The 21st Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is in full swing and that means lots of tasty food (and beverage) offerings for you to try! Unless you live close to Walt Disney World or plan to visit the festival more than once, it is unlikely that you will be able to eat all the food that is offered. Recently I was there for an annual girls trip where I spent 3 days at Epcot. We ate…and ate…and ate and still didn’t eat everything (although we came awfully close).
If you’re anything like me, you’ll look at our Food and Wine List (here) and make a list of all the delicious food you will want to try. If you like to fly by the seat of your pants make sure to put these five (5) items on your “Do not miss” list!
Greece – Vegan Loaded Greek “Nachos”
The Greece booth has 4 options, 2 of them are pictured below. While both were good the Loaded Nachos were outstanding! These “nachos” start with Pita chips that are topped with meatless sausage crumbles and vegan tzatziki. I am far from vegan so I was unsure of the “meatless sausage crumbles” but it didn’t taste vegan at all! This dish was so refreshing. The saying “try it, you might like it” definitely applies to this dish! I’m so glad I didn’t skip out on this one.
Greenhouse Guru Hosted by Village Farms – Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta
This flavorful dish found at the Greenhouse Guru booth starts with Polenta then shredded Duck Confit and topped with a Fire Roasted Salsa. The polenta was creamy, the duck was juicy and delicious and the fire roasted salsa was the perfect topping to meld all the flavors together!
Patagonia – Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce
Traveling over to Patagonia you will find the Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree. (Bonaito is a type of sweet potato). Even though there is quite a bit of oil in this (I assume from the Chimichurri) it was still delicious. The beef skewer was seared perfectly and the chimichurri gave it a flavorful twist.
Brazil – Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato
At the Brazil booth you will find my favorite thing offered at the festival! Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato. This was so good I had it twice during my trip. The pork belly was so crispy and flavorful, the beans were creamy, and the salsa brought brightness to the dish. This one you absolutely can’t miss!
New Zealand – Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce
I have many friends that like to hunt so I’ve tried venison on a couple occasions but have never really liked it. When I go to the Food and Wine Festival I make it a point to try things regardless of how I have felt about them in the past. Imagine my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed the Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Dumpling. (Kumara is a sweet potato). This made me happy and warm, like being wrapped in my snuggie on a cold winter night. The venison was so tender and full of flavor.
Craft Beer (Honorable Mention)
I’ve got an honorable mention because it really is hard to narrow the best dishes down to just 5. In the Craft Beer station (located in the Odyssey Center to the left of the Mexico Pavilion, around the lake) you will find this perfect little bit of bar food. Piggy Wings: Fried Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds. I also had the Shipyard Midnight Snack Milk Stout which paired perfectly with these wings.
There are so many options at the Food and Wine Festival. I hope this list helps you narrow down some of your choices. I would love to hear what your favorites are! Happy eating!