Central Florida Suburbs

Magnolia Square Market: Take home the Grapefruit Beer from Epcot Food and Wine Festival

There are many reasons I love living in Seminole County. Sure my commute to work is a pain in the rear, but on the weekends I get to enjoy all the wonderful things that are offered here, away from all the tourist attractions. In fact, I don’t have to journey to Epcot to enjoy authentic world flavors, especially German food and groceries.


The Magnolia Square Market is brought to you by the same folks as the famous Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe. I made my first visit to the Market today and discovered amazing German groceries including pickles, cookies, candies, spatzle, paprika potato chips, cheese, jams, and beautiful selection of meats.



The main attraction for many visitors is the massive selection of German beers and wines. And I came across the beloved Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen which made its USA debut at last year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This year the grapefruit goody has returned and with this year’s festival just underway the tweets and instagrams of the lovely orange colored beer have hit the airways.


The first two weeks of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival are always slammed. I will certainly make quite a few appearances this year. However, I am glad that all I need to do is drive up the road to Sanford to get my hands on this grapefruit wheat beer. In fact, a 6 pack costs just $1.50 more than one draft of this good stuff at Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And if you’re really into this stuff, you can buy it by the case!


If you do make a special trip down to Sanford to visit the Magnolia Square Market come hungry. The market serves up some great sandwiches, in fact the menu is essentially the greatest hits list from the restaurant that started it all, Willow Tree Cafe. Bring a cooler if you’re coming from a fair distance, you are sure to find lots of meat and cheese to take home. You’ll find all you need to make your own Oktoberfest at home.  Prost!



Sanford Historic District

117 S. Magnolia Ave.

Sanford, FL 32771



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