The “Contenders” … All 61 of Them?!

I promised you that Food & Wine would be back today!  What do I have “cooking” [pun intended] now?  It’s going to look like a “mouthful”, but bear with me.  The fun is right around the corner … or it comes as you scroll down the page!

You have to start with a “playing field”, some “players”, and a set of rules.  Well, this blog is the “field”, so before we talk about the “players”, let’s address those rules!

They’re pretty simple, really.  No desserts and beverages allowed!

Wait!  Don’t freak out!  I don’t have anything against desserts.  In fact, we may have something in store for you later when it comes to sugary delights.  I’m just “all about” the entrees.  Of course, the other concern is cost.  I simply can’t afford to buy everything Epcot’s ‘food fest’ has to offer!

What I have done over the last two years is cut the list down to the 25 (or so) dishes that I feel I will like … before heading off to Orlando.  And, I rank them in the numerical order I think I will like them.

So, what job do I have in mind for you?  If you please, we’re going to construct the All in WDW Readers’ 2013 Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25!  And, we’re going to do it “All in WDW style” … by way of polls!

How can we do this, you ask?  I mean, we have no samples to taste.  Not a lot of pictures to view.  It’s easy!  You know what you like.  Are you going to pick Garlic Shrimp if you don’t like shellfish?  Will you choose a Belgian Waffle if your alternative is one of your personal favorites … Ravioli?  Let’s have some fun making those selections!

For today, I present the 61 “contenders” that I am using to construct the ‘official’ All in WDW 2013 Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 25 … as well as the first of your choices.  Here are the “players”, folks!  Scroll down to start the “game”.  Some of the dishes have pictures.  Click on the names to view their “delicious-ness”!

Country Dish
1 Africa Berbere-Style Beef
2 Africa Cheese Pocket
3 Argentina Beef Empanada
4 Argentina Grilled Beef Skewer
5 Australia Garlic Shrimp
6 Australia Grilled Lamb Chop
7 Belgium Berry Belgian Waffle
8 Belgium Braised Beef Waffle
9 Belgium Chocolate Belgian Waffle
10 Brazil Crispy Pork Belly
11 Brazil Seared Scallop
12 Canada “Le Cellier” Filet Mignon
13 Canada Cheddar Cheese Soup
14 Canada Seared Trout
15 Cheese Artisan Cheese
16 Cheese Blue Cheese Soufflé
17 China Black Pepper Shrimp
18 China Chicken Potstickers
19 China Mongolian Beef
20 Florida Grass-Fed Beef Sliders
21 Florida Shrimp Ceviche
22 France Braised Beef Short Ribs
23 France Escargots
24 Germany Roast Bratwurst
25 Germany Schinken Nudel
26 Greece Chicken Gyro
27 Greece Griddled Greek Cheese
28 Greece Spanakopita
29 Greece Taste of Greece
30 Hawaii Kalua Pork Sliders
31 Hawaii Tuna Poke
32 Hops & Barley Clam Chowder
33 Hops & Barley Lobster Roll
34 Ireland Cheese Selection
35 Ireland Fisherman’s Pie
36 Italy Ravioli
37 Italy Salsiccia
38 Japan California Roll
39 Japan Spicy Hand Roll
40 Japan Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll
41 Japan Youki Tofu
42 Mexico Shrimp Taco
43 Mexico Taco de Ribeye
44 Morocco Harissa Chicken Roll
45 Morocco Kefta Pocket
46 New Zealand Gratinated Mussels
47 New Zealand Lamb Meatball
48 New Zealand Venison Sausage
49 Poland Potato Pierogie
50 Poland Zapiekanki
51 Refreshment Port Pineapple Fritters
52 Refreshment Port Sweet & Sour Chicken
53 Refreshment Port Sweet & Sour Shrimp
54 Scotland Scottish Salmon
55 Scotland Vegetarian Haggis
56 Singapore Lemongrass Chicken Curry
57 Singapore Seared Mahi-Mahi
58 South Korea Kimchi Dog
59 South Korea Roast Pork Lettuce Wrap
60 Terra Chili Colorado
61 Terra Trick’n Chick’n

Your job is pretty straightforward.  Imagine that you’re making your culinary “wish list”.  You’re on your way to Orlando, and you can’t wait to eat!  Of this list of five dishes, which THREE can’t you wait to sample?  Go ahead … make your picks!

  • Roast Pork Lettuce Wrap with Kimchi Slaw
  • Lamb Meatball with a Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Spanakopita (a type of Greek savory pastry with a filling of chopped spinach, feta cheese, and onions)
  • Chicken Potstickers
  • Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle (a lemon herb native to Australia), and Rapini (broccoli rabe)
F&W 2013's Garlic Shrimp!

F&W 2013’s Garlic Shrimp!

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