The wonderful world of Disney puts on many annual events, the most delicious being the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. From Sept. 14 through Nov. 14, all park guests can sample worldly cuisine. Each guest is given a festival “passport” – a pocket-sized booklet detailing what each plaza has to offer, complete with stickers to put on the pages after sampling that land’s cuisine.
Recently, my boyfriend and I went to Epcot with hungry stomachs and open minds. Here is my review and suggestions for your trip to Epcot this fall!
Traditional foods make us feel at home. We imagine our grandma’s holiday cooking and good times with family and friends. For a hearty helping of some classic cuisine, head to the Farm Fresh plaza and indulge in the loaded mac and cheese with chicken and dumplings. These homey dishes pack a flavor punch that will make you feel right at home. For a home cooked dessert, head to Germany for the apple strudel with vanilla sauce… DEEELISH.
Next, get excited for Mexico’s margs and tacos. We sipped on the pineapple margarita on the rocks and sampled the barbacoa enchilada. Moving on to South America, we tried the chimichurri beef skewer from Patagonia. Both dishes had a Spanish infused flavor and were fresh and delicious.
The underdogs of flavor were Greece and New Zealand. From Greece we sampled the chicken gyro and Greek nachos. We underestimated New Zealand, but greatly enjoyed its lamb meatball and venison loin topped with Marsala sauce.
Don’t miss the Asian stops! Japan has an amazing spicy and tuna roll that is three bites of heaven. Being the magical place it is, each plaza showcased an herb or plant growing that was also a crucial ingredient on its menu. In the Japan plaza, soybeans for the edamame dish were seen growing all over. Not only is this Disney event delicious, it’s sustainable too!
While Disney is always worth the weekend trip, now you have another edible incentive to go along with your Epcot ticket, as if you needed another one – let’s not forget about our beloved turkey legs. So head on down to Disney, grab your “passport” and taste your way around the world.