Wine events, Cocoa Village pub crawl, seafood fries on Merritt Island


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Disney Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns in November

The interactive food and beverage seminars that were a highlight of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic return for the first time since 2019 for this year’s event, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 11-12. . During educational seminars, guests can deepen their knowledge of wine, beer, spirits, or pasta making through hands-on learning experiences led by the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team. wines, champagne, beer and craft cocktails.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at creatively spaced outdoor stations, featuring food and beverage selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, in a festive setting of entertainment on the scenic causeway of the hotel. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 11 and 12. General admission tickets start at $65. The seminars will take place before the outdoor festival. Tickets for the beverage seminar are $75 per person. Tickets for pasta making are $95 per guest. All seminars require separate tickets and seating is limited. Visit or call 888-828-8850.

Tuscan wine dinner planned for Café Margaux

Café Margaux will host an all-night Tuscan Wine Dinner featuring Biondi-Santi wines at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

“These wines are extremely limited in production,” said Raffaele Benassi, European Business Development Manager for Aspect Fine Wine.

Founder of Brunello di Montalcino, Biondi-Santi produces extremely limited heirloom wines. Its 1983 Reserva vintage is ranked among the 100 best wines of the century by “Decanter” magazine. These are the wines to taste before you die.

Accompanied by wines, a six-course menu includes tandoori lamb and purple lentil soup, grilled harissa prawns, pan-fried duck breast with Szechuan pepper, estouffade of veal shank, foie gras from pan-fried duck and an espresso-dipped ladyfingers tiramisu. The cost is $195 per person. Visit or call 321-639-8343.

Field Manor Oyster and Fried Fish

Field Manor was built facing the Indian River in the 1860s. It was home to some of Merritt Island's first settlers.

Field Manor, the historic farm on Merritt Island, continues the house oyster fry tradition with an annual oyster and fish fry, this time taking place from 3-7 p.m., October 29, at home, 750 Field Manor Drive, Merritt Island. For the seventh year, Field Manor is continuing the tradition of an oyster and fish fry to help celebrate the community and raise funds for the continued preservation and protection of Field Manor.

“The continued preservation of Field Manor, our warehouse, and the farmhouse is critical to helping preserve iconic pieces of Florida’s early settler history,” said Gwen Denninghoff, Events and Fundraising Coordinator. for Field Manor.

“These buildings and grounds are a great way to show what life was like at different times over the last approximately 140 years. We currently have the only citrus packing plant in Brevard that is available for viewing and we are in the process of carrying out restorations financed by our fundraising.

The event will feature a seafood bar hosted by the bearded chef with local oysters supplied by Treasure Coast Shellfish. An exclusive citrus beer was brewed for the occasion by the Bugnutty Brewing Company and the wine will be served by the Cheeky Street Mobile Bar and courtesy of Victory Casino Cruises.

The day includes tours, a silent auction, free 360-degree video tapes courtesy of Luxury Smiles 360, and ice cream available for purchase at Nomad’s Rolled Ice Cream. Tickets are $55 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, and are on sale at More information can be found at fieldmanor.orgas well as on Facebook on the Oyster and Fish Fry event page.

Halloween poetry workshop

Originally scheduled for Oct. 1, “Seriously Scary Stanzas,” a free interactive poetry workshop, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Florida Tech’s Alumni Center, 2600 Country Club Road, Melbourne. Call 321-604-1294

Cocoa Village Pub Crawl

Madhatter Promotions revels in Halloween with an annual pub crawl on October 22 from 6am to 11am. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Tickets allow one drink at one of the participating bars. Guests are invited to haunt the Village with costumes that could win them first prize in the costume contest.

Rocky Water Brew Festival

Sample craft beers from across the state at the Rocky Water Brew Fest.

The annual beer tasting event will take place along Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie arts district on Saturday, October 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission includes unlimited craft brew tastings from all over Florida. No children, strollers or pets will be allowed. Tickets are $40. Visit

Native American flutes

The Indian River Flute Circle will perform music with Native American flutes at the Merritt Island Public Library, 1195 N Courtenay Pkwy., Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. Their music provides a preview of the annual Native Rhythms Festival, the 11 november. – 13 at Wickham Park. Visit Where

At the King Center

For tickets to events at The King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, call 321-242-2219 or visit

Singer Patrick Myers stars as lead singer Freddie Mercury in the tribute band Killer Queen.
  • Billy Joel “The Stranger”: Classic Albums Live performs a concert recreating Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” on Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $26.75.
  • The Killer Queen: Singer Patrick Myers looks like the legendary Freddie Mercury, both visually and vocally, resulting in a live tribute concert experience on Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59.75.

Live 2 Dance Fundraiser

The fundraiser in aid of Genesis House, a shelter for women and children, will take place at Freedom Fitness Gym, 1214 Sarno Road, Melbourne on Friday October 21 from 5.30pm to 8pm. The $15 registration includes a dance class, refreshments and a raffle. Donations of shampoo, conditioner and new Halloween costumes for kids will earn additional entries in the raffle. RSVP by email [email protected].

Still playing

Grace Lenke as "Emma," Dane Becker as "jekyll and hyde" and Amanda Telebrico as "Lucy" in the musical "Jekyll & Hyde," on stage at the Henegar Center in downtown Melbourne until October 30, 2022. Visit
  • Cultober: ‘The Rocky Horror Show’: This live-action staging of the musical that inspired the 1975 cult classic follows Brad and Janet as they seek refuge in a mysterious old castle one dark and stormy night. The show runs at the Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, through October 30. Tickets start at $36. Call 321-268-1125 or visit
  • ‘dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’: Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., presents the play until November 13. This play by Jeffrey Hatcher is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror set in the foggy streets of Victorian London. Tickets are $30. Call 321-723-6935 or visit
  • “Jekyll & Hyde”: The musical is on stage at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne until October 30. The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life in this musical adaptation of the gothic story, as murder and mayhem clash between love and virtue. Tickets start at $34. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
  • ‘M. and Mrs. Fitch’: The Melbourne Civic Theater Play Reading Series will feature “Mr. & Mrs. Fitch” by Douglas Carter Beane on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. The comedy is about gossip columnists Mr. and Mrs. Fitch, who create stardom out of thin air. It will be read by real married couple Terrence and Peg Girard. The theater is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $15. Call 321-723-6935 or visit
  • “Stupid Fear”: Surfside Player’s Fearless Improv Squad is set for another spooky improv comedy show on October 22 when audience members get “a silly scare” as they’re treated to an evening of improv comedy Halloween themed. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $15, available online at or at the door. Call 321-258-2185.

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Get in the act

Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, will hold auditions for winter season productions, “Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Escape,” “The Marvelous Marvels” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “Sex Advice For Straight Women From A Gay Man” Monday and Tuesday, October 24 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. For details on each show’s specific casting requirements, visit Where

EmployU celebrates its 10th anniversary with the EGAD party

EmployU is hosting ‘A Decade of U’, an evening of food, drink and fun on October 19 at Pineapples in Melbourne’s Eau Gallie arts district.

Funding received from this event will allow employU to expand its services by 20% across the state of Florida to benefit 4,100 people over the next 12-18 months. The evening will include light bites, drinks and a raffle for a variety of wonderful prizes.

For more information on how you can support employU, attend this event, or learn more about the services offered by employU, visit

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