Back here with another honeymoon recap!
Epcot for the International Food & Wine Festival!
We definitely should have planned our visit to Epcot better because we completely forgot to keep in mind that Florida locals flock to Epcot for the International Food & Wine Festival on the weekends.
Normally in mid-October, crowds throughout Disney World are typically low (here’s a great resource for crowd levels), but we were a little unpleasantly surprised at how crowded we thought it was all around. It wasn’t anything like what we had experienced as kids during Spring Break or summertime, but we did notice it was more crowded than what we expected. While we were there, typical waits for some of the top rides (like Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, etc.) ranged from 30 minutes – 1.5 hours (thank heaven for FastPass+! We hardly had to stand in line at all). Like I said above, it wasn’t too bad, but I thought I’d throw that out there. If we could have done it all again, we wouldn’t have saved Epcot for Saturday, rather we would have gone in the middle of the week. Regardless, we got there right when it opened at 11 a.m. and had a blast while the crowds were minimal for the first few hours!
(Leave it up to me to find every “Food & Wine Festival” sign throughout the park to stop and say, “Kev! Quick, take a pic of me in front of this!” He laughed at me…a lot.)
Oh, and for those of you who don’t know, the World Showcase at Epcot features a bunch of different countries year-round and most of them (all?) have restaurants, but during the Food & Wine Festival, there are booths set up all throughout the World Showcase of many more countries that sell a variety of small plates and beverage options. AKA heaven. We saved most of our Dining Plan snack credits throughout the week so we would have a bunch to use at the Food & Wine Festival, since the small plates can be purchased using the snack credits.
I’M SO GIDDY HERE. Me + trying new foods + drinking + Disney World = extreme happiness.
We heard that Canada is one of the most popular booths, so that’s why we headed there first. No wait!
Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms and Truffle Butter Sauce…at 11 a.m. When on vacation! It was honestly probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
After drooling and trying not to lick the truffle butter off of my little paper bowl/plate thingie, we headed to Japan. Because why wouldn’t I eat filet mignon at 11 a.m. and sushi at 11:15 a.m.? When. on. vacation.
This right here is their Spicy Hand Roll (tuna and salmon with volcano sauce). I wanted another, but we moved on. So many more foods to taste!
It was not our fault that the next booth we saw happened to be the one that sold a beer sampling. The Hops and Barley Market booth is the New England “America booth” that featured typical New England foods like lobster rolls and clam chowder. Kevin, however, decided he wanted a straight up lobster tail drenched in butter. Soooo why not? Round of beer samples and a lobster tail at 11:30 a.m., comin’ right up!
Kevin said this was the best thing he ate all day. He let me have one tiny little bite and I agree, it was pretty tasty, but my filet mignon was still way better.
The beer flight featured four different Samuel Adams beers: Boston Lager (my favorite), Oktoberfest (Kevin’s favorite), Cherry Wheat (which neither of us liked at all) and Chocolate Stout (surprisingly, my second favorite).
Hey does this picture look familiar? (look to your right…scroll up…keep scrolling…there we go.)
We ended up in Poland next and couldn’t leave without getting a Potato Pierogi!
It came with some kielbasa. Doesn’t get much better!
And lookie here at what just happened to be next to Poland? Germany!
I went to Germany when I was a teenager and I absolutely loved it. Kevin and I also just spent some time with my German family who came to America for our wedding (!!), so we were especially excited to walk around this area of Epcot.
But ya can’t leave Germany without grabbing a bier!
The Altenmünster Oktoberfest went down pretty smooth.
Next, we headed to Mexico!
Did you know the inside of the Mexico area has a ride? I do not remember this one as a kid!
We were going to walk around the market area inside, but the crowds were starting to get insane, so we headed to the Mexico booth outside to grab a snack. We both got shrimp tacos this time, instead of splitting something or just tasting what the other got. Great decision by us!
But because we hadn’t eaten enough yet (clearly), we visited Australia because Kevin saw someone with a shrimp dish from there and was determined to find them.
Not bad, not bad!
It wasn’t our fault that the Craft Beer tent was right next to Australia. And we couldn’t help ourselves…it was blazin’ hot outside!
We grabbed the summer seasonal sampling and split it while we watched the hoards of drunk locals stumble over themselves. And after enjoying this sample, we decided to head out since the crowds were getting outrageous and we had tried all the foods/drinks that we wanted!
I can only say that I hope we get back to Epcot for the International Food & Wine Festival one day (during a week day!) because it was one of my favorite parts of our entire honeymoon. It honestly felt like Kevin and I traveled to 10 different countries in one morning. Well done, Epcot!