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Showing posts with label Orange County Convention Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Orange County Convention Center. Show all posts

July 22, 2018


Stars From Hit Shows Anchor Interactive Convention and Fan Meet-Up 

Nashville, Tenn. -- Zombie enthusiasts and fans of the number-one show on television, The Walking Dead, will have the opportunity to meet their favorite stars at the upcoming Walker Stalker Con at the Orange County Convention Center, August 11-12.

Walker Stalker Con has become an incredibly popular convention, offering something for everyone - from the diehard fan, to families, to those with a growing interest in the genre. More than 25 of the most popular actors from shows such as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and more will speak to the audience, meet fans, pose for photos and sign autographs (see full list).

June 27, 2018


Early Bird Rates Expires June 29th, Register Today at
ORLANDO, FL June 26, 2018 – Registration has officially opened for the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida, to be held Thursday, September 6-Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This trade show and conference will bring thousands of restaurant owners and operators, chefs, foodservice professionals and other food industry professionals together to take advantage of all the great product launches and networking opportunities the show has to offer. The event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, (FRLA) a partner of the National Restaurant Association. Registration is now open here
The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will provide 8,000+ industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including the Rapid Fire Challenge, the Foodservice Council for Women, Show Party, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. The show floor will offer several pavilions, including The Food Trends Experience, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Gourmet Way, New Exhibitor, Pubware & Equipment, International Showcase and Coffee Fest Marketplace.  Attendees will also have access to the new Healthy Food Expo Florida, an event which will showcase organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergy-safe, hormone-free, non-GMO, raw, low-sodium and low-fat food solutions, as well as demos, education sessions and other special events.

June 10, 2018

REVIEW: MegaCon 2018 - Recap, Roundup Tips & MORE

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MegaCon truly is like Christmas for a great many of us. I watch an increasing number of friends, family, and acquaintances getting anxiously prepped for the fandom extravaganza each year, and I can genuinely say that the enthusiasm that swirls around it is at least equivalent to the excited frenzy that one may notice for the arrival of Santa Claus, or other such annual icons. Yes... it's like that, and every year it seems to get a little better - slowly evolving into the perfect geeky beast.

MegaCon remains one of the few events that my kids and I can all benefit from, although we do tend to split up for our own individually-tailored adventures once we arrive. This is the primary reason MegaCon appeals so much... it's very inclusive. Conventions have become a frequent occurrence in the Central Florida area, but MegaCon is one of the few that gives equal attention to all things fandom. I can benefit from the event just as much as my son - even though I haven't followed anything anime in the last ten years - and my son has all but lost interest in television serials. My daughter (whose greatest passion is shopping), considers this to be the most worthy occasion for spending, so she has her own method for MegaCon enjoyment.

While Tony and Sierra focus heavily on the things they know best, my approach is always broad exploration and discovery! So, how did we fare at MegaCon 2018?

June 4, 2018


Photo Credit: Rachel Parker, MEGACON Orlando

Action-Packed Weekend Delivered Ultimate Fan Experience with Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum, Elijah Wood, John Cena and more

Orlando, FL – June 4, 2018 – MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, wrapped up the Orlando convention throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. The four-day multi-genre convention welcomed more than 100,000 fans and included programming for all ages, a star-studded celebrity lineup and more. 

This year’s featured celebrity guests included Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings); Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park); Jason Momoa (DC Justice League); John Cena, Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman (WWE Superstars); Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman); Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars); Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess); Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Little Mermaid); Rob Liefeld (Deadpool and X-Force) among others. 

November 11, 2017

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 Showcases Future of Global Attractions Industry

Exhibiting Companies Provide Sneak Peek of New Products and Services

ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 10, 2017) – The premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry — IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 — takes place Nov. 13-17, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. As the marketplace of innovation, more than 32,000 industry professionals will find inspiration along nine miles of tradeshow aisles as they look to create fresh, bold, and unique experiences for their businesses. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest annual gathering for global attractions professionals.

More than 1,000 exhibiting companies will showcase the latest technologies, products, and services across a 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor. With an expected 21,000 buyers, representing leading amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, resorts, and other destinations from around the world the Expo is place to learn what's new.

In advance of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, several exhibiting companies shared information regarding their latest news, products, and services (listed below for reference).

