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Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Backyard BBQ

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We’ve made it to summer, everyone! After last year’s being a bit of a whimper having to stay inside and stay safe, we are finally able to enjoy the great outdoors, the sun shining on our faces, and all the celebrations that the warm months bring to Central Florida.

UNATION’s Orlando team is here to serve up a plan to help you host the ultimate summer backyard bbq. We’re giving you the food and activities to make sure you have the best bash out there!

Below are the best places to visit to prepare for the perfect summer gathering. Grab some great food, some delicious drinks, and, of course, a set of Triple Threat Cornhole boards to make sure your party is the best on the block!

Start with Food and Drinks...

I mean, it’s right there in the name! With locations in Winter Park and Winter Garden, The Local Butcher and Marketplace prides itself on being Orlando’s home for gorgeous, local cuts of meat and poultry. They pride themselves on being an essential member of the community and their commitment is felt right as you enter their locations.

Making burgers four your summer soiree? Be sure to check out their selection of fine cheeses and local breads to turn those burgers from blah to banging! For all the herbivores in your life, also look into their selection of local produce to grill up some veggies for your guests.

This local favorite in the Winter Park area is known for its delectable pastries with an Asian twist. Everything is made in house, using the freshest, local ingredients to make the best French baked goods with iconic Asian flavors. 

Their menu is massive, with items like tarts and cookies, cheesecakes and panna cottas, cakes and danishes. If you blink, it seems like four more items are added to their menu! Be sure to head in to pick up some sweet treats to add to your summer gathering. Having a large group of people over? Try buying a few of their full size cakes for more servings!

With multiple locations around the Orlando area, Fancy Fruit and Produce is the place to find delish ingredients to make the perfect sides for your backyard BBQ. Wanting to put together some Mexican street corn on the grill? How about fresh salsa or guacamole? Fancy Fruit and Produce is the place to be!

Their selection is unmatched, thanks to their locally-minded focus on providing the best ingredients at the best prices. Only starting in 2007, Fancy Fruit and Produce has already become an essential part of the Orlando area ecosystem!

For our own backyard BBQ, we grabbed a 6-pack from local brewery Redlight Redlight. Located in Winter Park, this brewery and tap house has made a name for itself as a premiere location for craft beer in Central Florida. While you can head into their tap house for draft beer and some small bites, they also offer canned and bottled options to pair with any summer soiree!

Their options are eclectic, running from craft IPAs to dark stouts, so there’s something for every beer palette out there. If you enjoy what you pick up for your party, be sure to follow them, as they also highlight their newest brews and upcoming events.

End with Triple Threat Cornhole!

Everyone on our Orlando team agrees: adding a game element to your backyard BBQ makes it one for the ages. We suggest picking up a set of boards from Triple Threat Cornhole. They take the classic party game and add in a new points element to make every game more tense, more thrilling, and more fun!

Instead of a bean bag only able to go through one hole for 3 points, these boards add multiple holes for varying point amounts. With this fun addition, strategy and aim come even more into play and will have you and your friends enjoying the competition all party long!

We’re excited as Triple Threat Cornhole is offering UNATION readers an opportunity to win the above, custom set of cornhole board for their own backyard bbq! Scroll up to find the entry form, fill out the details, and one lucky winner will be cornhole-ing all summer long!

Marshal Knight

Marshal Knight

Marshal is a writer for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Orlando City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on Instagram and Facebook.

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