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Sep
23
Sun
Mount Dora Village Market – Open-Air Farmer’s Market @ Sunset Park Downtown Mount Dora
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mount Dora Village Market - Open-Air Farmer's Market @ Sunset Park Downtown Mount Dora | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

The every-Sunday morning Mount Dora Village Market features 30+ vendors and some fabulous local farms offering fresh produce, fresh bread, fresh seafood and much more.

Recently rated in the TOP 10 Farmer’s Markets in Florida by Trips To Dicover (www.TripsToDiscover.com). Read article here: https://www.tripstodiscover.com/best-farmers-markets-in-florida/

Sep
29
Sat
TRUE RUMORS – The Definitive FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE @ Mount Dora Community Building
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm
TRUE RUMORS - The Definitive FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE @ Mount Dora Community Building | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

True Rumors, the ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac. This show will take you on a Fleetwood Mac journey like no other! You”ll hear all the great songs; Don’t Stop, Dreams, The Chain, Gold Dust Woman and so many more. True Rumors re-creates all the great harmonies, you will see all the enchanting twirls, and experience the vibe of one of the greatest iconic bands of all time. Let True Rumors take you back in time on a Rock n Roll journey with the greatest hits of Fleetwood Mac.

Sep
30
Sun
Mount Dora Village Market – Open-Air Farmer’s Market @ Sunset Park Downtown Mount Dora
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mount Dora Village Market - Open-Air Farmer's Market @ Sunset Park Downtown Mount Dora | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

The every-Sunday morning Mount Dora Village Market features 30+ vendors and some fabulous local farms offering fresh produce, fresh bread, fresh seafood and much more.

Recently rated in the TOP 10 Farmer’s Markets in Florida by Trips To Dicover (www.TripsToDiscover.com). Read article here: https://www.tripstodiscover.com/best-farmers-markets-in-florida/

Oct
2
Tue
2018 Mount Dora Police Department National Night Out @ Target Store Mount Dora
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm
2018 Mount Dora Police Department National Night Out @ Target Store Mount Dora | Reddick | Florida | United States

The Mount Dora Police Department is inviting you & our community to join us in our 2018 National Night Out celebration. The event will take place at Target on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 5:30 P.M.—8:30 P.M.
National Nigh Out promotes crime prevention, safety & community involvement. The event brings hundreds of people from the Mount Dora area & neighboring communities together. This event is a great opportunity for your business to showcase your products and services, as you partner and support the Mount Dora Police Department and the community we serve.
*This Event is FREE to the public.
* Games * Music * Vendors * Law Enforcement Agencies * Fire & EMS * Food * Face Painting * FREE Giveaways *

A unique opportunity to cultivate strong relationships between local Law Enforcement Agencies, businesses, community groups and guests, as we promote SAFETY & SECURITY in the community we serve.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
5:30 pm — 8:30 pm
Mount Dora Target Store
17450 US 441
Free food, drinks, fun activities & music for the kids & Family
For additional information contact Officer Ivy Severance at 352-735-7196
or by email: severancei@cityofmountdora.com

Oct
4
Thu
Mount Dora Bicycle Festival @ Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – Oct 7 @ 1:45 pm
Mount Dora Bicycle Festival @ Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

At the 44th Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival & Gran Fondo, Florida’s ONLY 4-day Premier Cycling Social, you can choose from 16 fully supported routes, with NEW optional Gran Fondo* challenges on Friday & Saturday. Register by July 31, 2018 and receive $20 in Bicycle Bucks at check in to be redeemed at participating local merchants. This year’s custom, Limited Edition Festival Jersey is designed by local artist Bev Neal of Painting Outside the Lines Gallery. It’s Awesome! You’ll also receive a Finisher’s Medal commemorating your festival weekend accomplishments! Oh, and did we mention that, by popular request, we are including both Breakfast AND Lunch this year on Friday, Saturday & Sunday? Yes! It’s true!

