Visitors to the City Beautiful might not find the hues normally associated with fall foliage but they, along with locals, will find plenty of festivities to celebrate the season.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs through November 13th with outstanding samplings of the world’s best cuisine. Highly popular among the many annual events, park admission is a small price to pay for festival favorites like Canada’s cheddar cheese soup and Orlando’s own Orange Blossom Pilsner. Visit www.wdwinfo.com/disney-world/epcot/food-wine-festival/ or call 407-939-5277 for details.

Families can enjoy the Green Meadows Petting Farm Pumpkin Patch through November 17th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. It’s located at 1368 S. Poinciana Boulevard in Kissimmee. You’ll get one free pumpkin to take home and pay only $3.00 for each additional pumpkin with paid admission to the farm. Guests have access to pony and tractor rides, a petting zoo and playground and more. Contact them at 407-846-0770 for additional information.

Support the 18th Annual Dancing for Diabetes event on Saturday, November 10th at the Bob Carr Theater in downtown Orlando. Dancing for Diabetes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives. Diabetes affects over 29 million Americans.   Dancing for Diabetes promises to be an unforgettable evening of nonstop entertainment for everyone! Showtime is at 7pm and tickets start at $15.00. Visit www.drphillipscenter.org/events for more details.

About the author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”

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