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Epcot Cranberry Bog Could Have People Wading in Line

Written By Scott Joseph On September 30, 2012

bog partyI’ve been known to go to parties and have drinks made with cranberry juice, but this was the first cocktail party where I had to wade through the stuff.

I attended a special event inside the cranberry bog that is on display at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Presented by Chase, part of the opening night festivities on Friday. This is the second year for the bog, which was a popular attraction last year.

The bog is set up in a fountain base between Spaceship Earth and the main entrance to the World Showcase walkway. The display is lined with actual cranberry vines, and the water-filled fountain has bright red cranberries floating on top. It’s an educational display to demonstrate the way cranberry growers harvest the crops. They shake the berries off the vine and flood the bogs. The berries, which have air chambers inside them, float on top of the water, making it easy to gather. The growers rake them in and then ship them off to processors, such as Ocean Spray, the sponsor of the Epcot bog.

Instead of just inviting the media to come and see the bog, the organizers invited us to don waders and get inside. There were high-top cocktail tables set up in the fountain, and similarly attired servers (waiters in waders), passing cocktails and appetizers. We took turns donning the get-up — sort of like waterproof bib overalls with rubber boots sewn into them — and wading through the bobbing berries.

It was a lot of fun, and it was interesting to talk to the growers. One cranberry farmer, Jim Bible, told us that his home state of Wisconsin grows more cranberries than any other state. I would have guessed New England was the cranberry producing capital.

Bible showed us pictures of his farm on his cellphone, and he told us that it was about 27 degrees that morning back in Wisconsin. I have to think he’s pretty happy to be in Florida for the festival.

Growers will be wading in the bog for most of the festival, but unfortunately, guests will not be allowed to get in. WDW might be missing on a good revenue stream (get it? stream?). As a few of us waded, nibbled and sipped, a family of four stood by watching, the two kids hankering to get in. Finally the father asked the mother if he should look in to buying tickets for the bog wade.

Sorry, no tickets to be had. But I wonder how much people would be willing to pay for the experience?{jcomments on}bog lineupEnjoying the bog party are, from left, Ricky Ly (Tasty Chomps), AJ Wolfe and Heather Sievers (Disney Food Blog), Pam Brandon (WDW publicity) and cranberry grower Jim Bible.

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