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Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

by Kiran on November 16, 2011 · 27 comments

in Asides, Reviews

I am sure many can relate to this situation – where, you live so close and yet, never could find time to visit local tourist attractions? For Pete’s sake, we’ve been to New York City twice but never Disneyland. Ever.

The biggest shocker? We live around 20 minutes away from Disney theme parks! Crazy, right? So, if and when you ever meet us, please remind us of our absurdity.

Thank you very much.

I guess people in Epcot knew about our “dirty little secret” and very kindly offered us both tickets to join in the fun and get to know our neighborhood.

And so, we embarked on our quest to discover Epcot and it’s glory. First up, The Seas with Nemo & Friends! The ride was a fun one. We especially enjoyed looking through huge aquarium, trying our level best to spot a few dolphins and sharks. I especially loved admiring the corals and reefs.

We couldn’t miss Spaceship Earth for yours truly, the space-nerd. The wait time was not good, but the ride made up for it. It was nice learning about human’s prehistoric voyage right into 21st century.

We highly recommend checking out Living with the Land 14 minutes boat-ride in Future World. It was incredible discovering American plains, tropical forest and the African dessert all under one roof! Hat’s off to the folks at Epcot for making it a green experience by showcasing floating experimental greenhouses – where produce grown, is used for Epcot restaurants. The greenhouses grow crops native to many cultures, including jackal fruit, amaranth (grains) and many more, grown all year long!

This thought-provoking ride will leave you amazed at the wondrous ways scientists are helping farmers prepare for the food needs of our world’s nations - Source.

On our way towards World Showcase, we even met the impostor, Mary Poppins! How cute. I recalled my school days reading and watching her on TV, amused at her ability to float via an umbrella.

The culinary fun begin as soon as we hit into Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. It was almost obligatory to stuff our faces with French pastries.

What can I say?! I have many soft spot for delicious French pastries.

Best part about Food & Wine Festival, in my opinion, is the ability to taste our way through different cuisines from around the world – all under one roof.

We said “Hello!” to Belgium :)

If you don’t know already, I have a huge sweet tooth so we naturally continued our culinary adventure by scouring for mouth-watering Belgium waffles. These were definitely WAFFLELICIOUS! And yes, I love coining words.

Hopped over to China, where we scored a delicious plate of noodles, topped with succulent shrimps and seared chicken on a stick! Now that I am trying to recall the title of each dish, it’s very difficult when hunger and drool distracts.

Obviously we had to sample some neighbor delights. I’ve always loved Mexican food – so full of flavors and deliciousness!

These chicken tacos were literally, to die for! And then, something unthinkable happened. My memory card was full!! Wowza :D We also ordered a plate of churros – a similarity to doughnuts – served with delicious caramel milk sauce.

With full bellies and a disappointing memory card incident, some lessons were definitely learned along the way:

  1. Never ever underestimate the amount of fun I would have in a Disney theme park.
  2. Thank you Walt Disney World for sparing us from cooking lunch & dinner, and saving us from dish-washing duties. Only for a night, but was so worth it.
  3. Always have a spare memory card, just in case.
  4. Plan our next adventure, perhaps to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom etc.
  5. And live life as though its my last day – don’t put off fun activities way too long.

Have you ever been to DisneyLand or Epcot, Food & Wine Festival? What are your Disney memories during childhood?

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I was provided with 2 complimentary Epcot theme park tickets during Food & Wine Festival by Walt Disney World. In no way I was compensated to give a positive review. Read my disclosure policy for more details on my role as a blogger.

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1 Gayatri November 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Wow! All this food is making me want to have a second lunch! I’ve never been to Disneyland but I’m going in a month! That photo of you both is so cute :)
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2 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Gayatri,
Thanks a lot dear — which Disneyland may I ask? In California or Florida? :D

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3 Gayatri November 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

We’re going to the one in California :)
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4 Kiran December 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Gayatri,
Ack! Have fun! I was hoping you guys would head South ;)

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5 Brittany November 16, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Alex and I honeymooned at Magic Kingdom and Epcot on Friday and had an amaziiiiing time. We ate through Australia, the U.S., Hawaii and had a huge meal in Morocco. Yum yum yum. This was only my second time going to Epcot and I HAVE to go back soon.
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6 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Brittany,
Oh, how fun!!! I particularly enjoyed the Morocco market – was so tempted to buy everything!!! We all need to visit the theme parks often :D

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7 Asmita November 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I love going to Disney and Epcot and Magic Kingdom are my favorite. It’s just so much fun. I remember we were there for the food and wine festival one year, we could not stop eating.
Glad you guys had so much fun!
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8 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Asmita,
Believe it or not, we are yet to go to Magic Kingdom!! Soon, I hope :) Food & Wine Festival makes it so difficult not to visit Epcot.

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9 magiceye November 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Thank you for the wonderful virtual tour!

No, have never been to Disneyland!
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10 Liana Jacinta November 16, 2011 at 11:40 PM

As i was just telling Kesava that I’m going to skip lunch and I see all these delicious food!!! Consequence: Stomach automatically growls! Grrrr….! Babe, go to belgium and try the real waffles, you wouldnt want to leave the place. I had issues of leaving Belgium as I was addicted to the waffles! Jokes Aside! Btw, you are looking so pweetttyyy in the purple! :)

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11 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Liana,
I wish I could whisk you and we both just run away to Belgium and escape in the torrential rain of belgian waffles. I am literally drooling just at the thought of it :D

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12 Destination Infinity November 17, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Did you really eat all that food in a single session? I would have felt my stomach full with just that Belgium Waffles. The pic looks great, and I am sure it tasted great as well :)

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13 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:32 PM

DI,
Yes, and we both shared it. The serving size was itty-bitty! Even the waffles was as though made for a baby :D

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14 sujatha sathya November 17, 2011 at 7:43 AM

the food looks sinful!

just 20 minutes away???!!! woho!
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15 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Sujatha,
It was! And yes, just 20 minutes away :)

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16 foodwanderings November 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

aww I totally love Epcot. I am ridic but I do feel I visit the world when I go. & the food isn’t 1/2 bad actually good!! :)

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17 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Shulie,
Me too! I wish we had more time to explore, but whatever we had, it was so good :)

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18 Aakash @ Love poems November 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I’ve never been to Disneyland but this post along with the pics makes me want to travel out there so desperately. Wish I could get there with the blink of an eye. Wonderful post. Glad you had so much fun :-)
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19 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Aakash,
Aww.. Thanks! I wish there was a teleporting magical system that would port people to their destination, with a blink of an eye. I hope your Disney dreams would be realized soon :)

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20 carolinaheartstrings November 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Well so glad you finally went. It is one of my fav places. We went there all the time when we lived in Naples and since moving to NC we have been back 5 times! It is my happy place!
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21 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:46 PM

CHS,
Thank the LORD we finally went :) We would definitely make more effort to go! Give me a shout whenever you guys visit again.

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22 Simply Life November 25, 2011 at 7:27 PM

oh this looks like it was such a fun time- so glad you went!
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23 Kiran November 28, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Gina,
Thanks a lot honey — did you visit Epcot before?

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24 Tanvi December 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Looks like so much funnn!

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25 Reema March 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

omg! u left feeling so hungry now!
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