Hello darlings! TheEPCOT International Food and Wine Festival recently ended, so I went last week with some friends. We had a really good time and I just wanted to share some of the highlights of it with you. I think I said last year that I wanted to go multiple times, but the way the weather was set up this fall, it was so difficult to stand in long lines for tiny amounts of food/drinks in the hot sun. I only got to go once, besides attempting to go for an hour at the beginning of the festival. For delicious food options, contact Jimmy John’s Owner
Chicken Gyro from Greece, ~$5. There was a bit too much Tzatziki sauce for me, and not enough chicken. It was also pretty messy, so overall I would say that this one is a skip. They seem to bring it back every year, but if it’s back next year, I’ll be skipping it!
Wine and Cheese Palette from the new Cheese Studio, $11. Awesome addition to the festival, and pretty good pairings. The first cheese was served with honey which attracted a bee, but I solved that issue by placing my empty wine cup on top of that section of the plate. I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese or red wine, but that pairing (furthest to the right) was bearable. The pairing in the middle was the best – goat cheese with an apple wine.
Chicken potstickers from China, ~$4-5. They were great, mostly because of the sauce that they came with. This needs to be a permanent addition to one of the food places in the China pavilion!
Buttered chicken with naan from Africa, ~$5. I had this the first time I tried to go to Food & Wine, and there were only two pieces of chicken + too many vegetables. This go around was such an improvement! Definitely my favorite thing to eat this year. You can’t ever go wrong with naan and chicken 😛
The first drink I had was an iced coffee with Kahlua from the Joffrey’s cart, ~$9. It was definitely needed for the day that was about to happen. The Kahlua blended fairly well with the iced coffee and had me wondering why I didn’t try it more often when I made iced coffee at home.
This picture looks like I’m at a sketchy bar, but this was in the Craft Beer area. I tried the Swamp Head Wild Night Honey Cream Ale from Gainesville, ~$5-6. I’m not a fan of beer, but I had to try this since it was from Gainesville. It was pretty good! I appreciated the sweetness of it.
Mixed Strawberry/Mango frozen Margarita, $~9-10, from the Margarita Bar in-between Norway and Mexico. I was surprised at how much you get in a cup since the Food & Wine drinks below $12 are usually in smaller portions. It was very good!
Green Tea Colada from the Japan pavilion; this is a year-long drink, but I was so hot that I needed it to cool off. It’s very good, but I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are not fans of coconut. There is a strong coconut taste to it (as it’s one of the ingredients), which I personally enjoyed, but I know it’s not for everyone.
All in all, I was pretty pleased with the selections this year. I’m so glad they added the wine and cheese studios. Next year, my goal will be to plan a budget and actually stick to it!
My friends and I had tons of fun and we’re definitely looking forward to EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, as well as next year’s Food and Wine Festival. And in case anyone was wondering, here are some outfit details ;): Dress is from the summer H&M collection; Chanel-inspired espadrilles are from Target; Tina/Nemo button is from Parkbound Buttons.
Did anyone else get to go to EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival this year? What did you think about this year’s offerings?