By Lynn Jones-Turpin – Best friends Lorraine Lee and Brenda Smith have always wanted to explore the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Well just so happens the best friends had a weekend open on their calendar and it was Brenda’s Birthday! With a quick two hour drive from Jacksonville, the friends headed south for a day to travel around the Epcot Wine & Food Festival for some taste testing fun. Entering the park, the friends stopped in front of Epcot’s welcoming center for a ‘we are here’ friendship photo.
Completed in October 1982, Epcot, which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow is still the place to escape for “a taste tour across six continents.” Also on the agenda was shopping at the global marketplaces, live entertainment and activities for the entire family. One of the friend’s favorites was the kabobs from Morroco, “This is my first time at the festival. These kabobs are quite tasty. I wanted some lamb and this is the spot,” said Lee. Across the way from the kabob stop, was a bar with specialty made cocktails. “I was parched, this cocktail was perfectly mixed,” said Smith. The cocktails are a testament to Epcot’s mission to perfect food and wine for the foodies who travel from miles away to report the news and reviews on the happenings inside the park. Lee and Smith also reminisced on their past experience at Disneyworld with their families, children and grandchildren.
In unison Lee and Smith echoed, “All we can say is we came, we saw, we ate, we drank, this is Epcot, thank you!” Lee and Smith vowed to return next year with their commemorative souvenir wine/cup holder plate in hand! You still have time to attend the festival which completes it run, November 20th. To purchase a ticket and for more info visit links below:
· Now through Nov. 20 – guests can sip and savor across six continents at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE, a celebration of the best in global food and drink along with live entertainment, family activities, and more.
· A digital Festival Guidebook is available on the My Disney Experience mobile app. The handy guide lists the menus for all marketplaces, along with locations for festival-exclusive merchandise and fun family activities.
· New at Epcot, the France pavilion offers even more to discover, including the much-anticipated Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new attraction where you’ll shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure.
· While at Epcot guests can enjoy “Harmonious” one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park. The new show which premiered for Disney World’s 50th celebration embraces new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, fountains, lighting and media in new ways