Recently, Pete and I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival while attending the Tables In Wonderland Food & Wine Festival sneak preview. This fall, the festival will celebrate it’s 20th Anniversary! There are a lot of exciting new additions that will be featured at this year’s celebration event. Here’s a sneak peek at what to see at this year’s EPCOT Food & Wine Festival.
Collaboration With ABC’s TV Show “The Chew”
Not only is The Chew going to broadcast live from the festival (one of my favorite food shows, by the way), but there’s also going to be a two new marketplaces inspired by the show. One is the Sustainable Chew Marketplace that will feature an eco-home inspired marketplace and local sustainable foods. Then, there’s the Chew Lab which is more science mixed with culinary and molecular gastronomy. It’s very cool. Pete and I both loved the dishes we got to taste here including a Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle and a Smoking Hibiscus cocktail with Montelobos Mezcal. I’m not usually a tequila girl, but the Smoking Hibiscus tasted a lot like bacon and I’m totally down with that. Even Pete loved it.
California Wines Made Just For The Festival
Two wines were specially made just to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this festival: a Napa Vallley Festival Chardonnay and a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. They’ve been bottled with commemorative cork that’s sure to be a keeper, and I’m most excited about the Cab since Paso Robles is one of my favorite California AVA’s. These wines will be available to taste at the Sustainable Chew Marketplace.
New International Foods To Try
One of the most fun things to do at EPCOT during any time of the year is to taste your way around the world, stopping for a bite to eat or a drink at each country around the World Showcase. But during the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, they add even more marketplaces bringing the number of countries represented to over 20 including cuisine from New Zealand, South Korea, and even Poland.
Here’s a sample of what will be on the year’s EPCOT Food & Wine Festival menu.
EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Menu Highlights
FARM FRESH Marketplace
(Returning from 2014)
— Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddard Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions.
— Paired with ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider.
(Debuted at the Festival in 2000)
— Fresh Potato Pancakes with Scottish Salmon, Herb Sour Cream.
— Haggis with Neeps and Tatties (Traditional haggis with rutabaga and mashed potatoes).
— The Tipsy Laird Whiskey-Soaked Cake with Lemon Cream
— Paired with The Citrus Thistle featuring Hendricks Gin.
(Returning from 2007)
— “Pescado con Coco” Seared Grouper with pigeon peas, rice, and coconut sauce.
— Paired with Presidente Beer
(Debuted at the first festival in 1996)
— “Escondidinho de Carne” Layered meat pie with mash yucca.
— Paired with Undurraga Sparkling Brut from Patagonia Marketplace
(Debuted at the festival in 2001)
— Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liquor Custard
(Debuted at the festival in 1997)
— Lamington Yellow Cake Dipped In Chocolate and Shredded Coconut
(New Marketplace to celebrate 20 years)
— New York Strip, Parsnip Silk, Balsamic Glaze
— Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel
— Paired with The Smoking Hibiscus cocktail featuring Montelobos Mezcal Joven
— Pork Spareribs with cheesy marscapone grits
— Paired with The Frozen Chew-tini cocktail, Crop Organic Meyer Lemon Vodka, Carrot Mango Juice, and Citrus Sour Mix.
The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running food festivals in the US. It’s also happens to be one of the most fun. If you plan to go, take some time to plan your trip as you can’t possibly taste it all in one visit. There are special events throughout the whole festival and even an Eat To The Beat concert series featuring a lot of 90’s music favorites to keep you entertained.