Blessing of the animals, golf for children, tea in Titusville

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Swan and Dolphin Festival

Get your taste buds in shape, for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns on Friday and Saturday October 29 and 30.

An annual tradition since 2010, the open-air festival offers unlimited food tastings at more than 20 food stations showcasing the best of the resort’s dining lineup. Over 100 wines, beers and other selections from around the world meet the beverage needs.

The festival is held in immersive themed areas such as the Beer Garden, Hawaiian-style Pig & the Poke, China Town and the Bubble Lounge.

“This event means a lot to us because we can share our passion for food and drink with our customers in a tangible and interactive way,” said Luciano Sperduto, director of food and drink at the resort. “We couldn’t be more excited to pick up where we left off and create an even more delicious, energetic and memorable experience this year.”

Highlights of the menu include the artisanal smoked pork belly, the apple butter bourbon barbecue, the buttery oatmeal, the grated radishes, the roasted chestnut purée served by Smokin ‘D’s BBQ; Roasted Linz Heirloom Black Angus beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, hollandaise sauce served by Shula’s Steak House; and the Kimonos Roll of ahi tuna, amberjack, sustainable salmon, wasabi mayonnaise served by Kimonos.

With a variety of restaurants and lounges and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is continually gaining national recognition for its food and beverage program. The resort has many certified sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.

Tickets for the event only cost $ 165 per guest. Nightly packages start at $ 580 per couple and include accommodation and festival admission. The resort recently opened the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, a 14-story boutique hotel with 149 suites.

For reservations and more details, visit or call 888-828-8850.

Golf for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren

The sixth annual Child First Golf Tournament, hosted by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 2 at Turtle Creek Golf Club, 1278 Admiralty Blvd. Rockledge.

Proceeds go to the Child First program, which provides support and advocacy to grandparents and other family members who instead serve as foster care for children in their families.

The fee of $ 85 per golfer or $ 330 per foursome includes entry to the tournament, shooting range balls, door prize ticket, lunch, certificate of registration for the mulligan / putting contest and a 50/50 chance.

Register online at For more information, contact 321-631-7776 or visit the organization’s website.

Art that comes straight from the soul

Artist Sue Tully will be exhibiting her watercolors and acrylic paintings at the “Soul Song” exhibition at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in October. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 1, at the gallery, 1470 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie arts district.

“We live in a time of uncertainty, difficulty and grief all around us,” said the artist. “Yet we can choose to seek the love, kindness, and beauty that are also present. I focus on the latter.

The show runs until October 29.

For more information, call 321-259-8261 or visit

The Melbourne Garden Club offers free seminars

The monthly programs run by the Melbourne Garden Club are designed to activate those green thumbs. The free seminars are held at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave.

For more information, visit Note that masks are mandatory for admission.

Blessing of the Animals at Cocoa Village

The historic Cocoa Village lookout becomes a pet store when Reverend Sara Oxley of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church officiates at the blessing of the animals. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday October 2, is organized in memory of Saint Francis of Assisi and his love for all creatures.

All animals and their people are invited to attend the blessing, organized by Tails at the Barkery, also in the village. Animals must be kept on a lead or in appropriate cages and be up to date with their vaccinations.

After the group’s blessing, Reverend Oxley will pose with the pets for photos. A donation of $ 5, benefiting Florida Wildlife Hospital, is suggested. The animal ambassadors of the hospital will be on site for meetings. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information, visit

Fire Safety and Awareness at Lowe’s Indian Harbor Beach

Lowe’s Store 2351 at 1934 State Road A1A in Indian Harbor Beach invites the community to a Fire and Safety Awareness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 2.

Indian Harbor and Satellite Beach Police K-9 units, members of Ocean Rescue, police helicopters, fire truck and smokehouse, as well as food trucks, ice cream and snow cones , should be a fun event.

Come and have tea at Pritchard House

Afternoon tea will be served on the porch of the historic Pritchard House Museum at 2pm on Saturday October 2nd as part of “Homespun Tea and Tour”.

After tea, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the 1891 Queen Anne Residence and a preview of “Homespun”, an exhibition of period quilts and textiles.

Admission is $ 35 and reservations are required. The seats are limited.

For those unable to make tea, house tours and “Homespun” will be available through October for $ 15 per person. Advance reservations are required.

Call 321-607-0203.

Brevard Children’s Business Fair

The children are the patrons of the Brevard Children’s Trade Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 2, at Avenue Viera.

Young entrepreneurs aged 6 to 16 will present their own businesses, launch, sell and complete transactions.

Titusville America Legion hosts the dance

If you’re in the mood for dancing, head to American Legion Post 1 at 1281 US 1 in Titusville, where a dance takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is $ 6 per person.

For more information, call 610-715-2237.

Mother of all sauces

The Florida Academy of Baking will host a five-part series on the five “mother sauces” of classic cooking. Led by Chef Fernando Navarrete, classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 at the Florida Academy of Baking, 1370 State Road A1A, Suite E, Satellite Beach.

Navarrete will take the students step by step through the creation of each mother sauce and explain how to use them in a classic dish. Each class will end with a tasting of full portions of the culinary creation, as well as a surprise dessert. BYOB is encouraged.

The cost is $ 599 for all five classes. Students are welcome to bring a family member or friend at no additional cost.

The Florida Academy of Baking offers a variety of individual classes, vacation baking classes, and more. Register at or at 321-622-6185.

Kool Wine Tasting at Cocoa Village

The Wine Lady, 234 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village, will host a champagne tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 7. Robert “Kool” of Kool and the Gang, will sign bottles of his Le Kool champagne.

Kool and the Gang music will be played all night long. Admission is $ 10.

More information is available by calling 321-806-4958 or at or

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