My trip to Orlando for a journalism conference ended up being quite the treat with a sneak peek into the Epcot Food and Wine Fest. Yes, it was as glorious as folks have made it out to be, and this was not even the full-blown event!
The organizers had buses for all conference attendees to make it to the venue and we were welcomed into this huge auditorium of culinary surprises by greeters that handed us our souvenir wine glasses. Right away, I knew there was no way I’d make my way through the bonanza on offer for my taste buds. Multiple food and beverage counters made up the floor spread out in front of us with separate dessert counters and some dedicated wine counters as well. The DJ playing the right beats helped and much as they had chairs around for us to enjoy our meal, not many takers were found as everybody was on their feet making a beeline for the next food counter!
Each of these counters were named as marketplaces with small plates inspired by different countries – Patagonia, Scotland, Hawai’i, Dominican Republic. The sips on offer ranged from wine and gin to beer and cider. And, the desserts – the trio of bundt cakes enticed but the liquid nitro chocolate almond truffle with whiskey caramel took the cake;)
Some of my favorites are here in the pictures. We were bid goodbye with little goodie bags containing masks! And made it out in time to catch the nightly fireworks and lights show. If you’ve been to the festival before, do share your experience or a link to your images in the comments below. Would love to read! Hopefully in the future, I will be able to attend the festival in its full glory.