October 21, 2017


Mike Carlucci, Sr. Vice President of Urban Expositions, producers of the show, presents Michelle Bernstein with the Torch Award.
ORLANDO, FL October 20, 2017 - This year's Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, held last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, brought together the foodservice and hospitality industry after being delayed due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. Despite a rescheduled show, restaurant owners and operators, chefs, foodservice professionals and others gathered to take advantage of all the great product launches and networking opportunities the show had to offer. The event was sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, (FRLA) a partner of the National Restaurant Association.

October 5, 2017


Celebrity Chefs to be Featured on Center Stage

Orlando, FL October 5, 2017 - After an unexpected delay of date due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show is back on track to provide an excellent event for the restaurant and foodservice industry. The show will be held Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

"We hope everyone in the path of the hurricane, including all the restaurant and foodservice professionals who play a role in making the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show the spectacular event it is, stayed safe and are well," says Tom Loughran, Show Director. "Urban Expositions and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association are excited to host another incredible show, and despite the delay, we know our exhibitors, attendees and sponsors will make this the best show yet."

October 3, 2017

Two sweet story opportunities this week: The Americas Cake Fair to help raise awareness, stock supplies at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as demand rises

With a huge influx of new residents from Puerto Rico expected in the coming months and the Thanksgiving / holidays approaching, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)’s need for food donations is rapidly increasing. The Americas Cake Fair is conducting two community outreach initiatives to help raise awareness for SHFBCF’s services and stock supplies of local emergency food pantries. Both events provide excellent visuals and interview opportunities.

September 21, 2017


Orlando, FL September 20th 2017 – The 27th annual Southern Women’s Show returns October 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. This action-packed extravaganza brings together hundreds of unique, fun exhibitors for women of all ages across Central Florida to enjoy. Don’t miss your chance to explore over 100,000 sq. ft. of some of the best products and services available on the market today - all under one roof!

Here are ten things you need to know about the 2017 Southern Women’s Show: 
  1. Meet Celebrity Guests: Olympic Gymnast and silver and gold medalist in Rio, Laurie Hernandez, will be at the Fashion & Entertainment Stage on Thursday, October 12th. Singer and New York Times Best Selling Cookbook Author, Patti LaBelle, will wrap up the show on October 15th on the Cooking Stage.
  2. Girl’s Night Out: Get $4 admission Friday after 4pm, just in time for happy hour with LBD Wines. Once you’ve gotten your free glass of wine and free “bundtini” from Nothing Bundt Cakes, join us on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage as the Central Florida Firefighters strut their stuff down the runway. All donations go to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

August 26, 2017

Southern Women’s Show Announces Celebrity Guests

Orlando, FL August 24 2017 – Mark your calendar for the once-a-year and much anticipated Southern Women’s Show, October 12-15, 2017. Returning for its 27th annual event, the show features an exciting 4 days of one-of-a-kind shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, DIY workshops, makeovers and so much more!
The Southern Women’s Show secured two celebrities for this year! Olympic Gymnast and silver and gold medalist in Rio, Laurie Hernandez will kickoff the retail and action-packed extravaganza on opening day. Fans have nicknamed the energetic 16-year-old as the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and for her grace and artistry on the balance beam. In addition to being an Olympic athlete, Laurie also won the “Mirror Ball” on Dancing with the Stars last Fall.  She has now authored a best seller, I Got This: To Gold and Beyond, telling her story about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. Fans will have a chance to meet Laurie at the SWS on Thursday, October 12, 2017 on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage.

August 18, 2017

Southern Women’s Show Returns to Orlando

Orlando, FL (August, 17) -- The 27th annual Southern Women’s Show returns October 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. This action-packed extravaganza brings together hundreds of unique, fun exhibitors for women of all ages across Central Florida to enjoy.
The show features celebrity guests, exclusive retail and boutique shopping, fashion shows, how-to demonstrations, gourmet cooking with celebrity chefs, free health screenings, beauty enhancement services and so much more. Don’t miss your chance to explore over 100,000 sq. ft. of some of the best products and services available on the market today - all under one roof!

August 5, 2017

Bigger and Better 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home and Garden Returns Aug. 25-27

Ahmed Hassan from DIY’s ‘Yard Crashers’ and Skip Bedell,
Co-Host of Spike TV’s ‘Catch a Contractor,’ Slated to Appear

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2017) – Show Technology, producers of the nation’s most exciting home and garden shows, has announced that the 8th Annual Fall Orlando Home and Garden Show is returning to the Orange County Convention Center for three days from Aug. 25-27, 2017.

