2013 Epcot International “Food” & Garden Festival – Recap

Good morning, fans!

I know how busy Saturdays and Sundays can be, so I thought it might help those who were bogged down and busy over the last few days to recap and combine this weekend’s double-preview of the 2013 Epcot International “Food” & Garden Festival into one master list. I know it will help me out to have the pre-rankings recorded in one place when it comes time to sample and re-organize these delicious dishes into a final ranking.

Click these links – “Food” & Garden Festival – Part II (#1 to #10) and “Food” & Garden Festival – Part I (#11 to #20) – to see all of the detail, but here’s how it looks going into “dinner time”:

  • #1 – Pulled pig slider with cole slaw (United States)
  • #2 – Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread (United States)
  • #3 – Pork tacos topped with Tamarindo salsa, served on a flour tortilla with chicharrón (Mexico)
  • #4 – Crab tostada served with chipotle mayo and Valentina salsa (Mexico)
  • #5 – Spinach lasagna, green peas, zucchini, mushrooms, broccolini, béchamel, and fresh tomatoes, with garlic and basil leaves (Italy)
  • #6 – Grilled Salmon, cooked shrimp, and crab stick served over a bed of fragrant ginger rice with volcano and dynamite sauces (Japan)
  • #7 – Spiced lamb kebab with vegetable couscous salad (Morocco)
  • #8 – Pan-fried vegetable bun (China)
  • #9 – Fresh grilled carrots, onions, and cabbage with Japanese noodles and teriyaki sauce served on a bun with mayonnaise and Beni Shoga (Japan)
  • #10 – Potato pancakes with house-made apple sauce (Germany)
  • #11 – Spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple (China)
  • #12 – Shrimp and stone-ground grits with andouille sausage, Zellwood corn, tomatoes and cilantro (Florida)
  • #13 – Waterkist Farms heirloom tomatoes with house-made mozzarella, Minus 8 vinegar, and basil (United Kingdom)
  • #14 – Watermelon salad with pickled red onions, baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction (Florida)
  • #15 – German meatloaf sandwich with sweet mustard and fried shallots (Germany)
  • #16 – Green asparagus, lobster, and garden cocktail sauce (Italy)
  • #17 – Potato, chive, and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare and sour cream (United Kingdom)
  • #18 – Zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions and tomato tart with goat cheese (France)
  • #19 – Baked goat’s brie with kumquat chutney (United Kingdom)
  • #20 – Country style pâté served with baguette and cherry compote (France)

Is it time to eat yet?  Yum!

Leave us your comments, fans!  What do you think of these ten dishes.  Which would you like?  Which would you avoid?  What should be ranked higher or lower?  We want to hear from you!

One last thing, folks.  Do you think that this festival is just for adults?  Not according to Disney.  Take a look at this post on Disney Parks Blog to learn how WDW’s “chefs have chosen some fun dishes to encourage youngsters to try something new as part of Disney’s “TRYit” campaign”!  There is even a recipe for making #14 (Florida’s watermelon salad) at home.  Double-yum!

Watermelon Salad

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