The Epcot 2009 International Food & Wine Festival – Round Two

The Epcot 2009 International Food and Wine Festival is in Full Swing!  A few days ago I posted pictures and a review of the Food and Wine Festival’s Cast Preview. Last night we went out yet again for Round Two!

Our group arrived at World Showcase around 6 p.m., right after the afternoon showers subsided. It has started to cool off slightly here in Central Florida. Mid 80’s instead of mid 90’s. The 80’s are by no means cool, but not scorching either.  It was still extremely humid though.  This trip was for my daughter. She is only 10-years-old, but she loves the Food and Wine Festival and enjoys sampling all of the tapas there.  She is an adventurous eater! The adults had skipped over the “Standards” during the Preview, the daughter decided that she could not exercise that much restraint!  Our first stop was in Greece and then on to Canada for the Cheddar Cheese Soup.

Cheddar_Cheese_Soup

If you haven’t tried this soup…you must. How can you go wrong with Cheese, Bacon, and Beer????  It has a kick to it so be sure to arm yourself with a beverage!

The next stop was the “Beer Hop”. I didn’t do the Beer Hop but I did snag myself a PassPort and will get that blog post up later tonight for those who are curious about this brand new experience.

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We made a quick pitstop at the France Kiosk to get another helping of the Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes.  If you remember my Cast Preview Review, this was one of the favorite dishes we sampled. During the Cast Preview, the sauce served on top of the dish was red, the sauce used last night was clear. I guess the chef decided to use a White Cabernet instead of a Red. The flavor was surprisingly the same.

I had read a good review of the Praline Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce so we decided to stop off in New Orleans for a sample.  No one in our group particularly liked this dish.  I did not like the consistency, this is my own personal opinion, I don’t really go for puddings. The dish looked as if it should have a nice carmelized sugar crunch on the outside with a warm gooey center, however it was just like (for lack of better words) a warm pile of mush.

Bread_Pudding

After the ‘great dessert fiasco’ we headed over to Italy for the Cannelloni.  It was wonderful! Daughter compared it to a meatless lasagna. The Cannelloni was full of cheese and the portion size was rather large.

Cannelloni

On to China and the Pot Stickers. These are another “staple” of the Food and Wine Festival. Each dumpling is filled with pork and is topped with a sauce that tastes like a blend of Terriaki and Soy Sauce. Delicious!

Pork_Pot_Stickers

On our last trip around World Showcase we were so full that we did not try anything on the west side of the showcase so we had to make a stop in Poland this time for the Braised Pork Shank with Cabbage and Fresh Herbs.  The husband was pretty disappointed with this dish.  The presentation looked unappetizing and the taste was right in line with the overall look of the dish.  Additionally, as you can see in the photo below, there were loads of potatoes and not so much cabbage. Perhaps they should rethink the name of the dish…

Pork_Shank

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri and Boniato Puree.  Do you remember my Cast Preview Review of this dish??  If not, here is a reminder of how it looked on Cast Preview Night….

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And here, my good friends, is how it was served to me last night….

Beef_Skewer

Yep! Only one skewer of meat!  A refresher on my Cast Preview Review…”We were surprised to discover that the dish came with two skewers of meat. Although we took bets on how long that would last, and figure that the dish might be reduced to only one skewer later on, only time will tell.” Well…it took them only 3 days to make the switch and downgrade the dish. It still tasted good, but only half as good (pun intended). 😎

There are still a few more dishes that I would like to try, so keep checking back in with me for more from the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Until Next Time,
Amanda_Tinney_Signature

P.S. If you would like to read the full Cast Preview Review, Click HERE!

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