There is so much to see and do and eat and drink and buy at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. In part one of this blog series, I will share some pictures of some of the great foods that we sampled. We enjoyed the Food and wine Festival over a period of a few days so we got to sample quite a few things. We also enjoyed strolling around the World Showcase checking out all the booths with some friends, and this is a great way to really experience the Food and Wine Festival. In future blog articles I’ll share the Food and Wine Merchandise and also the menus so you can pick out some items to try.
We will start in New Zealand where we sampled the Seared Sea Scallop which was served with Vegetable Slaw and Lemon Oil. The slaw was very colorful and a great with the scallop. We also tried the Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney which was very good. It looked like a typical beef slider, but had a great lamb taste without being too gamey.
In Greece where we sampled the Spanakopita and even if you don’t like spinach we think this one is worth trying. It is a spinach, onion, feta cheese mixture wrapped in a triangle of phylo and wonderful. The Chicken Souvlaki was served with the cucumber yogurt sauce Tzatziki and pitas and we also sampled the Baklava.
At the Ireland booth we sampled the famous Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie which we have heard so much about it. It was very good, and very rich! We also tried the Kerrygold Cheese Selection which was served with a nice thick brown bread and apple chutney. Finally, the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache was very rich but perfect for those who love chocolate.
We moved on to France with Escargots Persillade en Brioche & Creme Brulee au Chocolate au Lait. The escargot were garlicky and good and were served in a fantastic brioche. We all felt like the Chocolate Creme Brulee was one of our favorite items!
In Belgium we sampled the Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream which were served with a slice of garlic bread. The sauce was good and we needed the bread to soak it all up. We also had the Leffe beer which complimented the mussels well.
Morocco brought us the Kefta pocket and a Casa beer too. The Kefta Pocket was ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket.
Australia brought one of the more popular items of the festival and we saw the lines grow very long at this booth. The Grilled Lamb Chop was served with roasted potato salad and both were great! The lamb that we had was cooked perfectly. For dessert there was Lamington which was sponge cake dipped in chocolate. It also was covered in coconut.
In Japan we sampled the Spicy Tuna Roll as well as the Tuna Sensation. The Spicy Tuna Roll lived up to the name with a bit of a kick.
At the United States booth we tried the Bison Chili which was great and topped with a bit of peper jack cheese. We also had the Heirloom Tomatoes with Oregon Blue Cheese, Red Onions, and Basil. This was a great dish and we will be making this one at home since the recipe was included in the 2010 Food and Wine cookbook.
The Hops and Barley booth is always a favorite because this is where the Sam Adams festival beer is served. We sampled this year’s 15th Anniversary Festival beer which was very good. We also had Boston-style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Rémoulade and the New England Lobster Roll.
South Africa brought some of our favorite items. Flavors of Africa had salad, bread, and spreads and was a nice assortment of tasty items! The Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Purée and Mango Barbecue Sauce was really good too. The barbecue sauce had a bit of a kick and complimented the beef. We saw some very long lines develop at this booth as well.
At the Poland booth the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream sounded good. The caramelized onions were great with the pierogies and the kielbasa.
In Argentina, we chose the Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée and this was another great dish. The Chimichurri sauce was really fresh and tasty and the boniato puree was like a potato with a very small hint of sweetness. We also sampled the Roasted Corn and Cheese Empanada and we wished it would have had a little more cheese.
We will end the tour at the Desserts and Champagne Booth. We enjoyed the Dark Chocolate Sensation which tastes exactly as you think it should!
Enjoy the photo tour of our Food and Wine Festival experience.