Would you believe me if I said I went around the whole world in just a few hours? Because I did. On Halloween, my dad, his fiancee, and myself walked around the ENTIRE WORLD in less than a day.
Ok fine it was in EPCOT.
A few months back my dad and his fiancee Elizabeth invited me to Florida with them over Halloween. I had never been to Disney World in a month other than December, so I was excited to see it decorated for Halloween. I went for a day and a half, a nice quick getaway. What I did not know is that Magic Kingdom is decorated for Halloween in October, but EPCOT instead hosts an International Food and Wine Festival. I was in all my glory.
When you first walk past the EPCOT ball, you are given a “passport” that has all the countries featured in the festival, complete with food and drinks they offer, and a page full of stickers where you can “stamp” the countries you’ve sampled!
From there, you can buy packages (x amount of money gets you x amount of samples, merchandise, etc.), or you can do what we did and just leisurely try samples from countries of your choice.
The best part about the International Food and Wine Festival are the extra booths that you get to visit! There are normally eleven countries that make up the World Showcase, but during the festival there are over 25 extra booths to eat at. At each booth there are snacks, alcoholic beverages, and small entrees that are signature to the corresponding countries. Some of my favorite countries (some were extra booths, some are normally part of the Showcase) were:
From Top Left: Ireland, Islands of the Caribbean, Paris, Germany, Dominican Republic, Thailand.
I also tried a pulled pork and pineapple sandwich from Hawaii:
Tried Octopus from Greece:
Drank a Grey Goose slush in Paris:
And sampled three types of wine at the Wine & Cheese Pairing stand:
The prices at each Kiosk ranged from $4-16, which was incredibly reasonable for the sizes they gave you. It was just enough to hold you over until the next country, but small enough to allow you to eat the entire day, which I did.
So maybe I didn’t walk the ACTUAL world in one day, but experiencing the gastronomy of so many cultures in just a few hours made me get a taste (no pun intended) of what each country is like!
Thanks for reading! Until next time, xo.