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Top 10 New Tastes for This Year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The countdown has begun! The 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Friday, and the chefs are putting last-minute touches on the tastes in the 29 Marketplaces around World Showcase Lagoon. We’ve been lucky enough to sneak in the kitchen for a few tastes, and here are our Top 10 “must tastes” for this year.

  1. The new Florida Local Marketplace shrimp ceviche. Pair with key lime wine for a taste of the Sunshine State.
  2. Also at Florida Local, we can’t get enough of the white corn arepa with Mangalitsa pork rillette and Zellwood sweet corn salad. Doesn’t get any fresher than this.
  3. Trust us when we tell you, you won’t believe the chili Colorado is vegan at the new Terra Marketplace. You have to taste it just to say you’ve tried vegan chili with crunchy housemade chips and cashew cheese.
  4. The grilled lamb chop in Australia – it’s back, but this year the finish is a-mazing: salt & vinegar potato chip crumbles with a kicky mint pesto. Oh yeah.
  5. In Belgium, the steamed mussels are back, but they’ve ditched the cream for Hoegaarden Beer broth and a baguette for sopping up the juices. We like it better than the cream.
  6. We just might recommend starting at the Dessert and Champagne Marketplace and digging into the dark chocolate mousse with chili and salted caramel. It’s a small serving, so the guilt factor is low and it’s worth every calorie.
  7. Canada kicks it up with a favorite dish from Le Cellier Steakhouse brought out on the promenade just for Food & Wine – the buttery wild mushroom beef filet mignon with a splash of truffle butter sauce. You may want to go ahead and order two.
  8. Zapiekanki – Yes, it’s hard to pronounce, but step up at the Polish Marketplace and order this street food that most closely resembles pizza bread with cheese, mushrooms, onions and a drizzle of homemade ketchup. Comfort food.
  9. Frozen Strawberry Nesquik® – Childhood is calling at the Desserts and Champagne Marketplace. They added this just for kids, but we think adults will love this just as much as a glass of bubbly.
  10. Bacardi Torched Cherry Frozen Cherry Limeade – The finale, this slushy drink guarantees a brain freeze if you don’t slip it slow, which isn’t easy. Tart, icy and just right for a hot afternoon.

Check out John Graham’s videos that give you the lowdown on what to eat…

…and sip.

Enjoy! Let us know your favorite tastes.

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Ashley on September 26th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Will there be a list of Gluten Free options for those of us with Celiac attending the Food and Wine Festival?

 

Pam Brandon on September 27th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Yes! Here’s a link where you can find all of the festival’s Gluten Free offerings this year: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/gluten-free-menu-at-the-2012-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/

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Andrea from AL on September 26th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

So, so excited about the vegan offerings! I’m so happy I’ll get to participate in the festival this year. Thank you, EPCOT!

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Jean from CA on September 26th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

The key lime wine sounds interesting. Look forward to trying it.

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Jonathan on September 26th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I’m also excited about the vegan/vegetarian offerings. Pam, other than the new vegan booth, can you tell me if the foods labeled “vegetarian” are gelatin and rennet (animal-based) free?

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Kristine from IL on September 26th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

So looking forward to this! Our First experience at F & W! So many great things to try! My list keeps getting longer! 10/10 is our day!!

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Michelle on September 28th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Attended the cast preview last night and highly enjoyed it! I tried 2 of your 10, and agree they are worthy of being top 10! I am going again next month and will not pass up Canada this time…the filet & cheddar soup on first on my list for the next trip. I’ve had the soup for lunch and it is very rich and very tasty!

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Richard on September 28th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Just back in from food and wine first night… definitely agree with the lamb chop… it was marvelous. Pair it with the Rosemount Riesling at Australia, sweet with a balanced apple note, goes well with the minty kick of the pesto. We also loved the seared Mahi Mahi at Singapore and the grilled beef skewer at Argentina. Will add Canada to our list for later this week!

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Derrick on September 30th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Is there any way to get a Gluten Free Map or listings when in the park?

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Alan on October 1st, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Would you recommend Party for the Senses if I’m only going to be at Epcot for one day/night?

Or just as fun to hop from country to country?

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