Nov 3, 2014

Epcot Food & Wine 2014

One of the awesomest perks of being a passholder is going to all of the events that Disney throws throughout the year. One of my faves is always the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I grabbed my friend Melissa, and off we went to eat and drink our hearts away.

We were staying at Disney's Pop Century resort, so we got in the night before and were able to snag an awesome reservation at 'Ohana. We had tropical drinks, all the great food and even got "lei"-ed!

On Saturday, we got to Epcot at around 11, but did some of Future World before hitting up the World Showcase. There were over 30 different booths to hit up, which is a lot (no, we didn't eat at all of them!, and we split most of the dishes between the two of us) but we it was lunchtime and we were ready to get started.

Our first stop was New Zealand where we got the lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney. It was really yummy, but not too spicy. It was also in this delicious pillow of dough that soaked up that yummy sauce.

Meli's sweet tooth made the next pick with a pavlova (crispy meringue shell with fresh berries and vanilla custard) from Australia. It was great with the Chateau Tanuda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling from Australia.

Then we stopped by the Farm Fresh booth to get some goodies straight from Florida's farmlands.

We got the pepper bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and pickled jalapeƱos (we got rid of the jalapeƱos, we don't like spicy!). It was so delicious. the potatoes were tender and the bacon and hollandaise made it both smokey and creamy. And we had to represent South Florida by getting some Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine.

The surprising favorite on our trip eating and drinking around the world was China. I didn't expect much, but it was amazing. We got the chicken potstickers, which were so tasty and fresh, and Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo. The Mongolian beef steamed bun was so good! I was shocked how much I loved this one. Meli went back to get another one of these later in the day. Meli also got a mango green tea with popping bubbles, which was light and sweet and so refreshing.

In Italy we got Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala (chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread). It was great. I can imagine eating it in a great sit down restaurant. I also hadn't gotten anything bubbly yet, so I got a glass of prosecco.

And a little cannoli al cioccolato (chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit) never hurt anyone either! The cannoli shell was so crispy.

At this point our very extended lunch was over and it was time to hit up our Soarin' fast passes. We also tried to get on Fast Track, but there was some technical difficulty and the line was over 80 minutes, that wasn't gonna happen. So, we took one of the ferries and got back to the countries and our "dinner."

We started off where we had stopped, in Morocco. We had the kefta pocket (ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket), and some sangria.

Next up was the one place I didn't want to share, Brazil! This was my favorite dish last year, and I knew I had to have the crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro all to myself. It was so tasty, the pork belly was cripsy, the black beans seasoned just right and the tomato and cilantro gave it a touch of freshness. We may have wandered back to Brazil for some sparkling Moscato a little later when Kris came out to join us.

We got in the long daunting Belgium line (which actually passed by pretty quickly) to get Belgian waffles. We couldn't decided between the berry compote and chocoalte ganache, so we had one of each. The waffles were freshly made and crispy. The chocolate was good, but I preferred the slight tartness of the berries.

As the sun started setting we chilled in France for a bit as we waited for Kris to meet up with us. Once we did meet up, it was dark, and my pictures suffered because of it. :( But we went to Greece to get a chicken gyro. It was the most disappointing dish of the night. Firstly, we waited and waited and waited to get the food. By the time we got it, it was just meh... no big deal.

Then we went to Canada cause we just had to get the “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce. That filet is amazing. I actually need to make it into Le Cellier one day to eat this steak while seated at a table.

We actually didn't feel too stuffed, since we were just eating little things throughout the day. But it was a delicious day of eating and drinking. I can't wait to get some more delicious dishes this weekend after running the Wine & Dine half marathon.

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