Where I ate: Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Disney World, or theme parks in general. Things that go fast freak me out, as does giant animal mascots dressed in bizarre costume. And standing in line up for hours just confuses me. My recent trip to Disney World, however, coincided with the annual Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival.

Incidentally, I really like to eat and drink.

What I DO love about Disney is its efficiency. It’s amazing to me how a park can filter people so flawlessly, and how easy it is to get things done. I complain about the line-ups for rides, but in reality, it moved pretty quickly considering there were thousands of us there. We picked up our pre-loaded bracelets and hit the marketplace, where over 30 international destinations were featured with their local dishes. Although the place was SWARMING with people, we never had to wait longer than five minutes in line-up.

Epcot International Wine and Food Festival
Tara and I rockin’ the Mickey shades.

I’m also constantly amazed by the Disney diehards. We met at least five groups of people donning t-shirts celebrating their fifth or more years at the festival. It was like one big party.

From Singapore I slammed back a Singapore Sling and devoured some lemongrass chicken curry with coconut and jasmine rice. From Morocco there was Baklava and Ksar white wine. I sampled beef empanadas from Argentina and, of course, spent considerable time at the Cheese booth. Yes, Cheese is a destination. Also known as heaven.

Epcot International Wine and Food Festival

I found bliss when I stumbled upon the Brewer’s Collection, however. I can’t even pronounce half the beers available – Altenmunster Oktoberfest, BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer – but it’s here that I tried Schofferhofer Grapefruit beer and my life was forever changed. I don’t even like fruity beers, but grapefruit beer? Stunning. I ordered two tall glasses. You can imagine how my afternoon went. Obviously, I have no real images of the food. Go figure.

You can see I enjoyed myself quite a bit.

Me enjoying grapefruit beer

My recommendation? Show up early. By the time we hit up the festival we only had a few hours to enjoy the scene, but I could have spent all day there. Prices vary, but I spent about $40 to sample a good amount of food and drink.

  • January 20 2014
    Melissa Hogan

    Did you know that the Whistler Brewing Company does a grapefruit ale? It’s delish.

  • January 20 2014

    It looks like a lot of fun but I think I’d probably get stuck in “Germany” all day drinking the beers!

    • January 22 2014

      Hahaha, my first time at Epcot, that’s totally where I ended up

  • January 21 2014
    Stephane Potell

    There really is a diehard Disney type of people. It always amazes me that they would want to visit the same place over and over- without kids!

    • January 22 2014

      I wouldn’t mind doing it with a big bunch of girlfriends! Although then I’d probably stick to Universal Studios, haha.

  • January 30 2014
    John Gorge

    I also love Disney just like you. Two thumbs up brother. It is really amusing place to visit.

  • January 30 2014
    Carl Joe Wright

    Amazing! Disney is really one of the best getaway place. Nice pic dude.

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