Food & Wine with Family and Friends, Day 2

October 2010, 15th Annual Food & Wine Festival, Pool Home with the Eckardt Gang Trip Report

Sunday, October 17, 2010, Day 2

We woke up to a beautiful Florida morning – one of our favorites. Birds of many different feathers were chirping and that’s what made it special compared to the beautiful sunny mornings in Vegas. And we were headed to the food booths at Epcot for the Food & Wine Festival – our favorite time to be at WDW. The booths didn’t officially open until 11 a.m. so we took our time, enjoyed our coffee and Krispy Kreme and the overall feeling of living in a Florida home again – woo hoo!

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Orlando Pool Home

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Great room with great Kitchen to the right (stock photo from AllStar Vacation Homes)

We showered, got dressed, and then drove to the Epcot parking lot. This is a favorite site for all Disney fans.

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We parked and then walked to the front gate and on to World Showcase for the 11 a.m. opening. We were awestruck by actually being on-property at our favorite park and our favorite time of year. We were happy to realize some of the booths were open early so we headed for our first one on the left and traveled clockwise, which is our favorite way to start. Again, we were struck by the excitement of being at Epcot at the Food & Wine Festival. It had been a few years since our last Epcot F&W Festival when we lived there. We’d experienced the one at DCA but it couldn’t come close to the food booth experience at Epcot.

So caught up in our tastings, we didn’t take any pictures that day. Now that is disappointing because I remember it so well in my head and wish we had captured it in a photo or two. Oh, wait, maybe I didn’t have my phone with me and maybe Rich took some pics – must check. (No pics from Rich either – Brother Bob took some pics (and video) on our F&W booth tour later in the week.)

We also don’t have a record of the food booths we sampled – something we usually do – but our favorites are always Mexico and China. I do remember how hot it was and that we paired our bites with beer and FABs (Frosty Adult Beverages) instead of wine. Here’s a link to all the Food Booth items for the 2010 F&W Festival.

We made it about halfway around and noted which ones we might want to recommend to brother Bob when he joined us. Korea may have been one of those as Bob enjoys Asian food and culture, having been involved with the Christian Ministry in Japan. (We later remembered we couldn’t have made it too far because we had a tequila tasting event at noon – here’s that report.)

After the tequila tasting and food booths, we were full and tired, so we drove back to the pool home and jumped into our private pool – FABulous – and napped and waited for niece Emily to arrive.

We gave her a tour of the house and offered her a choice of 2 different rooms (she chose the front bedroom).

entry_frontbedThe front bedroom, as seen from the entry,
which is a fabulous location and where my office was located in our Tampa home –
loved that!

I think this is this the night Emily brought BBQ with her for dinner. She was caught in traffic after visiting friends in Orlando, but she arrived with dinner – great girl, that Emily! 🙂

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Author of Cruise and Travel-Themed Novels ("Real Women Wear Red" / "Real Women Sing the Blues"), Songwriter & Poet