Evan and Melissa’s Food & Wine Top 25!

I just can’t do it.  I can’t stop talking about Food & Wine.  Neither can its fans!

Take All in WDW readers Evan and Melissa Chaisson, for example.  They’re so excited about their festival experience that, carved from the Readers’ Pre-Festival Top 25, they re-ordered and wrote their OWN Top 25!

Great work, my friends!  Take it away!


Food & Wine should be attended by everyone – foodies and non-foodies alike.  There is so much to do!  The festival is much more than just eating and drinking.

We were on vacation for eight days, and we attended the festival for six of them.


Try to do the festival during the week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  The crowds are a lot less.  We found that Friday and Saturday were filled with a ton of locals.  They were a much louder bunch.

Anyway, here’s our Top 25:

1Lamb Meatball – Packed full of flavor.  Every bite was perfect.

2Grilled Lamb Chop – Melted off the bone.  Almost #1!

3Kālua Pork Slider – Great spice.  Bob’s right.  Get extra mayo.

4Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet – Cooked perfectly.  Melissa’s favorite.

5Grilled Beef Skewer – The sauce was “the boss” on this one.  It made the dish!

6Roasted Verlasso Salmon – Best fish of the festival.

7“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Always a contender.

8Beef Empanada – The inside filling was amazing.

9Buttered Chicken

10Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Great spice … if you like spice.

11Cheddar Cheese Soup – Always a festival favorite … and, one of ours.

12Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider

13Dole Whip with Bacardí Coconut Rum – Who doesn’t like a Dole Whip … especially with rum?!

14New York Strip – Not as good as we had hoped.

15Korean Barbecue Short Rib

16Seared Sea Scallop – Being from Massachusetts, we’re used to great scallops.  These?  Not so much.

17Dole Whip

18Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Chewy and over-cooked.

19Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon – Most over-rated dish at the festival.

20Gaoli Beef Slider – It was just OK.

21Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli – Good filling, but it, too, was over-cooked.

22Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie – We were looking forward to this.  It was a big disappointment.

23Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef – The waffle was too soggy.

24Belgium Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache – Sorry.  The ganache tasted like Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

25New England Lobster Roll – Tasted like they used imitation lobster.  Did I mention that we’re from New England?  For us, worst dish at the festival.  Sorry.

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