Here it is! The moment you … well, I … have been waiting for! The big reveal! The top of the menu. The 2015 All in WDW Epcot Food & Wine Festival FINAL Top 25! Let’s eat!
10 – “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Canada (Pre-Festival: 11)
When compared to alternatives like South Korea’s Barbecue Short Rib or The Chew’s New York Strip, Canada definitely serves the heartier and tastier dish.
As always, this piece of beef is a “must have” dish. I’m a filet mignon “snob”, however, and, as good as it is, it’s just not the best filet I’ve ever had.
9 – Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland (Pre-Festival: 15)
If I had any complaint at all it was that the spinach gratin had a bit too much “gratin”. Otherwise, this was a delicate, very well-prepared scallop.
Plus, like with Farm Fresh’s Loaded Mac n’ Cheese, the pepper bacon adds a phenomenal touch to the dish!
8 – Gaoli Beef Slider – China (Pre-Festival: 17)
I’m still going to try that experiment I mentioned a week or so back.
Imagine this slider’s beef on a steamed bun. Add a little bit of sriracha. Won’t you get really close to a phenomenal Mongolian Beef on a Steamed Bun? We’re going to find out!
7 – Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef – Belgium (Pre-Festival: 13)
Consistently very good, this item was especially flavorful this year. It earned this rise up the charts.
However, to be honest, I could just as easily have ranked #’s 7 to 10 in any order. They were all very close in taste, quality, and presentation.
6 – Battered Shrimp Taco – Mexico (Pre-Festival: 10)
I told you that Mexico makes a great taco. It was all I could do not to slot this one into the Top 5. Why didn’t it make it? Five better dishes. That’s all.
5 – Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta – Canada (Pre-Festival: 3)
Another item that deserves a “second helping” … from me, at least. In the past, this was a fairly spicy dish.
This year, it was sort of tame. In spite of that, however, it was pretty darn good. You gotta have it at least once!
4 – Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii (Pre-Festival: 2)
What?! My beloved pork slider in 4th place?! 4th? Uh, yeah. Don’t get me wrong. They are still fantastic … especially if you ask for extra spicy mayo.
The facts are, however, that there were three better dishes. Like …
3 – Buttered Chicken – Africa (Pre-Festival: 4)
This phenomenal dish? As good as Sanaa? Maybe. The chicken. The “gravy”. The naan. Yum!
However you slice it, this was one great dish. A must, must do! Ask for extra “gravy”!
2 – Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans – Brazil (Pre-Festival: 14)
Of all the dishes served this year, this one wins “Best Comeback” and “Best Performance”. Sadly, it also has a rep for delivering inconsistent performances from year-to-year.
In 2015, it was, pretty much, as good as anything we ate. In fact, in the end, it just narrowly lost to …
1 – Lamb Meatball – New Zealand (Pre-Festival: 1)
The, now, two-time “champ”! Yes, the lamb is back! Well-prepared. Spicy chutney. Once again, ask for extra chutney, by the way.
A very-satisfying serving, it is a great dish and one I’d recommend to anyone! Way to go, New Zealand! Way to go! Don’t be afraid of the lamb, people! It’s fantastic!
There it is, folks. The 2015 All in WDW Epcot Food & Wine Festival FINAL Top 25 is unveiled! In truth, my friends, you can’t go wrong with any of these Top 10 dishes. They’re delicious! They’re fabulous! They’re Food to go with your Wine! Enjoy!