The festival weekend begins Thursday afternoon with our “Think Pink” Social Ride for Breast Cancer awareness. This will be a 20-mile ride through the scenic, historic areas of Eustis and Mount Dora including a ride past the new cancer treatment wing of Florida Hospital Waterman. A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to help in the fight against breast cancer.

On Friday evening, join us in Sunset Park for an exciting “Reunion Party” with your cycling family and enjoy live music from one of Mount Dora’s popular local bands. Libations will be flowing and our restaurants will be featuring award winning cuisine and top notch service!

*On Friday & Saturday mornings, in addition to other route choices, we are excited to bring you Florida’s ONLY 2-day GRAN FONDO option on either the Back to Back CENTURY Challenge OR the NEW Back to Back METRIC Challenge! Both of these B2B rides are a part of this year’s NEW Gran Fondo element. ALL registered B2B cyclists will have two chances in each ride to test themselves in timed segments. Each day there will be prizes given for the fastest times through the timed segments only AND the man and woman rider with the best overall combined time for either the B2B Century Challenge or the B2B Metric Challenge will be awarded Gran Fondo “King” and “Queen”! Specially designed B2B medals will be awarded to the first 100 cyclists who register for & accomplish both days of either of these exciting B2B Challenges!

Sunday’s rides are your chance to continue the fun with old and new friends. The festival wraps up at 2pm with lots of well wishes for continued safe cycling to everyone!

Oct
5
Fri
The Royal Palm Ghost Tour of Mount Dora @ Mount Dora Plaza
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Royal Palm Ghost Tour of Mount Dora @ Mount Dora Plaza | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

Hidden in the beating heart of Florida lies a sleepy little village from the 1800’s named Mount Dora. It’s a place full of haunted histories and ghastly mysteries. Travel to the spirit realm on The Royal Palm Ghost Train where you will hear these tragic tales and sorted stories as told by your morbidly eccentric tour guides. Once you arrive in downtown you will tour the streets and paranormal past of the phantasmal festival city of Mount Dora. Seek specters at the Lakeside Inn, a 135-year-old haunted Victorian Era hotel. Come prepared to be scared!

Oct
6
Sat
The Royal Palm Ghost Tour of Mount Dora @ Mount Dora Plaza
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Royal Palm Ghost Tour of Mount Dora @ Mount Dora Plaza | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

Hidden in the beating heart of Florida lies a sleepy little village from the 1800’s named Mount Dora. It’s a place full of haunted histories and ghastly mysteries. Travel to the spirit realm on The Royal Palm Ghost Train where you will hear these tragic tales and sorted stories as told by your morbidly eccentric tour guides. Once you arrive in downtown you will tour the streets and paranormal past of the phantasmal festival city of Mount Dora. Seek specters at the Lakeside Inn, a 135-year-old haunted Victorian Era hotel. Come prepared to be scared!

Oct
7
Sun
Mount Dora Village Market – Open-Air Farmer’s Market @ Sunset Park Downtown Mount Dora
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mount Dora Village Market - Open-Air Farmer's Market @ Sunset Park Downtown Mount Dora | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

The every-Sunday morning Mount Dora Village Market features 30+ vendors and some fabulous local farms offering fresh produce, fresh bread, fresh seafood and much more.

Recently rated in the TOP 10 Farmer’s Markets in Florida by Trips To Dicover (www.TripsToDiscover.com). Read article here: https://www.tripstodiscover.com/best-farmers-markets-in-florida/

Rails & Ales Brew Train – Oktoberfest @ Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 7 @ 3:40 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us as we explore Germany and Austria during Oktoberfest and sample 8 different varieties of beer. The Germans are still considered the world’s finest brewers in many circles.

Final beer list to be determined and will be served with typical German-style pub fare.

Pilsner/Helles

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Walk into the beer section at your local supermarket, spin around a couple times and stick your hand out. You’ll probably hit a pilsner or some variation on the ubiquitous style. The Buds, Pabsts and Millers of the world owe their inspiration to this pale lager style that originated at what is now the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell brewery. Proper all-malt pilsner comes in two variations: Czech (AKA Bohemian) and German. Both are pale yellow in color and finish with a bitter snap of spicy, floral hops. German-styled takes tend to be lighter in body, drier, and a touch more bitter than their Czech counterparts, but both should be easy to drink and refreshing.

