We left off last time at the Wine and Dine Studio, located in Future World. If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of our Food and Wine extravaganza recap please do!
Let’s start today with a tip. If is easy (trust me) to have every intention of sticking to a budget when you start off, then all of a sudden you check out your credit card statement and you spent $400 at Food and Wine. You might laugh but it’s true. If you were to get multiple things from each booth and a couple things twice, you’ve spent at least $400.
So, how do you better track your spending? At all of the merchandise shops you can buy little mini gift cards that have a plastic band for your wrist. Set an amount that you want to stick to for your festival and put that amount on your card. Even if you do fill up that card again you will be tracking what you spend.
Let’s dive in to the goodies! We left off at Wine and Dine Studio and we will pick up today at the Islands of Caribbean booth! Let’s get beachy Mon’! (I know that was cheesy). We tried a little dessert here. The Quesito was awesome! It was a really simple dish and very similar to the Pongu Lumpia at Pandora. It was so yummy! A buttery and flaky puff pastry stuffed with cream cheese and a sweet and slightly tart guava sauce. Also, get the frozen mojito!
Next up, we are keeping with the island vibe! In Hawaii, we are going to get the grilled Tuna Tataki, the Passion Fruit Cheesecake (might want to get two of these) and the Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine. The passion fruit cheesecake is divine, most certainly in the top 3 things I ate in all of food and wine. I was beyond excited to try the sparkling wine here and I have to admit that…it was one of the most disappointing things I tried but that’s okay because the cheesecake made up for it!
Farm Fresh is next on the itinerary. We tried the Crispy Chicken here as well as the Florida Orange Groves Mango Mamma Wine. The chicken was decent, I don’t think I would order it again but it was okay. The wine here was better than the selection at Hawaii. Overall, I kind of wish there were better selections at this booth. As a Colorado girl, I love the farm fresh concept and I hope that in years to come, they really expand on this idea and bring some great options in.
We skipped a lot of booths after this because Epcot was INSANE! I mean lines were crazy long. So, we missed out on quite a few great things but we will recap all of the items we missed out on in the next post. Our next stop was India and I am sure glad we stopped here. The food was incredible. We tried almost everything! And you should too! We tried the Madras Red Curry, the Korma Chicken and the Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake. The Korma Chicken was incredible, as was the bundt cake, the red curry was good too but I wish it had a little more flavor. I also tried the Chenin Blanc here and it was really good! It was especially good with the selections of food!
The next stop we made was Japan. We tried all of the food items here but did not try any of the beverages. The Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings, the Salmon BLT Sushi Roll and the Teriyaki Ginger Pork. I was not blown away by anything at this booth but the best thing that I tried was the sushi roll. It was different, and good and the flavors worked well together. The pork dish was bland and the dumplings were decent.
Last but certainly not least is Canada! You HAVE to get both of the food items here. They are delicious! You have the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and the Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon. The soup is creamy and tangy and rich and is served with a pretzel roll. The filet is actually a smaller version of the item that is available on the Le Cellier menu. Le Cellier is an incredible signature dining restaurant and this dish is served with a to die for truffle butter sauce.
So in a day and a half we tried all of these dishes. 31 dishes in all. That’s a lot. Even though they aren’t full portions, it truly is a huge amount of food. Whew. We were able to get an array of dishes and it was awesome. I wish we had more time to try even more but I’m really happy with what we had, the memories we made and the amazing magic we experienced during our time at Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
So, that’ it for this post! Thank you for stopping by and reminiscing on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival adventures with us! We hope you will take the time to read part 1 of this post and will come back for our next post! We’ll see ya’ real soon and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!