review, you know that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off on July 15th and ends on November 20th so there's still about a month left of this wonderful time of Epcot fun.
For those who haven't visited the Festival before, each year the Festival includes Global Marketplaces where you can taste your way around the world, live entertainment and fun activities the whole family can enjoy. I tend to focus on the Global Marketplaces, because food is life :)
I spent two days in Epcot this month and was able to sample quite a bit! Here's what I tried and my thoughts on it all.
Location: Canada Theater
The first major pro of this booth is that it is indoors - enjoy a break from the elements! The food options are very limited here but the beer and cider options are plentiful. The apple crumble tart we tried was good but not great, we would have loved if it was served warm with some ice cream! We tried the Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry hard cider and really enjoyed it quite a bit.
|Apple Crumble Tart|
|Blake’s Hard Cider Saint Chéri Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry, Armada, MI|
The Canada booth menu hasn't really changed and we are a-okay with that as we love this soup every time. It is so good and the bread is the perfect dipping vessel. Even on a pretty hot October day, this cup of soup just hit the spot.
Here I opted for a wine flight because I just couldn't choose what to drink and the roasted lamb chop. First, how gorgeous is that lamb dish? It is so vibrant and just pops right off the plate. It is cooked medium rare which is how we like it, but if you like your meat more well done you might not like this dish as much. Everything on the plate really went so well together although I don't know that we even really needed the pomegranate. The lamb was cooked beautifully and was tender and delicious! The peas were plentiful and the sweet potatoes were so fluffy. The wine flight consisted of Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Robert Oatley Chardonnay and Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon. While they were all great, the cabernet sauvignon was my favorite for sure.
|Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata|
The Donut Box
|Chef's Donut of the Day|
Mac and Eats
|Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers and Onion Straws|
Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience
|Wicked Weed Brewing Watermelon Dragonfruit Session Sour, Asheville, NC & Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Apple Lantern Roasted Pumpkin, Armada, MI|
The Swanky Saucy Swine
|Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese|
|Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese and Chives|
|ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin, ByeJoe Punch: Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water and Piña Colada Mix, Kung Fu Master: Absolut Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice|
|Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and Teriyaki & Kochi Lemon Drop: Vodka, Yuzu, and Lemon Juice garnished with a Lemon Jelly|
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
|Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk and Zhoug Dips|
|Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad and Garlic Aïoli: Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips|
|Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (plant-based item)|
|Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas and Spiced Yogurt Sauce|
|Domaine Carneros Cuvée Brut Rosé, California|
|Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa|
|Spiced Apple Twinings of London® Chai Tea with Whiskey|
|Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy Half-moon Breaded Mozzarella-filled Ravioli with Pomodoro Sauce|
|Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce|
|Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese|
If you make it all day and into the night, be sure to catch Spaceship Earth light up as a beacon of light and Harmonious light up the World Showcase Lagoon to top off your evening!
Do you have any festival favorites from this year or years past? Let us know in the comments below!