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Tasting Our Way Around the World

October 10, 2013

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Saturday Crowds

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.

Florida Local Booth

Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet & Hot Pickles

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.

Poland Booth

Frozen Szarlotka

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.

Scotland Booth

Glenfiddich® Scotch Flight (12, 15 and 18 year)

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.

Scotland Booth

Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties

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.

Scotland Booth

Loch Lomond Cocktail

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.

Greece Booth

Spanakopita and Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey

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. 🙂

Hawaii Booth

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips

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.

Terra Booth

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce

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.

Brazil Booth

Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro

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.

South Korea Booth

Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce

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.

Cheese Booth

Almond Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé with Fig Jam

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. 🙂

Cheese Booth

Artisan Cheese Selection

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.

Hops & Barley Booth

Craisin® Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise

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!

If you would like to see reviews of every booth at the Food & Wine Festival head over to Eating WDW. They are covering everything! 🙂

  • Sarah @ Running at Disney
    October 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Ok…1. Did I seriously miss meeting up with you again?? I was there last weekend! And 2. Your photos are amazing and I’m drooling just reading this post! That pork belly really was delicious wasn’t it?? And I LOVED everything about Scotland…BIG win!

    • Melissa
      October 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I can’t believe we missed each other again! I’m making sure this doesn’t happen again. 🙂 And thanks! I wish I was visiting the Scotland booth today!

  • Mike
    October 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, I will have one of each please! The Spanakopita and Griddled Greek Cheese would be my tops to order out of curiosity. And most definitely on the Scotch Flight 🙂 Love the post!