Any food experience that puts cheese front and center is a must-try, so Disney World’s annual Food & Wine Festival is naturally at the top of our list. The festival, which started last week and runs through November 23, features a new food crawl called Emile’s Fromage Montage — in reference to the rat sidekick from Pixar’s Ratatouille — offering five different cheese dishes from around the world.
The dishes include warm Swiss raclette served on a plate of baby potatoes; Impossible Cottage Pie served with mozzarella; black pepper and cheese souffle; pasta gratin with ham, onions, and cheese; and Brazilian Pao de Queijo, which is basically cheese bread. In addition to sampling each cheese dish, guests can also commemorate the experience with stamps inside a complimentary Food & Wine Festival passport. As if you needed another excuse to try all five plates, whoever collects five stamps earns a free cheesecake at the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar.
If this isn’t enough cheese for you, there’s also an educational component to the festival. Guests are invited to take a variety of tasting seminars led by cheese experts. The International Cheese Connoisseur seminar, for example, features a professional fromager who “will explain the major aromas, textures and flavor levels of popular cheeses,” and attendees can “sample artisanal selections paired with complementary wines or craft beers while learning about the distinct nature of each featured region.”
You can browse the available seminars to decide which one is best suited to your cheese interests.