10 Photos to Convince You to Put Orlando’s Taste of the Nation on Your 2016 “Must Do” List

Crab Deviled Eggs from Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

It’s hard to believe that another Taste of the Nation event has come and gone. This year’s event was a smashing success. You just can’t beat a night filled with all of the best Orlando’s culinary scene has to offer. And bonus…the proceeds from ticket sales go to feed the hungry. It’s a double win!

Didn’t make it out? Here are ten photos that will convince you to put Orlando’s Taste of the Nation on your 2016 foodie calendar:

It’s ALL included free with your admission ticket!

THE FOOD

These tater tots were one of my favorite bites at the event. They were made by the host resort (Orlando World Center Marriott) and were paired with a Bison Burger.

Tater Tots and a Bison Burger from Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

You’re not going to get fresher pulled pork anywhere!

Pulled Pork from Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

THE FUN

Each and every one of the booths inside the event is manned by the chefs who created the dishes you are sampling. These guys know how to have fun and are there to answer all your pressing culinary questions. This is a great way to find out more about which restaurants deserve a full dinner service visit.

SeaWorld Chefs from Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

My guest and I had a blast playing with props and taking selfies in the complementary photo booth. There were a ton of photo opportunities as guests interacted with special characters and danced to music being spun by a live DJ.

Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is a very social event so of course eating and tweeting was totally encouraged. I did so with a cold beer in hand.

Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

…and speaking of cold beer…

THE BEVERAGES

There was an abundance of craft beer available this year. I was very impressed! My favorite sip of the night has to go to one of Orlando’s newest breweries Crooked Can Brewing Company. I went back throughout the night for a few more samples of their Domestic Bliss Strong Ale which packs a monster 9.5% ABV. The brewery and tap room are in Winter Garden and I can not wait to go over and pay them a visit!

Crooked Can Brewing at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

In addition to the craft beer, the spirits were also flowing. I was happy to see that Tito’s Handmade Vodka made it back to the event.

Toto's Vodka at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

Also by way of the host resort, Orlando World Center Marriott, came this craft cocktail from Siro Bar which my guest went back for seconds of. This was a “Slow Drip Gin Old Fashioned” (Old Tom Gin, Sugar and Peach Barrel Bitters dripped over Pineapple Sage, Ice Plant, Citrus and Rainier Cherries).

Slow Drip Gin Old Fashioned Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

If beer and cocktails aren’t your thing, there was also a surplus of wines available and non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Drinks at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

THE SWEET STUFF

We can’t talk about Orlando’s Taste of the Nation event without mentioning desserts. I literally felt like I was in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory throughout the night!

Desserts at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

From Tapa Toro on I-Drive I present…Churro Cotton Candy people! How do they come up with this stuff?

Churro Cotton Candy at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

I’ve been to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation Event for the past four years and each year I make a B-Line over to Orlando World Center Marriott’s booth for French Macarons! This year was no exception. There were racks and racks and racks of mini desserts to choose from!

Desserts at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

Desserts at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

The JW Marroitt Orlando Grande Lakes pastry team even delivered a few bags of snacks to take home at the end of the night.

Desserts at Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

OK..so that was way more than ten photos I just presented you with. Hopefully they’ve convinced you to add Orlando’s Taste of the Nation Event to your 2016 “Must Do” List.

Orlando's Taste of the Nation 2015

To find out more about the event visit Share Our Strength and if you don’t live in the Orlando area never fear! There are events all over the nation. See the complete list of events here.

A big thanks goes out to Orlando’s Taste of the Nation! As a member of their Social Media Ambassador Program, my guest and I were provided with complementary admission to the event for the purpose of this review. As always, my opinion is my own.