Thursday, November 1, 2012

Eat the World at Epcot Food and Wine!

Today's post (as well as several of the following posts) will be inspired by the time I spent in FL with Jen and her family (who graciously took me in for a few more days when Hurricane Sandy cancelled my flight home on Monday). Years ago, when Jen and I were both at UMD, she mentioned that she was planning on going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with her parents and hearing that I had never been to Disney before (for shame :O!!) she asked if I wanted to join her and her parents. That first experience was so much fun that her and I had planned on making it a yearly tradition...but alas....the following years plans were thwarted by hurricanes, work, life, etc and it wasnt until this year that we finally go to go back.

If you have never been to Epcot before, it is one of the Disney parks. You walk around the park and you are immersed in the history, people, and culture of each country. The Food and Wine Festival, held each year over several weeks in Oct and Nov, offers visitors a chance to experience not only the culture of countries of the world, but also the delicious food. Its definitely a foodie's idea of heaven.

This year's festival included food, wine, and beer from 20 countries as well as 9 other stands for specialty items like cheese, wine, and craft beers. We stopped at more than half of the countries. Below are some pics of my favs!

Argentina: Grilled Beef Skewer w/ Chimichurri Sauce

China: Mongolian Beef in Steamed Bun

Poland: Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie and Zapiekanki (Mushroom, Carmelized Onion, and Cheese on Bread) 

The other two things that I absolutely loved (but forgot to grab a picture of) was the Coq au Vin (Red Wine Braised Chicken) at the France booth and the Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter.

Make sure you stay for the fireworks at the end of the night. Its absolutely beautiful.

Here is a photo of Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth lit up at night.

Tips for Epcot Food and Wine:

**If you dont want to keep pulling out your wallet at each stand,   you can purchase a pre-paid debit card with whatever amount you want on it. This is also good for helping you to keep on budget

**Get one of the discovery passport booklets. It has a list of all of the booths and the menu and drinks available at each. Its a great way to figure out what is available and also a fun way to commemorate your day as each country/booth has a special stamp which you can collect. 


  1. Way to go Anne! Day 1 of blogging tackled. I loved your title for this one. Keep up the good work!

  2. I will definitely go next year!