While the variety of rides at the park are great, as are the shows, we make a point to plan our trips each summer to include the Food and Wine Festival. While we do this because we like the variety of options available for our daughter (food allergies) to try, we really come for the Food Artists…
During each trip to Williamsburg, we talk about which Artists will be at the park that weekend. Getting, now 15, 13 and 11 year olds to talk excitedly about the same thing for 3 1/2 hours in a van with their parents is refreshing. We talk about what type of medium the Artists will be working with, and what they will be making. You see, we feel like we have made friends in the Food Artists. We follow them on Facebook; watch them on TV; but most importantly, we engage with them while at the park. We have found each one entertaining and inspiring. My daughters, who don’t like the rides as much, will spend hours at the stations, learning about the medium and asking about the techniques. My son (the youngest of the 3) will go on one ride at a time, so he can return to the Food Artist station to see what is progressing and ask questions.
As the parents, we love watching our kids get engaged with the Artists about various topics. They have inspired our family to try some of the techniques at home, and bring us together when one of them is on a TV competition show. As the dad, my favorite memories of the trips are that James Parker convinced my son to try his first carrot. Also, I love that my kids were so sad to leave the Food Artists that they convinced me to go to the park for 2 hours at opening, before we headed home, just so they could say goodbye to the Artists, and let them know we will be back next year.
THE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL by The Jones Family