We just returned from an extended weekend trip to Walt Disney World. It was a last minute decision to go so I didn’t really do a whole lot of planning before we left. I did do a little menu research for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for a couple of reasons. One, we didn’t have a whole lot of time, and two, one of the days we would be there was a Saturday and I knew it would be crowded.
People aren’t lying when they tell you the festival is packed on Saturdays. It wasn’t unbearable but it was an experience trying to wheel through the crowds. We stopped by the WDW Radio meet that afternoon in the American Adventure so we visited a couple booths in that area.
Drew tried out the Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet & Hot Pickles at the Florida Local Booth. He liked the flavors but said the beef was a little dry. He also had the Cigar City Brewing Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale and loved it.
Crazy as it sounds, I wasn’t really that hungry. But it was pretty warm so I decided to give the Frozen Szarlotka at the Poland booth a try. Yum. It really did taste like apple pie. If you are someone that really doesn’t like the taste of alcohol this drink is for you.
Since it was late in the afternoon and the crowds were just getting crazier we decided we would just come back to the festival on Monday. So we headed off to Future World and Sunshine Seasons.
Monday was a lot nicer crowd wise. We stopped at the Scotland booth first so I could try the Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties which is a vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes. I really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten rutabaga before. The haggis is a little on the dry side but if you mix it with the sides it’s perfect.
We both love scotch so we gave the Glenfiddich® Scotch Flight a try. You get a small pour of the 12, 15, and 18 year. The Loch Lomond cocktail was also a hit. It’s made with Glenfiddich® 12 year, Drambuie, and dry vermouth. The Drambuie makes it a little sweet.
Next up was one of my favorite booths, Greece. The Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey was awesome. Last year I liked it but I didn’t love it. This year it was one of my favorites. I also had the Spanakopita. It was a little smaller portion this year but it was still delicious.
Drew gave the Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips a try at the Hawaii booth. The tuna was fresh and the seaweed gave the dish a nice crunch. It’s not for everyone but I saw a few kids trying it out so I’m sure some adults can brave it too. 🙂
It was time for dessert so I wanted to try the new option at the Terra booth. The Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce is really, really good. I highly recommend it. The cake was nice consistency and the passion fruit sauce really made the dish.
As we headed further into the World Showcase Drew stopped to try the Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro at the Brazil booth. He was a little surprised by how much he enjoyed it. It was cooked perfectly and the sides matched up nicely.
He also gave the Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce from South Korea a try. It was another hit. The mustard had a nice kick to it, the slaw was crunchy, and he really liked the texture and flavor of the hot dog.
After that we headed into the China Pavilion to avoid the storm that was passing through. The rain was pouring down so we took some photos, enjoyed the movie, and looked around the shops. Once the rain stopped we visited another one of my favorites, the Cheese booth.
First up was the Almond Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé with Fig Jam. A bit of a warning here, if you don’t like strong cheeses this is not for you. I do and I was still surprised by the flavor. The fig jam is a great accompaniment and together the flavors really worked.
We also had the Artisan Cheese Selection that comes with Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Triple Crème Brie, Wijngaard Goats Gouda. It was cheese heaven. 🙂
Our last stop of the day was the Hops & Barley booth to try the Craisin® Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise. This may be my new favorite Food & Wine dessert. If our trip had been longer I would have made a second visit.
Since it was such a short trip we ended up not making it back to the festival. We didn’t get to try everything we wanted but we got to eat our favorites and try a few new things. Overall we were really happy with our choices and we can’t wait to come back next year!