The 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Round Three

Yes folks…this is Round Three of Amanda’s Gastronomical Journies around World Showcase.  This time I had a good excuse.  I had to pick up gift cards for the Disney Every Day “Where in the World are We” contest and I need to get shots for the Food & Wine Merchandise Video I posted the other day.

As you may have summized…I am not so much of a wine drinker as I am a Beer Connoisseur.  My companion this day was a wine drinker and she wanted to sample some wine from The New York Wine Adventure. She decided on Fulkerson’s Airship Red. I reluctantly tried it and was surprised to find it rather sweet! I…being the wine novice that I am, thought that it was going to be dry. I have never experienced a sweet red before and have to say that I was impressed.


I must say that the bottle it comes in is super cool as well…


We were hungry and wanted a little nibble of something before heading into the Festival Center so we settled on Mexico, as it was the closest.  I decided to try the Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Chicken, which was the item that replaced the Chilaquiles. The portion size was huge!  The tortilla was crisp and was piled high with smashed black beans, chicken, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, and purple onions.  I thought this dish would have tad bit more flavor than it did.  Luckily there were salsa packets available at the kiosk. Warning: the salsa is more like a hot sauce.


After we got the photos that we needed at the Welcome Center we headed back out to World Showcase and over to the Canada Pavilion. We sampled the Maple Sugar Candy and boy was it sweet!


I also tried the Maple Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad. Last year the salmon was served over Arugula and Roasted Corn. I must say that I prefer the Lentil Salad.  It was delicious!


It was extremely hot and we decided that we needed something more to drink.  My friend decided on an Iced Mint Tea from Morocco.  The tea is served unsweetened, but there is Splenda available at the kiosk. My only complaint was that I wished the glass would have been bigger…


I was ready for a beer.  And since we were right next to the Beer Hop…that’s where I went.  It took all the restraint that I had to keep from ordering the Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale! That stuff is sooo good. I had wanted to try the Murphy’s Irish Stout. The cast member pored me a glass from the tap and it was ALL HEAD! The entire glass! And she handed it to me and told me that that was how it was supposed to look. I waited and waited and waited and finally the glass transformed from all head to half head and half beer and I took a sip. Boo! This beer was horrible! It was smooth but boy was it bitter! Skip the Murphy’s Irish Stout!


Next stop…Japan!  Tuna Sensation was the next course. I loved this dish. It was served cold and consisted of diced tuna and diced avocado with a little sesame oil and soy sauce drizzled over top. If you love sashimi, you will love this dish!


I couldn’t come to the 14th Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival without sampling the Sam Adams Special 14th Annual Festival Beer!  It was so different and absolutely wonderful. When it was first poured and cold it tasted like flowers and then towards the end when it had warmed up a bit I tasted apples coming through. Give this beer a try, I think you will like it!


We caught En Vogue at the America Gardens Theatre. The’ve still got it!


Dessert Time! This is the Lamington from Australia. It is butter cake with chocolate frosting rolled in coconut and boy was it scrumptious!


My friend needed something to wash the Lamington down with and wanted to show me how “the powers that be” had reduced the serving size of the Chilled Mango Lassi (India Kiosk) from the Cast Preview. I have included the before and after photos.  The first photo is the new 4oz glass being served now. The second is the original serving size.



As if the Lamington wasn’t dessert enough for the two of us, we opted to get a second dessert from the Desserts & Champagne Kiosk. This is a picture of the Grand Marnier Parfait with Orange Coulis. It tasted like flan with marmalade.


Against my better judgement, I made one last stop at Spain for the Red Snapper Escabeche. It was blah… Pretty flavorless!


And with that…Round Three of the 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is complete!

Until Next Time,

P.S. If you missed Round Two or the Cast Preview Review be sure and check out the pictures of all the yummy stuff we sampled!

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  • Kelly says:

    I’m surprised you liked the red wine from NY State. Most NY State reds aren’t that great. We’re definitely known for our whites!

  • Jen says:

    Thanks for more wonderful reviews and pics!!! 🙂

  • @Kelly – I have not tried any whites from NY just the one red. I really am “green” when it comes to wine. :o)

    @Jen – Yer welcome! I am working on round 4. Should have it up sometime this week! :o)

  • SuzanneTyler says:

    I think you are extremely biased and ignorant about the world of food. It is completely obvious from your descriptions of the beverages that you are the farthest thing from a “Beer Connoisseur”. You have no appreciation for the food itself which you proved by stating that you ruin your food with hot sauce packets and Splenda (gross). Learn something about the world of food and beverage before you review anything else. Disgusting.

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