Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Round One

Bryan and I headed out to Epcot for the opening day of the Food & Wine FestivalWe met up with our friends Marvin at Foodbidden and his wife Tara. We were there to do a "little" eating around the World.  It's always fun eating with Marvin; he loves trying new things and we have to sample everything! Tara's parents joined in on the fun too. Our group's motto was "sharing is caring", so we all ate and drank a lot!

With our Marketplace Discovery Passports in hand, we headed out on our eating and drinking adventure. Many of the booths are close to each other, so often we would split up with someone getting food from a few booths at the same time then we would meet up and sample the bites.  I didn't try anything at the Terra booth, which was stop number one. The line was long and nothing on that menu interested me.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Bryan and I enjoy spending time at Disney's Animal Kingdom; I love this theme park! I know it's not a favorite for many, but I enjoy the laid back feel and I find it to be quite a visual delight.

My favorite time to visit the Animal Kingdom is in the late afternoon when folks start streaming out after the parade. Because we find ourselves visiting this time of day we are always looking at options for dinner in the park. During one of our visits, we had family in town and we thought we'd see if we could get a last minute table at the Tusker House.


As luck would have it we only had about a five-minute wait until we were seated. The restaurant wasn't busy at all, so it was nice to be able to take in the African themed decor.
Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tusker House is a buffet with African flavors though you will find some options on the buffet for picky eaters. The buffet will cost around $33 and includes your usual soda options. I'm usually not one who goes for buffets, especially at Walt Disney World. Our family has done many over the years, but once they implemented the dining plan and our kids got older I just wasn't interested in spending the money on them.

Tangierine Café in Epcot

Epcot is my favorite place to eat while at Walt Disney World. There are so many choices with sit down restaurants, counter service, and food carts. I prefer enjoying a meal at one of the many counter service options. This is an inexpensive way to enjoy dining at Disney. One of our favorite counter service spots is the Tangierine Café located in the Morocco Pavilion.
Dining at Walt Disney World ~ Tangierine Café in Epcot

You can get a lot of bang for your buck here. Bryan and I will split meals here all the time and I feel that it is plenty of food. Our meal of choice has been the Chicken & Lamb Platter. Everything is tasty and the meats are flavored so nice.

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company

Bryan and I enjoyed a day trip out to Cocoa Beach where we enjoyed a little sand and the sun.  I love my craft beer, so I knew if we were going to Cocoa Beach we had to check out the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company.

Cocoa Beach Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Cocoa Beach is just a short walk from the beach on Atlantic Avenue.  The brewery has a bit of a history as it resides in a former Navy house from the 1930's.  The historic charm of the bungalow adds to the uniqueness of the brewery.
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Cocoa Beach Florida

Since it was a hot day out on the beach we were looking forward to relaxing with a fresh cold beer.  Nothing beats getting it straight from the source.