valli .  On the Sunday you can see Grammy Winner Chubby Carrier

There’s lots to keep the whole family entertained.  For adults there is a Wine Bar presented by the recently opened Island Grove Wine Company, a Beer Garden with both craft and domestic choices, a Festival Fare Food court with 20 food concessionaries with an adjoining large picnic table dining area with umbrellas for shade from the Florida sunshine.

There is space for 120 Craft stalls and of course there is a designated area for the sale of Fresh Florida BlueberriesFresh Blueberry PiesBlueberry Plants and many other blueberry products.

The festival is fun for all the family, your little ones can enjoy The Blueberry Patch Kids Zone which will be filled with outdoor inflatable bouncers, bungee jumping, rock climbing and lots of other fun activities  to keep your little one’s entertained.

For full infromation take a look at the website:- Official Florida Blueberry Festival