Fans of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival know that it’s best to set their alarms and dial promptly at 7 a.m. August 13 if there is a premium event they want to attend. And this year there are even more new experiences, including a Parisian breakfast, a Scottish party and a Hibachi dinner in Japan.
The number to call? 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Dates for this year’s fest are September 27- November 11, and you can see the full list of options at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.
We had a sneak peek at a few more of the dishes for this year’s Marketplace kiosks at this past weekend’s Tables in Wonderland dinner, including our favorite from Brazil: crispy pork belly with a dollop of pureed black beans and a fresh topping of sweet onions, avocado and cilantro micro-greens. The crowd went crazy for the South Korea marketplace’s kimchi hot dog with spicy mustard sauce and Florida Local’s grass-fed beef slider with Monterey Jack and sweet and hot pickles. Scotland’s seared Scottish salmon with cauliflower puree, watercress and malt vinaigrette, is served alongside a returning favorite, Canada’s Le Cellier wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce. Oh my!
We tried a fantastic Brazilian black beer, sangria made with Florida citrus, and a bubbly Moscato from Brazil, all fun, unusual pairings – just a handful of the amazing finds that will be poured at the fest.
But the news that got the biggest applause is the return of the Dole Whip, a winner at this past spring’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. They’ll give it a different twist for all – it will be orange (not pineapple), and you can indulge with a splash of crème de cacao white.
Click here to view a list of delicious creations you’ll find at the Marketplaces, all wonderfully paired with wine, beer and cocktails – subject to slight changes as chefs and sommeliers perfect the festival.