October 2015 Trip Review
During my two week trip I was able to visit the booths on 6 different days (one of these with my DH) and tried 19 items from 13 booths. I’m going to combine these all into one review though, so let’s get started on our tour of the 20th Annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths.
Sadly I didn’t make it to any of the 7 Marketplace kiosks located in Future World. I had planned to try something from the two booths inspired by ABC’s t.v. show, The Chew, but failed to carry out my plan. Hopefully they will be back next year so that I will have another opportunity. Did anyone get to try any of their offerings? What did you think?
I also only got to two of the 7 booths located in Showcase Plaza. The first of these two, Farm Fresh, was the very first booth that I visited on this trip. I had heard about how good their Mac ‘n’ Cheese was and was anxious to try it for myself.
Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
This was a little heavy on the green onion but otherwise was delicious. It ended up being one of my favorites of the 19 that I tried this year and I rated it a 5 out of 5. (or Very Good, Excellent)
The other booth I visited (along with my DH) in the Showcase Plaza area was Hawaii.
From the Hawaii kiosk we had the…
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
Our opinions differed on this. I had had this just last year and thought it wasn’t as good as I remembered it being previously. My husband, who hadn’t had this slider since 2011, thought it tasted the same. He rated the slider a 4 (Good) and I gave it only a 3 (Okay).
My husband and I also visited the Patagonia booth and tried two out of their three food offerings. The first of these was the…
Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula
I had had this last year and really liked it but this year the salmon tasted a bit “fishy” so I let my DH eat most of it. Last year I would have given this dish a solid 4 but this year it received only a 3 (Okay).
Since he ate most of the salmon dish, I got to have most of the other item we chose from the Patagonia booth.
And a look inside…
I rated the Beef Empanada a 4 (Good).
Next up is New Zealand, which I visited during one of my solo trips to the booths.
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
This was better than I remembered it being when I tried it years ago. I gave it a 4 and was glad I gave it another try.
Australia was another kiosk that I visited during my first day at the booths.
I debated as to whether to get the Lamb Chop or the Shrimp and I think I may have made the wrong choice.
Taco de Camaron: Battered Shrimp, Pico de Gallo, Pickled Onions, and Chipotle Mayonnaise
This was again good and I rated it a 4. However, the new item that I tried from the Mexico booth was even better.
Chilaquiles de Pollo: Corn Chips layered with Seasoned Chicken, Queso Fresco, Sour Cream and Cilantro
For some reason I was expecting the corn chips to be crunchy but instead they were soft and more like a baked corn tortilla. I really enjoyed this dish though and rated it a 5.
Skipping China, the next booth I visited was South Korea. During my day at the booths with my husband we spoke with a couple who claimed that the short rib dish here was excellent. We were already past the South Korea booth and didn’t want to backtrack, so I made it a goal to try the short rib on my next visit to the booths.
Bulgogi BBQ Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi
This was a frozen Coke with creamy Amarula liqueur added. YUM! We both gave it a 5!
Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread
On my third visit to the booths, I returned to Italy to try the…
Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
I think this had sat out too long, as the cheese had cooled and gotten hard. Had the cheese been warm and still melted and the ravioli underneath been warmer, this probably would have rated a 4 since the flavor was pretty good. However, since that wasn’t the case, this dish only received a 2 from me.
The next booth though, Hops & Barley, was home to my favorite offering of this year’s festival…
Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing
I’m generally not a big fan of carrot cake but I loved this! Carrot cake is pretty much the only cake that my DH likes so we decided to give this one a try on the day which he was with me. He really liked this so I allowed him to eat most of it. But only because I knew I could go back on another day and have a whole cake to myself…which I did.
I also considered trying another offering from the Hops & Barley booth but never got around to it. However, I did take a photo…
Nothing from Japan or Morocco so next up is Belgium. On one morning toward the end of my trip I skipped breakfast and instead had a Belgian waffle when the booth opened at 11:00.
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
This made for a perfect breakfast and I gave it a 5!
I did not make it to Brazil so next up is…
On my first day at the booths, I had my dessert from the France booth…
Crème brûlée vanille chocolat: Vanilla & chocolate crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar
And an inside look…
This was good but I think I prefer both the regular creme brulee that they sell inside at the bakery and also the salted caramel one that they had last year at the F & W festival booth. I rated this one a 4.
Though I fully intended to get back to France for the short rib that I enjoyed here last year, sadly I never made it back.
I did however make it back to this booth…
Last year I had the Fisherman’s Pie here and really enjoyed it so wanted to have this again…
Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
It had several large pieces of lobster…
Just like last year, I rated this a 5.
My DH and I also shared this for our dessert one day…
Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Though not quite as good as the carrot cake, this still received a rating of 5 from both of us.
And last is a booth that my husband and I visited together…
We shared two things from the Canada booth. First was the…
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
This was pretty good for a steak served from a kiosk and for a price of $7.50. Our average rating for the filet was 3.5.
But we both gave the soup a 5…
And that completes our tour of the 20th Annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths. Thanks for coming along!
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