WOW. That is the best way I can describe Disney’s Food & Wine Festival. If you are anything like my husband and I, you absolutely love to eat. When I first heard about this festival, I wondered what I’d been doing with my life that I’d never gone before to experience this eating bonanza.
The festival runs from September to early November and is held at Epcot every year. I love going to Disney in the fall anyway; generally less crowds since many kids are back in school and the weather isn’t totally unbearable, unlike the hot summer. Plus…food. And drinks. Alcoholic drinks. I was absolutely sold. At the time, we were staying at my husband’s parent’s house, but staying at a Disney resort would have made life so much easier because we wouldn’t have had to drive home (husband had to stop drinking long before me!) and we would have probably been able to experience it for more than one day. C’est la vie.
So we got to the park in the morning and immediately got our passport to keep track of all the countries we went to and all the possible food and drinks we could inhale.
(Yes, I still have it after almost 2 years!)
We got a card that we could add money to and use like a credit card, but by the end we were just using our actual debit cards because we were swiping that card like our lives depended on it. We’ve tried to pinpoint about how much money we spent, but can’t totally remember. At least $100. But it was completely worth it.
We set out around the park and although there were lots of people, it wasn’t overwhelming and most of the guests seemed happy and excited like us. We even shared our table in Germany with another couple who were going the opposite direction around the park. By the time we journeyed that far, I had enjoyed two glasses of wine and had no problem chatting up complete strangers.
Sidenote: Conversations sharing recommendations on amazing cuisine makes for joyful times.
By the time we made it to France, we had gone through 7 adult beverages and 8 totally different goodies. Were we full? Of course. But as the great comedian Louis CK would say, “The meal is not over when I’m full, the meal is over when I hate myself.”
Thus, we forged on.
4 more countries were crossed off before we finally threw in the towel.
All in all, we had:
Chili Colorado with house-made chips and cashew cheese with beefless tips, beef empanada, pork potstickers, cheese fondue with sourdough bread, apple strudel with caramel and vanilla sauce, Ravioli, Belgian waffle, chocolate truffles, chocolate creme brulee, chicken souvlaki, dark chocolate mousse, and pork slider
Bacardi dragon berry colada, Terrazas malbec, lime strawberry margarita, Fairview sauvignon blanc, Altenmunster Oktoberfest, pinot grigio, Red Stag frozen lemonade, Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, MoetChandon Rose’, and frozen chocolate Nesquik
There is one drink on that list without alcohol. I had drunk my way around Epcot and the only drawback is that my stomach was not big enough to hold more. Since we were out of money and couldn’t add one more crumb to our bodies, we decided to take advantage of the short ride times and hopped the most identifiable ride at Epcot: Spaceship Earth. Excuse my less than ladylike face; I was having an absolute blast.
Ever since I got to go, I’ve been dying to go back. That is always the most bittersweet part of Disney; when you leave, you immediately want to start planing your next trip. Currently being 5 months pregnant, I will be missing it this year, but there is always next year! And having already gotten one round under my belt, I know so much more for next time:
-Stay at a resort so everyone can safely drink without driving
-Set at least 2 days to experience as much as possible
-Go early or later afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day
And don’t worry; you’ll have fun. It is quite impossible to do anything else.