Artlando returned to Loch Haven Park this past Saturday, October 1, for its annual celebration of the arts. It was an all-day art festival celebrating Orlando’s creators and culture. From jewelry makers to painters, a variety of artists came to exhibit their work, proceeds from which went directly back to creators. There were many interactive exhibits where onlookers were encouraged to take part in the creative process by drawing and painting on the canvases provided.
There were over twenty food trucks from Tasty Tuesdays in The Milk District. On a beautiful but very hot day, Jeremiah’s was there selling its delicious and popular Italian Ice and soft ice cream. Of the bigger corporations, Jamba Juice was also present, selling refreshing smoothies.
From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it was Artlando Happy Hour, where Artlando bars were selling half-off New Belgium Beer. Publix was also present to promote the grand opening of the new Winter Park Publix Aprons Cooking School. In celebration, rows of tables stood lined up for public sushi lessons.
Music was also integrated through tribal and Hip Hop dances, musicals, and much more. The set for Artlando After Dark, which began at 7:30 p.m., included The Ladies of Peek-a-Boo Lunge and Rock Hard Revue. Throughout the festival, people of all ages could catch music appropriate for them.
The Artlando festival of 2016 benefitted the Cancer Support Community at Orlando Health. Artlando was a wonderful way to bring people together to appreciate art, music, food, and culture while raising awareness about those fighting cancer in our community. Festival crowds stood to remind survivors that they are not alone.