This weekend I got the chance to do something I’ve never done before. A few things actually. The biggest was the chance to attend my very first wine tasting. The second annual World Food and Wine Festival is happing at Worlds of Fun June 3rd – June 12th and I was invited to come out and experience it so that I could let you all know what I thought! Even cooler, I was allowed to bring a few guest. I grabbed my Husband, Brother, and Sister-in-law and we set out to enjoy Worlds of Fun kid-free (another first for me, since I became a mother 7 years ago!).
We were super excited to not only see what the World Food and Wine Festival was all about but to enjoy some of the awesome thrill rides as well! I’m a huge rollercoaster junkie, and there were several new rides that I hadn’t experienced yet.
The World and Food Festival
This was the main highlight of our visit, and we were eager to get there upon arrival. We headed straight to the park and then… nothing. We looked all around and couldn’t find any info telling us where to go. If there was a sign, we missed it. No worries, though, we asked one of the park workers as they walked by and they were more than happy to give us directions! Turns out the festival was set up towards the middle of the park, which came in really handy once we began riding rides and wanted to stop back by for more samples in between.
How it works:
You can choose to either purchase a card for the event for $25, or pay booth by booth $5 apiece (there are 6 booths, so the card is a great savings). At each booth, you are allowed two samples of wine as well as a delicious food pairing expertly selected by Executive Chef, Kevin Williams! Samples include dry and sweet wines, red and white wines, sparkling, port and sherry!
There are six tents total, so that’s 12 samplings of wine and 6 food pairings total when you have the card! Another added benefit is that season pass holders get to try one free sampling.
The World’s of Fun Thrill Rides
The rides are always amazing at Worlds of Fun, and this time was no different. It had gotten dark by the time we made it to the Prowler, and experiencing it for the first time at night was AMAZING! Whirling at high speeds through almost pitch black with tons of surprise dips, twist and turns were crazy! So crazy we made sure to get back for another ride before the night ended.
While I’ve ridden on Patriot and Mamba before, it simply isn’t right to speak of thrill rides at Worlds of Fun without mentioning those two. They were super fun (as always) and we had a great time!
While I like to think that I’m pretty brave, the ride that freaked me out the most wasn’t even a rollercoaster. The Steelhawk goes 301 feet in the air, and spinning around as you dangle over what seems like the top of the entire world! Not gonna lie, I closed my eyes. I looked back and my poor brother (who’s low-key afraid of heights) and he had his eyes closed and head in hands! Lol! It’s definitely not something for the faint of heart, but I’m so glad I tried it!
The Overall World’s of Fun Experience
Overall, the experience was great! The World Food and Wine Festival got us hip to some awesome new foods and wines that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise. I really loved the fact that so many of tents featured vineyards native to Missouri! I see a trip to a local vineyard in my near future, and look forward to crossing that off as another first-time experience!