Just a couple more weeks, and we’ll all be checking out long-awaited 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
While we look forward to trying some brand new experiences, like the Scotland Booth, there are plenty of returning fan favorites as well. Two of my favorite booths over the past couple of years have been the France and Greece Marketplace Booths.
Boasting delicious bites and long lines, these are spots that you should try and hit early in the day before the crowds swell! Let’s check out what they’ll be offering in 2013…
The France Marketplace Booth is one of the original marketplaces that debuted for the very first Food and Wine Festival eighteen years ago. I can’t imagine having this event without it!
2013 France Marketplace Booth Menu
What’s back this year? Staples like snails and creme brûlée, but also a past festival favorite. This booth offers, really, a full MEAL when you think about it! Appetizer, entree, dessert, drinks!
- Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche)
- Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes)
- Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar)
- Beer Kronenbourg Blanc
- Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
- Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
- Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush (Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Juice)
For the last two years, the France booth has offered Coq au Vin with Macaroni and Cheese, and there have been rave reviews (from me especially!).
This year, Boeuf Bourguignon created with Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet and served with Mashed Potatoes are back on the menu — a return from 2010. Thanks, as always, to Kelly Amey from Changing Latitudes for this pic!
The Escargots Persillade en Brioche have been a staple at the Food and Wine Festival for as long as I can remember. This classic dish is presented in perfect little rounds of brioche.
This is such a smart way to serve them when you know folks will be eating and strolling! Perfect one-bite snacks.
The creamy, sweet Créme Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Milk Chocolate Créme Brûlée) has a great texture and a light flavor of chocolate. It’s not my favorite dessert at the festival (and, let’s not forget that the France booth is VERY close to Beaches and Cream where you can get a No Way Jose sundae…just sayin’…), but it’s a good end to the “meal” that’s served at the booth.
And that créme brûlée is perfect with this fun twist on a classic French aperitif, the Pomegranate Kir! Another thanks to Ms. Kelly Amey on this one!
I personally must have at least one Cosmo Slush during the Food and Wine Fest! This bright red addition to the grown up slushie line up is always a welcome addition! Just understand that if this comes at the END of your Drink around the World tour, the Cosmo Slush is NOT forgiving when it comes to stains on your white t-shirt… 😉
OK, all. This is mostly likely where you’ll find me during the festival!! Head to the Greece Booth early — or be prepared for a long wait! This is always a popular booth with festival goers.
2013 Greece Marketplace Booth Menu
There are some brand new additions to the Greece Booth menu this year that we can’t wait to try. Gone is the Greek Salad with Pita; in its place is a brand new Taste of Greece, featuring some really interesting options. And the Chicken Souvlaki has made way for a Gyro made with chicken.
- Taste of Greece: Grilled & Marinated Calamari, Hitipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives and Pita Bread
- Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey — YES! PURE HEAVEN! (Whoops, did I get too excited there?)
- Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
- Dannon Oikos® Light & Fit Blueberry Greek Yogurt
- Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
- Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
- Alpha Estate Axia Syrah
- Ouzo by Metaxa
The Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey is…um…awesome. Yes. It’s incredible. Sweet, salty, crunchy, and out of this world. I will be eating many…MANY…of these, so be aware that they might run out of them again by the end of the festival like they did last year!
Spanakopita, a savory pastry with a spinach filling, is returning this year as well. Based on my memory from 2011, this one does have a nice mixture of creamy spinach-y filling and doesn’t taste TOO spinach-y…a huge no no in my book when it comes to spanakopita. (Those of you who read this blog faithfully won’t be surprised by that ;-).)
Now, the cop-out of the bunch is this Dannon Oikos® Light & Fit Blueberry Greek Yogurt. I really dislike when the festival offers items that I can just go get in my grocery store, like the SILK smoothie at last year’s Terra booth and this yogurt cup.
Greece used to offer a real, prepared yogurt-y dessert, and I was unimpressed to see it changed to a cup-o-yogurt last year. But, if you’re in the mood for yogurt and don’t want to get your own at the Publix, go for it. 😉
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