Ocean Spray Traveling Cranberry Bog To Appear At Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Folks around these parts are counting down the days (there are 10 in case you were wondering) to the kick off of the 20-year celebration of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! It's one of our favorite events of the year at Walt Disney World when for 53 days guests of the Epcot Theme Park are invited to snack and sip their way around, enjoying exciting flavors of the World. This year more than 30 fun Marketplace booths will serve up some old fan favorites that represent their regions of the globe, those great taste will be accompanied by 32 brand new marketplace dishes and 75 new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog at Food & Wine FetivalOcean Spray Cranberry Bog at Food & Wine Fetival

One of my favorite displays during the festival is the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog. Did you know that cranberries are one of only three fruits that are native to North America? They are indeed, and cranberries have a written record in America that goes back to 1550, however the Native Americans had been using them long before that in foods, dyes and medicines. Fall is cranberry harvest season, and from mid-September until around mid-November (just like the festival) there are more than 700 Ocean Spray Cranberry Co-op families hard at work picking these bouncy little fruits of fall.

To celebrate this annual event, Ocean Spray sets up a portable cranberry bog and fill it with 900 pounds of the tart reds and then surrounded with live cranberry plantings. 2015 will be the cranberry bog's fourth year at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival where cast members wearing waterproof waders who are just waiting to talk about all things cranberry with visitors to the Park.

Do you love cranberries? Be sure to stop by the bog when you're at the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, in years past there were plenty of free samples being passed out! Want to know more? Just head on over to the Disney Food Blog and read about AJ's time in the bog! Thanks for letting us use some of your images for this post AJ!

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