Review: Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival | 2018

Hello darlings!

Today, I thought I’d do a review of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and chat about the things I tried this year. I’ve done this in the past on two different occasions and I just love writing about the festival because it’s really a lot of fun and reminiscing about food is always a good time.

If you want to read my past Food and Wine reviews, you can! I wrote one up in 2015 (when I still a baby & v new to blogging) and in 2017.

The very first thing we did on our Food and Wine tour this year was ride Spaceship Earth. I don’t know if you guys heard, but it was announced on a bunch of blogs recently that Spaceship Earth will be undergoing a two and a half year refurb which will essentially change everything we know and love about this ride, in preparation for the brand new shiny Epcot 2.0 that Imagineers are cooking up. I immediately panicked when I read the article because basically every Disney ride or attraction I’ve ever held near and dear to my heart has been given the axe over the last 5 years and Spaceship Earth is my absolute fav ride. I’m cautiously optimistic about what this refurb will actually consist of - maybe it’s just a refresh?? But for now, I’m going to ride it as much as I possibly can before it closes down.

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As my family are AP’s, we usually stop at the Festival Welcome Centre right off the bat to collect our free Passholder gift and the Festival passport. The Welcome Centre is located in the old Wonders of Life pavilion, which is super cool because I never visited Disney when the pavilion was in operation so it’s a bit of a glimpse of what Epcot used to be. This year, the AP gift was a magnet with Mickey in a chef hat that is absolutely to die for. Like, c’mon how cute is that!!!! They’ve also been giving out cutting boards if you go multiple times.

Now, onto the food!

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Kalua Pork Sliders

Our very first stop for food was Hawaii. Looking back on past reviews, this is kind of our go-to first stop haha. The weird part of my love for the pork slider is the fact that it’s the exact sort of dish that I’d actually hate in most cases. First off, I typically don’t love pork although I’m starting to warm up to it! Second, it’s got a sweet-and-sour Dole pineapple chutney and spicy mayo on it. I’m the pickiest eater ever so this seems really ‘out there’ for me but good God do I love it.

You can find this at the Hawaii booth.

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Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon

Our second stop was my home and native land! I always get this filet mignon, even though it mostly disappoints me. It’s kind of an iffy dish. Some years I love it, some years I could do without it. This year, it was quite good actually. I feel like it was a lot smaller than last year?? (Update: I went back & looked at old reviews, this dish has definitely gotten smaller and sadder looking over the years). Although I like the taste of the mushrooms on the steak, I’m not huge on mushrooms themselves and there were a ton on top of the beef this time, so I was constantly pushing them aside. But the meat was very tender and well-done, just how I like it. I also tried my mum’s dish, the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, and I loved it! Especially because it came with a pretzel roll to dunk into the soup!

You can find this at the Canada booth.

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Schinkennudeln

I also had, for the second time ever, the Schinkennudeln. There will never be a Food and Wine Festival where my family doesn’t totally butcher the name of this while ordering it, but we all love it anyway! It’s pasta gratin with ham, cheese and onions. And it’s sooo delicious. It looks like it’d be a really heavy pasta because of all the cheese but I find it’s actually not which is good because I don’t love heavy pastas. Plus, the cheese is very mild - again, a good thing because I’m not big on sharp cheese. (I know, I’m so weird)

You can find this at the Germany booth.

Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Ladies and gentlemen, may I please direct your attention to the worst quality pic of this entire post! By this point, it was like 7:30 at night so the lighting was not my friend. ANYWAY. This is one of my fav dishes from the festival. Ugh this is so good. I’m in heaven just thinking about it. Again, it’s one of those dishes that seems like something I might hate. It’s got pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, and peppers all mixed in with macaronic pasta to make an incredible (and quite spicy) dish. This and the pork sliders might just be tied for my #1 favourite dish of the festival.

You can find this at the Active Eats booth.

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Honestly, Food and Wine is such a great time. It’s a great opportunity to just stroll around World Showcase, taste a few international dishes, and enjoy the atmosphere of *ahem* the greatest Disney park.

Also, let’s have a moment of silence for our fallen heroes (aka the food that didn’t show up on menus this year):

  • Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi (although, I should probably quit holding out hope on this one, it’s been a couple years since it last appeared lol)

  • Chicken Gyro

  • Boeuf Bourguignon (my absolute fav!!! how could Disney do this to me!!!)

Hope you guys enjoyed reading! If you’ve been to Food and Wine before, let me know what your fav dish was in the comments.

Felicia x

Review: Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival | 2017

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Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival is absolutely, without a doubt one of my must-do's at Walt Disney World. If you were to ask me, 'say Felicia, I'm thinking about going to Disney, when should I go?', I would say AUTUMN because FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL. My family has been going to the Food and Wine Festival since 2011, and in 2015 my boyfriend joined in on our yearly tradition. Each year, we pick up a complimentary Food and Wine Passport to record what we've tried each year and our thoughts on each dish. So, I thought I would share with all of you what we tried and what we thought of everything.

[NOTE: Hello from the future! This post is quite old now & as I’ve learned more about photography/editing, I’ve learned not to over-saturate all my photos like I did in this post. But unfortunately, there’s no going back now! Sorry about that. Hope you enjoy anyway!]

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Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

Starting off with my home and native land! Every year since we started attending the Food and Wine Festival, we’ve had this steak dish. It used to be one of my favourite dishes of the event, but the past couple years, it’s been meh. My boyfriend and I shared a filet this time and though I was happy it was cooked well done, we both agreed that it wasn’t as great as it has been in past years. I’m not sure if maybe this had something to do with the fact that we got there later in the day and it might have been sitting out under heat lamps, but I was unfortunately unimpressed.