The Orlando Fall Home and Garden show is the biggest home and garden event of the season and THE place to get your home projects solved! Visit the convention center to enjoy thousands of square feet of exhibits, featuring landscape and gardening experts, home improvement contractors, the latest in products and services, and related businesses exhibiting and explaining everything from creating curb appeal to backyard landscapes. The Orlando Fall Home and Garden Show saves time by offering everything for your home and garden under one roof, and features fun activities for the whole family.

June 10, 2017

MegaCon 2017 - Recap and Observations

MegaCon 2017 delivered its annual deluge of fandom insanity over four action-packed days, May 25-28 at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. A festival of fun and fantasy - this year's event was speckled with memorable highlights, incredible encounters, and uniquely diverse talent. It was also a year for change, with many notable differences in the event's processes, presentation, and staffing procedures. One thing that remains consistent - MegaCon is never a disappointment. 

If you asked multiple people to explain the appeal of MegaCon, you'd likely get vastly different descriptions from each of them. The ComeSeeOrlando staff is a prime example. Though three of us consider MegaCon a must-do event, none of us agree on our favorite aspect - nor do we share common goals or expectations for our time there. When an event packs such a colossal punch, it's not much of a challenge to find something you'll enjoy. What you discover may surprise you! We've pinpointed our "Mega-motivators"... what are yours?

April 7, 2017

Get ‘em while they’re hot! Tickets now on sale for the return of The Americas Cake Fair

Sweet-toothed consumers and industry professionals can save some dough with advance ticket purchases to the Americas’ largest expo dedicated to cake, chocolate and sugar arts

Photo Credit: The Americas Cake Fair
ORLANDO, Fl. (April 7, 2017) – Sweet news for dessert lovers. Tickets are now on sale for highly-anticipated return of The Americas Cake Fair (Cake Fair) to the Orange County Convention Center on October 13-15, 2017.

March 24, 2017

Wizard World is Making Its Way to Orlando This August

It's a match made in fandom heaven - an epic comic con joins forces with a magical city. Orlando has long been known for enchanted theme parks, but it's fast becoming one of the most favored hosts of fan conventions as well. It was only a matter of time before one of the industry's most popular conventions scheduled a stop in The City Beautiful. Brace yourselves, super-fans... Wizard World Comic Con will be conjuring up a spellbinding weekend at the Orange County Convention Center August 11-13!

March 21, 2017


Tickets and Packages Now Available

Orlando, FL – March 21, 2017 – MegaCon™ Orlando, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, has announced new celebrity appearances and programming for this year’s show. MegaCon Orlando is set to return May 25 – 28, 2017 to the Orange County Convention Center with a star-studded lineup. Recently added celebrities include:
  • Arthur Darvill and Jenna Coleman, Doctor Who
  • Charlie Cox, Daredevil
  • Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things
  • James Marsters, Eliza Dushku, Nicholas Brendon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Jeri Ryan, Star Trek Voyager
  • Gina Torres, Firefly
  • Tom Wilson, Back to the Future Trilogy

February 7, 2017


Highly Anticipated Fan Event Featuring actor Tim Curry and the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast reunion

Orlando, FL – February 7, 2017 – MegaCon™ Orlando, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, returns to the Orange County Convention Center Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, May 28, 2017. This year, MegaCon Orlando expects to welcome over 100,000 fans to the convention center Memorial Day weekend. Celebrity guests will include Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), David Della Rocco (Boondock Saints), Sean Patrick Flannery (Boondock Saints), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), and legendary creator Stan Lee, who will be making his final Florida convention appearance. More exciting celebrity appearances will be announced in the lead up to the four-day event that also features family-friendly activities, shopping, workshops, costume contests and much more.

“MegaCon has a history of delivering the ultimate fan experience, and 2017 will be no exception,” says Andrew Moyes, Show Director. “The team has been hard at work to put together an amazing event that will blow our fan’s minds!”

MegaCon Orlando is the Southeast’s largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming convention. In 2016, more than 100,000 fans attended MegaCon Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center on Memorial Day Weekend. MegaCon Tampa Bay launched in 2016 and plans to expand in 2017 when it will welcome 45,000 fans to the Tampa Convention Center, September 29 through October 1, 2017.

