I’ve always had this love affair with cranberries. Those tart and darling pebbles of deliciousness are miraculous in that they are both adorable AND good for us. But, of course, you knew that right? I had the opportunity to attend a media event sponsored by Ocean Spray. Each year Ocean Spray showcases their enormous bog of real cranberries for spectators visiting Disney’s Epcot.
The bog usually pops up just in time for the Food & Wine Festival and it’s quite the site to see. This is my second time seeing the bog but it wasn’t until I heard reflections from Ocean Spray’s Vice President of Global Marketing Larry Martin, that I really undersood the importance and heritage of the almighty cranberry. Did you know that the cranberry is one of the first indigenous fruits to North America? As Mr. Martin mentioned, the cranberry’s history is a long one as it made its presence at one of the first Thanksgiving dinners. Wow!
First things first, if you ever get the chance to visit Epcot during the Food & Wine Festival, brace yourself for quite the foodie experience. All food lovers should trek on over to Orlando for this event. Where else can you sample a number of delicious eats inspired by countries all over the world. After making your rounds through the Scandinavia kiosk, Japan, Ireland and France kiosks, you’ll run smack into the cranberry bog. It’s absolutely fascinating to see in person. You’ve seen those Ocean Spray commercials with the two guys hangin’ out in field of cranberries with waders up to their knees, right? Imagine a smaller version of this. While guests are discouraged from touching and plunging into the bog, for this special event, attendees were offered the opportunity to put on some waders and wade in the bog. Awesome, right?
While my husband and I opted against hopping in lé blog (we’re both insanely clumsy individuals), we enjoyed watching other attendees sip cranberry cocktails and juices and talk about how cool it felt standing in thousands and thousands of cranberries. As much as I enjoy cranberries, I never really knew what went into their harvesting. I’ve got so much more respect for the farmers and have even more adoration for cranberries.
Planning to visit Epcot during the Food & Wine Festival? Make it your duty to check out the bog. Take pictures and read the plaques that stand alongside the bog. I guarantee that you’ll leave with more knowledge and reverence of cranberries. Learn more about the Epcot Cranberry bog here.
*This post was written by Brittany Minor of http://www.ClumpsofMascara.com she received media passes for the event. All opinions were her own. As was all photography.