The Festival of Bacon 2016

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Event date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Event time: 11 a.m – 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $24.00
Seneff Arts Plaza

THE OFFICIAL CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS COVERED, WRAPPED, AND SMOTHERED IN BACON.

Dr. Phillips Center will be transformed into a 8-hour bacon bonanza. Featuring 30+ of the area’s top restaurants and food vendors creating bacon-inspired dishes for all to enjoy. This festival is where event goers enjoy bacon inspired treats from Central Florida’s top restaurants, live music from local acts, bacon beverages, and other family and pet friendly entertainment. We will boast 25+ top restaurants creating bacon-inspired samples, and competing to win the coveted “Best of Bacon” award. We anticipate on distributing over 5,000 pounds of bacon to a crowd of more than 8,000 bacon lovers who will travel far and wide to sink their teeth into dozens of delectable treats.

Dining Out For Life returns with more than 30 restaurants

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Empath Health is back with Dining Out For Life, an HIV/AIDS fundraiser event, with more than 30 restaurants participating throughout the day May 19.

“We have restaurants in St. Petersburg, Dunedin and Gulfport involved,” says Kathy Rabon, Executive Director of the Suncoast Hospice Foundation. “Some will be participating for breakfast and lunch, some for lunch and dinner, some will be doing it every meal so you can help and get involved all day.”

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Anti-gay Youtuber calls for death of Chick-fil-A employees

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They may hide behind the guise of their polite manners and delicious fast-food service, but Chick-fil-A employees are actually working for the Devil – at least according to one anti-gay activist, Edge Media Network reports.

In a new Youtube video, Theodore Shoebat has sworn off Chick-fil-A for life and called for the death of the restaurant chain’s employees following the decisions of several franchisee’s  to sponsor LGBT-friendly causes in the last year. The company itself has not taken a stance on the matter, only saying that it doesn’t make decisions on local sponsorships. 

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Funky Monkey is coming to a close

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Orlando | Every road must come to an end. After eight fabulous years Funky Monkey on Mills, the first restaurant in Orlando to feature dinner and drag shows, will be closing its doors June 28.

“We’ve decided to focus all our energy at our Pointe Orlando location,” said Eddie Nickell, who owns Funky Monkey with his husband Nicholas Olivieri. “It’s more than bittersweet, it’s sad. We’ve made so many memories here.”

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Dining Out for Life expands to Orlando

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Orlando – After years of success in Tampa Bay, Dining Out for Life will make its way to the Orlando area this April with benefits from the day-long fundraiser going to The GLBT Center of Central Florida.

Dining Out for Life raises money for AIDS service organizations. It happens every year all over the nation, and the Tampa Bay area was the closest area in Central Florida to participate. That event benefits the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP). Local restaurants register to donate a minimum of 25 percent of their gross food and beverage sales on the day of the event, or make a single contribution of $750 or more. Each restaurant is provided a volunteer ambassador that will invite potential customers to the restaurant for the event and also help at the restaurant on that day.

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Converge launches Orlando honeymoon campaign

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Orlando – Although Florida doesn’t have marriage equality, it does have sunshine, access to fabulous sandy beaches and loads of theme parks, shopping and restaurants.

Converge Orlando Inc., the Central Florida LGBT Convention and Visitors Bureau, plans to capitalize on those assets by launching a HONEYMOON: Destination, Orlando campaign in December.

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