2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament preview: Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival vs. Food & Wine Festival
Our second match-up in the 2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament: America's Best Theme Park Event
's top two annual events against each other: The International Flower & Garden Festival
versus the International Food & Wine Festival
The Flower & Garden Festival is going now right now at Walt Disney World's Epcot, while Food & Wine provides a counter-programming to the fall Halloween events we profiled earlier today.
Photo courtesy Disney
For a first-person look at the Food & Festival, check out this report from the 2009 festival from reader Anthony Murphy.
Both events began as ways to draw Florida locals into the park during slower periods between the peak holiday and summer seasons. But both have grown in popularity over the years and now draw fans from around the country who make special trips just for these events.
While both events technically are included with park admission, fully enjoying them requires extra expense, especially the Food & Wine Festival, with its dozens of food booths and special tasting events throughout the park.
What's your experience with either (or both) of these events? We'd love to hear your reports in the comments. Voting starts on Monday at noon Eastern, 9am Pacific, on the Theme Park Insider home page and will be open for 24 hours. Get your campaign on in the comments.
Update: Time to vote!
Wait...where do we vote?
That would be explained at the bottom of the story; voting on this match-up starts Monday and runs for 24 hours.
Food and Wine Festival all the way!
The Food and Wine festival is so unique and interesting. I admit though you do have to have a desire to try new foods and wine and beer, and the pocket book to partake. I usually go with a freind and we split one or two items from each country. Give me Irelands Fish and seafood pie any day of the week.
You have to pay extra to truly enjoy Food and Wine Festivasl. Your enjoyment is limited to the size of your wallet and your appetite. Flower and Garden Festival is for everyone who enters the theme park. Plus Epcot is in a way in a permenant food and wine festival mode. Flower and Garden festival makes the whole park look spectacular and enhances visitor expieriace without being heavier on the wallet. I vote for Flower and Garden Festival
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