The time has finally arrived! Today is Opening Day for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World!
But, as many of you know, yesterday was a “soft opening” for the tasting booths in Epcot’s World Showcase…which means I GOT TO EAT STUFF!
Yep — I sampled just about every single item on the menus yesterday (yes, I’m very, very full), and I’d love to share some of my favorite NEW eats for 2012!
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival NEW Favorites
Remember, if you want to see ALL of the photos I took yesterday and ALL of the food items available at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year, you’ll want to head over to our individual booth pages here.
Just click on the country you’d like to see and we’ll share both the menu and all of the food photos!
OK, let’s get started!
Spinach and Paneer Pocket at South Africa Booth
This is a brand new item at the festival this year, and I’ve definitely been looking forward to trying it.
A savory (and actually quite large!) pocket filled with ample amounts of spinach and paneer cheese, this vegetarian snack definitely makes the list. Get it in South Africa.
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
Well, I was definitely excited when I found out the Canada Booth was going to bring the fabulous Le Cellier filet with truffle butter sauce to the festival. But I was ecstatic when it turned out to be delicious!
I mean, come on — what if they overcooked it? What if there wasn’t enough truffle butter sauce? There was so much that could go wrong.
But it didn’t. The meat was tender and flavorful (and not overcooked — hooray!). And there was…dare I say it?…ENOUGH truffle butter sauce for me. ME! (That’s saying something, since I’m the person who orders an extra side of truffle butter sauce when I’m at the restaurant.)
Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote at Desserts and Champagne Booth
You guys know how I feel about lemon curd…and how I feel about lemon curd paired with blueberries…so you can imagine how I feel about the Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote at this year’s Desserts and Champagne Booth!
Don’t let the lemon “custard” fool you. This tastes like straight up lemon curd. It’s sour — probably too sour for some — but that blueberry compote definitely sweetens things up.
I will be headed back. I will buy more. Oh yes.
Salsiccia e “Papacelli” Napoletani at Italy Booth
Another brand new item at the festival this year is this sweet sausage with red pepper and Ciabatta bread found at the Italy booth.
Both sweet and spicy, the savory dish is definitely one I’d return to buy again!
Tequila Flight at Mexico Booth
Over at the Mexico Booth, the Tequila Flight is a bit steep at $12.50, but I thought the presentation was really fun.
Sukiyaki Beef Pan at Japan Pavilion
OK, this is clarified on the menu as: Marinated Thinly Sliced Rib Eye with Sauteed Onions and Teriyaki Sauce Served in a Bun. And. It’s. Awesome!!! (I added that last part.)
Japan was my 23rd booth of the day, so by the time I got there I was so full and so tired that I was really dragging my feet. And while this little item doesn’t look like much, it really caught my waning attention! It was absolutely delicious!
Think “really good cheesesteak with no cheese and some teriyaki sauce instead” and you’ll get the idea. (You totally know what it’s like, now, right? I know. I have a gift of communication.) Anyway, try it. Get the sushi, too, but don’t pass by this one.
While there are plenty more brand new items at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, these were just a few stand-outs from my first day at the festival.
I’ll be back soon with more fun details and reviews, but in the meantime, follow me at the festival!
Wanna See ALL the Food at the Festival Booths?
Don’t forget to check out all of our brand new FOOD PHOTOS from the booths on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booth Pages!
We’ve updated the pages with all new pics, and there are more to come tomorrow!
Let us know your favorite items from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the comments below!