Musings at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World last week was filled with cuisine from all around the world and the bird you see pictured here was enjoying his/her fair share of hand outs. 🙂
I met this guy while enjoying delicious tortilla chips and the best guacamole I think I’ve ever tasted (along with a strong and fantastic frozen Margarita–hola!) with my dear friend, Lucy, who was kind enough to let me stay in her and her husband’s beautiful Timeshare in Orlando so we could galavant about.
I was charmed by the manners on this sweet, gentle and very courteous bird with the insanely long beak that had its lower half jutting out farther than the upper (how do you master the art of using that thing??). 😛
Instead of grabbing and being aggressive like you might expect, the bird was the picture of gentility and politeness, delicately taking small pieces of tortilla out of my hand and waiting patiently for the next offering.
I was glad to see so many vegetarian options at the Festival, but sad to see that there was not much in the way of vegan offerings except a crazy-good plant-based dish at the Greek food stand meant to imitate loaded “nachos”: pita chips, meatless sausage crumbles, and vegan tzatziki sauce. It kicked ass!
There were endless dishes with meat of course, and lamb was on the menu almost everywhere, which often makes even meat-eaters cringe.
I don’t go to food festivals unless they’re vegan, but I hadn’t realized the Food & Wine Festival would be going on while we were there, so there I was, trying to make the best of it.
I, of course, long for the day when the idea of killing innocent animals to eat pieces of their bodies or enslaving mother cows to take their calves’ milk (and using the calves for veal or killing them at birth) is thought of as the barbarity it truly is and when Epcot will showcase all the world’s fantastic plant-based meals so everyone can see that eating with compassion doesn’t mean not eating deliciously and well– in any country in the world.