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It’s here! The time of year when those who love Disney food are excited for. That’s right – the Epcot Food and Wine Festival has officially kicked off this week. I can’t wait to once again experience my favorite dishes, as well as try some new ones that were introduced this year. But there are some that I believe are worth the money from past experiences and some that I don’t. Read to find out which are the can’t miss and which ones you can maybe skip.
Top 5 Dishes Worth the Money
- Crispy Pork Belly from Brazil: This was delicious! The meat was flavorful and the beans were delightful. If you pair this with the Brazilian Cheese Bread and have a smaller appetite, this could be a good meal.
- “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce from Canada: This is a staple for the festival. While the beef is a little overcooked for my taste, I forgive it because they have to serve the masses at one booth and not everyone likes their cow mooing like I do. It’s still solid. The truffle butter sauce is great and creamy and the whole thing mixes will with the mushrooms. The lines here are long though…since this booth also serves the Cheddar Cheese Soup, another staple of the festival that people go wild over.
- Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel from the Chocolate Studio: While the booth is as new one for this year, this dessert is not. This is basically a ball of chocolate mousse that is then dipped in liquid nitro, which is then cracked, then served with a delightful caramel sauce and sprinkled with almonds. the liquid nitro freezes it, so it kind of is like a thick ice cream when it’s served to you. It’s quite incredible.
- Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing from Hops and Barley: This was hands down one of the best desserts I’ve gotten at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. It’s served warm and with a delectable coating of melty cream cheese icing. The cake itself is extremely moist and sprinkled with Craisins. Whatever you do…make sure this one is on your list.
- Seafood fisherman’s pie from Ireland: Another staple of the Festival, and rightfully so. This is a seafood version of a Sheppard’s pie. It features great pieces of shrimp and lobster in a creamy and yummy bisque, covered with mashed potatoes and cheese. I may have tried to make this at home when I’m craving it.
Top 5 Dishes NOT Worth the Money
- Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes from Belgium: This dish was just ok. It was a bit rich, and certainly didn’t look appealing. The flavors were just a touch off-putting for some reason.
- Lamington – Yellow cake dipped in chocolate and shredded coconut from Australia: This was extremely dry, the chocolate coating was minimal, and the entire cake was tiny for the price.
- Pennete alla Parmigiana – Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmigiana, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese from Italy: The dish itself tasted good, but it was simply chicken Parmesan, something that you can get at a lot of other places. And given the price, it’s just not worth it to get here.
- Tacos de camarón – Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise from Mexico: With the proliferation of cheap Mexican food that tastes great, once again, you can get a better deal on a taco elsewhere. In addition, the taco is on the small side. Heck, for a couple of dollars more, you can visit La Cantina de San Angel and get more food, plus chips and fresh salsa!
- Mini San Marzano Tomatoes from Greenhouse Guru: Seriously…save your money on this one. It’s a baggie of tomatoes. You can get a whole box of tomatoes cheaper than they are selling them at the festival at the grocery store.
For a full list of items and pricing, make sure to check out The Mouse For Less’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival menu page.