Orlando Food & Wine Fest Implements Recycling, Collects 4,000 Wine Bottles
On Tour Presents, the festival’s production company, reserved 40 recycling racks, bags, gloves, and transporter carts through the city's Keep Orlando Beautiful program. The supplies are available for free for any event within city limits, but the event producer is responsible for providing staff to empty the containers. For this festival, organizers also rented an additional 15 rolling containers just to collect wine bottles. Throughout the weekend, workers from Cleanevent traveled around the festival grounds emptying the recycling containers and transferring the items to a large dumpster nearby.
Jody Goostree, program coordinator for Keep Orlando Beautiful, said the recycling supplies have been in demand since the city began offering them a year ago. Event planners can reserve the supplies online at cityoforlando.net/kob.
The festival offered food for purchase from 36 Central Florida restaurants and more than 50 domestic and international wines. Entertainment included performances by War and Fourplay, along with a cooking demonstration from Bravo’s Top Chef contestant Kenny Gilbert. To accommodate football fans, Budweiser set up a Port-a-Party—a 1,700-square-foot mobile sports bar—at one end of the festival. The open-air bar, with 28 seats and four large flat-screen TVs, attracted a crowd to watch college and N.F.L. games.
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