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The Fall is a great time of year. Not only is it the right time to harvest the cranberries, but it is the start of the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, which I am a very big fan of too. I love to include some of my favorite tastes and recipes on my blog and Ocean Spray's private cocktail party did not disappoint. As I entered into the private area for Ocean Spray guests, and I could sample the 4 Cranberry inspired cocktails.
The Cranberry Bomber was my favorite
Then we had some really great appetizers and they all looked so delicious it was hard to choose a favorite. If you look at the menu above, you can see they all sounded/looked scrumptious and I tried them all just to see how the cranberry flavor combined with the other foods. As I looked at the variety of uses for cranberries and thought this is truly a very versatile ingredient.
The two I loved the best and were surprising to me that the combinations worked were Cranberry Marinated Gold Beets and the Craisins Infused Five Spice Char Kobe Beef.
The Beets were blended with the right amount of cranberries giving them a sweet and crisp with a little tart undertone.
The Kobe Beef was marinated perfectly, very tender. The cranberry flavor gave a slightly tart taste that was also combined with the sweet smokey flavor of the corn. I couldn't get enough of either of these dishes.
After drinks and great appetizers we were invited to go into the bog. So now I have to put on the waders, which was amusing and funny to watch.
This is just Part 1 to my night with Ocean Spray at Food and Wine Festival, Next I get in the Cranberry Bog! That was so cool to do ;-)
Some Cool Cranberry Facts
Info Courtesy of Ocean Spray @http://oceanspray.com/
And a really big thanks to them for having me..