The All in WDW 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival FINAL Top 25!

I know.  Finally, right?!  I have never waited this long to announce my Final Top 25!

What’s the story this year?  Well, it boils down to the fact that I knew we would be able to make several trips back to Food & Wine this year … and, a whole lot of personal indecision.

Frankly, folks, in the last month, the All in WDW Top 5 has changed and been re-arranged more times than I can count!

Anyway, with roughly two weeks of festival left, let’s, first, quickly review my Pre-Festival Top 25 …

  1. Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun – China
  2. Cheese Ravioli – Italy
  3. Seared Mahi-Mahi – Singapore
  4. Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii
  5. “Le Cellier” Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  6. Shrimp Taco – Mexico
  7. Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  8. Rib-Eye Taco – Mexico
  9. Teriyaki Chicken Steamed Bun – Japan
  10. Roasted Verlasso Salmon – Patagonia
  11. Tilapia – Brazil
  12. Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil
  13. Lamb Meatball – New Zealand
  14. Grilled Lamb Chop – Australia
  15. Beijing Roasted Duck Steamed Bun – China
  16. Kimchi Dog – South Korea
  17. Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland
  18. Slow-braised Beef with Puerto Rican-grown Rice – Puerto Rico
  19. Beer-braised Beef, Potato, and Leek Waffle – Belgium
  20. Braised Short Ribs – France
  21. Seared Rainbow Trout – Canada
  22. Griddled “Yard Bird” – Farm Fresh
  23. Baked Lobster Alfredo – Hops & Barley
  24. Griddled Greek Cheese – Greece
  25. Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash – Farm Fresh

For the full re-cap, let me invite you back to my pre-festival posts – Part I and Part II.  You’ll see why I thought the above order was the perfect menu to pursue.

So, after three visits to World Showcase, what was the result of all my re-ranking and re-organizing?  Well, here it is!  The Final All in WDW 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Top 25!  Oh, their pre-festival ranking is in parenthesis.  Click on each dish’s name to get to the DELICIOUS part – the pictures!

  1. Lamb Meatball – New Zealand (13)
  2. Kālua Pork Slider – Hawaii (4)
  3. Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun – China (1)
  4. Roasted Verlasso Salmon – Patagonia (10)
  5. Seared Mahi-Mahi – Singapore (3)
  6. Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia (7)
  7. Shrimp Taco – Mexico (6)
  8. “Le Cellier” Beef Filet Mignon – Canada (5)
  9. Tilapia – Brazil (11)
  10. Beer-braised Beef, Potato, and Leek Waffle – Belgium (19)
  11. Slow-braised Beef with Puerto Rican-grown Rice – Puerto Rico (18)
  12. Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash – Farm Fresh (25)
  13. Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil (12)
  14. Seared Sea Scallop – Scotland (17)
  15. Kimchi Dog – South Korea (16)
  16. Grilled Lamb Chop – Australia (14)
  17. Cheese Ravioli – Italy (2)
  18. Griddled Greek Cheese – Greece (24)
  19. Rib-Eye Taco – Mexico (8)
  20. Braised Short Ribs – France (20)
  21. Seared Rainbow Trout – Canada (21)
  22. Baked Lobster Alfredo – Hops & Barley (23)
  23. Fresh Potato Pancake with Smoked Scottish Salmon – Scotland (Unranked)
  24. Spicy Hand Roll – Japan (Unranked)
  25. CraB’less CraB Cake – Terra (Unranked)

Other Dishes

How in “The World” did it shuffle around so much?  Well, let me tell you all about it …

Wait!  Let me really tell you all about it … on the WDW Magical Main Street Memories Podcast!  Click here for a “LIVE” explanation!

What happened to Japan’s Teriyaki Chicken Steamed Bun, China’s Beijing Roasted Duck Steamed Bun, and Farm Fresh’s Griddled “Yard Bird”?  What powered Hawaii’s Kālua Pork Slider “comeback”?

Why did China’s Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun lose its “title”?  And, how in The World did New Zealand’s Lamb Slider skyrocket to #1?

Listen to the show and find out!

Food & Wine’s Words of “Wisdom”?

In “yester-year” terms, Epcot’s Wonders of Life Pavilion “was devoted to health and body-related attractions”.

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It’s quite fitting, but also somewhat curious, then, that, these days, its main claim to fame is to house Food & Wine’s festival center.

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After all, the body can’t maintain health without food.  Right?  Now, wine?  That’s another story.

The festival center is a site for cooking demonstrations and celebrity sightings.  Plus, plenty of merchandise can be found available for purchase.

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And, within its bunch of festival-centric goods and products, one can even find “words to live by”!  Well, they’re words to be amused by, at the very least.  See?

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The lesson?  Start your Monday with plenty of coffee.  Plenty.  You won’t get a chance to chase it down with a nice big glass of red wine until much later today.

After all, we have to wait until 5 PM to pull the corkscrew out of the kitchen drawer, don’t we?  Have a great week, folks!  Cheers!

Food & Wine ’14 “Flash Report”: Brazilian Cheese Bread

We have a fellow reader to thank for this “Flash Report”.

Mrs. All in WDW and I haven’t, as yet, taken the chance to try Brazil’s Cheese Bread, but, thanks to Elizabeth R., we have a picture!

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Elizabeth’s review?  “It is my favorite dish so far this year!  It’s worth trying if you go back, Bob.”  Well, as I said, we’ve failed on that mission, so far … but there’s still time!

Thanks for the report, Elizabeth!

Food & Wine ’14 “Flash Report”: Spicy Hand Roll

I know everyone’s tastes are different, but this dish is never spicy enough for me.

Sorry, Japan.  You weren’t “first in show” this year either.

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Food & Wine ’14 “Flash Report”: Florida Grass-fed Beef Slider

So, this one didn’t make my original Pre-Festival Top 25 because, last year, the Florida marketplace’s version was dry as dirt.

Unfortunately, Hops & Barley’s recipe, although sporting a unique pimento cheese-loaded taste, was just as overcooked.

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