We have a treat today! Darcey offered to share her recent experience at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival with us, as a guest post, and we jumped at the chance. Thanks, Darcey!
A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World with some of my closest friends. Unlike the traditional Epcot set-up of the usual-featured restaurants and stands in each region, the EIFWF has individual kiosks for various countries around the world, each featuring a few signature tapas items and wine pairings. It is gluttony at its finest. And it’s done up in “no cost spared” Disney style.
If you’ve never been, you need to make that happen soon. As in next year. Luckily for me, this wasn’t my first trip to the culinary extravaganza, so I knew what to expect. I planned my route accordingly, carefully selecting the items I most wanted to enjoy. Because there is a lot of AMAZING food. And the servings are perfectly shareable, but you won’t want to. So, you’ll be carrying your own food baby by the fourth stop.
This year, there were 26 stands that featured food and drink (mostly local wines) and 4 that were dedicated to drinking only. I went in with a respectable 13 on my list, but only ended up able to enjoy 9 of them. Luckily for me, my amazing companions ordered their own favorites, so I got to have a lot of bites and nibbles. And it was all worth it.
Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze
Grilled Lamb Chop with Potato-Goat Cheese Salad and Shiraz Reduction
Seared Mahi Mahi with steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut-Lime Sauce
Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries
Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles
Pork Pot Stickers
Cheese (yes, it should be its own country)
Artisan Cheese Selection with Sweet Gras Dairy Thomasville Tome, Delice de Bourgogne, PC Wyngaard
Chevre Affineurs Goat Gouda
Golabki (Pork Stuffed Cabbage)
Mohua Savignon Blanc
Crème Brulee au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brulee topped with Caramelized Sugar)
Dessert and Champagne
Dessert Trio: Lemon Chiffon; White Chocolate Macadamia Mousse with Dark Chocolate Pearls; Tres Leches Verrine
Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne
I will admit that this isn’t the cheapest way to eat while at Disney. After the cost of my ticket to Epcot, I spent about another $40 on all of the vittles (most of what I indicated above), but I also didn’t eat more than a granola bar for breakfast, and a small bit of Chinese food at 10pm that night (which I honestly could’ve gone without).
But if you get a good group together, plan out your intended stops ahead of time, and agree that bites of lots of things is better than huge helpings of fewer things, it will work out in your foodie favor.
Just don’t forget the tums. And to wear stretchy pants.
Have you ever been to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival?
(You can see the entire culinary line-up here)