It’s no surprise that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ranks right up there as my favorite Walt Disney World festival of all time. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of this magnificent foodie fest that I wish would continue year round…Are you listening Disney!?
I have gotten the chance to sample quite a few things this year…some old favorites and some new. Here are the offerings I’ve tried…in no particular order =)
$2.75 Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from the NEW South Korea Booth – OMG!!! This has been the runaway hit of my Food & Wine experience thus far! Delish! Punch of flavor, super tender meat with a kick! You have to try this! Promise me you’ll try it!
$2.75 Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream from the NEW Belgium booth – So Yummy! Filling too. Waffle was soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Compote ROCKED! Definitely a winner! Bring it back next year!
$7.25 Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Iced Coffee also from the NEW Belgium booth – OBSESSED with this bevvy! I love me some coffee and Godiva too?!…I’m in heaven. Price was high in proportion to the serving size but that hasn’t stopped me from getting more then one cup… =)
$4.00 Spanakopita from Greece – I adore this dish…Popeye would be proud. Pastry is light, crisp and flaky. Spinach filling is superbly savory. I get it every year!
$4.00 Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki from Greece – Another thumbs up to the Souvlaki! Meat is tender…pita is soft and sauce is cool and refreshing. Get it!
$3.00 Baklava from Greece – If you love honey and nuts…you will go absolutely “nuts” for this dessert. Layers and layers and layers of crispy phylo dough sugary syrup and nuts. How can you go wrong?
$3.00 Greek Salad with Pita Bread from Greece – I haven’t had the pleasure of sampling this yet, but with three other food winners at this booth I would be tempted to give it a go….maybe soon…
$5.00 Drifter Pale Ale 12oz from 15 Beers for 15 Years Booth – Delish ale with a lovely citrus bite on the finish. Wanted badly to try the Beer Flight which is three 6oz pours for $7.25 but there was no vessel to carry the three samples in and I am only one gal. Bummer…I mentioned this to the cast member and he said that they were working on correcting it. LOVE the idea of the beer flight though…hope they can get it together.
$3.50 Cannolo Al Cioccolato from Italy – This was just ok to me… I’m not a cannoli connesseur. The Cannoli shell had been dipped in chocolate and the filling itself also contained mini chocolate chips. If you are a cannoli lover you will probably think this is the bee’s knees.
$2.75 Golabki (Pork Stuffed Cabbage) from Poland – This dish was NOMtastic. Pork was seasoned well and rice in the filling was good too. Sauce was not too overpowering. A fantastic savory dish at a good price!
$3.50 Dessert Trio from the Desserts & Champagne booth – Including: Strawberry Angel Verrine, Pear Streusel Pudding Cake, Dark Chocolate Sensation. Save your money! Just splurge $1.50 for the Strawberry Angel Verrine…it was the only one worth a hoot. The Pear Streusel Pudding Cake was bleck and the Dark Chocolate Sensation was lacking in the sensation department…tasted like it was pre-packaged. The presentaion is deceiving. No bueno on the palette!
$5.00 Full Sail Amber 12oz from 15 Beers for 15 Years – I dug this floral hop…mother may I have another?
$2.75 Medianoche Sandwich from Puerto Rico – Bang for your buck is what you’ll get here. This is a classic Cuban Mix sandwich…hot pressed and delicious! Go for it!
$2.75 Frozen Conga Fruit Punch from Mexico – OK…so I didn’t drink it myself but this is a FAVORITE of my daughter. Chug this slurpee concotion of non-alcoholic pineapple and orange fruit slush.
$3.75 Esquites (fresh corn topped with mayo, queso fresco and chili powder) from Mexico – OK…so I didn’t try this one either, my friend did. I am NOT paying $3.75 for a cup o corn…NOPE you can’t make me!
$7.25 Leblon Frozen Caipirinha from Brazil – Highway Robbery I tell ya. This drink was GROSS! It was pure lemon and ice with a weird funky aftertaste. Icky! Opt for a Mango Margarita or Mojito from Puerto Rico instead!
$5.00 Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream from Poland – How I do love pierogies but I never try this dish since I can get them at my local grocery store in the frozen food isle…Mrs. T’s
$4.25 Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime from Brazil – OK..this booth is batting a big FAT ZERO! I was hard pressed to find the coconut and lime in this dish. Bland! Only redeeming quality was that the shrimp was cooked perfectly… but it was under seasoned. Two thumbs down for you Brazil. Ciao’!
$3.75 Crème Brulée au Chocolate au Lait from France – So…I’m not a pudding gal. Don’t like the consistency, but I loved the contrast of the crispy crust on top with the choco pudding underneath. This was a winner!
$8.50 Parisian Cosmo Slush from France – This drink is overpriced but very very good! Punch of cranberry, Grey Goose Vodka and Grand Marnier
$4.75 Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes from France – This was my favorite from last year! It is still dang good! Most tender meat you will put in your mouth and the sauce….oh the sauce!
$4.00 Seared Albacore Tuna with Romesco Sauce from Spain – OK…so on the Cast Preview for Food & Wine this was a food FAIL. My friend ordered this dish and the fish looked like chicken it was so overdone and DRY. There was no hint of pink inside. Another friend has had it since and said it was cooked perfectly. Order at your own risk.
$3.00 Heirloom Tomatoes with Oregon Blue Cheese, Red Onions, and Basil from the United States – Haven’t sampled this yet but have heard nothing but RAVE reviews. Must give it a try next week!
$3.75 Spicy Tuna Roll from Japan – bummed that the Sukiyaki Beef Roll did not make a return. I didn’t sample this but wanted to throw this pic on the site.
$4.95 Wafu Ribettes from Japan – My hubby ordered this. They were served hot and he loved ‘em!
$5.95 Tuna Sensation from Japan – Love Love Love this dish. Raw tuna and avocado with a sesame oil, soy sauce. DIVINE! had to tell the hubby…no…it’s not watermelon.
$3.00 Lamington (chocolate covered butter cake rolled in coconut) from Australia – I was too afraid to try this again. Last year it was dry as popcorn. Friends sampled it.
$3.50 Shrimp Cake with Singapore Noodle Salad from Singapore – This looked good. May have to try it next trip!
$3.25 Coconut-Braised Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice from Singapore – HOT HOT HOT…Couldn’t taste anything but HOT. If you like it Spicy try it.
Was sad to see that the Sam Adams Beer School was not offered this year. =( And I failed to get a pic of my FAVORITE beer from the Hops and Barley Market which was the Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA $5.00. YUMMY and bitter…Fantabulous!
I hope you enjoyed this walk around World Showcase. For a complete listing of the 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival booths with offerings, photos and pricing visit The Disney Food Blog. The festival runs every day from 11am to 9pm through November 14th, 2010. Go check it out!