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Newsy Nuggets: Vegan Festival; another annotated Epcot Food & Wine; Riverside Johnny’s; Kava; and Downtown Credo

Written By Scott Joseph On April 28, 2023

Vegan food fest

The International Vegan Food Festival is Saturday, April 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. on downtown Orlando’s Wall Street. The event is free to attend and will have plant-based foods for purchase from more than 50 vendors. (Some of the vendors will be selling other things besides food so be sure to check before you bite.) The International Vegan Food Festival is sponsored by Orlando Bearded Vegan, which doesn’t narrow it down much.

Speaking of food festivals, I’ve learned that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which will run from July 27 through November 18, will again be missing the wine tastings, dinners and other events, including the popular Party for the Senses, that were put on hold during the pandemic. But a Disney World spokeswoman says that “the teams are evaluating for the future.”

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Riverside Johnny’s, a waterfront bar and restaurant in Daytona Beach, opened a few weeks ago. It’s owned by Orlando dentist John Khalil, who also recently took over Enzo’s on the Lake. One more restaurant and his dentistry will turn into a side gig. Riverside Johnny’s took over what had been Diesel’s Bar & Grill and has a menu that was curated by Michelin-starred chef Michael Collantes (Soseki). Kirk Mayer, who was chef for Collantes’s Taglish, leads the kitchen.

Kavas Tacos + Tequila, the long-anticipated new concept from the owners of Taverna Opa and Tapa Toro, has set next Friday as its opening day. The date is significant: it’s also Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant, which had originally planned to open last summer, is at Pointe Orlando.

The Downtown Credo inside the Downtown YMCA has also opened, with limited hours for now.

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