Welcome back foodie fans! My food and drink journey around the world continues at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. After spending some time in Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios it was time to return to Epcot to experience the rest of the Food and Wine Festival. My family and I worked our way around the park in the same direction we did the first day, but tried different booths along the way. After grabbing some beers and wine in America, we moved on to Italy where my family enjoyed some Brunello and even some limoncello.
We moved on to Germany where you can find plenty of beer to try; it outdoes America by offering two different beer flights. Of course, when in Germany do what the Germans do. So, we got both! The beers had a variety of flavors from a thick stout to light citrus flavors. Beer Flight 1: Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, Altenmünster Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Premium Dunkel and Beer Flight 2: Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Palor, BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer, BraufactuM Darkon. We didn’t only drink of course! There was Roast Bratwurst to go with the beer as we made our way around the world. There was a booth near Germany specifically titled “Cheese,” therefore was its specialty. This happened a few times in the festival; the food itself is from that area but does not have a distinct country and is instead more food or drink based, such as the booth near Mexico called “Margaritas.” At the cheese booth I got a delectable Artisan Cheese selection with three different cheeses: Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Triple Crème Brie, Wijngaard Goats Gouda. The Cheddar was paired with honey, the Brie with an apricot jam, and the gouda with a craisin crostini. All three were delicious, my favorite was probably the gouda and crostini, though I cannot deny a tasty cheddar and honey combination.
The next stop was Africa where we enjoyed two interesting dishes. One was a spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket which was slightly spicy, but full of flavor and the crust was nice and crunchy. The other dish we enjoyed was Berbere-style Beef which came with jalapenos and a rice underneath; because of the jalapenos it was spicy, but still bold in flavor.
After Africa, we made our way to the East with new flavors that we were eager to try. In South Korea we enjoyed a Lettuce Wrap with Kimchi Sauce. The pork was cooked perfectly and the creaminess of the sauce combined with the crunch of the lettuce wrap was an amazing texture and flavor combination. These wraps were so good we ended up getting two and even purchased the Food and Wine Festival cookbook, (which contains some recipes seen at the festival as well as others), so that we could eat it again. It was hands down one of the best dishes I had at this entire festival.
In Norway, you can become a Viking if you take a shot of Aquavit out of a glass made of ice and keep a straight face for five seconds. Of course, my brothers jumped at this opportunity and are now honorary Vikings. From Norway we moved to Mexico where we found tacos and margaritas of course! Personally, I love margaritas and was looking forward to being in Mexico the whole week. When I got there I was not disappointed, because a booth was specifically designated for Margaritas. There you could get a tequila flight or enjoy one of the frozen margaritas: lime, strawberry, and mango. I chose the Fiesta Margarita which was a combination of all three. While this may sound crazy, when all three flavors started to blend together it was interesting and delicious! If margaritas are not your thing, you can always have some Dos Equis!
There was another booth in Mexico which had its own tequila flight, which my brothers decided to try. We also enjoyed a shrimp taco with red cabbage and a rice pudding. Both, received good reviews from my family members, who were consistent with everything we tried. Most booths offered at least one vegetarian option so that everyone could try the flavors in each country. At this point we ended our journey for the day and moved on to some rides! Be on the lookout for my third and final day at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!