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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.