This has been a terrific year at the festival for revisiting favorite dishes from the past while enjoying some really delicious new options. And two booths that demonstrate this beautifully are Belgium and Canada!
Let’s take a closer look at what each offers guests in 2013, and talk a little about our favorite dishes!
Belgium celebrates its fourth year as part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
In the past few years, the savory offering has been mussels prepared in a variety of ways. (I’m still waiting for them to catch the vision of those amazing frites that Belgium is known for!)
This year, the booth departs radically from mussels, and instead has decided to offer a full menu of another Belgian staple: Waffles!
This probably makes sense, since the sweet waffle that’s been a staple here has always been popular. But it does make things a bit homogenous over here. Regardless, I was excited to try the savory waffle that was added to the lineup.
The Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef was so impressive (primarily because they douse it with melted butter) when we tasted it that we immediately named it one of our Best of the Fest dishes for 2013.
A fresh waffle — crispy on the outside, tender on the inside — is smothered with a thick, rich beef stew. The braised beef features chunks of beef and carrots in a flavorful sauce that soaks right into that tasty waffle. The whole thing was topped with that aforementioned melted butter. Amazing!
And what better way to top off a meal of waffle than with more waffle? This year, they’ve introduced another option for the sweet pastry — Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream. This was pretty good and the presentation was nice, but I really wanted that chocolate sauce to have a little more body. It didn’t really seem like ganache to me…it was more the consistency of chocolate syrup.
However, when I went back to sample it again a few days later, there was definitely more thickness to the ganache. Just goes to show — even Disney’s festival booths aren’t consistent all the time!
The Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream has been a fan favorite in years past, and I think it will continue to be. The tart of the berry compote paired with the slight sweetness of the waffle make a not-too-sweet, light treat. If you’d like to make it at home, have a go at our recipe!
But what about the beverages, you ask? Great news! You have lots of choices.
Beer lovers can choose from Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, and two different versions of Leffe — Blonde or Brune. And this year’s flight includes six-ounce pours all four beers! I love this concept, since it really gives you a chance to taste different things and decide on a favorite.
But you can also indulge in a Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur.
It’s a tasty way to get your dose of caffeine.
Canada, with your little peaked roofs and stone chimney — you’ve always been one of my favorite booths…and everyone else’s, too! The lines for this one are usually insanely long.
Why? Mostly ’cause of that Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup — a clear guest favorite.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. A glance at the 2013 menu shows you that there’s one notable absence from last year’s lineup. We’ve heard a few outcries (Oh, wait, is that just me?) about the Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta not being included this year.
But on the (very!) bright side, the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce is back!!!!! I couldn’t pass up the chance to get it again, even though I order it on practically every visit to the restaurant. It’s on the shortlist of my all-time favorite Disney meals, and I think it’s pretty rad that everyone has the chance to taste it at the Food and Wine Festival — even without scoring the difficult-to-get advance dining reservation for Le Cellier.
We love it so much that it also received a Best of the Fest recommendation!
They were VERY generous with the wild mushrooms on my portion! Now if I could only get them to be just as generous with the truffle butter sauce. You know I always order extra…
Another Best of the Fest pick is a brand new dish for 2013 — Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette. The DFB team loved this one!
And no matter how many times you’ve had it, you simply cannot visit the Canada Booth without having the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup! As I mentioned before — it’s legendary. Note — if you’d rather just make it at home so you can have the whole
pot bowl to yourself, here’s a step-by-step recipe!
And while the favored pairing here is the Filet with the Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah, I personally love La Neige Apple Ice Wine too much to pass it up!
It’s a refreshing take on ice wine — one of my favorites!
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Which dishes are you excited to try at the Belgium and Canada Booths? Tell us in comments below!