Helles was born as an early German take on pilsner as well. Less hoppy than its Czech cousin, helles is a more malt-driven style that often leans toward the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Maibock/Traditional Bock

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Find a beer with a goat on the label and you’ve probably found yourself a bock. This is a class of beers that range in color from fairly light (maibock) to quite dark (doppelbock and eisbock, more on those later). Plain ol’ traditional bock sits right in the middle—amber to brown in color, it’s a strong, very malty lager that weighs in around 6 or 7% ABV. Expect a toasty, bready, slightly sweet flavor from the Munich and/or Vienna malt that make up the bulk of the grain in this beer.Maibocks are a springtime seasonal variation (Mai means May in German) that are a lighter in color and a bit hoppier with a floral bitterness on the finish.

So, why the goat? It’s a little bit of wordplay—these beers originated in the town of Einbeck, Germany. That name Einbeck got telephone-lined around a bit and ended up sounding sorta like “ein Bock,” which translates to “a billy goat.”

Doppelbock and Eisbock

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Stronger, even maltier bock beers are known as doppelbocks (which translates to “double bocks”). Born of a monastic tradition of brewing beers to sustain the monks during Lenten fasting, the style-defining example was first brewed by the monks at Munich’s Paulaner brewery. Almost all commercial examples you’ll encounter today are very dark in color, but doppelbocks can technically be fairly pale as well. Expect a very rich beer with a lot of caramelized (but not burnt!) sugar flavor. Darker examples can taste chocolatey and dark fruit-like as well. These tend to be rich, decadent sippers that are often named ending in “-ator” as a reference to Salvator, the original doppelbock brewed by Paulaner.

If you’re looking for an even bigger bock, find yourself an eisbock. These are doppelbocks that have had a portion of their water content removed via freezing. If you drop the temperature of a beer to between the freezing points of water and alcohol, the water will freeze, leaving just a boozy, concentrated beer behind. Eisbock brewers will typically remove around 10% of the water content, leaving a massive, intense beer in the 9-14% ABV range. Expect flavor characteristics similar to those of doppelbock, but bigger. Boozy, fruity, and intense.

Oktoberfest/Märzen/Dunkel/Vienna Lager (okay, that one’s from Austria)

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Let’s get a few terms clear first: Oktoberfest and Märzen are generally used interchangeably to describe one style. I’ll just use Märzen from here on out. Vienna and dunkel lagers are beers that are fairly similar in character, though the history is a little different.

Way back in the 1500s, Bavarian lawmakers forbade the brewing of beer between April and September to ensure quality. In the warmer months, wild yeast and bacteria could thrive, leading to nasty, spoiled beer for the people. Without an understanding of modern fermentation science, the lawmakers were unknowingly establishing a long future for German lager. Fermented and stored in cool caves, the beers produced in the winter and early spring would eventually evolve into the modern dunkel (“dark”) lager.

Märzen (meaning March) takes its name from the frantic brewing that occurred in the month leading up to the summertime ban, but it and Vienna lager didn’t emerge in their modern forms until the mid-1800s, with the isolation of lager yeast. Two friends, Gabriel Sedlmayr from Munich and Anton Dreher from Vienna, released similar amber-colored lagers in their home towns and watched their respective Märzen and Vienna lagers rise to popularity. Sadly, Vienna lager has since fallen out of popularity, but the tradition lives on to some degree in Mexico (yep, really! Ever had a Negra Modelo?), where Austrian immigrants settled in the late 1800s.

All of these beers are malty lagers with an amber-brown color imparted by nutty, bready, toasty Munich and Vienna malts. Märzens are sometimes paler in color and dunkels are the darkest of the group, but that’s the gist of it. None of these beers are hop driven in flavor and all should have a clean, neutral yeast flavor—they’re really all about the malt.