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Boeuf Bourguignon with Purée de Pommes de Terre

Okay, here we go. Favourite dish time. My boyfriend and I each had our own plate of the Boeuf Bourguignon because I looked at him and said, “um I’m not sharing this” lol. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon-braised beef served with mashed potatoes. Guys, this is the most tender piece of meat I have ever had in my entire life. Honestly, you don’t even need a knife to cut into this, you can easily tear it apart with a fork. Drizzled in gravy, atop mashed potatoes, this beef wins my heart year after year. Pro Tip: if you fancy trying this dish but can’t make it to Food and Wine Festival, or you’ve tried it at Food and Wine but just want to eat it again (trust me, I feel you), this dish is served with linguini at Les Chefs de France, one of the table service restaurants in Epcot’s France pavilion. Bon Appetit!


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Absolut Penne

Although I didn’t try anything at the Italy kiosk this year, my boyfriend did so I thought it fit to mention it regardless. Steven tried this Absolut Penne dish, which is penne served with vodka sauce and shrimp. I’m not a fan of seafood and especially not shrimp, but my boyfriend loves it. He really enjoyed this dish and said that he would most definitely try it again if they offered it in the future. Although, he did say it was a little bit spicy so if you don’t like any spice in your meals, this probably isn’t for you.


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Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

We visit this stand every year and it’s always worth it. Every time we come to the Hawaii stand, I get the pork slider. I looooove it so much. It’s super odd in terms of ingredients. Like, pineapple chutney, spicy mayo, pork… It sounds like a weird combo, right? For someone as picky as I am, it’s bizarre that I ever tried it. But I promise you, these flavours come together to create something absolutely divine. The pork mixed with the pineapple chutney is very *Italian kiss*. Yum, I’m in heaven just thinking about it right now!


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Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

The next stand we ventured over to was Australia. This is where my boyfriend tried the lamb. He found the lamb to be very tender and quite good, but said that the mint sauce was too excessive and overpowering.


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Rib Eye Tacos

I had never tried anything from the Mexico pavilion before this year’s festival, but my parents decided to try the tacos so I thought I’d have a taste. I was pleasantly surprised! Although I wasn’t totally in love with it, I did think it was pretty good. It was made up of marinated rib eye, roasted chipotle sauce, and grilled scallions on a corn tortilla. I feel like it was probably the chipotle sauce that I wasn’t keen on. All in all, pretty good dish, but I’m not sure that I would have it again in the future.


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Schinkennudeln

Germany was another new stop for me, but it will definitely be one I visit again in the future! My boyfriend and I tried this pasta dish which is pasta gratin made with ham and cheese. My boyfriend ordered it, offered me a bit, and I was in love! The baked pasta mixed with the taste of the ham was so interesting and tasty! I can’t wait to have it again next year.

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Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions

Our last stop was the Active Eats kiosk which is separate from the World Showcase stands. This was our last stop but it was certainly worthwhile. I won’t bother listing what’s in this dish because the name of it, although a mouthful, gets the point across! I’m a mac ‘n’ cheese fanatic. And this one checks off everything on my list. It’s so good. It even has a bit of a spice to it which makes it really interesting and different than just a plain ol’ mac ‘n’ cheese. I highly recommend this dish.

NOTABLY ABSENT

There were definitely some dishes that didn't show up this year, that were very missed by all:

  • The Chicken Gyro from Greece

  • The Ravioli alla Caprese from Italy

  • The Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi

RIP y’all :(

Until next time, Food and Wine!

Felicia x

Review: Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival | 2015

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You all may not know it yet, but I am a major foodie. Although I might be a bit picky (rather, very picky), I often go through periods of time where I become particularly adventurous in terms of my taste buds. Fortunately, this time of taste-related bravery comes along right around the time of Epcot's Food and Wine Festival.

The Food and Wine Festival is a special event that Disney hosts every autumn. They set up several "Marketplace" booths, representing various countries, and serve delectable dishes from around the world. It is a fantastic chance to try new things and enjoy miniature versions of fabulous meals.

Today, I visited alongside my parents and my lovely boyfriend. I took a few photographs of what I had and thought I might share them with all of you, so you can virtually drool over the culinary excellence of the Food and Wine Festival.

What I Had:

Hawaii: Kalua Pork Slider w/ Dole Pineapple Chutney & Spicy Mayo

Cheese Studio: Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread

Greece: Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce

Desserts & Champagne: Cream Soda Float with Caramel Ice Cream

Farm Fresh: Loaded Mac 'n' Cheese

Italy: Ravioli Alla Caprese

Belgium: Belgian Waffle w/ Chocolate Ganache

France: Boeuf Bourguignon

Canada: Cheddar cheese soup & Wild mushroom beef filet

Kalua pork sliders

Kalua pork sliders

Cheese fondue with sourdough bread

Cheese fondue with sourdough bread

chicken gyro

chicken gyro

cream soda float with caramel ice cream

cream soda float with caramel ice cream

loaded mac ‘n’ cheese

loaded mac ‘n’ cheese

raviolli alla caprese

raviolli alla caprese

belgian waffle with berries (left) and chocolate (right)

belgian waffle with berries (left) and chocolate (right)

boeuf bourguignon

boeuf bourguignon

cheddar cheese soup and wild mushroom filet

cheddar cheese soup and wild mushroom filet