Friday Feast: Healthy Options at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booths (Part 2)

By now you have hopefully digested all of the wonderful dishes that we looked at in Part 1 and are ready to move on to the healthy options at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for the 2nd half of World Showcase!  If you recall, we ended last week at the South Africa booth which is located between the China and Germany pavilions.  There aren’t many healthy options between here and the America pavilion, but there are some delicious options if you want to splurge.  The Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onion & Sour Cream is particularly yummy!

This 2nd half of World Showcase is heavy on the seafood.  We’ll start at the Hops & Barley booth where you will find some great New England classics.  The chilled Lobster Claw Cuddler with Herb Mayonaise is so basic and so delicious.  Now the mayo isn’t the best thing to eat, but a few small dips won’t kill you.  This is a nice, light dish on those warm days in the beginning of the festival.

Next up is a new booth this year, Flordia Local.  I’m so excited for this booth!  I’m a big proponent of eating locally and I think it’s great that Disney is taking steps to feature this cuisine.  The Florida Shrimp Cerviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro sounds amazing.  Fresh ingredients with a Latin flaire inspired from South Florida are right up my alley.

The New Zealand booth is next along the route, which has moved from it’s former location outside of the UK pavilion.  Here we have Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Slaw.  This is a new preperation of the seared scallop from past years and it sounds quite interesting.  I like curry, but I just hope it’s not too spicy.  This booth also features a wine from one of my favorite vineyards, Kim Crawford.  I can see this dish pairing well with the crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

Next to the Moroccan pavilion is the Belgium booth.  Not only is the food great here, but there is a nice shaded seating area next to the booth which is a prime spot to camp out and grab a few dishes.  If you can resist the decadent Belgian waffle try the Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth with Baguette.  This is a much lighter version of the mussels from prior years, which had a heavy garlic cream that was delicious but far from healthy.

Now you’ll have to walk the gauntlet of deliciously unhealthy dishes in France, Ireland and Canada to make your way back to the beginning of our journey for the last few booths.  The Greece booth has a nice Greek Salad with Pita Bread, which has tomatoes, onions and feta cheese.

Lastly we come to one of my favorite booths from last year, Hawaii.  This was introduced last year and made a big impact.  The Kalua Pork Slider is to die for…I could eat a dozen of these!  The healthier option here is the Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips which is equally delicious.  The tuna is incredibly fresh and the seaweed salad is surprisingly good.  What a great way to end our journey!

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips from 2011

As you can see, you can stay on track with a healthy diet and still enjoy all that the Epcot Food & Wine Festival has to offer!  You’ll never feel deprived 🙂 

Don’t forget that the Disney Food Blog has released the “DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival“!!  This e-book is far from mini with 160 pages full of Food & Wine Festival goodness.  The guide has a full, daily schedule of events for the entire 46-day festival, mouthwatering photos of all 29 marketplace booths and the food available at each, and a brand new chapter on What’s NEW at the 2012 Festival!  Also included are touring strategies, an Eat to the Beat! MP3 playlist, and 11 themed booth crawls, a really fun way to experience the festival!  Click here to view more details and make sure to use the discount code CHEFS to get a $3 discount!!

I hope you enjoyed this fun 2-part series on the Food & Wine Festival and will share your festival experiences this fall.  I can’t wait for it to start!  So I’m still waiting to hear from you: what’s your favorite healthy food at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival?

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