Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

There are many announcements I anxiously wait for every year: Did the groundhog see his shadow? Who is playing this July at Summerfest? What will be on sale during Black Friday? A few weeks ago came one of my favorite announcements – the dates for Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!!!!!

The Disney Parks Blog has released the dates of the 2016 Festival which will start September 14th and wrap up November 14th. If you love food or if you love wine – this event better make its way onto your 2016 travel calendar!

My husband and I attended the 2015 International Food and Wine festival solo. We were lucky to be able to leave the kids at home for this visit. While I missed having them with us, we also very much enjoyed taking our time as we ate and drank (wadded and sat with full bellies) around the world. We met up with dear friends and spent several hours nibbling on all the goodies! The 2015 festival was the largest Epcot International Food and Wine festival ever, as the festival celebrated its 20th year.

Here are just a few of my favorite offerings from 2015’s event:

Belgium: This was the outdoor kitchen of the Belgium waffle. So yummy were they all! Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream, Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream, and Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream.

Brazil: Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One”: layered meat pie with mashed yucca.

Canada: “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce.

Chew Lab: Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel (Yes, it is actually frozen with nitrogen!), and a New York Strip with Parsnip Silk, Balsamic Glaze and Arugula Foam.

Greece: Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce.

Mexico: Tacos de camarĂ³n: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise. THIS was our favorite dish from the entire festival!

There are fun passports you can pick up that are complimentary. They list each outdoor kitchen and the food and drink options at that location. At the registers, you can ask for a ‘stamp’ so you can track what places you visited. Bring along a pen so you can check off your food items also!

I did not consume any wine, but my husband and I did enjoy the beer flights. Enjoy a sampler (or two, or three) of 4 craft beers on a warm fall evening in central Florida. Ahhh…… More details will be released as the date nears. Stay tuned for more delicious details!


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