- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
There are plenty of reasons to visit Central Florida in March. The weather, of course, is still the main one but I bet these other 9 will inspire you to pack your bags for sunny Orlando, Tampa, Daytona and Cocoa Beach Florida faster than you can say FROZEN! From garden shows to wine tastings, bike week to rodeos to surfing, BBQ to fine dining, there’s lots of fun to be had with family and friends. And if you’re local, even more reason to get out there and celebrate in your own backyard.
GO for the Love of The Garden!
Walt Disney World is not only fun characters and themed rides, it’s also known for its world-class gardens, landscaping and character topiaries. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 4 – May 17, celebrates Spring and all its beauty featuring the best of Disney’s horticulture with beautiful topiaries and landscaping designs plus gardening seminars to polish your green thumb. New this year, a tribute to Frozen’s Elsa and Anna sure to be a hit with the kids, a pizzeria garden in Italy, a peppers garden in Mexico, miniature gardens in Japan, and a healing and health garden in Future World which will spotlight medicines originating from plants. Outdoor Kitchens food kiosks, similar to Epcot International Food & Wine Fest, will keep you well fed including ingredients from the garden. Don’t miss the Ceviche in the Botanas Botanico kiosk, Blueberry & Lemon Curd Tart in Florida Fresh, and Kale Salad with dried cherries and goat cheese in Urban Farm Eats. The Garden Rocks Concert Series, on Friday-Sunday, will have you singing along with International superstars.
GO For the Love of Bikes!
^ “The Worlds Largest Motorcycle Event”, Bike Week, takes places March 6 – 15, 2015, a tradition since 1937 together with the inaugural Daytona 200, is a 10 day festival where hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts take part in a series of events throughout Daytona and Volusia County including the Daytona 200 by Honda motorcycle race at Daytona International Speedway, concerts, street festivals, rallies, demos, and of course the daily parade of bikes cruising Main street. Restaurants throughout the area offer specials and discounts as well as entertainment. Stop by famous biker bar Boot Hill Saloon, Daytona’s oldest bar.
GO for the Food Festivals!
^ Busch Gardens Tampa presents their Food & Wine Festival featuring nine food areas with gourmet fare such as duck confit and venison chilli, coconut shrimp cigars, braised lamb, roasted pork belly, and griddled cheese cake sandwiches plus 50 craft beers and 50 wines. Live concerts included with your admission ticket and food and beverage are available for individual purchase. Plus, enjoy all the thrill rides and animals too! Event is held Saturdays and Sundays from March 7 through April 26 ^ Good eats from favorite restaurants including American Gymkhana, Capa Four Seasons, Capital Grille, Dexter’s of Windermere, Highball & Harvest, Marlow’s Tavern, and Taverna Opa at The Central Florida Womens League 5th Annual Taste of Windermere on March 7th. The Grove, 4756 The Grove Dr, Windermere FL.
^ On March 14th, The 21st Annual Taste of Oviedo brings dazzling extreme jugglers, contortionists, aerialist and tastes from local restaurants and since citrus and celery put Oviedo on the map you can take part in the Citrus and Celery Cookoff hosted by Oviedo based Duda Farms Fresh Foods. Free admission. Did you know Oviedo was the celery capital of the world in the 1940’s and produces a large portion of the celery crops in the US.
^ Enjoy dining, dancing, gaming and country fun at Taste of Mount Dora Boots & Denim Party on March 14th. Sunset Park at 4th and Alexander, Mount Dora FL 352-383-2165.
^ Immerse yourself in the culture of India with music, food and games at the Festival of India on March 28th hosted by the Hindu Society of Central Florida. 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry FL.