Lamar and I just returned home from our visit to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the world’s largest festival of its kind. And before I tell you about the festival, I have to tell you that we attended this event without the kids. That’s right….we got our “grown and sexy” on.
The best way I can describe how I feel now that I’ve experienced the festival is:
“Happy, delighted, inspired, amazed, relaxed…and oh yes… ready to workout because I ate so much!”
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which is in it’s 18th year, allows you to sample authentic dishes and great wines from more than 20 regions around the world. And if that was not enough, you get to see live performances from top music stars with their Eat to the Beat concert series. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend demonstrations and seminars by some of the world’s top chefs.
If you like great food, wine and beers and great music, then I definitely recommend this festival, and here’s 5 reasons why:
You’ll be HAPPY to Taste Your Way around the World.
A sampling of Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles from the China kiosk at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. September 27 to November 11, 2013.
At the festival, you are able to travel around to 30 International Marketplaces and taste their cuisine. They even give you a mini passport booklet where you can chronicle your travels and receive a unique stamp at each kiosk that you visit. Each sample of food is served tapas-style. And I thought they were very reasonably priced. Most of the samples I purchased were between $5 and $7. Lamar and I each had $50 gift cards…and we felt that it allowed us to eat just enough samples to sufficiently stuff ourselves. We definitely didn’t need any more money than that. Some of my favorite dishes were the Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from Australia, the Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll from Japan, and the Griddled Lobster Tail with Garlic Herb Butter from the Hops and Barley kiosk.
You’ll be DELIGHTED to See Your Favorite Musical Acts
At the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, you’ll have the opportunity to see a diverse group of musical acts, from Wilson Phillips to The Pointer Sisters. While at the festival, we were delighted to see Boyz II Men perform. I truly enjoyed the performance as Boyz II Men took me back to my early college days. We also had the opportunity to talk to Boyz II Men back stage and found out that they are working on a new album and that they also now have a weekly show at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Check out this dessert station from the Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida.
You’ll Be INSPIRED by Chefs
Over 25 chefs from different parts of the country and from around the world are selected to prepare special dishes especially for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Not only will you be inspired by the dishes that will transport you to other parts of the World (if only for a brief moment as you are tasting new cuisines and wines), but you will also be inspired by the chefs themselves. While at the festival, we had the opportunity to meet Chef Jeff Henderson. Chef Jeff shared with us his amazing story of becoming a chef while incarcerated for over a decade for selling drugs to becoming a bestselling author, a public speaker, a mentor, and an Executive Chef at places such as the Bellagio and Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
You’ll be AMAZED by the Special Experiences
The festival offers a series of special events and experiences such as Kitchen Memories – where you join a few of the celebrity chefs for cooking tips and trips down memory lane as they share their own experiences. And, Samplings and Signings – where there are book signings and taste seminars with chefs. There are also bottle signings where you can meet winemakers and learn the story of how they came to make their wines.
During the festival, we had the opportunity to attend a Seminar that was hosted by John Salley, retired NBA Player who has won 4 NBA Championships. John is now the co-owner in the The Vegan Vine Wines and he travels around educating people on living healthier lifestyles and promoting his Vegan wines. I personally did not taste the wine because I am not really a wine drinker. But, I did enjoy learning about what makes the wine Vegan and about the different processes they use to make the wine. And John Salley was absolutely hilarious during his demonstration.
And if you really want to be amazed, you’ll purchase tickets to experience the Party for the Senses. During this party you sample from more than 50 food and beverage tasting stations as you enjoy colorful acrobats from Cirque Du Soleil perform. Have you ever walked into an event where they hand you a plate and a wine glass at the front door and set you loose to literally eat and drink all night long! Well..that is exactly what happens at the Party for the Senses.
Retired NBA player, John Salley, hosts a seminar and tasting of his wines, the Vegan Vine, at the Epcot international Food and Festival in Orlando, Florida.
You’ll leave RELAXED
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival occurs for 46 days that span the Fall season. What a perfect time of year to enjoy the festival and the beautiful fall weather (which means that it is not extremely hot in Florida.) The part I enjoyed the most is walking around the festival, tasting the good food and wine. while spending time with Lamar. It’s a perfect event to connect with that special someone in your life or a group of friends.
BMWK – Have you ever attended The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? If yes, what’s your favorite part of the festival. If no, then I highly recommend that you add it to your vacation plans.
Disclosure: We were invited to do Disney as media on the Me and We Fam Media tour. Although all of our travel expenses and meals were covered by Disney, all of the opinions are my own. I truly enjoyed the festival and spending time with Lamar.