With the coming of the Fall season marks the start of yet another Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. Beginning on August 29th, Disney will be cooking up some fresh new delights in order to keep things new and exciting, but with so many different items to try, it can be difficult to determine which food is a must-have, and which plates you can pass on. Fortunately, Tim and Jenn have already tried a few of these incredible plates at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival Preview, and are here to share with you their favorites from this past week’s taste test.
1. Flavors from Fire
Tim and Jenn’s first stop on their taste test around the world includes a stop at the Flavors from Fire booth, which is home to a delectable dish made up of – crispy potatoes topped with smoked corn beef, cheese curds, pickled onions, and beer-cheese fondue. Jenn raved about the corn beef and cheese curds, while Tim enjoyed the crispy potatoes, equivalating them to fancy nachos. At the end of the day, this upscale bar food-type item is sure to be a hit with you and your entire group’s taste buds.
2. Coastal Eats
Moving on to the Coastal Eats pavilion, we find a unique blend of flavorings – Pacifico True Striped Bass, Tostada, slaw, and fire-roasted tomatillo sauce – all beautifully presented and served as a Fish Tostada that is a must-try at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. One warning about this dish is that it is a bit spicy, so be prepared for a burn to be served up with this plate.
3. Islands of the Caribbean
Our third stop on Tim and Jenn’s taste test around the world is the appropriately named Islands of the Caribbean booth, serving up a plate of: jerk-spiced chicken with roasted sweet plantain salad and mango chutney. This plate is a must-order, as the chicken harbors that flame-grilled taste that pairs perfectly with its jerk seasoning and the sweet taste of the mango chutney. Again, we must warn you that this plate is a bit on the spicy side, but if you’re a fan of the heat, this plate is definitely for you.
4. The Donut Box
We now move on to dessert, where we begin at The Donut Box with a black and white coffee cocktail, garnished with a fresh yeast donut with chocolate espresso bean crumbles. To be clear, Tim and Jenn did not try the cocktail itself, but instead opted to tasting the donut that garnishes the drink. This decision paid off, as this donut is now a must-try at this year’s food and wine festival. Not only is it a soft donut, but it is also topped with just the right amount of icing, which limits this treat from being sweeter than it needs to be.
5. The Alps
Last but not least, we conclude our taste around the world at the The Alps booth, which is serving up a Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche Cream and Blue Diamond® Almonds. Contrary to its description, this treat isn’t as sweet as it looks, and furthermore is described by Tim as the perfect treat on a hot day. This dessert may be a bit difficult to share thanks to its tenderness, making sharing this item a bit more difficult than others at the festival. But really, who is going to complain about having an entire dessert to themselves?
With Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival just around the riverbend, Disney is gearing up for another incredible season of food and drinks from around the world. In true Disney spirit, there’s something to satisfy everybody’s food cravings, and this list is just a peek behind the curtain of what will be offered at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. So come hungry and be prepared to send your taste buds on a journey around the world!