An anniversary tradition: Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival
Today is the 15th anniversary of the day that Mrs. Lo probably made the biggest day of her life and decided to exchange marriage vows with yours truly. For the past several anniversaries (we’ve lost track at this point) we’ve gone to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot to celebrate. With recent events we weren’t sure we’d be able to make it this year, but lo and behold the planets aligned and we were once again able to go. Complicating matters was the fact that I was determined to keep up my no meat red meat/pork or fowl eating habits, something I knew would be severely tested by Australia’s delicious lamb chops and Belgium’s short rib and waffles. How did I do? This is one of those stories better told with pictures than words, so here’s the day according to Instagram.
Inside the Festival Welcome Center.
Disney sending mixed messages?
So, what’s it wrapped in?
My absolute favorite thing about the festival is the lobster and seafood pie on offer in Ireland. My love for it is borderline obscene, and I do not allow myself to be photographed with it. Just take my word for it, that thing is delicious. Being a good lad, I eschewed a Guinness to wash it down, which I think may have been a first.
Bon jour, France
Belgium, you looked delicious.
The greatest country in all of the world, the country of Cheese.
A quick shout out to the German beer pavilion. For the most part I steered clear of the beer to help with the calorie consumption, but I did have a Schofferhofer grapefruit beer and it was excellent. I tweeted at that time that in my younger “authenticity is everything” days that I would have mocked this beer relentlessly, and that is very true. It is also very true that I was an idiot. (BTW, if you are into the grapefruit beer, Cask and Larder makes an excellent one – better even than this one – that you should check out.)
Margarita time. Off menu.
I needed the margarita since I knew Australia and its delicious lamb chop were ahead. To say I love the lamb chop is possibly the biggest understatement I could make. I bypassed it this year though due to my no meat commitment as well as honoring my son’s “please do not eat any cuddly animals” plea. So, no lamb for me this year, but it did smell rather amazing as usual.
So, another festival in the books. There was nothing new that blew me away this year, but it was still a wonderful way to spend the day, despite the fact that it was unexpectedly face of the sun hot again here in Central Florida out of nowhere. All of that sweating helped burn off a few of the excess calories, so it was all good.