EPCOT is home to many festivals throughout the year, Flower & Garden, Festival of the Arts, Festival of the Holidays and my favorite, the Food & Wine Festival. Starting at the end of August, the Food and Wine Festival invades EPCOT, allowing guests to try different foods and drinks from you guessed it, around the world. Food and Wine dates back to 1995 at EPCOT and has only grown and expanded the number of booths since then. This year, guests can enjoy food and drinks from over 30 outdoor booths spread out across the park. Last year, I provided a recap of the festival from 2017. This is basically an updated version of that. Keep reading to learn about the delicious options available at the 2019 Food & Wine Festival.
Pick Up Your “Travel” Essentials
As with every Festival that EPCOT has, you can pick up a Festival Passport and Exclusive Gift Card to start your exploration. The festival passport lets you mark off what you eat and drink as you go. It’s actually a great souvenir to keep after the festival is over to remember what you ate and drank (because not everyone takes photos of their food like me!). Every year, Disney releases a different gift card design for the festivals. These gift cards come on a coil wrist band, which makes it easy to put on your wrist and pay as you go. I personally like this method as you don’t have to keep taking out your wallet to pay.
Eat (& Drink) Up
As I mentioned, the festival this year had over 30 booths to enjoy. Here are the dishes that my family and I tried this year at the festival. Also, be sure to stick around to the end of the blog to see the other booths.
New for 2019 is The Alps booth. Located in front of the Norway Pavilion, the Alps booth offers some of popular items such as the Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese and Venison Stew. It was a hot day in Florida so warm Swiss cheese wasn’t doing it for me.
So instead, my dad and I had a White Ale from the beer stand in the Norway Pavilion (I am including this as the Alps) and the Frozen Rose from the Alps booth. My mom tried the Frozen Rose and said it was delicious!
Next up is the Germany Pavilion. Known for some of their famous items like Bratwurst and Pasta Gratin, this booth was quite popular and busy.
I opted to try the Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll and the Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager. While there was mustard served with it (I don’t eat mustard and I didn’t realize it) it was just served on the side so I didn’t try it. The Bratwurst itself with the Pretzel Roll was delicious and I really, really enjoyed it. The beer was also very good and it went really well with the Bratwurst.
Italy is a booth that we were all really excited about. They had lots of delicious offerings such as Ravioli Carbonara, Chicken Parm and Cannoli’s.
I opted to try the Balsamic-Glazed and Oven Roasted Pork Ribs and the Moscato Fior d’Arancio. The ribs were amazing and they gave you a really nice sized portion for the money. They are definitely on my list as one of the best items I tried at the festival. The Moscato was also really good and went down really quick. My mom tried the Crispy Chicken with Marinara Sauce (a take on Chicken Parm) and she said it was good- it was basically chicken tenders with dipping sauce.
A festival favorite for many, Canada is home to some guest favorites like the Filet Mignon and the Cheddar Cheese Soup.
During the festival, I tried the Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce (sans Mushroom) and the Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde, Hamilton, Ontario. The filet was delicious and cut like butter and the beer was really, really good. I always highly recommend a visit to this booth during any festival.
A booth new to me this year that I tried out this year was Australia. They had options such as the Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Shrimp and the Deconstructed Pavlova.
I tried the Roasted Lamb Chop (but in true Jenn fashion- I had it plain) and the Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale. The lamb was delicious and I really enjoyed it, as was the beer, which was probably one of my favorite beers from the festival. My mom tried the Deconstructed Pavlova and said it tasted very good.
While I wasn’t too interested in the food offerings at the Hawai’i booth, there was a drink that drew my attention. The Hawai’i booth offered options such as Grilled Tuna Tataki (inspired by Aulani), Teriyaki Glazed Spam and Passionfruit Cheesecake.
The drink I went there for was the Aulani Sunrise, which was Vodka, Dole Pineapple Juice and Grenadine. First, the souvenir cup that it comes in is super cute and says Food & Wine on it and makes this drink look even prettier. It is a sweet and strong drink, but I personally liked it. Although I am not a big Vodka person, I got over it for this drink. My mom had it as well, but she didn’t like it and said it was too strong for her.
Another booth that was new to me this year was China. Although it’s been at the festival for years, I’ve never ventured to try anything. They offered items such as Spareribs and Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles. I must say, they did have quite a few items that sounded really good.
I opted to try the Chicken Dumplings (sans Chinese Slaw). They were really, really delicious. They were tasty, not heavy at all and super easy to eat at a festival- which is a plus.
A newer booth to the festival, Brazil is cozily tucked away between Belgium and the entrance to the France Pavilion. Items at this booth included Moqueca, which is a Brazilian Seafood Stew and the Crispy Pork Belly.
There was one item I had my eye on- Pao de Queijo or Brazilian Cheese Bread. I heard really good things about it, so I tried it. Since they give you 2 huge pieces of bread, I split the portion with my dad. We both really liked the cheese bread. It was cheesy but not too strong and had a good consistency.
The last booth we visited during our trip to Food & Wine this year was the Belgium booth. The last time we visited the festival, we tried the Belgium Waffle, so we knew we had to visit once again. While of course the Belgium Waffle is a popular offering here, another option is the Beer-Braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes.
I went for the Golden Malted Belgium Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream. It was delicious as usual. I loved that it had a lot of whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Eat to the Beat
As I mentioned in the last blog post I did about the 2017 Food & Wine Festival, guests at this festival can enjoy an “Eat to the Beat” Concert at the American Gardens Theater. This theater, located in front of the USA Pavilion, allows guests to see different performances throughout the festival season from top acts. When I visited, there were two acts, one on the first two nights and a different one the other two. These performers were Mark Willis and Sugar Ray. While I’ve never heard of Mark Willis, I’ve definitely heard of Sugar Ray, so that was pretty cool!
As usual, the amount of photo pass opportunities at Food & Wine are not lacking. Whether you want to get a cool shot with a frame, in front of the Food & Wine decorations or even a photo with Remy, there is a photo pass photographer waiting for you.
Well there you have it, a look at the 2019 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.
Have you attended the festival this year? If so, what’s your favorite part? If not, what are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments below.
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