Exotic Cars, Hollywood Celebrities and Chefs Converge in Orlando April 12-15

Mar 28, 2012, 17:41 ET from CECF Wish Foundation

CELEBRATION, Fla., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 9th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival, benefitting children's charities, will be held April 12-15. This four-day event was named "One of the 5 Best Exotic Car Shows in the World" by Made Man magazine. Participants and spectators will be able to see some of the world's most exotic cars, sample food from renowned celebrity chefs, and rub elbows with Hollywood actors including Luke Wilson (Old School), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement) and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future).

The exotic cars take on Daytona International Speedway on April 12-13. The event also features the CCR Race Series, with more than 30 owner-drivers of Ferrari challenge cars competing in one of the most exciting races of the year.

The Concours of Exotic Cars will take place on April 14th, with 250 exotic cars, race cars and Hollywood movie cars lined up along Celebration's lakefront. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Bugatti, McLaren, Lotus, Aston Martin and many others will be displayed. The show was attended by nearly 40,000 spectators in 2011. Admission is free for spectators.

Fans of the movie Dumb and Dumber will get the chance to see the original "Mutt Cutts" van alongside the Lamborghini from the film. Other movie cars displayed will include the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Cannonball Run Lamborghini, the Batmobile, Star Wars Landspeeder, Stephen King's Christine, Speed Racer's Mach V, the Flintstones car, and Herbie.

The Festival's annual Food and Wine Party will be held April 14. This "Star-Studded Culinary Event" (Scott Joseph, Orlando Restaurant Guide) has a new location, harborside at the stunning Loews Portofino Hotel. More than 50 local restaurants and renowned celebrity chef's join to prepare a world-class culinary extravaganza. Several celebrity chef winners from Bravo's "Top Chef" will also be on hand, including Michael Voltaggio, Kevin Spraga, and Kenny Gilbert. Voltaggio's new Los Angeles restaurant, "ink" was just named the "Best New Restaurant in America" by GQ magazine. The evening also features a display of exotic cars, live music and performance artists, and charity auctions.

The event concludes on April 15th, with the annual Exotic Car Road Rally.

Since 2004, nearly $800,000 has been donated to children's charities, including Make-a-Wish, Special Olympics and Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, through the efforts of this event.

Visit www.celebrationexoticcars.com for registration and ticket information.

Contact: Jeff Ippoliti

SOURCE CECF Wish Foundation