The 2018 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 20!

The “party” is finally here, my friends!  Delicious entrees.  Refreshing beverages.  Yes, the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off today!

Of course, as I mentioned on our special Festival Preview episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, I’ll regrettably have to miss out on this year’s fun.  It makes me very sad.

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

That’s right, folks.  No food pics coming from me this year.  For those, check out the Disney Food Blog.  They do a great job of serving up Epcot’s delectable fare.

2017’s Roasted Irish Sausage!

In the meantime, after seven straight years of festival attendance, I’ve sampled a lot of Food & Wine’s best … and worst.  I can’t let this unfortunate year slip by without posting my personal recommendations.

So .. if I had been able to attend this year’s “bash”, what would I have tried?  Well, here it is … the 2018 All in WDW Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 20!

  1. Roasted Irish Sausage – Ireland
  2. Roasted Pork Wings – Flavors from Fire
  3. Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon – Active Eats
  4. Seared Scallops – Coastal Eats
  5. New Brunswick Slider – Hops & Barley
  6. Lump Crab Cake – Coastal Eats
  7. Brazilian Seafood Stew – Brazil
  8. Lamb Meatball – New Zealand
  9. Xi’an Pancake with Beef – China
  10. Seafood Salad – Spain
  11. Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak – Flavors from Fire
  12. Spanish-style Paella – Spain
  13. Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail – The Festival Center Wine Shop
  14. Kalua Pork Slider – Hawai’i
  15. Ropa Vieja Empanada – Islands of the Caribbean
  16. Beer-braised Beef – Belgium
  17. Short Rib Tostada – Mexico
  18. Beer-braised Beef – France
  19. Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop – Islands of the Caribbean
  20. Shrimp Quesadilla – Mexico

Honorable Mentions

  • Le Cellier Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  • Korma Chicken – India
  • Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  • Beef Brisket Poutine – Refreshment Port
  • Pasta Gratin – Germany

2017’s Seared Scallops from Active Eats!

More Food & Wine Coverage! What “Sounds” Delicious?!

The Festival is upon us, my friends!  Have you seen the menus?  No?  Then, to see every delectable morsel, pop back to …

2018’s Festival of Food is About to Begin! Catch These Epcot Food & Wine Entree and Dessert Menus!

Hint – if I have highlighted an item in ‘blue’, then you can consider it on my personal list of recommendations for 2018.  If you’re going to be able to go “devour” the festival, then please use those suggestions as a guide!

In the meantime, please pull up your bar stools at the WDW Main Street Pub.  Join John, Doug, and myself as we cover all of these menus in great detail!

Which booths do we think will “rule” the party?  Which get “discarded” out of hand?  Who is going this year?  Who is not?  Find out that and much, much more at …

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

Sadly, 2017’s All in WDW “Champion” – Hops & Barley’s Smoked Beef Brisket – won’t be on the menu this year.  Let’s show the “champ” some love, shall we?

2018’s Festival of Food is About to Begin! Catch These Epcot Food & Wine Entree and Dessert Menus!

Hello, folks!  Finally!  I’m a little bit late – since these delectable menus dropped about a week ago – but better late than never, eh?  Behold!  The entrees and desserts of the 2018 Epcot International “Food-Fest”!

What do you think?  Delicious?  Enticing?  To hear all about my Food & Wine plans, catch this week’s upcoming special episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast!  What are my recommendations?  Stay tuned to this “channel” for the show!

Active Eats

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions (KA)
  • Spice-crusted Verlasso® Salmon with Warm Lentil Power Salad, Crushed Avocado and Sherry Vinegar (GF)
  • Active Eats Energy Bar Bites: a mixture of Chocolate, Nuts, Dried Fruit and Dates (V) (KA)

2016’s Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese!

Africa

  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato and Pap (GF)
  • Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (V)

The Almond Orchard

  • Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pulled Chicken, Toasted Blue Diamond Almonds and Parmesan Cheese served with Nut Thins® Crackers
  • Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Roasted Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins® Multi-seeds Crackers
  • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Chocolate Almond Streusel (KA) (V)

Australia

  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (GF)
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (GF)
  • Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (V)

2016’s Lamb Chop!

Belgium

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)

Brazil

  • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)

Canada

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)

2016’s Filet Mignon!

The Cheese Studio

  • Braised Beef Stroganoff with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom and Boursin Garlic with Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA)
  • Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaron with Boursin Pepper Cheese
  • Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel and Pecan Crunch (V)

China

  • Xi’an Pancake with Beef
  • Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
  • Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles

The Chocolate Studio

  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF) (KA)
  • Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream (V)

Coastal Eats

  • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-lemongrass Cream
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
  • Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn, Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce

2017’s Lump Crab Cake!

Earth Eats

  • The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
  • The IMPOSSIBLE™ Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (V)

The Festival Center Wine Shop

  • Charcuterie Plate: Chefs Selection of Artisanal Meats and Accompaniments
  • La Bottega di BelGioioso® Cheese Plate: Crescenza-Stracchino®, CreamyGorg® Gorgonzola Dolce, and Artigiano® Vino Rosso Cheeses
  • Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail: Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Olive Salad and Crisp Lettuce in a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

Flavors from Fire

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds (KA)
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso® Romano and American Grana Cheeses
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Mango

2017’s Roasted Pork Wings!

