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October 21, 2013

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2013



The Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that takes place at Epcot. It lures in visitors from far and wide with a vast array of cultural samplings that are sure to tantalize the taste buds!





This was the first time that Magenta and I had been to Epcot, and now I understand why the people like it so much! We had to make multiple runs to the festival already, and we're planning on a couple more!


When you move past the entrance, toward World Showcase, you'll find the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog. I don't really know what the point of it is, but it's pretty funny to see people squishing about in a knee-deep cranberry pool!




One of my family's favorite stops is this place called Club Cool. It's sponsored by Coca-Cola, and they have some nifty Coca-Cola merchandise in there! Aside from that, this is one place at Disney where you DON'T have to spend money! You see, Club Cool has self-serve soda dispensers that offer popular sodas from around the world. You can refill your little shot glass over and over again. One place where Disney dropped the ball here? They don't offer people sizes of these drinks for sale! Must be a reason for it, because Disney never misses the chance for a sale!



The first time we went, Club Cool was drained! Just look at the picture above, right... anything worth trying is on empty! Government shutdown affecting soda now? Luckily, by the time we returned, they had refilled! The Mexico drink was my favorite. If you want a real surprise... try the Beverly! :)



I guess Coca-Cola is a true Epcot benefactor! Magenta found this lovely spot to cool off near Test Track. Mists of water spray on you here for a little relief on a hot Florida day!


But what about the food... and wine?? Of course, that's the highlight of the event! We made a beeline to the Frozen S'Mores (pictured above), but the choices were endless! Just take a look at some of the menus!! (Click the pics for larger images)






I'm trying to pace myself, but I'm working on eating my way around the world. So far, I've enjoyed...


Hurricane Sangria and Beef Slider in Florida
Cheddar Cheese Soup in Canada!


Eiffel Sour and Creme Brulee in France!

My final thoughts on these items... OH YES! Every one was a home run of yummyness!! Popular opinion is that the Cheddar Cheese Soup (usually served at Le Cellier Steakhouse) is one of Walt Disney World's very best food items. I'd have to say that I agree whole-heartedly! Keep in mind, as you travel through the food marketplaces, these items cost less than full meals at the park. The idea is sampling, so you get smaller portions for smaller prices. Works for me! Perfect portions for me and agreeable prices for my monkey wallet!





Another cool aspect of Food and Wine Festival? The Eat to the Beat Concert Series! Just check out that lineup (photo above)! I took Magenta to see Air Supply. The girls really dig them! We have a few other shows on the must-see list still too! My people see 38 Special every year at the festival, and they supposedly put on a great show! I'm a Styx fan too, so there's that...




Being Disney, you can always count on event-specific merchandise being prominently displayed to coax every last dollar out of your wallet. I did think the Food and Wine version of the Disney Duffy Bear was pretty darn cute! There were also Chef Mickey ears, souvenir glasses, t-shirts, aprons and so much more! One thing that my people are big fans of is the Rinse Soap product line! Rinse is a company based out of Georgia that exhibits at the festival annually. They have a whole line of handmade body products and soaps - to heal and moisturize skin, feet and more. They smell amazing! Below are just a few pics of the Rinse displays. The pre-packaged sets are a spectaculous deal!!


Then, there's the Festival Center. So far, we've only breezed through here, but we got the gist of what goes on in there for now. The Festival Center is not only merchandise central, but it's also where you'll find cooking demonstrations, wine tasting events and innovative new culinary product displays. Take a quick peek at some of the fun below!




At the end of our investigative session for the blog, Magenta and I took a couple quick photos with some of the sights in Epcot's World Showcase - a Norwegian troll and a Moroccan camel! Yeah, I was falling off the camel. Too much Eiffel Sour! Bet you can't wait to see what else we can find at Epcot next time around! 



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