Four-day passes are now available as well as individual day tickets at starting at $20. For a complete list of programming, guest announcements, and tickets, visit:

December 8, 2016

The Largest Cake Expo in North and South America Rolls Into Orlando October 13-15, 2017

Food Network Star Duff Goldman and other world-renowned celebrities to appear at the international celebration of cake

ORLANDO, Fl. (December 8, 2016) – More than 10,000 baking industry professionals and consumer cake enthusiasts from around the world will descend on Central Florida next October when The Americas Cake Fair (Cake Fair) makes its sweet return to the area. The Americas’ largest and most dynamic trade and consumer show for the pastry, bakery, sugar art and chocolate industries will be held October 13-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The event is hosted by Satin Ice, which is made by Satin Fine Foods, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer distributing its premium range of cake decorating products to more than 60 countries worldwide. Pre-registration is now open to receive event updates and special offers.

The highly anticipated international show will once again convene a passionate group of baking professionals, industry buyers, pastry chefs, cake artists, retail bakers, hobbyists and everyday foodies for a three-day celebration of cake, chocolate and sugar artistry. The inaugural Americas Cake Fair – the first show of its kind in North and South America held here in 2015 - became an immediate sensation among professionals and consumers, alike.

Internationally popular pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman, star of Food Network reality shows Ace of CakesDuff Till Dawn, andHoliday Baking Championship, among others, will delight attendees during his stage appearances on Saturday and Sunday. Other world-renowned cake industry celebrities scheduled to present throughout the weekend include Mich Turner, whose clientele includes The Queen of England, Madonna and David Beckham; and pastry genius Ron Ben-Israel, named “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” by The New York Times.

The show’s schedule will again offer a jam-packed line-up of features and activities, including lively stage presentations; The Sugar Arts Fashion Show, with models strutting the runway adorned by cake costumes and edible ensembles; Live Global Cake and Chocolate Challenges, where international teams and individuals, respectively, will battle for top honors; traditional cake competitions for contestants across all skill levels offering cash prizes; more than 75 hands-on classes and demonstrations taught by the world’s best cake decorators; and an exhibit hall overflowing with products and services, some items for cash and carry.

Rounding out the show’s features are four themed “zones,” interactive themed spaces filled with lively demos and displays, sprinkled around the show floor. The spaces include a wedding zone, where attendees can “engage” in the latest cake and wedding trends; a chocolate zone, exploring the finest in gourmet chocolate making and modeling; a kids’ zone, for a yummy interactive experience for budding cake artists; and a cake zone for a delectable introduction to fondant and other skills.

With an impressive turnout of exhibitors, attendees, and competitors at its inaugural show, organizers anticipate the upcoming Cake Fair to top the show’s debut. “Building on the enormous success of our show in 2015, The Americas Cake Fair 2017 promises to be bigger, bolder and even more spectacular,” said Kevin O’Reilly, founder of Satin Fine Foods and Cake Fair. “The cake and baking industry continues its dynamic growth in commercial distribution, wholesale, food service and retail, and consumer interest in baking is at an all-time high. There’s an enormous hunger among professionals and hobbyists, alike, for new products, services and ideas. Our show delivers that and much more; it’s the largest opportunity in the Americas to become completely immersed in the world of cake.”

Registration (ticket purchase) for admission, hands-on classes, demonstrations, competitions and The Sugar Arts Fashion Show will open February 1, 2017. Members of the trade and the public can pre-register now to receive event updates, special offers, lodging, and other beneficial information. For those wishing to present their work during live challenges and competitions, information about themes, regulations and registration is now available at

For more information about exhibitor opportunities, exclusive, customizable sponsorship packages, and further details and updates, Stay up to date with Cake Fair developments and learn about exclusive contests by following the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@cakefair).

About Satin Ice / Satin Fine Foods, Inc.
Satin Fine Foods, Inc. is a world-leading rolled fondant manufacturer, distributing to more than 60 countries worldwide. Established in 2001, Satin Fine Foods developed the Satin Ice range of products to satisfy the demands of the world’s best cake artists. Known for its superior workability, consistency and taste, Satin Ice has become the premium fondant of choice for professional cake artists around the globe. For more information please visit