2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day #3! The Finale!

All good meals come to an end, eh, my friends?  Today, we conclude our three-day run through Epcot with ten final Food & Wine delights.  We start with …

Spain’s Traditional Paella!  Mrs. All in WDW would tell you that I’d prefer a dish like this to be on the dryer side.  Well, this was definitely dry, but, for me, in a good way!

It was also loaded with all sorts of goodness – chicken, sausage, mussels, shrimp, and more!  Certainly worth the few bucks … especially if you’re a jambalaya or paella fan!

I’m not going to discourage you from trying Farm Fresh’s Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread, folks, but, when Epcot’s chef asked me for my opinion, I was honest.

My friends, the chicken was overdone and dry.  Likewise, the cornbread was crumble-apart dry.  Dry, dry, dry.  I’m sure they’ll get better as the festival charges forward, but, for me, this serving was a complete failure.

Sadly, whether in a good way or bad, ‘dry’ became a bit of a theme on Day #3.  By itself, just China’s chicken “nugget” was very dry.  Oh, it wasn’t spicy either, so don’t be frightened by the name – Spicy Chicken Bao Bun.

Anyway, when you add a steamed bun to the dish, the ‘dry factor’ gets multiplied into a ‘choke it down to eat it’ status.  You really need some kind of sauce on this one, Epcot.  Very disappointing effort.

As much as I was looking forward to Thailand’s Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake, this dish also disappointed me.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the cake was way too “fishy” tasting.  Plus, the accompanying pasta was pretty bland and uninspiring.

Frankly, I’d say that if you want some kind of “seafood cake”, I’d suggest you get the Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw from Coastal Eats.

Now that we’ve digested three straight unsatisfying dishes, let’s switch to something sensational.  Not everything was disappointing, you know.  Let’s chat about brisket!

Look at the serving!  It’s huge!  And, the meat, itself, tasted great!  Tender.  Flavorful.  Fantastic!  The Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese from Hops & Barley is a ‘must buy’, folks!  A must, must buy!

I went off my original menu in order to taste this one.  It was right after I sampled Farm Fresh’s Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread, and, frankly, I was convinced that my final Top 20 was going to be in need of a replacement!

A refreshing bite, Hawai’i’s Grilled Tuna Tataki was on the ordinary side as far as a seared tuna presentation is concerned.  It is tasty and worth trying if you’re a fan of this type of dish, but, otherwise, the festival has better things to sample.

When I pre-ranked Morocco’s Spicy Hummus Fries, I commented that I may have underestimated them with my final ranking in 2016.

Short story.  They’re pretty good, but I did not under-rank them last year.  Oh, I’d have them again.  I just wouldn’t go out of my way to find them.

I was anxious to taste Thailand’s Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef.  In short, it was good, but it wasn’t very noteworthy.

To be honest, when I hear “curry”, I think ‘spicy’.  When I see “red hot”, I think really spicy.  Right, wrong, or indifferent, I was expecting way more punch.

Folks, if you like seafood and olive oil, Spain’s ‘salad’ might be the dish for you.  Look at it!  This Seafood Salad is loaded!

Mussels, scallops, octopus.  Green olives and olive oil.  It has it all!  Truthfully, I thought it could use a bit of saltiness, but that’s just me.  It was a really good bite!

After three long, hot, humid days hiking through Epcot in search of Food & Wine’s best culinary creation, how can one not end their journey with the delight of delights?

My friends, behold Refreshment Port’s Pineapple Dole Whip with Bacardi Coconut Rum!  Cool, creamy, drunken pineapple goodness, that’s for sure.  The perfect end to a delicious “party”!

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