What do you call an experience globetrotting the many cuisines of multiple countries in one day? I call it Tasting Your Way Around the World through the Epcot Food and Wine Festival menu!
This year’s event was really peaceful and enjoyable especially with my good friend Lauren of Outdoorsy Diva. We were able to taste most of the new Disney food and wine festival dishes and cocktails just for you.
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Top Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Items
Over the past few years, there have been some incredible food at Walt Disney World. But during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, there’s so much international cuisine to choose from that you’ll leave highly satisfied and a bit lighter in your wallet.
This past year was filled with delicious dishes that me and Lauren both agreed were winners such as:
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
- Loaded Macaroni & Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar and Leeks
- Black Pepper Boursin® Soufflé with Fig Marmalade
- Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-Lemongrass Cream
- The IMPOSSIBLE™ Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun
- The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, and a Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
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Enjoying Epcot Food and Wine Festival Through the Years
One of the fun things to do at the Epcot festival is to participate in the incredible beverage seminars.
It’s an absolute must do if you’re a connoisseur of wine or any other tantalizing adult concoction. Sommeliers and other beverage experts share their knowledge during the 45-minute presentations.
Murphy-Goode Winery Comes to Disney
One of the very first seminars I participated in was with the Murphy-Goode Winery presentation a few years ago.
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.
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit that provides emergency and financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.
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More Wine – Liar’s Dice
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.
Eating Around the World at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
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. A true highlight of 2013.
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 completed one of my first trips to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a sweet treat.
At the Belgium marketplace I indulged my sweet senses with the oh so tantalizing Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache (I just love saying that word, lol) and Whipped Cream.
As you can see, the title says it all.
Just thinking about that dish has me wanting to jump in my car right now and drive over to Epcot, but I guess I will have to wait and be patience like a responsible adult.
Final Thoughts on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu List
I always have 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 to come this year.
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(Original Article Date October 14, 2013/Updated November 10, 2019)