The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has started, and the crowds are already there. Opening day lines extended down the World Showcase promenade at almost every kiosk, and people swarmed the booths that popped up in Future World for the first time ever in 2015.
If you don’t know what all the hoopla is about, check out my quick review of several of the food items, which you’ll see in the photos below. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival gives you the chance to try cuisine from around the world, as well as sustainable and locally sourced items, in convenient tasting-size portions. Grab your free passport, make a plan, and hit up all the kiosks that catch your fancy. Don’t forget to get your passport stamped so you have a free, fun souvenir of your culinary journey.
Speaking of souvenirs, the festival has some adorable merchandise this year, much of which features my favorite purple dragon, Figment. Jump here to see a slideshow that shows some of the 2015 offerings.
Let’s start with the sweet stuff! The Belgium kiosk always has a crowd, and you can see why. The Belgian waffle is always a crowd pleaser, with its crispy texture and fruit and whipped cream topping.
Pork Spare Ribs
The Sustainable Chew Pork Spare Ribs get s thumbs up from me, which is somewhat unusual since I’m not a big fennel fan. The seasoning is very well done, so it works for me, and I could easily eat the mascarpone cheese grits on their own.
Yucca Souffle with Griddled Cheese
I like yucca, but my big endorsement here goes to the griddled cheese on top of the yucca souffle. The Dominican Republic was last at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival several years ago, so it’s to see this popular booth make a return.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle
In fitting with the expansion to Future World, the Epcot International Food and Wine offerings have expanded into some lab-based offerings. Nitro is big this year, and when you apply the deep freeze to chocolate, the results have to be be good. Take it from me, they are!
The France kiosk is always popular, and the beef is quite good as always, but my big thumbs up goes to the escargot that’s served up in puff pastry. Don’t let the though of snails dissuade you. They’re served in a delicious and very accessible way.
I love Morocco any time of year; they have one of my favorite restaurants at Epcot. It’s always tasty grab a sweet treat like baklava that gives you the sugar rush you need to continue to eat your way around the world.
Beef Slider and Mango Bubble Tea
The beef sliders at China are a nice change of pace, and I’m a huge bubble tea fan, so of course I had to try the mango variety. It goes down nice and cold on a hot September day (and it looks like the Florida heat is going to stick around, at least for the first part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival).
Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple. Need I say more? This is another treat served up at the Dominican Republic kiosk. The sauce itself is as good as the dessert.
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Shrimp
Shrimp on the barbie is a cliche for a reason, as this Australian dish proves with its sweet and lightly spicy flare. The Australian shrimp has pineapple for the sweetness, combined with peppers, onion, and snap peas.