The charming Avalon Park neighborhood was founded in the late 1990s by Swiss developer Beat Kahli, who envisioned a community that combined modern amenities with traditional small-town values – much like what could be found in villages in Switzerland.
The neighborhood was designed to be walkable and bike-friendly, with plenty of green space, parks, and community gathering areas. The first phase of construction was completed in 2000, and the neighborhood has continued to grow and evolve ever since.
Over the years, Avalon Park has become known for its strong sense of community and its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Today, Avalon Park is home to more than 15,000 residents and continues to attract newcomers who are drawn to its unique blend of modern amenities and traditional community values.
With its picturesque parks, top-notch dining and shopping options, and a wide range of recreational activities, this neighborhood offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, a family-friendly adventure, or a lively night out on the town, Avalon Park is the perfect place to visit.
Recently, Dusty Dogz, a smash burger and hot dog spot based in Michigan, Cafe Coqui, a Puerto Rican style bakery, The 1 Cantina, an authentic Mexican restaurant, and Chicharron Grill by Chef Robert Trevino have all opened up in Avalon Park.
We spoke with Avalon Park’s Stephanie Lerret – Senior VP of Marketing and Community Relations for Avalon Park Group about what’s new in Spring 2023 and all that this delightful neighborhood has to offer.
Tasty Chomps Interview Q and A with Avalon Park’s Stephanie Lerret
Ricky Ly : What are some big new things coming to Avalon Park in 2023?
Stephanie Lerret: With just a small parcel of land left to develop in Avalon Park, we are just about 99% complete with building. But on that small parcel you will see big things, like a large community amenity with pool, boutique hotel and age-targeted housing. The plan is to break ground on that parcel this year. In addition to building “building” we will continue community building with more programming at the arts and culture center, new events and meet-ups.
What are some of the most popular places to eat and experience this spring in Avalon Park?
With over 28 eating establishments in Avalon Park, we truly have a place for everyone to find their favorite. One of the newest spots is the Marketplace food hall which features over 11 eatery experiences all in one location. With activities like candle making with local makers and the Bambinos Kids Club by Spoleto, the Marketplace isn’t just a place to get great food, but to also have a great experience.
Upcoming Must See festivals in Avalon Park?
Absolutely Avalon is our Spring Community Festival celebrating everything that makes Avalon Park Absolutely Amazing! We celebrate the different cultures that comprise our community through food, performances, vendors and art. The evening is wrapped up with a laser light show at 9 pm. The event is free and open to the public. April 8th, 5-9 pm, Downtown Avalon Park, 3651 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828.
Other favorites like food truck nights, the 3rd Sunday of each month, Kite Day and Community Campout are coming up March 18th, as well as a few new ones, like the Vintage and Vines Sidewalk Sale on March 11th.
What makes Avalon Park special for those who have never been before?
Avalon Park is a community where everyone can feel a sense safety and belonging, even if you don’t live here. Our tagline is Live, Learn, Work and Play and it is the mission of Avalon Park Group, to change the way that people do that. It is our goal to give everyone that comes here whether they live, learn, work or play here (or all 4), a sense of belonging. So you will see new things like the Avalon Park Arts and Culture Center come along, where we have a cultural hub for all forms of the arts and culture to be represented.
How has Avalon Park changed / evolved over the years?
Avalon Park celebrated the 25 year anniversary of it’s ground breaking at the end of last year. In addition to seeing buildings, houses and infrastructure completed, we have seen a community come together. There are now “kids” who have lived their whole lives here, maybe left to go to college and are now back raising their families here. We continue to grow together as a community.
Major Upcoming Events in Avalon Park
Absolutely Avalon Spring Community Festival
4th of July
Fall Craft Fair
For More information, visit https://avalonparkorlando.com/
For their fantastic event calendar, visit https://avalonparkorlando.com/play/event-calendar/