It’s time to head back to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for some more booth reviews!
The very popular Japan Booth almost always has a line — and with good reason: every year, this fan favorite offers terrific sushi options!
This year’s menu has several new items to sample. Anything featuring tuna is always a hit, and I predict that the Spicy Hand Roll with Tuna and Salmon this year will continue that tradition.
For folks who like the idea of sushi, but not so much the idea of raw fish, there’s a brand new roll featuring chicken: Crispy Chicken Breast with Sushi Rice and Spicy Mayonnaise. The chicken is cooked in a tempura fashion, and I’ll admit that mine was more soggy/seaweed-y than crispy.
Of course, there must be a California Roll for sushi purists! (Well, American sushi purists, anyway.) And this one is usually a hot seller (it’s one of the only items that’s back from previous years at the festival).
But for me, the real winner of the Japan Booth this year is the brand new Sukiyaki Beef Pan! I was really impressed with the flavor here. So much so that it made my list of Top New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Items!
This should be on your list of “must tries” in 2012 for sure!
You can see more pictures, the full menu, and prices on ourJapan Booth Page!
Hops & Barley
Linda Bean’s bounty of lobster, first introduced to Festival guests in 2011, is back this year! Bean, granddaughter to late Maine retailer L.L. Bean, promotes using wild and sustainably-caught Maine lobster meat, and is passionate about the industry in her home state.
In the Hops & Barley Booth, which also offers a wonderful selection of Samuel Adams beer, you find fantastic Maine seafood dishes that won’t break the bank.
To begin, there’s a new addition this year — Linda Bean’s® Maine Home Style Clam Chowder. this traditional chowder is thick with vegetables offering a nice balanced flavor.
And you can’t come all this way without sampling Linda Bean’s® Perfect Maine Lobster Roll®.
Bean’s company, Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster, also offers the convenient Lobster Claw Cuddlers®. These are Maine lobster claws, pre-cracked for easy eating (though I still had a hard time figuring out how to get into it)!
You can see more pictures, the full menu, and prices on our Hops & Barley Booth Page!
What are your favorite dishes at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
And don’t forget to check out more food pictures on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth pages!
Also, if you’re headed to the Festival, be sure to get your copy of our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book for a full schedule of events, touring strategies, tips and tricks, and a full section on the World Showcase booths this year! Use code COUNTDOWN for a discount at check-out!