Hello my loves!
Welcome back. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know there are a few posts that can always be counted on from me each year and one of them is my annual Food and Wine review post!
If you don’t know, every year in the autumn Epcot puts on their International Food and Wine Festival, which is a culmination of a bunch of delectable treats and beverages from around the world. Epcot’s World Showcase becomes dotted with booths where you can try out foods that maybe you’ve never had or even heard about before! It’s a great event for everyone but especially foodies.
This year was particularly special for me as it’s my first time being 21 years old at the festival! So now I can finally try and review alcoholic beverages for you guys. No more only doing the ‘food’ in ‘food and wine’!
Without further ado, let’s get into the fun part - chatting about food!
Kalua Pork Slider - $5.25
Ahhhhh pork slider - my favourite Food and Wine dish. Ever since I tried this dish years and years and years ago, it has never failed to delight me, which is impressive because some of my favourite dishes really have let me down a few times (looking at you, filet from Canada). I’ve talked about this dish in my past reviews, so if you’ve been around for awhile, you’re probably sick of hearing about it. Essentially, it’s a pork slider with sweet-and-sour DOLE pineapple chutney and spicy mayo. These condiments really add a very interesting, multi-dimensional taste to the pork and it is just divine. It’s a small portion, but quite filling!
You can find this at the Hawaii booth!
Aulani Sunrise (Alcoholic) - $10
Let me preface this by saying my favourite thing in the whole world is pineapple juice, and just pineapple in general, so the Hawaii booth this year was a BIG win for me. This alcoholic juice was top notch. It was very simple, just vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine but it was a refreshing punch that was very easy to sip as we walked around the park. I will say though, while the cup may appear to be very large (which it was), it was mostly filled with ice… There wasn’t a whole lot of liquid in there. For the price, it probably wasn’t worth it to be honest. But I’m glad we got to try it anyway! Plus, we got a take-home souvenir cup as it was hard plastic.
You can find this at the Hawaii booth!
Boeuf Braisé à la Bordelaise - $6.50
In the past couple years, I have been extremely bitter as I’ve mourned the loss of one of the best Food and Wine dishes: the Boeuf Bourguignon. Anyone who’s heard me talk about the Festival knows how much I loved this beef dish. But sadly, last year it didn’t show up on the menu, and it has stayed off again this year. It was, however, replaced with another beef dish. I didn’t want to try it out of pettiness about my bourguignon leaving, but my boyfriend ordered it so I said I’d give it a try. It was REALLY good!! It honestly tasted very similar to the boeuf bourguignon, as both are braised in Cabernet Sauvignon. The main difference was the potato side dish - in the bourguignon, it was mashed potatoes, but this time around, it was pomme dauphine (puffed potatoes). I didn’t love these potatoes, I much preferred the mashed potatoes.
You can find this at the France booth!
La Passion Martini Slushy (Alcoholic) - $11
Also in the France pavilion, I got the La Passion Martini Slushy which is a slushy made of vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice. It has a very similar consistency as the Grand Marnier slushy which you can get year-round in the France pavilion. It’s a really lovely slushy, especially if you like cranberry (which I do). It was super refreshing. However, I would recommend getting this transferred to a plastic cup (or reusable cup!) if possible. The little plastic flute they serve it in is USELESS… I say this because I spilt my Grand Marnier slushy all over my shirt this summer OKAY MOVIN’ ON.
You can also find this at the France booth!
Teriyaki Chicken Bun - $5.75
I don’t really have a lot to say about this other than that I didn’t like it. This was a steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and a sweet teriyaki sauce. I think it was mostly the teriyaki sauce that put me off. I only had one bite of this lol. Also, the bun was a little too doughy for my liking. But I tried it!! And that’s what Food and Wine is all about - pushing past your comfort zone and trying new things.
You can find this at the Japan booth!
Ravioli Carbonara - $7.25
I LOVE CARBONARA. Honestly, spaghetti carbonara is my favourite dish in the whole world. Italian food in general is my favourite in the whole world. However, ravioli is meh to me. So I didn’t know what to expect with this dish. In the end, I actually really liked it! It was cheese ravioli which is good because I’m even less interested in meat ravioli. It was very creamy and cheesy, so if that’s not your thing, you probably won’t love this. I loved the sauce most of all bc carbonara duh. But overall, I preferred the tri-coloured tortellini from the Flower and Garden Festival.
You can find this at the Italy booth!
Pollo - $6.00
And the winner for the most nondescript dish name goes to… POLLO! Lol but seriously, who names a dish just plain “Chicken”? Anyway, this was a breaded, crispy chicken with marinara sauce for dipping purposes. It was really nothing special. I’m not huge on breaded chicken (even though I love chicken tenders…. try to figure out that one lol). So it was just meh for me. The sauce made it slightly tastier but not much. My boyfriend liked it though! And it was his dish after all, I just stole from it.
You can also find this at the Italy booth!
Schinkennudeln - $4.25
I LOVE saying the name of this - schinkennudeln. That’s awesome. This is a pasta gratin with ham, onions and cheese. It’s really quite basic and actually, I make it a lot at home from the recipe in one of the Food and Wine cookbooks I own. I have this weird thing about cheese where if the scent of the cheese is too strong, it makes me nauseous. The Alps ‘Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese’ dish this year grossed me out so bad I had to walk away while my dad and Steven ate it. But this has a very mild scent and taste, too. It’s not too overpowering nor is it too heavy, which is great!
You can find this at the Germany booth!