Schwarzbier

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Schwarzbier is a notch darker than dunkel and doppelbock—it’s the darkest of all the German lagers. As it should be, too—the name translates to “black beer.” Despite its ominous appearance, the schwarzbier is an easy drinker—it’s only about 5% ABV and is lighter in body and drier than dunkel lager. Roasty bitterness is fairly restrained—don’t expect this to taste like a stout. Instead, look for a lightly bready malt character backed up by a touch of roast and hop bitterness on the finish.

Rauchbier

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My love for rauchbier is no secret (especially when these beers are paired with food), but it’s a style that is certainly not for everyone. The defining characteristic is that the beer is made with a large portion of malt that’s been smoked over the flames of a beechwood-fueled fire. The result is a powerfully smoky, sometimes meaty-tasting beer that is usually based on a Märzen recipe. A specialty of the Franconian town of Bamberg, Germany, rauchbier is an unusually savory beer that you’ll probably either love or hate.

Now, let’s move onto the ales, shall we?

Wheat Ales: Hefeweizen/Dunkelweizen/Weizenbock

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When it comes to ales, Germany is most famous for their wheat beers. Hefeweizen is the most common—poured into towering vase-like glasses, this cloudy southern German specialty is all about the yeast. Heck, it’s right there in the name—hefeweizen translates to “yeast wheat” in German. The beer’s cloudy appearance and powerful banana and clove-like aromatics are the direct result of an unusual yeast strain that is essential to producing this classic style. Darker variations are referred to as dunkelweizen (“dark wheat”) and stronger versions are called weizenbock (as in, a wheat beer brewed to bock strength). Dunkelweizens take on a caramelly, dark-fruit like flavor that some liken to liquid banana bread, and weizenbocks are like hefeweizens and dunkelweizens on steroids—stronger and more flavorful in every way. All are delicious!

Altbier

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Altbier is an unusual specialty hailing from Düsseldorf. Its strangeness lies in the fact that it is fermented cooler than most ales with a yeast that operates best just above the temperatures that are usually reserved for lagers. This process allows rich, nutty, bready malt character to shine alongside a firm, spicy, floral hop bitterness. Most are around 5% ABV, but stronger variations exist and may be labeled as “sticke” or “doppelsticke” altbier.

Kölsch

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Kölsch also has a strange fermentation process. Fermented a touch warmer than altbier (but still cooler than most other ales), the yeast produce a delicate, mildly fruity flavor profile. This pairs up with a relatively assertive hop profile from those spicy, herbal German hops and a more mellow pale malt presence. It’s a nice, easy drinking beer with about 5% ABV. Kölsch is also unusual for the fact that the name is protected within the European Union so that only breweries within the city of Cologne can give their beer the respected Kölsch name.

Berliner Weisse and Gose

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Berliner weisse and gose are the only German beer styles that are likely to be accused of being hip (Grandma surely hasn’t heard of them). The craft beer world has thoroughly embraced sour beer in recent years and Germany’s entrants are among the most popular amongst American craft brewers. Berliner weisse is a tart wheat beer that is soured through a fermentation with the bacteria Lactobacillus. This bacteria produces lactic acid—the same acid that gives yogurt and sour cream their signature tang.

Gose is also soured with the aid of Lactobacillus, but has a couple other ingredients that make it quite unusual: coriander and salt. The final product is cloudy, tart, and spicy and it’s one of the most refreshing beers you can drink.

Oct
12
Fri
The Royal Palm Ghost Tour of Mount Dora @ Mount Dora Plaza
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Royal Palm Ghost Tour of Mount Dora @ Mount Dora Plaza | Mount Dora | Florida | United States

Hidden in the beating heart of Florida lies a sleepy little village from the 1800’s named Mount Dora. It’s a place full of haunted histories and ghastly mysteries. Travel to the spirit realm on The Royal Palm Ghost Train where you will hear these tragic tales and sorted stories as told by your morbidly eccentric tour guides. Once you arrive in downtown you will tour the streets and paranormal past of the phantasmal festival city of Mount Dora. Seek specters at the Lakeside Inn, a 135-year-old haunted Victorian Era hotel. Come prepared to be scared!

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