Epcot Food and Wine Festival – October 2016

I thought this Disney trip would never arrive, and now I feel like it’s been so long since I went (because it has been)! I spent the entire summer planning – where will we eat, what will we ride, which park should we visit on each day – and I definitely think that thorough planning paid off.

Hurricane Matthew hit our part of North Carolina the weekend before we left. I felt incredibly guilty going on a fun trip knowing so many people had lost everything. It ended up being a good for us though since we didn’t have power for most of the week.

We drove down on Monday, October 10, stopped at FishBones in Orlando (per boyfriend’s request), and finally made it to our room at Port Orleans Riverside.

On Tuesday we visited Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival (official Disney info at that link). We didn’t plan our trip during the festival on purpose, but I was so pumped that they coincided because I LOVE FOOD.

I had done some heavy research (I get slightly obsessed with planning) on the festival – what food and drink would be offered and prices – but it ended up being fun just walking around and eating whatever we were in the mood for.

Be sure to get a stamp book to remember the dishes and drinks you try from each country!

Clockwise: Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Mai Tai, and Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayo

I think the food and drinks above from the Hawaii kiosk were my favorite sampling. The sparkling wine was fruity and sweet (just the way I like it!) and I could’ve inhaled pounds of that pork.

Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan Bread

John was a little hesitant about the buttered chicken from the Africa outpost, but he still frequently mentions it, and I was proud of myself for trying something that I normally wouldn’t (I’m a bit picky about what I’ll eat…unless it’s a doughnut).

Frozen Szarlota (apple pie and vodka) from Poland. Amazing.

I had seen the frozen szarlota online, and it was definitely on my list of must-drinks! I was definitely not disappointed – not only was it delicious, but it was also frozen and super refreshing! Some people would consider this a dessert, but I have a huge sweet tooth, so the sweetness was perfect!

Spicy Sushi Roll (tuna and salmon with Kazan volcano sauce) and a Pineapple Breeze Sake Cocktail

To be honest, I got annoyed that John wanted sushi (my argument was he could get that anywhere), but I also didn’t want to be bossy, so sushi it was. I didn’t try this because I don’t do raw fish…and rarely do cooked fish; I don’t think he was blown away though. The blue sake on the other hand? Yum.

I would also like to interrupt here and say that we did actually do other things than just walk around and eat 🙂 This post is all about the food, but we did hit all the rides in between snacking!

And now to Morocco! I think I went a little Moroccan-crazy because everything just sounded so good. The spicy hummus fries and chocolate baklava were delicious, but unfortunately, the sangria was merely meh.

I apologize for the blurryness of this photo; I also didn’t get an up-close pic of Canada’s beer cheese soup, and you may need a magnifying glass to see that baby-size apple ice wine, which was another drink that I was really excited about trying because I’d had a sampling of ice wine previously and LOVED it. I’m glad I tried it, but for $8 and that itty bitty cup, one time is enough for me.

Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi from Poland – another delicious option!

Our final snack of the night was this Nitro Truffle. It’s frozen and poor, sweet John had a difficult time chopping off pieces (and earned my stank eye when he sent a huge chunk flying into the grass 😑).

I didn’t get a picture of the Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes from Belgium, the Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp from Australia, or the Beef Empanada from Patagonia, but they were all delicious.

Trying all the food and drinks definitely adds up money-wise, but we were prepared going in that it was vacation and were splurging, but it was sad to see how quickly things could add up. To prepare, we bought Disney gift cards from Target using our Red card to get a 5% discount. It’s not a lot, but we saved money and that’s what matters! We had a blast at the Food and Wine Festival and would definitely do it again in the future!

If you’ve been to the Food and Wine Festival what would you recommend? What were your favorite drinks or snacks?


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