A food festival is basically a celebration, which makes use of food, usually food grown locally, and its central theme revolving around food. These festivals traditionally have long been a way of sharing thanks for a bountiful harvest and commemorating the community through feasts. However, these days, they have grown to become much more than just events to celebrate the bounty of the land. Food festivals give people an opportunity to get together around a common goal-food.
Food festivals typically have three main components: tastings, demos, and private dinners. Tastings are the primary attraction, where guests can check out the latest in local cuisine and meet the chefs who prepare it. Demos are informal and guided excursions through the entire range of foods being showcased; this is the time to try new dishes and explore how chefs combine different textures and flavors to make dishes that are delightful and nutritious at the same time.
Private dinners are a more intimate setting, where family and friends can get together and mingle under the stars. Usually the host has selected a specific cuisine from a particular region or area of the world, and invites local experts on the subject to discuss their favorites with the invitees. Guests are invited to bring a formal dining tableware to be served on, so they can share the meal with those eating alongside them. Some food festivals even have photo courtesy booths to commemorate the diners’ satisfaction with food samples, and their feedback on the dishes.
A photo courtesy booth is also popular at food festivals. At such events, guests are able to have a look at the various dishes by the expert chefs, and perhaps even pose for a photograph with them. There are also opportunities to engage in photo shoots and get custom printed photo cards for gifts, or print them out and frame them. There are certain food festivals that have live music, and in these cases the chefs and cookbook authors can give away complimentary copies of their cookbooks.
Food festivals can be held anywhere in the world, but their main attraction is the opportunity to get closer to the chefs and cooks at Disney World. Food festivals usually take place during the peak summertime months, when Disney World is bustling with visitors from all over the world. It is the chance for you to meet up with local celebrities, learn about local cuisines and cooking techniques, sample delectable local wines and beers, and get to know the people who work at Disney. This is also the chance to get special deals on dining plans, dining experiences, theme park and entertainment tickets, dining supplies and much more. The face value of your dining package depends on what your preferences are, but some packages include passes to visit Disney Land, where you can go shopping and spend your money while you are there. Other options include discounts on dining experiences at select restaurants, coupons for dining experiences at select attractions, and other special options.
Food festivals are a fun way to get to know local tastes and cuisines. For those of you who do not know what to expect during the course of the evening, it is helpful to look for reviews online. You can also check out instagram for any special recipes or photos that you might find interesting. If you take part in any of the tastings that will be featured at an upcoming Food Festival, be sure to share your experience on instagram so that your friends and family can see. Check out the upcoming Food Festival in your area, and soon you will start getting in tune with your favorite places at Disney World.