'The Voice' star returns home for Downtown Food & Wine Fest show

By Allison Walker Torres, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017, 4:11 PM EST

You'd think singing on national television would make any other gig feel puny, especially in your hometown.

Not for "The Voice's" Christian Cuevas.

"When I got the message asking if I wanted to open for Gavin DeGraw and Johnnyswin -- like people that I've listened to my whole life -- I'm like, Come on!" laughed the Season 11 semifinalist. "I'm back home. I feel so blessed."

Cuevas is one of the musical acts at the 9th annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest, happening this weekend at Lake Eola. Thirty premier restaurants are dishing up nearly 100 menu items and 50 kinds of wine.

"I'm just getting into wine now," Cuevas said during our visit to Marlow's Tavern in Winter Park. "My fiancé's family's really into it, but I do like a light beer sometimes."

Cuevas, 21, wrapped up his tour this week and flew in just in time for his set.

"This set is going to have some songs from [The Voice] that we all heard and that everybody loves," he told us. "Also, some originals that I've been working on."

Cuevas' set will last about 45 minutes. It starts at 4:45 p.m.

Here's the rest of Saturday's line-up:

    1 p.m. -- Adam Moreno Duo

    3 p.m. -- Matt Shenk

    4:45 p.m. -- Christian Cuevas

    5:45 p.m. -- Spencer Ludwig

    6:45 p.m. -- Johnnyswim

    8 p.m. -- Gavin DeGraw

Sunday's Musical Line-Up

    12:45 p.m. -- Adam Moreno Duo

    2:15 p.m. -- Orange Avenue

    3:45 p.m. -- The Legendary JC's

    5:45 p.m. -- K.C. and the Sunshine Band

The Downtown Food & Wine Fest along Robinson at Lake Eola goes till 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. General Admission is $25, but bring some cash for food and drink tickets.

To see what the restaurants plan to serve, and for other ticket options, just head to the Downtown Orlando Food and Wine Fest website.

Road closures and parking

Roads to the north and east of Lake Eola will be closed for the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Metered parking is available on Central Boulevard and Rosalind Avenue. Three parking garages will also be available.