Movie fans got their Mardi Gras on during the 19th Annual Florida Film Festival’s Revel party at Full Sail University’s back lot in Winter Park on April 17. The event featured delectable dishes, live music and attendees dressed in costumes that would bejewel any Mardi Gras float on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
The competition was fierce during the annual hat contest where anything goes. The fete featured cowboy and character hats to DIY creations. The winners were a strobe light cup hat ($100 bar tab to Eden Bar and dinner for four at the Enzian Theater), a bird cage hat ($75 bar tab to Eden Bar and dinner for two at the Enzian Theater) and a turkey hat ($50 bar tab to the Eden Bar and dinner for two at the Enzian Theater).
The scrumptious fare catered by Arthur’s in Altamonte Springs enticed attendee’s palates including moi. The first course was martini glasses filled with savory salads and tequila-marinated chicken with names like the Southern Lady Cosmo and the Margarita. Appetizers included Jambalaya and pita chips with Cajun and Creole red pepper dip. The main dish was spicy chicken and dessert included homemade Beignet and bread pudding with whiskey.
This blogger hadn’t experienced Mardi Gras except at the Universal Orlando Resort but came close to the real New Orleans deal during Revel and can’t wait until next year. For more information, visit http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/.