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Enjoy "The Taste of West Orange" at Best Fest 

By Keith Bradford, WOCC Chairman

Keith Bradford, WOCC ChairmanAny West Orange resident knows of the incredible culinary experiences offered throughout the area. It can seem impossible to keep up with all these amazing and unique food creations, but luckily, they’re all in one place on Thursday, March 30 at the 15th annual Best Fest – “The Taste of West Orange.” This event will take place on the shore of Starke Lake in beautiful, historic Ocoee.

Best Fest provides fantastic promotional opportunities for your business. Last year, over 60 restaurants & businesses provided delectable samples and sips to over 1,000 event attendees. Register now for your food/beverage or business booth to maximize your exposure and have your business included on all upcoming promotional materials.

If you’re not working at your business booth, then bring your friends and enjoy the best of West Orange! One price gets you unlimited tastes from the area’s best restaurants, bakeries, hangouts, coffee shops and delis.

Last year’s award winners were: Table Top Catering – BEST FOOD, Pilars Martini – BEST BEVERAGE, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice – BEST DESSERT and Observer Media Group – BEST BUSINESS BOOTH. This year, in support of the Healthy West Orange initiative, we are adding a fifth category – BEST HEALTHY FOOD.

 Visit for more information and to purchase your all-access wristbands in advance of this phenomenal event. If you are a local food or beverage vendor that hasn’t yet registered, we highly suggest you contact the Chamber at 407-656-1304 to secure your free booth space. Spaces are limited, so register at or call in today! 


Keith Bradford, WOCC Chairman

Keith Bradford


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Now entering its 15th year, Best Fest - "The Taste of West Orange" is one of the West Orange Chamber's premier annual events. This event offers Chamber restaurants and businesses to show off their culinary skills, providing guests with an unlimited array of incredible food and beverage samples.

Over the past fourteen years, the annual Best Fest has wowed thousands of guests from around Central Florida as they enjoyed the best West Orange has to offer in food, wine, spirits, and local products. On March 30, the City of Ocoee will once again host this magnificent event on the shore of beautiful Starke Lake.
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This year is special for both Disney and the WOCC, as both organizations are celebrating a 45th anniversary. In a remarkable coincidence, this year Keith Bradford, VP of Disney Springs, became the WOCC's first chairman from Disney during this landmark year.
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