Good morning, my friends! Yesterday, we covered your menu of recommendations. Today, I begin to unveil mine! How do yours and my “target lists” differ? Let’s see!
Catch the 2017 WDW Fans’ Epcot International Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!
Frankly, with respect to your Top 20, I go off kilter right off the bat. It starts with my …
- Korma Chicken with Warm Naan Bread – India
- Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce – Thailand
- “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
- Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes – Belgium
- Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
What? Canada’s famous filet doesn’t even make the cut? And, hey! Aren’t I the local braised beef “nut”? What happened to Belgium’s dish? Plus, who can pass by a piece of pork belly?
The facts of the matter are, Brazil’s pork belly is just too darn inconsistent year-after-year. Meanwhile, Belgium’s braised beef was more or less ‘meh’ in 2016.
Significantly, though, after five or six years of paying big bucks for Canada’s ever-shrinking festival cut, Le Cellier’s filet is sort of “been there – done that”.
Simply said, when it comes to Honorable Mentions, if any of my Top 20 items fall completely flat, my ‘go to’ replacements will be either of India and/or Thailand’s chicken.
20. Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef – Thailand
Speaking of Thailand, you had me at “red hot spicy”! Let’s hope that you bring some memorable flavors and not just palate-wasting heat.
19. Spicy Hummus Fries – Morocco
As I reflect on 2016’s festival, I feel that my final ranking greatly under-appreciated this item.
Hot, crispy, and accompanied by a nice little relish, it was a good bite, in actual fact. I’m really looking forward to giving it another chance this year.
18. Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
Another inconsistent dish, to be truthful. Hence, its pre-festival standing is at the bottom of my menu.
If Patagonia has a “good year”, however, then I’m sure that this skewer will rise closer to the top. Its medley of flavors can be phenomenal!
17. Grilled Lamb T-Bone – Australia
Always #1 on Mrs. All in WDW’s list, 2017’s description reveals a different chop (t-bone) of lamb than served in year’s past.
Fortunately, the recipe is basically the same – think pesto and potato crunchies. She would have been very sad to see this dish disappear.
16. Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash – Hawai’i
Huh? SPAM? Not necessarily the healthiest of proteins, I know. I haven’t had SPAM in what seems like decades, though. I couldn’t resist, folks!
15. Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage – Craft Beers
Another guilty pleasure, I’d have to say. Will it be as delicious as the portion served by Rose & Crown? We’ll have to see!
14. Traditional Spanish Paella – Spain
As big fans of jambalaya-type dishes, we’re really looking forward to Spain’s paella. It had to be a part of our tasting menu.
13. Seared Scallops – Coastal Eats
Now, we’re getting into the “meat” (so to speak) of our Top 20. In 2016, Wine & Dine Studio’s scallop (spoiler alert: it’ll come later) was one of my favorite items. Will this version be as good?
12. Seafood Salad – Spain
Think shrimp, scallops, and mussels, folks. I hope that this salad is loaded with them all! At the very least, I’d expect it to be a very refreshing bite.
11. Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread – Farm Fresh
Two words caught my eye – crispy and cornbread. You ranked this one at #3 on your menu. I don’t have it quite that high, but Farm Fresh has delivered some great entrees in the past. I can imagine it rocketing up my chart.
There. You’ve met the bottom half of the 2017 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20. That’s enough for today. Stop back tomorrow, everyone, and you’ll find out which ten dishes top this year’s list!