Hello all Disney food lovers! I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough of all the media attention for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (presented by Chase) food booth offerings, so I thought that I would add my personal review to the mix.
This is my third year attending the festival. My husband and I along with our friend Rob went to F&W on Saturday (for a snack) and Sunday, October 5-6. I don’t recommend attending the festival on the weekends. It can get rather chaotic. Fortunately, the Sunday that we were there was manageable most of the day.
|Sunday evening at F&W Festival|
Tips: Make sure to pick up one of the festival passport books. It’s fun to get them stamped at each booth and they are a great guide because they include all of the items available at each booth and have the booths listed in order of how they are placed around the World Showcase. Some other handy items that you may enjoy while snacking around the world are the wristband gift card and a food tray. The giftcard allows you to load the card and use it at each booth without getting in and out of your wallet each time. I also noticed a lot of people using the small tray with the festival logo. The tray has a place for a drink and a nice surface to hold a few items at a time.
I plan to attend the festival a few more days this month, but these are the items that we were able to taste thus far (listed in order of their placement around the World Showcase as listed in the passport books).
|Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies 6.00|
|Pavlova (crispy meringue shell with fresh Driscoll's berries and vanilla custard) 3.25|
|Lemongrass chicken curry with coconut and jasmine rice 4.25|
|Almond crusted blue cheese souffle with fig jam 3.25 & Artisan cheese selection 4.75|
Artisan cheese selection: Beecher’s flagship reserve served with honey, La Bonne Vie triple crème brie served with apricot jam, Wyngard goats gouda with Craisin Bread. $4.75
I loved all of the cheeses. The Beecher’s was a parmesan style. The Wyngard also had a strong flavor and firm texture. The Craisin bread was a hard crunchy texture and also worked nicely with the apricot jam. I recommend this item.
|Once Upon a Vine's The Fairest Chardonnay 2.50|
|Zapiekanki (toasted mushroom, caramelized onion and cheese bread with house-made ketchup 3.00|
|Salciccia e papacelli napoletani (sweet sausage with peppers and onions on ciabatta bread) 5.75|
|Cannoli al cioccolata (chocolate covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate, and candied fruit 3.75|
HOPS & BARLEY:
|New England clam chowder with a side of Tabasco 3.00|
|Craisin bread pudding with grand marnier anglaise 3.25|
|Youki Tofu topped with miso sauce, edamame and grilled vegetables 4.50|
|Harissa chicken roll 4.95|
|Steamed green lip mussles with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs 3.50|
|Venison sausage with pickled mushrooms, baby arugula, and black currant reduction 4.25|
|Belgian waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream 3.25|
|Potato and leek waffle with braised beef 4.00|
|Boeuf Bourguignon (braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes) 5.50|
|Creme brulee au chocolat au lait (chocolate milk creme brulee) 4.00|
|Lobster and seafood fisherman's pie 6.25|
|Kerrygold cheese selection: reserve cheddar, dubliner with Irish stout, and skellig 3.75|
|Warm chocolate pudding with Bailey's custard 3.50|
|Seared rainbow trout with bacon, frisee and maple minus 8 vinaigrette 4.50|
|Le Cellier wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce 7.00|
Dole Pineapple Fritters $1.99
These were eaten too fast for me to get a picture. They were two full pineapple rings, battered and deep fried like donuts. I only had one bite. It was very good, but too greasy for my taste (but no more greasy than your typical donut). This is also one of the best values at the festival.
DESSERTS & CHAMPAGNE:
|Dessert trio 4.00|
Chocolate orange cupcake.
This was a typical cupcake with typical frosting. The hint of orange was a nice touch. Good and probably a favorite for kids.
Hazelnut chocolate cheesecake.
This was a rich nutty delight. I really enjoyed it. It packed a lot of flavor and would make a fantastic truffle filling. (Hint hint Disney!)
Morello cherry pistachio mousse.
Wow was this fantastic! This is possibly the best flavored pistachio mousse that I’ve ever tasted. The cherries were the perfect accompaniment. I adore chocolate and hazelnut but this was my favorite dessert of the trio. This is also a great value based on just on all the time to create such beautifully presented desserts. I recommend the trio.
|Frozen S'mores 3.00|
|Seared Scottish salmon with cauliflower puree, watercress, and malt vinaigrette 4.50|
|Vegetarian haggis with rutabaga and mashed potatoes 3.25|
|Scottish banoffee tart with bananas, scotch whisky, toffee, walkers shortbread crumbles and sweet cream 3.25|
Accessibility: All of the festival food booths are accessible. They line the walkway around World Showcase. There are ropes to mark the waiting areas that might be difficult to maneuver on a few booths, but they are adjustable. Also, carrying several loose items away from a booth could be difficult while in a wheelchair or ECV. The napkins and utensils are in dispensers at the exits of the line after you get your food items. If you need assistance carrying everything, cast members should be able to help you, especially if the crowds are low on a weekday.