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Friday Feast: Epcot Food & Wine Favs

It’s no secret that Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is my favorite time of year….seriously, my FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!  How can you go wrong with food, drinks, friends and Disney?  You can’t.  Period.

Last weekend when I was in WDW for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, I spent quite amount of time at the festival enjoying my old favorites and some awesome new dishes.  Come on, let’s look at some awesome food porn together…

Old Favorites

There are two dishes that I MUST always get or else my trip to Food & Wine will not be complete.  First is my all time favorite Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from South Korea.  Yum, Yum and Yum!  It’s such a simple dish, yet full of flavor and probably one of the healthiest dishes at the festival.

2013-F&W-South-Korea-Pork

Last year I became obsessed with the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from Australia.  I think I ate about six of them.  Well I was beyond happy to see that they hadn’t changed it this year and it was better than ever!

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New Discoveries

One thing I love about the Food & Wine Festival are all the new dishes that are introduced every year.  Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann takes great pride in creating innovative dishes and bringing the flavors of the world direct to Epcot.  I had the pleasure of meeting him and picking his brain a bit last weekend…what a treat!

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Chef Jens’ favorite dish of the festival and one that he takes the most pride in is the Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro from Brazil.  This dish takes 3 days to make and really is delicious.  But I may be biased because pork belly is by far my favorite food ever!

2013-F&W-Brazil-Pork-Belly

There was a new addition to the Canada booth this year and that was a Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette.  Ever since this was announced I was looking forward to trying it.  Top something with bacon and I’m sold! As expected, this dish was wonderful and the bacon combined with the maple vinaigrette was the perfect salty, sweet combo.

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New Zealand added quite a few new dishes this year.  After Sarah from Eating WDW raved about the Gratinated Green Lip Mussels with Garlic and Herbs I had to give them a try, along with the Venison Sausage with Pickled Mushrooms, Baby Arugula and Black Currant Reduction that had caught my eye immediately.  Both were great, but that sausage was out of this world.  I am definitely going back for another one of those over Wine & Dine Weekend!

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A new addition to the festival this year was Scotland.  Being a Scotch lover, I couldn’t wait to try the beverages.  I was actually more excited about that than the food there. The Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich 12 year was delicious as expected and has the potential to be very dangerous.  The Glenfiddich Scotch Flight was a really fun way to experience the flavors of the different ages as you experience the 12, 15 and 18 year varieties.  It was a tough choice, but I think the 15 year won for me.  But the surprising favorite was the Innis & Gunn  Original.  Oh. My.  Chef Jens filled me in that this beer is matured in scotch barrels, giving it a very unique flavor.  I think this might be my favorite new beer!

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So the drinks held up to my expectations, but surprisingly the food in Scotland greatly surpassed them!  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word haggis I’m instantly nauseous.  Too much offal for my taste.  But here they have Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties translated to a Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes.  This was surprisingly delicious and I actually went back and got it a second time.  I was also surprised that I actually enjoyed the Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette considering I don’t like cooked salmon.  Although the highlight of the dish was the cauliflower puree…just give me a big plate of that please!  And then the dessert, Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scottish Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles and Sweet Cream…chocolate, shortbread, bananas and whiskey, really?!  It’s like heaven on a plate!  Overall, Scotland NAILED IT!

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There are still a TON of new dishes I’m dying to try, so be sure I will be stuffing my face over Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November!  Is it November yet??

What are your Food & Wine favs??  What new items are you looking forward to trying??

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?

 

New to Me: Epcot’s World Showcase

World Showcase

Well we made it through Future World and now it’s time to move to the back of the park to World Showcase.  But before we do, I have to say that I received a TON of comments, tweets, FB messages and texts about great meals that were recently had at Coral Reef!  I am so excited to hear that and can’t wait to eat there this weekend.  (Yes, I will be in WDW this weekend…let me know if you want to say hi!)

So World Showcase…home of my FAVORITE event, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival!  It is also probably my favorite place to grab a beer and just sit on a bench.  This is a regular occurrence for Amanda and I.  But as with most of WDW, there are still quite a few things I haven’t done here.  They mainly consist of films and restaurants.  Let’s move clockwise around the lagoon…

School Bread

I actually haven’t eaten at any of the Norwegian establishments, but I think the fact that I haven’t tried the beloved School Bread is probably the most significant.  If you’re not familiar with this Disney cult classic, it is available at the Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in the Norway pavilion.  It is a sweet roll filled with vanilla custard and topped with icing and toasted coconut.  This sounds right up my alley, so I’m really not sure why I haven’t tried this yet…it’s a mystery!  But now that I know I have an egg sensitivity, it doesn’t look like I’ll be trying this anytime soon because of the custard.  Fail.

Reflections of China

China

As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of films in WDW and this is particularly true when you have to stand for the film.  I get that the Circle-Vision 360 films aren’t conducive to sitting, but after walking around Epcot the last thing I want to do is stand for a 13-minute film.  I’ve heard this is a breathtaking film and I think I would actually enjoy it since I don’t think I will ever see China in my life (that’s a seriously long flight!).  I think the key to seeing this will be to make it one of the first things I do, so I won’t be so tired from walking around all day.  Yeah…that’s the ticket!

Biergarten Restaurant

Biergarten

I’ve been in this restaurant a few times for runDisney meetups, but I’ve never actually eaten here.  Again surprising since my heritage is half German and knowing that so many people rave about it.  I also love sausage and sauerkraut  so what gives??  Well a few things.

1. I only like buffets for breakfast…strange, but true.  There is something about lunch and dinner buffets that just really don’t appeal to me.  Plus, I never feel like I eat enough to make it worth the price for me.

2. B doesn’t like anything about the menu here.  He hates all things pickled, despises cabbage and beets, and really isn’t a fan of sausage.  Why did I marry him you ask?  Well he is pretty awesome in most other things.  😉  So because he doesn’t like the food, it’s never really on my radar.

3. The entertainment just isn’t for me.  When it comes to music, I turn to my Irish heritage for that.  Yodeling…no thanks.

O Canada!

Canada

Well, the reasons I haven’t seen this are the same as Reflections of China.  Film + Standing = No.  I actually almost went to see this over Wine & Dine Weekend, but we just missed it and I didn’t want to wait 18-minutes for the next one.  I’ve heard Martin Short is actually really funny and again the film is gorgeous.  Plan for this weekend…Canada first, China second…go!

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Gasp!  I know!  The most beloved restaurant by Disneyphiles everywhere and this foodie hasn’t been there!  To be honest, when restaurants are that hyped up, I tend to avoid them.  Don’t get me wrong, the food looks great here, but I just don’t want to be on the phone 180 days out making ADRs.  Now that it’s been bumped up to 2 table service credits on the Dining Plan, I hear that it’s easier to get a reservation so hopefully I’ll be able to give it a try soon.  I recently popped my head in to get a look at the restaurant and was surprised by how small it is, which is what probably attributes to the difficulty of getting in.

What attractions and restaurants are new to YOU in World Showcase at Epcot??  

What are your thoughts on films where you have to stand??