Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wining and Dining

One of my favorite Orlando fall traditions is the annual food and wine festival at Epcot. It is a combination of some of my favorite things—food, wine and Disney World. This was one of the events we went to every year when we lived in Orlando before. I was super excited that we would be able to go again this year.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I headed down to spend the day at the festival. It seemed like everyone was going that day. In addition to sampling the deliciousness of the festival, we had signed up for a seminar with Hollis Wilder, the founder of my favorite cupcake shop Sweet!
Easy access gift card

We got to the park at about 1 p.m. and the parking lot was packed. I figured it would be busy, but didn't realize how busy. We started out at the festival center where we picked up a gift card (to make payment easier and stay within our budget for the day), enjoyed some Girhadelli pumpkin chocolate and checked out the Chase lounge.

After the welcome center, we headed to the World Showcase to start snacking around the world. Over the course of the day, we tried a number of things over the day. After trying many things over about 8 hours, I can't even begin to pick a favorite. I am also a terrible blogger and do not have a single picture of what we ate or drank while there.

Waiting in line for something delicious
In addition to the food, we tried a number of beers. I know it is called the food and wine festival, but this year they had a large beer selection and I though it was really cool. We had a number of delicious beers, but the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, was muy favorite. I was a little hesitant about a grapefruit beer, but it was delicious.

One of our main reasons for going to the festival that weekend was to see Hollis from Sweet! She was there promoting her new book and showing off some of her new recipes. She made a chicken apple hand pie. It was delicious and even better when accompanied by cupcakes.

Miss Holly Cooking Away
After eating and drinking the day away, we hung out and watched the fireworks. Those always make me happy!

The Food and Wine Festival is one of my favorite fall traditions. What are some of yours?