Did I ever mention that I love, love, love crab cakes? Coastal’s slaw was ‘meh’, but that didn’t matter.
A nice-sized patty, this cake was fantastic! It lived up to my lofty expectations, folks! Try it!
Greetings! A few of you have asked to see my full menu in its final form. What will Mrs. All in WDW and I be sampling this year? What pictures should you be on the “look out” to devour?
Here, my friends, is the 2017 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20! Please feel free to enjoy every last bite! I know that I will!
Welcome back, all! I can’t believe that the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is finally here!
Oh, I know. The “party” doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but who knows? Maybe I’ll be able to sneak a bite today!
Yesterday, I unveiled the bottom half of our tasting menu. Did you catch it? No? Find it at …
Now, let’s move on to this year’s pre-festival Top 10, shall we?
10. Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake – Thailand
I just love crab cakes. A seared shrimp and scallop cake? It just sounds so intriguing that I’m compelled to try it!
9. Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw – Coastal Eats
Did I mention that I love crab cakes? This is one of Epcot’s dishes that was already in my Top 20 before I even started thinking of a pre-festival menu.
8. Spicy Chicken Bao Bun – China
Have I ever told you about China’s Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun? A retired, former festival “champion”, it was phenomenal.
I can’t tell you how much I hope that this chicken bun can match the Mongolian beef’s glory. One tip, my friends? If China has it handy, drizzle on a bit of sriracha. It adds a perfect zing.
7. Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes – Ireland
Oh, my “bangers and mash”. I wondered yesterday if the Scotch egg at Craft Beers will be as good as the portion served by Rose & Crown.
I’m really banking on these bangers to be the restaurant’s version. No pressure, Ireland, but I have really high expectations. Failure to meet them could be fatal to your 2017 efforts!
6. Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage – Flavors from Fire
This offering earns its lofty pre-festival status based on a dish that Canada has served in the past. Their retired Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta was a fantastic plate.
Just like Ireland’s roasted Irish version, I have high expectations for this sausage and pancake combination. I hope you deliver, Flavors!
5. Lamb Meatball – New Zealand
A two-time former festival “champion”, New Zealand’s lamb fell on mediocre times in 2016.
Oh, the meatball was perfect. The tomato chutney was its downfall. It brought a sweetness that I’d never experienced before and lacked ‘zing’. Will it rebound?
4. Seared Scallops – The Wine & Dine Studio
2016’s serving was a perfectly prepared, handsome-sized portion.
Accompanied by roasted Brussel sprouts, it might have been the very best scallop I have ever had! Get one!
3. Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese – Hops & Barley
Another very impressive serving size. If presented the same way in 2017, this dish is totally shareable.
The meat was very tender, folks, and its pimento cheese added a unique element. Honestly, this brisket was outstanding. Highly recommend.
2. Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad – Active Eats
Always an outstanding portion, likewise, the salmon is always cooked perfectly. I can’t rave enough about the quinoa salad.
Formerly served by Patagonia, this dish has found a new home in 2017. I hope that doesn’t mean Epcot has “improved” the recipe. The dish is phenomenal, as it already is!
1. Kalua Pork Slider – Hawai’i
Oh, you had to know it, folks! A three-time, three-time, three-time “champion”, this morsel is a must, must do!
Simple and inexpensive, the pork is tender and moist, the bun doesn’t over-power the meat, and the spicy mayo boasts just the right punch. This is definitely the dish for every other item to beat!
There you are, then, my friends. You, now, know the 2017 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Pre-Festival Top 20!
Stay tuned to All in WDW, everyone! Like I said earlier, hopefully I’ll be posting food pics as early as later today. If not, check back tomorrow. The party is about to get started!
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 …
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!