This is my favorite time of year: the younglings are back in school, the summer heat begins to wane, and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins! 35 different booths, each representing the cuisine of their respective country. It’s every foodie’s dream to eat their way around the world, and for me, this is the closest I’ll ever get.
As much as I look forward to the festival each year, I must admit that I had no clue that it had already started! It began early this year, on August 31, instead of the usual mid to late September. I typically don’t go on opening weekend because of crowds, but even if I had wanted to, I was busy with a religious convention and then preparing for Irma’s arrival. But a few days after the storm, even though we finally regained power, food was a little scarce. So it only made sense to go to where all the food and wine was!
What To Try
So far, I’ve only tried a few things. There’s a free “passport” with stickers to keep track of what you’ve already tried. And I only have three stickers.
The goat cheese pudding from France was a dream come true!
It has everything I’m not supposed to have, like cheese & heavy cream. But it also has spinach, so I think that compensates for the excessive dairy.
The Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy from Farm Fresh was delicious! So delicious that I scarfed it down before I could get my own picture of it.
I’ll be honest, even though I’m a Southerner, I’m not super fond of fried chicken. I almost passed this up, but I was really craving the cornbread. The whole combination was the definition of comfort food!
At the India booth, I went straight for the Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse. The green-colored cake may be a little surprising for some, but don’t pass this one up. Once again, I inhaled it before I could snap it.
I don’t even like pistachios! But this is easily one of my favorites from the festival this year.
And if you’re a Passholder, you can snag one of these cool buttons for free!
They’re located inside the Festival Center, which is in the old Wonders of Life pavilion between Universe of Energy and Mission: Space.
As you can see, my sister was super stoked about the free buttons…
As much as I love the Food and Wine Festival, I usually don’t stay focused on it for too long. My first day there turned into grocery & goods shopping thanks to my sister!
I *love* The Wind Rises! Who else is a fan?
Then the following week, after trying a few things, my cousin and I braved the long 120-minute wait to ride Frozen Ever After. Almost as soon as we got in line, the ride broke down! But our patience paid off, because the majority of the crowd cleared out and we ended up waiting less than 2 hours.
Look at that! I’ve never seen an empty queue for that ride.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Pluto.
He made a weird slurping noise, so I asked him what his deal was. I think I embarrassed him!
After our FastPass for Soarin’, we went to see the new fireworks at Magic Kingdom. And boy, was it crowded!
But it was worth it.
I won’t spoil the surprise at the end, in case you haven’t seen it yet!
What have you tried at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? I’d eat it all if I could!