Playing In a Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Check this off a list of “Things I never thought that I would do” before. Thus is the magic of being a blogger. It’s a different adventure from month to month and this particular month just happened to be the kick off of the Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.

When I was invited by Ocean Spray to don a pair of plastic waders and hop into a bog of cranberries at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with a few of my fellow blogger friends of course I accepted.

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

“DISCOVER THE CRANBERRY” BOG
Hosted by Ocean Spray Craisins Brand Dried Cranberries

If you make it out to the 20th anniversary event of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival this year you can find the cranberry bog located in between Future World and World Showcase. It’s a fabulous photo opp with the bright red cranberries, flowers and a backdrop of Spaceship Earth.

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

What I Learned While In the Bog

First rule. Hang on to your phone! I did a short Periscope video from inside the bog and let me tell you, I had a death grip on that iPhone while I was live broadcasting!

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Because cranberries are buoyant, they are grown in marshes. Once the cranberries become ripe on the vine, the marshes are then flooded which causes them to rise to the surface where they are then collected. This process is called “booming”.

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Booming is the process of stretching a large foam filled hose across the cranberry marsh. The hose floats on top of the water since it is filled with foam. The floating boom is then dragged across the surface of the water taking all of the floating berries with it. The cranberries are corralled into one large area called a “pot”. The berries are then sucked up out of the water and into a “cleaner” and eventually transported away.

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

Cranberry Bog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

This entire process is detailed in the children’s book “Time for Cranberries” by Lisa H. Detlefsen whom we had the pleasure of meeting after we had spent a moment playing the bog. You can find the book on Amazon.com (affiliate link)

Time for Cranberries Book

The 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs through November 16th. The cranberry bog is not open to the public but its a great photo opp on your way from the front of the park and into World Showcase.