In my last post, I talked about what happened on Day 1 of the 2015 Food Allergy and Celiac Convention at Walt Disney World. In this post, I want to highlight the events from Day 2…both of which took place at Epcot (which happens to be one of my favorite parks!).
After getting a late breakfast at the new Trattoria al Forno on the Boardwalk (more on that in my next post), I walked into Epcot to find Sarah so we could finally hang out! I completely forgot that the Epcot Food and Wine Festival was also going on, so that was a fun surprise. I’ve always wanted to go, so it was cool to see all the pop-up stations with food and beer from around the world. After a little while, I met up with Sarah and Erica to walk around the world, as it were, catch up, and take pictures before the next event. It was so nice to catch up – Sarah and I only see each other once a year at this event, so I was very happy to be able to hang out with her in a non-work capacity for a little while.
Behind the Seeds Tour
Sarah and I checked out this ride before the tour started, just to get a sneak peek. 😉 This is honestly one of my favorite rides at Epcot (food science geek, I know, I know) and I’ve wanted to do the Behind the Seeds tour for a while now. For those of you who don’t know, the Land at Epcot showcases Earth’s natural resources and includes several greenhouses and labs where research is conducted. Fun fact: the food served at Sunshine Seasons and Garden Grill in this building (and at other restaurants on the property) is grown right there in the same building! How cool is that? The ride takes visitors on a boat tour of the greenhouses and explains what measures Epcot researchers are taking to improve sustainable agriculture. The Behind the Seeds tour takes that information a step further, and allows visitors to walk through the greenhouses on a guided tour and see everything up close. Sustainability is VERY important at NC State, so it was cool to be able to tie both of my jobs together with this event. ALSO, I finally got to meet Alexis from GF in Orlando at this event!
Illuminations Dessert Party
This was the main event for the weekend, and the one I was most excited about. Sarah and Laurie worked closely with their event coordinator and the Disney chefs to prepare a dessert menu free from the top 8 allergens! Bonus, all of them were corn-free as well! The only dessert I couldn’t have was a caramel apple. I actually had to balance my plates when walking back to my table…do you know how rare that is for people with multiple allergies?!?! Here’s a look at what I got:
-Chocolate Mickey Cake with Pascha Chocolate Sauce and Cherries
This was extra chocolatey and rich, just how I like my chocolate cake to be. Erica and I joked that it looked like a Mickey with his face melting off a la Raiders of the Lost Ark style.
-Peach Cobbler with Non-Dairy Whipped Cream
This was surprisingly my favorite dessert of all, even though it didn’t have any chocolate in it. It was super warm, the inside was gooey, the crust was crispy, and the whipped cream on top was the perfect addition.
-Liquid Nitrogen Chocolate Truffle with Banana Caramel Sauce
The way that this one was made was super cool. It wasn’t my favorite…it took me a couple of bites to figure out if I liked it or not. Definitely an interesting concept, though.
-Blueberry Lemon Cake Parfait
This one was also good! It was served in this cute little jar with plastic Mickey ears on top (plastic…not candy). The lemon custard/sauce at the top looked very liquidy but once everything was mixed together, it blended very nicely.
There was also:
-Fruit (shaped like Mickey!) with Non-Dairy Whipped Cream
-Extra Magic: Caramel Apples (these were a surprise!)
I’ve seen various dessert parties for different fireworks shows around the parks over the summer, and it was fun to attend one! The fireworks at Epcot are my favorite, so that together with a ton of desserts made for a good night. I got to sit at a table with all of the other food bloggers attending the event. I knew Erica and Alexis, and I was glad to meet Dairy Free Gina and King Gluten Free as well!! After the fireworks, many guests went home with gift bags from the event sponsors (like Enjoy Life Foods!), and it was fun to see how excited people were when they won our products or other allergy-friendly products.
Overall this was a wonderful weekend, and I’m sad it’s over! Can’t wait til FACCWDW 2016!