Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again: The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! And since I JUST got back from this years festival, I thought today would be the perfect time to share a little bit about my overall experience. And by overall experience, I mean talk about the FOOD! (Because isn’t that the point of most Epcot festivals, eating lots of yummy food?!).
This post is going to be very similar to my post rating the food at the Festival of the Arts. (Shameless plug, make sure to check out that post here. You can also check out all of my past Epcot posts here).
Here’s how I rate the food at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:
I wanted to add this little disclaimer just like I did with my Festival of the Arts post. Fair warning, this is MY personal opinion. We all have different taste preferences/palates and there’s nothing wrong with that.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you might already know how I rank the Epcot festivals. Although, it seems like each time I visit a festival again, my rankings change. If you would have asked me in 2018 to rank the Epcot festivals in order of favorite to least favorite, it would have been: Flower & Garden, Festival of the Arts and then Food & Wine. Then, as of 2019, the rankings changed to Festival of the Arts first, then Flower and Garden and Food & Wine.
Well, I’m here to tell you my rankings have changed yet again. (Insert dramatic music).
This years Food & Wine festival was the BEST I’ve attended! Now, my Epcot festivals rankings are Festival of the Arts, Food & Wine and then Flower and Garden. Yikes, I never thought I’d rank Flower and Garden last. But keep in mind, I love all the festivals so it’s not like I’m saying any of the festivals are bad.
Before we get into the swing of things, I wanted to explain how I’ll be formatting this post. Like I said earlier, the format will be very similar to my Festival of the Arts post. However, in this post I will also be listing the country/booth each item is from. So the format will read as the following: x/5 | x food from x country/booth. For example, 3/5 | French Fries from France. And so on and so fourth. It will make sense once you see it.
Okay, on to the ratings!
2/5 | Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw from Africa. The barbecue beef tenderloin was really good but I didn’t really care for anything else.
4/5 | Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette from The Alps. Fun Fact: I am obsessed with Raclette cheese. It’s the best! In fact, I have reservations for Raclette NYC this weekend (while I’m in New York). I wasn’t the biggest fan of the bread in this dish but the cheese with the baby potatoes was everything.
3/5 | Ravioli Carbonara: Parmesan and Pecorino Ravioli, Egg Yolk, Cream, and Bacon from Italy. Not the best dish, but not the worst.
5/5 | Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread from Brazil. This bread. Was. EVERYTHING.
Okay, quick story time!
The line for the Brazil booth was INSANE all three days I visited the Food & Wine Festival. The photo above is from a Saturday visit to the festival. Maybe it had to do with the fact that is was the weekend but yikes, the line wrapped around the booth!
But let me tell you, it was well worth the hype.
I bought the cheese bread like four times while at the Food & Wine festival.
4.5/5 | Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce from Canada. Delicious!
4.5/5 | Mini Funnel Cake topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mixed-berry Sangria Compote from the American Adventure Pavilion. I love funnel cakes but this way exceeded by exceptions! The Mixed-berry Sangria Compote made the dish!
1/5 | Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam Topping from Japan. I’m not even going to lie, I didn’t expect to like this dish. I really only got it for photo purposes, sorry not sorry. It legit tasted like cold uncooked noodles.
This has nothing to do with the Food & Wine Festival but this Spring Lemon Cheesecake at Norway Pavilion in Epcot is my favorite Epcot treat! I love it so much.
Back to the regularly scheduled programming.
3/5 | Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes from Belgium. This dish was really good but the potatoes were a little…off.
I don’t know why but it seems like no matter what the Festival is, the China Booth is always my favorite!
4/5 | Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw from China. I’m a simple girl. Give me chicken dumpling and I’m a happy camper.
5/5 | Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles from China. SO. AMAZING!
5/5 | La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice from France. I’m not much of an alcohol person but this martini slushy was super good! It wasn’t overly strong which I loved.
4.5/5 | Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt from Islands of the Caribbean. Okay, this was the surprise of the festival. I am not a fan of jerk chicken. I don’t know why but I’ve just never liked it. However, this was amazing! In fact, I think I might need to start giving jerk chicken more credit.
5/5 | The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, and a Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun from the Flavors from Fire booth. This was the first dish I got on day one of my visit to the Food & Wine Festival and boy what a great way to kick off the festival. Everything about this burger was amazing.