France

  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Carbonade de Boeuf, Purée de Pommes de Terre: Beer-braised Beef with Bacon, Onion and Mashed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with House-made Raspberry Jam (V) (GF) (KA)

Germany

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (KA)
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)

Greece

  • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki (V) (KA)
  • Taste of Greece: Chicken Souvlaki, Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita and Lamb Sausage with a Dill Tomato Ragu
  • Spanakopita: Greek Spinach Pie (V)
  • Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (V) (KA)

Hawai’i

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (KA)
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (V)

2016’s Pork Slider!

Hops & Barley

  • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll
  • New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) (KA)

India

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread

Ireland

  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

2017’s Roasted Irish Sausage!

Islands of the Caribbean

  • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli (KA)
  • Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V) (KA)

Italy

  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce
  • Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Polenta
  • Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta and Parmesan Cheese (KA)
  • Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit (KA)

Japan

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce (KA)
  • Beef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled Jalapeños (GF)
  • Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce

Mexico

  • Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde and Spring Onion
  • Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp, Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V)

Morocco

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)
  • Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

2017’s Hummus Fries!

New Zealand

  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Seared Venison Sausage with Kumara Purée and Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce

2016’s Lamb Meatball!

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

  • Chocolate Croissant: Flaky Croissant stuffed with Chocolate
  • Almond Croissant: Flaky Croissant topped with Toasted Almonds
  • Jumbo Blueberry Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Cheese Danish with Sweet Icing

Spain

  • Charcuterie in a Cone with imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
  • Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (GF)

2017’s Seafood Salad!

Thailand

  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA)
  • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
  • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

2017’s Shrimp and Scallop Cake!

Wine & Dine Studio

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA)
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese featuring La Bottega di BelGioioso® Cheeses (V)
    La Bottega di BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino®
    La Bottega di BelGioioso CreamyGorg® Gorgonzola Dolce
    La Bottega di BelGioioso Artigiano® Vino Rosso

2017’s Seared Scallops!

Funnel Cake

  • Maple Bacon Funnel Cake topped with Candied Bacon (KA)

Refreshment Outpost

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

2017’s Spicy Hot Dog!

Refreshment Port

  • Beef Brisket Poutine: French Fries with Beef Brisket, Beer Cheese Sauce and Poutine Gravy topped with Crispy Onions
  • Sweet Potato Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Sauce, Mini Marshmallows and Pecans (V)
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream (V)
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum

Taste Track

  • Croissant Doughnut Tossed in Cinnamon Sugar (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate and Marshmallows (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Sprinkles (KA)
    Add Chocolate, Hazelnut, White Chocolate Raspberry or Vanilla Bean Gelato for an additional charge

(GF) indicates Gluten/wheat-friendly
(KA) indicates Kid-approved (Dishes designed with kids in mind.)
(V) indicates Vegetarian

A Glimpse of Food & Wine ’18?

What time of the year is it, folks?  Well, here are some hints … July 30, 2013.  July 24, 2014.  July 16, 2015.  July 11, 2016.  July 12, 2017.  Huh?  What?

My friends, those are the Food & Wine menu release dates for the past five years.  What’s the big deal, you ask?  July 15, 2018.  This year’s menus have to be very close!

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of some new things coming to this year’s party!  Bon appetit!

  • New Brunswick Slider.  Imagine Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream, Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll.  There’ll be pickled vegetables served on the side.  This little gem will be found at the Hops & Barley Marketplace!
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds.  A vegetarian item, it will be served by the Wine & Dine Studio.
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak.  Accompanied by a Smoked Corn Cake and Pickled Vegetable Slaw, Flavors from Fire will sell this delight!

Are you going to be able to attend this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?  Give us “a show of hands” in the poll below!

Aloha, Food Fans! It’s a Hawaiian Feast!

By Evan Chaisson

Hawaii’s Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise has lived at the top of my list for years.  Can it continue its dominant run?

Well, it did not let my palate down!  I did ask for extra mayo … because I do like a little bit of kick.  The pork was tender.  The chutney was delicious!

The only recommendation I would make is for Epcot to serve this delicacy on a King’s Hawaiian Roll next year.  Oh, and Disney?  Please bring it back again next year!

The second and third items we sampled shocked me very much.  I’m not a grilled tuna or glazed SPAM fan, but I decided to give both a try this year.

Folks, the Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream was outstanding!

Hawaii serves you four nice-sized pieces.  It was very refreshing and enjoyable on a hot Florida day.

My biggest shock was the Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise!

I had never in my life had SPAM!  What have I been missing?  If SPAM was prepared like this back home, I would be eating it at least once a week!

The hash, which was made up of potatoes, peppers, and onions, was bathed in spicy mayonnaise.  It was to die for!  I got a burst of flavor with every bite.

Finally, just as we thought this booth couldn’t get better, we had dessert!  It was Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts!

This beauty has a white chocolate crust on the bottom which makes this already great dessert even better.  If you have a cheesecake lover in your party, I recommend getting two servings.  If you don’t, there won’t be a bite left for you!

This booth gets an A from us, fans.  All four items are tip-top quality!