What do you call an experience globetrotting the many cuisines of multiple countries in one day??? I call it Tasting My Way Around the World at EPCOT! This year’s event was really peaceful and enjoyable. I guess it was due to the fact that I’d tasted most of the items from previous years so this time I was able to focus solely on trying new dishes, new cocktails, and new seminars.
The first stop was the Festival Center where I was able to sign up last minute for the Wine Seminar conducted by Margaret Curry of Murphy-Goode Winery from Sonoma County, CA. We were given a nice hearty sample of the Fumé, a sauvignon blanc that gave off a nice crisp grassy, floral smell with peachy, melon hints. The next wine was the Homefront, which was a red wine blend (syrah, merlot, petite sirah, and zinfandel) with full robust essence of black cherry, raspberry and vanilla as well as an oaky, smooth nice long finish. The Homefront was definitely my favorite and the best thing about this wine is that for every bottle sold Murphy-Goode will donate 50 cents to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides emergency and financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.
The final wine that was sampled was the flagship wine called Liar’s Dice. This wine is pulled from the old vines of both Dry Creek and Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. While drinking Liar’s Dice you will not miss the dark berry smell that hits your nose quickly upon your first sip. I was very impressed with Murphy-Goode Winery especially because they are all about the love of making great wine, priceless time with family and friends, and abundant laughter; something a ThemeParkHipster is all about.
After my time in the Festival Center I was ready for my senses to be overloaded with the many tastes that come with the Food and Wine Festival. The atmosphere was alive with ThemeParkHipsters ready to conquer the “world”…well at least the EPCOT world 🙂 First stop was the new marketplace of Scotland where I sampled the Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette. To be honest this was not one of my favorite dishes, but it was still pretty decent for an introductory item into the Food and Wine Festival.
If you are a scotch connoisseur, then you ought to make a stop at the Scotland marketplace to try the Glenfiddich® Scotch Flight (12, 15, &18 year).
Up next was Brazil where I got a bit adventurous and tried the Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro. I was hesitant due to the term “pork belly,” but this was my favorite dish this year. The fatty layer made the crispiness of the pork very juicy with flavors that complimented each other very well. Don’t let the name push you away. You must try this dish. I promise you will love it 🙂
After Brazil I made a quick stop at Australia to undertake the pricey, but scrumptious Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies that was succulent and perfectly seasoned which left me satisfied despite the cost. I washed it down with my ‘of age’ spirit, the Singapore Sling featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Heering garnished with an All Natural CherryMan® Farm to Market Maraschino™.
I rounded out my first trip of many more at the Belgium marketplace to indulge my sweet senses with the oh sooo deliciously tantalizing Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache (I just love saying that word, lol) and Whipped Cream. The title says it all. Just thinking about that dish has me wanting to jump in my car right now and drive the 1.5 hour trek over to EPCOT, but I guess I will have to wait one more day. Ugh!
I had a blast during the opening weekend of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. Each year gets better and this year I am determined to have my Discovery Passport stamped with every International Marketplace!
I will be going continuously until the very last day. Keep checking the site for new posts on my many worldly voyages this year.