🙂 = Wide variety of fresh food from ranging from freshly picked produce to cupcakes, vegan desserts, salsa, and more!!! There’s a live band and lots of room to run around. There’s plenty of walking space, and it’s easy to navigate with a stroller.
🙁 = No highchairs, parking spaces fill up quickly, seats fill up quickly, no activities for toddlers.
Imagine this: It’s 6 p.m. on a Monday evening, and you’re driving along… exploring one of the many, many pockets in Orlando. You find yourself in an area that’s fairly new to you, and you notice tents in a parking lot, and people walking away with food… That’s how we found the Audubon Park Farmer’s Market! On Monday’s from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Stardust Video & Coffee, you can find some of the best food and drinks Audubon Park has to offer.
It is not a particularly large market space (not as large as Lake Eola), but there are plenty of options for food ranging from fresh fruits and veggies to some rocking fish tacos. There’s also fresh coconut water, fresh baked bread, cold pressed juice, and more for toddler foodies and their parents. There was even a cool-looking knife sharpening station.
What to bring: Disinfecting wipes, sippy cup, baby wipes, light jacket or sweater, an umbrella or raincoat, dancing shoes, and a happy face.
Where we ate:
Wild Ocean Seafood – We ordered 2 fish tacos with everything on them. You also have the option of either corn or flour tortillas. The tacos are cooked to order and dressed up just for you. Unless you request otherwise, they come topped with jalepeno slices (we didn’t know about the jalepenos). They have a physical location in Port Canaveral & Titusville, but they have been a staple in Audubon Park for years.
Flour Life Bakery – We ordered a slice of coffee cake and 6 macaroons in vanilla, orange cream, lemon, pistachio, raspberry, and caramel. The owner reeled us in with free samples of her coffee cake and macaroons. It didn’t take more than a nibble to convince us we needed to buy a half dozen in different flavors. Find out more about them here!
The Buttermilk Bakery – We scored some awesome homemade pop tarts and granola for Tuesday’s breakfast. It’s so good that we plan to go back to get more! You can follow them on Instagram @Ilovebuttermilk.
The vendors packaged our food in such way that we could eat it on site or pack it up to-go without a problem. Most of the parking is on the street with a few spots in the grassy areas.
What’s different about the Audubon Park Market is that there is a strong sense of community. The smaller market means you can interact more with the vendors and with fellow attendees. Some people grabbed food to go, but the majority of people stuck around for a while. You may choose to pack a camping chair if you want to be totally sure that you’ll have somewhere to sit. You get the feeling you are dining amongst neighbors, and there’s the potential to make new friends. It may not have earned 5 gummy bears, but the Audubon Park Farmer’s Market is definitely a great event, and we recommend making it a weekly outing.
TIP: Do not park in the ABC liquors parking lot. Towing is enforced.