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I’m finally getting around to sharing my favorites from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with you! There are six weeks left in the festival – it lasts until November 12th this year.
First, here are some of my other Food & Wine resources:
- Epcot Food & Wine Festival Tips & Tricks
- 3 Ways To “Plus” Your Food & Wine Festival Experience
- The Budget Mouse Podcast Episode 22: Food & Wine
Now I’m going to share what I loved (and what I didn’t) at this year’s festival!
Favorite Savory Items
If you are a crab fan, check out the Lump Crab Cake ($5.25) at Coastal Eats in Future World. The slaw and Avocado-Lemongrass Cream were super tasty and there was a ton of crab in there.
The Mexico booth never disappoints and this year is no exception! This Beef Short Rib Tostada ($6.50) was incredible.
The Mezzi Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan ($7.00) was a surprise hit! It is pricey but if you can get it with a snack credit it’s a great bargain.
I’m a big empanada fan and the Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aioli ($5.25) from the Islands of the Caribbean booth was to die for. That CRUST!
The Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce ($8.00) at the Canada booth was especially good this year! I’m been disappointed in years past but this year it was awesome. Save a snack credit for this one.
Speaking of the Canada booth, the Cheddar Cheese Soup ($5.00) should be considered Must Do Disney. It was overly thick this year but this is the first year out of many that it has let me down. So hopefully it was just an off day.
This Spinach Artichoke Dip ($5.00) from the Almond Orchard was another surprise hit. It was a big portion and could be shared among many people.
Another favorite from previous years is the Black Pepper Shrimp ($6.75) from the China booth. It has a bunch of shrimp, great flavor, and is a generous portion.
The Kalua Pork Slider ($5.00) is a festival staple at the Hawai’i booth. So good.
I am Spanikopita fan and this ($4.50) from the Greece booth is as good as you will get outside of Greece. It is plenty to share so find another spinach lover and dig in.
Other recommended items not pictured include:
- Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese ($5.00) from Active Eats
- Roast Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll ($5.50) from Germany
- Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stour Dip ($4.75) from Ireland
Favorite Sweet Items
This Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with Caramel and Pecan Crunch ($4.50) from the Cheese Studio was my favorite new sweet item at the festival. I am still speechless. It is good, just trust me and get one.
Right next door at the Chocolate Studio you’ll find the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel ($5.00). It is fun to watch it made (frozen in 10 seconds in liquid nitrogen) and it’s just amazingly rich and delicious.
The Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing at Hops & Barley ($4.00) in front of the America pavilion makes many best of the fest lists and it is for a reason. So yummy.
You can never go wrong with a Belgian waffle covered in whipped cream and chocolate ($4.00) from the Belgium booth (obviously).
Other recommended dessert items include:
- Quesito (puff pastry) with Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce ($3.75) from Islands of the Caribbean
- Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Sauce ($4.25) in Ireland
You can’t go wrong with the Wine Flight with Cheeses from the Wine & Dine Studio ($11.25).
The Light Lab was my FAVORITE new-to-me thing at the festival. It is so much fun and quintessentially Epcot! We got the Slushie Flight ($7) with a snack credit and got 3 glow cubes to bring home as souvenirs.
My splurge for this year was this Sparkling Wine with Elderflower Liqueur ($8.50) from the France Booth. It was worth it – I felt so fancy.
While you are at the France booth, have some Cabernet from Bordeaux ($6.50). You can thank me later.
New this year is the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar which is located inside the Festival Center in Future World. I had the Tropical Mimosa ($6.00) and it was good (not great) and the Blood Orange Mimosa looked amazing. It opens at 9 am too.
What To Skip
Of course, we had some misses at the festival. Try as they might, not everything turns out great.
Here’s what I would suggest skipping:
- Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak from Flavors From Fire – The steak was WAY too tough but the accompaniments were good.
- Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip from Coastal Eats – Too greasy and too salty.
- Seared Venison Sausage from New Zealand – just not very memorable. Not bad, but there’s just too much other goodness to try this.
- Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – again, nothing special. Kinda tasted like sweet and sour sauce.
- Taste of Greece – everything was pretty bland and very small portions.
- Xian Pancake from China – the beef was awesome but the pancake was weird and not good.
- Fritto Misto in Italy – overpriced and a little mushy.
- Beer Braised Beef Waffle in Belgium – beef stew on a waffle. Just ewww.
- Brazilian Cheese Bread in Brazil – chewy bread without much flavor.
My dad braved the heat and crowds to taste everything with me this year – thanks, Dad! Photo credit – Kristen Tutas (thanks Kristen!)
Well, I hope this post gave you some inspiration for this year or coming years’ visits to Food & Wine Festival. Did you have something that you loved this year? Leave a comment below!