2nd not-quite-annual Orlando Wine Festival & Auction raised funds for Magic’s Youth Foundation

The Orlando Wine Competition & Auction, sponsored by the Orlando Magic and benefitting its Youth Foundation, had its 2nd function final weekend, but it was not particularly 2nd once-a-year.

The initially OWFA was in 2019, and the 2nd was planned for March of 2020 and was to have involved Michael Symon as the headlining chef and a concert by Boyz II Males. But it was cancelled – alongside with quite a few other factors, together with the remaining NBA year – just days ahead of it would have transpired.

As Alex Martins, main govt officer of the Orlando Magic, claims in the video beneath, the decision to go in advance this yr was produced only 45 days before the occasion took location at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando.


The celebration commenced Friday evening with a vintner’s dinner at a household in Lake Nona. On Saturday afternoon, representatives from a host of wineries poured samples on the hotel’s Da Vinci Lawn while cooks tended foodstuff stations. Community dining places and chefs provided James Petrakis, Ravenous Pig Jamie McFadden, Cuisiniers Catering Chef Art’s Homecomin’ Seasons 52 Garden Household and checking out chef Bryce Shuman of Sweetbriar, a Michelin-starred cafe in New York.

Shuman served some very sizeable barbecue ribs, which appeared a bit substantially for the 4 to 6 p.m. celebration, thinking of that most attendees would be moving inside to a multicourse meal at 7:30. Chef Art’s reps served some deliciously creamy shrimp and grits and Petrakis had griddled octopus with fingerling potatoes.

In between the outdoors tasting celebration and the sit-down evening meal, a reside auction took put to increase cash for the Orlando Magic Youth Basis, which is committed to aiding small children in Central Florida, particularly individuals most at danger, notice their entire opportunity by supporting nonprofit corporations featuring youth-centered programs in the places of training, housing/homelessness, the arts, and well being applications concentrated on preventing childhood obesity.

Four hundred folks bought ticket offers setting up at $2500 for two to attend the tasting, auction and Saturday meal as well as Sunday’s Magic sport in opposition to Oklahoma Thunder.

The Magic gained.