Food and Wine is in Full Swing!

This years Food and Wine Festival seems different to me! There’s lots more food and its impressive with 35 booths to choose from. One for each year of EPCOTS existence. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series has also added new exciting bands which I’m can’t wait to see for the first time including 10,000 Maniacs, Squeeze and Postmodern Jukebox. With that in mind I packed my day bag and headed down to see Mark Wills for the first time. He’s famous for a 2003 #1 Country hit “19 Somethin’.  After the show we decided to sample a New England Lobster Roll at Hops & Barley, a Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions from Brazil, Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley from Paris and Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy from Ireland. That’s enough to fill me up for a few hours. We noticed a really bad storm in the distance brewing and we legged it back to the parking lot just before the storm drenched us. Florida weather is unpredictable so it’s always good to bring some rain gear.

Tonight I plan on seeing Dennis DeYoung from Styx and trying something completely different from the menu. The items that stick out to me include Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese from Germany, Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream, Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll and for desert a Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream. I have to make sure I save some items for the rest of the festival!


This weekend is a big one for me. I got my Eat to the Beat dining packages booked for Saturday at Tokyo Dining and Sunday at Café De Paris, my fast passes booked and my seats planned for six shows of Toad the Wet Sprocket! With all this going on I’m hoping to do more this year than I’ve done in the last few years.




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Donald McCloskey

I’m currently retired! Yay! I worked 30 years as a Product Manager and Vice President for a major Securities Clearing Bank. I was Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York and moved to Downtown Orlando with my partner on July 4th of 2004. I love to travel and have been to many places in Asia and Europe as well as exotic places like Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Australia. I’m a computer geek, avid photographer, artist and I play guitar. I've been to every Disney Them Park in the world and have been to Disney World an estimate of 250 times, but more time than I can remember. Living in Orlando gives me the opportunity to visit as often as I want.

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