All the Food and All the Wine… Part 1

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As most of you already know, we recently embarked on a last minute 60 hours of Disney trip. We got there on a Friday night, stayed at the Dolphin resort which is a great resort option, I highly recommend it. After we checked in, we headed to Food and Wine to get a taste of the tasties.

smile...Saturday morning we got up really early, rope dropped Animal Kingdom, stayed there for about 3 hours then headed straight to Epcot where we did a ton of damage to our Food and Wine passport. I mean seriously, if you have ever looked t that passport and have been like “Challenge Accepted” you understand the effort that was put in. We would have honestly tried a lot more booths but Epcot was INSANELY BUSY that day. It was the busiest day I have ever seen at any Walt Disney Park. Granted, we tend to avoid peak times and try to plan our trips during slower times, it was crazy. Even the cast members said it was a crazy day.

So, what did we try? Well, let me tell you. First, we grabbed a passport, then we got started! I am not going to go in order of how we made our way around the festival, but I am going in the order the kiosks are listed on the passport.

From Epcot Legacy Showplace, located in the Odyssey Center, we tried what was quite honestly, our favorite item of Food and Wine, the Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich. It sounds simple, it is and it is pure fatty deliciousness. Remember, calories don’t count in Disney! Also, from this spot we tried the Chilled Scotch Egg (Hubby loves Scotch eggs, this one was decent) and the JDub’s Passion Wheat, a Florida brewed beer.

corned beef ziggyknowsdisneyFrom Flavors of Fire, located in Future World, we tried the Piggy Wings (meh) and the Smoked Corned Beef which was AMAZING! This dish is very salty, so if you are not a fan of the salt factor, you may disagree on this. We passionately follow The WDW Couple and their amazing vlogs, and Josh, the husband of this husband and wife duo LOVES this dish, so we knew we had to give it a try.

light lab222Next up! Light Lab. This is one of the most talked about new booths (it’s actually an entire large room). The best thing about Light Lab was the cool ambiance in the room and the air conditioning. The only food item and the few drink options (excluding the beer selections) left much to be desired. The “Glonut” was nothing more than a plain vanilla donut that because it had white icing, appeared to “glow” in the dark.

We didn’t try the Vanilla Tonic drink but we did try the RGB, which was a non-alcoholic option and the Bleu Spectrum, an incredible concept for a drink at this stop. It’s decent and I enjoyed it, but if you are looking for a really tasty bubbly, try one of the other pavilions offering things like Veuve, Dom or Moet and Chandon (which are all offered at the Almond Orchard stop).

You may seem a theme developing. If we came across a booth offering some sort of mac and cheese variation, it was on! So of course, when we got to Active Eats we ahd to try the Loaded Mac ‘n’ cheese. This dish had bacon, peppers and green onions and it was good; it was different, not the tastes I was expecting, it tasted like it had green chilies in it, not peppers and onions but it was good nonetheless.

coastal eatsOn to Coastal Eats, still in Future World. If you haven’t yet, be sure to try these booths, they are some of the best (and also the new booths) and they are clumped together so you can just boom, boom, boom get all the foods! We tried everything at Coastal Eats at least all the food options. The Lump Crab Cake was great! Lots of crab, great, fresh taste  and plenty of flavor. The Baked Shrimp Scampi Dish was good too, very rich though. It was creamy and garlicky, my only thought on this was that it needed to come with more bread so you could really get in there and enjoy it as a dip.

Now, there were two scallop dishes offered at Food and Wine that were on my absolutely had to try list. One was at Coastal Eats and it should be on your must try list. It came with roasted corn and butterbean succoash and a chili-chipotle butter sauce. It had a great flavor profile but I will say, the intense flavors it was paired with really overwhelmed the scallops, in my opinion. It was still an incredible dish though.

seared scallopsThe other scallop dish, and the last dish we are going to talk about in this post, part 1 of Food and Wine deliciousness, was the Seared Scallops dish located at the Wine and Dine Studio, also in Future World, though not clustered with the others I mentioned (Earth Eats, Active Eats, Coastal Eats and Flavors From Fire). This dish was amazing. This is more my style, when talking about a scallop dish. I thought the flavors of the celery root puree, wild mushrooms and the brussels sprouts; side note, if you aren’t a brussels sprouts lover like me, don’t let this scare you off because they weren’t a main component of the dish in my opinion. I also tried the Meiomi Rose here and it paired well with the scallops; if you are wanting a pairing though, try the sauvignon blanc instead but I can’t pass up a rose.

Try these two scallop dishes! Do it. Run, don’t walk to Epcot and get these two scallop dishes, grab yourself a table, or a trashcan and gobble them up.

I could go on and on about the offerings at Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and I will. Thank you for joining me for part 1, I hope to see you again for part 2! Stay full fellow Disney Foodies and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!


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