Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
If you think Walt Disney World is just for the under-12 set you’ve probably never been there as an adult, with only adults. In fact, there’s a website devoted exclusively to those old enough to travel without a parent or guardian.
While seeing WDW through Kyla’s eyes has been an incredible, magical and totally memorable experience there are times Kevin & I miss our old Disney routine before she blessed our lives. We’ve been to the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival nearly 10 times. (Sad to say I’ve lost track over the years.) We missed The Mouse House entirely for two years after she was born, but then we were fortunate enough to take her and enjoy it as a family. And yes, we were back for the F&W Festival. Like everything else, we have to take the Festival at a slower pace and miss a few booths to accommodate our little angel’s needs.
The folks at Disney know a thing or two about marketing & timing of events. The Food & Wine Festival comes at a time when kids are back in school and the seasonal events of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas have yet to kick in to high gear. (It begins this year on September 27th and runs through November 11th) And it’s not just for tourists! The locals come out in droves especially on the weekends… if you think your wait in line for a tasty morsel will be less than 20 minutes guess again. But really, if you plan well you can have a glass of this in hand…
Florida Orange Groves, Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria
…while you wait for this to tempt your tummy:
That would be the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce. Yes, please, you can bring me TWO of those right away.
Kyla’s first time there didn’t appeal to her very much. Not that surprising for someone less than three years of age. However, the following year (2012) she ate at least three, possibly four, orders of this one herself:
She embraced the small portion of her Polish heritage by chomping on Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream.
Yes, children can certainly enjoy the Festival. The same goes for moms-to-be: I can attest to that personally as we had a Babymoon at Disney. I will admit though, a food and wine-less festival just doesn’t hold the same appeal. ;-)
While Disney World can be enjoyed by kids and kids-at-heart any time of year, the early fall truly beckons if you’re a foodie. Where else can you visit one state and literally eat & drink your way around the ENTIRE WORLD? If you have the extra time and extra funds there are plenty of exclusive ticketed events to supplement your samplings. You can interact with celebrity chefs, have dessert not only BEFORE your entrée but AS your entrée, and dance to the sounds of decades past at the Eat to the Beat concert series. Actually the only “Disney chef” I ever hope to encounter personally is this cutie:
If you love food, love to learn about food, enjoy fine wines and don’t consider a meal complete unless you’ve had dessert you MUST consider the Food & Wine Festival. Maybe you’ve never thought about it as the sole purpose for heading to Disney. Obviously there are lots of great reasons to plan a vacation there. But combining and already fabulous experience with the opportunity to sample delicacies from far-away lands is, you guessed it, a Culinary Yes Yes!