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Friday Feast: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

To say that I’m getting excited for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is an understatement.  It is by far my favorite time of year.  I mean really, combining Disney with food is my idea of paradise!

A few weeks ago, Disney Every Day reported on some new food items that will be added to the menu this year and there are a few that I haven’t stopped thinking about.  Then earlier today, The Disney Food Blog announced four more new items…yay!  There are also a few old favorites that I’ve been dying to sink my teeth into again, so let’s take a look…

Old Favorites

Well my number one favorite item at the festival has to be the Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from the South Korea booth.  This dish is so flavorful and is incredibly filling for a small plate.  It’s actually also pretty healthy among all of the items available at the festival.  I’m a little nervous that it won’t be making a return this year because a Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce and Kimchi has been announced as a new item there.  I will be devastated if this is the case…

Lettuce Wraps

Last year I discovered the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies at the Australia booth and fell in love.  Now I’m not a big lamb fan, but this was out of this world.  The combination of the mint and the salty potato chips was incredible.  I think I probably had at least 6 of these over the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend…they were the perfect post-race snack!!

Lamb Chop

The Florida Local Booth was new last year, but it had two wonderful dishes that I also had multiples of.  First was the Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro, which was both refreshing and spicy. I also really enjoyed the White Corn Arepa with Mangalitsa Pork Rilette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad.  This wasn’t a hit with a lot of people, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I think I’m just a sucker for anything that has pork in it.

Arepa Delicioso!

New Deliciousness

Since they like to change up the menu at the festival, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to get all of my favorite dishes again this year 🙁  But thankfully, some of the new items that have been announced look amazing.  First thing I’m dying to try is the Seared Trout with Frisee, Bacon and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette from the Canada booth.  Whoa…what is not to love about that?!?

Austraila looks like it’s going to have another winner on its hands with the addition of Garlic Shrimp served with what looks to be broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes.    Well all of that is sure to go very well with the Grilled Lamb Chop and maybe a nice glass of Pinot Noir.

The newly announced Lemongrass Curry Chicken from the Singapore booth sounds very promising, as long as it’s not overpoweringly spicy.  Also, the new for 2013 Scotland booth has a cocktail that I must try.  The Loch Lomond Cocktail which is Scotch, Drambuie and Dry Vermouth sounds delicious!

Well now you know what I’m most looking forward too…can you blame me?  Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival starts in only 77 days, but who’s counting?? 🙂

What is your favorite item at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival?  What new items are you looking forward to trying?


16 Responses to Friday Feast: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

  1. Canadian cheddar cheese soup, Ireland’s Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache, and Poland’s Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie. YUM! I can’t wait until the race in November to stuff my face 😛
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  2. I’m going (and running the half marathon!) for the FIRST TIME EVER in November! I’m going to have a hard time not eating EVERYTHINGGGGG
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  3. The brown elephant cocktail in Africa looks tasty to me as well as the seared mahi mahi in Singapore. I love the Food and Wine festival too and of course we are looking forward to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon!
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    • Running at Disney

      That cocktail looks a little sweet for my taste, but yes, the mahi mahi looks really good! Can’t wait for the race 🙂

  4. Love F&W! I haven’t been in 2 years and can’t.hardly.wait for October! My favorite was the lamb sliders in NZ. Hope they’re still around.

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  6. Good luck with Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and I hope that you will enjoy more at the festival this year. Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw looks very yummy, delicious and appetizing. I like Korean foods so I guess I have to check out the South Korea booth. Thanks for the wonderful review about the foods

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  9. Looking forward to the pickles they sell in Animal Kingdom next to the Kigelia pinnata tree (I’ll be running the 5K too).

  10. Since I’m cast member, we hit F&W a lot. And I have a strict rule. I cannot have the same thing twice in one year. That way I can sample everything. EXCEPT for the Dragonberry Coladas. These are my favorite frozen drink EVER! I have to get one every time we go by. And the hubby found the recipe so we can make them at home (although they’re not as good)
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    • Running at Disney

      Oh I don’t know if I could live by that rule if I could go as often as you…that would take a lot of self control!!!

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