#OnTheList: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Classics

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The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just about ready to kick off!

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We are just days away from the start of the Festival, which gets underway this Friday, September 25. And we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the special event!

With more than seven weeks to party, there’s plenty of time to enjoy every bite and drink that you have on your list.

And speaking of, we’re celebrating our very favorite food items that are on our Disney Food Bucket List — with this special edition of #OnTheList: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Favorites!

Ready to stroll the Promenade? Let’s head out!

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing — Hops & Barley

Nothing like starting with dessert, right? And if you’re going to limit your sweets at this year’s Festival, then the Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing has to be on your short list.

You’ll find this dreamy little cake at the Hops & Barley Booth, halfway around World Showcase — and the perfect spot to indulge in a decadent treat.

Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing

If you’re a frosting fan like I am, you may be concerned that the warm, liquid-y frosting won’t cut it when it comes to your craving — but I guarantee you, it will. Just be sure to ask for extra!

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup — Canada Booth

It’s a perennial favorite — and with good reason. There would be riots if the Festival ever stopped offering the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at the Canada Booth. It’s been around forever.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Thick and rich, the soup, with its distinctive Sharp Cheddar and Beer flavor combo, is a menu favorite at Le Cellier Steakhouse. Since advance dining reservations can be tough to score at the pricey restaurant, it’s great that you can enjoy this fan favorite once a year without TOO much hassle (just follow our tips to avoid crowds and lines and you should be good to go)!

Seared Sea Scallop with Spinach-Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon — Scotland Booth

The Seared Sea Scallop with Spinach-Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon, which debuted in 2014, makes its return to the Scotland Booth menu this year — and I couldn’t be happier!

I know. Those of you who know me well are thinking “What?! AJ’s recommending a SCALLOP? And SPINACH?!?” Well, yes, those are two things that wouldn’t normally be high on my list, but when you add cheese-y goodness and bacon it makes a big difference.

While the scallop is delicious — especially when you consider it’s prepared almost to order in that tiny kiosk — it’s the Spinach Cheddar Gratin that is truly the standout.

Sea Scallop with Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon at the 2014 Scotland Food and Wine Festival Booth

Sea Scallop with Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon

There’s never been a more delicious way to get your veggies!

Cocadas: Brazilian Coconut Candy — Brazil Booth

One of my favorite things about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is trying dishes that I’ve never heard of. And as common at Cocadas, or Coconut Candy, is in Brazil, it was totally new to me! This confection had me going back for seconds at the 2014 Festival, so I’m super happy to see it return to the Brazil Booth this year.

Cocada -- Coconut Candy at the 2014 Brazil Marketplace

Cocada — Brazilian Coconut Candy

Sticky-sweet and huge, this South American goodie can be compared to a haystack here in the States! Yum!

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie — Ireland Booth

No trip Around the World would be complete without a stop at another perennial favorite, the Ireland Booth. While I love all of the selections here — the Kerrygold Cheese Selection and the Warm Chocolate Pudding are both good choices as well — it’s the Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie that I come back for year after year.

Seafood Fisherman’s Pie from Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

With plenty of seafood in a rich sauce hidden beneath a baked layer of pureed potato, this dish is delicious. Want to make at at home? Here’s the recipe!

Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef and Smoked Gouda Cream — Belgium Booth

When you’re looking for comfort food, head to the Belgium Booth, where you can make an entire meal out of Belgian Waffles. While I love the sweet versions that come with garnishes of Chocolate or Berries, it’s the savory Potato and Leek Waffle with Beer-braised Beef that you’ll especially want to check out.

Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef

Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef

Because who can resist Beef Stew…and Waffles? :-)

Escondidinho de Carne: Layered Meat Pie with Mash Yucca — Brazil Booth

But we aren’t finished at the Brazil Booth yet. Earlier this year, I had the chance to try one of the new dishes coming to the Festival — Escondidinho de Carne, or “Little Hidden One”.

Escondidinho de Carne Layered Meat Pie at Brazil -- This One Will Be a Big Hit!

Escondidinho de Carne Layered Meat Pie at Brazil

I predict this Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca will be one of the biggest hits of the Festival this year!

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce — Canada Booth

I think one of the coolest things about the Festival is that, in recent years, I’ve been able to enjoy what is probably my favorite dish in all of Walt Disney World without going to an actual restaurant. Yep, you guessed it — the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce from the Canada Booth.

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

While it’s only a tasting portion, it’s still pretty impressive to me that you can enjoy Beef Tenderloin with the incomparable Truffle Butter Sauce (here’s a review if you’d like to see the entree version). In fact, I love the smaller portion, which is much more affordable than the entree and allows me to enjoy it alongside other favorites from Around the World! Now if only they’d add the risotto… .

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel — Chew Lab

It’s time for another dessert stop! And for this sweet option, I’m going with a new favorite — the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel at Chew Lab.

While I don’t expect this one will be around for years to come (I’m just not sure that The Chew will continue to be part of the Festival long-term), I wanted to offer a new item on our must-do list. After all, that’s part of the Festival, right? Trying out returning favorites, and discovering brand new dishes.

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel at Chew Lab

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel at Chew Lab

This take on a frozen truffle is both inventive and delicious.

Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions — Farm Fresh Booth

While I’m not thrilled that one of my favorite dishes from last year, Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash, isn’t returning, I have been impressed with its replacement at Farm FreshLoaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions. Because really, what’s not to love about words like “bacon” and “loaded” and “mac n’ cheese”?

Loaded Mac and Cheese with Nueske's Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions

Loaded Mac and Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions

They’d have to work really hard to mess this one up.

Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise — Hawai’i Booth

The Kālua Pork Slider, which was introduced at the same time that the Hawai’i Booth made its first appearance at the Festival, has been one of our favorite dishes ever since.

Surprisingly hearty, this little sandwich packs delicious flavors and textures into one, as the Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney is punched up by the Spicy Mayonnaise.

Enjoy Dishes Like the Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise at the Hawai'i Booth -- for a Snack Credit!

Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

I dream of this one between Festivals. Good thing we have the recipe, so I can make it at home!

Beef Empanada — Patagonia Booth

Another of my favorites is the Beef Empanada. You’ll find this slightly spicy meat turnover at the Patagonia Booth.

Empanada -- Inside

Empanada

I would be the first in line to protest if they ever get rid of this gem. Fortunately, we have the recipe for this one, too!

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée — Patagonia Booth

Speaking of the Patagonia Booth — which brings together flavors of Argentina and Chile — another of my favorites here is yet another red meat favorite — the Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce. The spicy herbed goodness of the Chimichurri goes perfectly with the well-flavored beef.

Beef Skewer

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée

Served on a bed of slightly sweet and silky Boniato Purée, I can never resist enjoying this one at least once Around the World. Okay, twice.

Sweet Corn Cheesecake — Mexico Booth

Finally, we’ll end with another dessert. Hey, wait — isn’t that where we started? :-)

If there was one dish that took the Festival by STORM in 2014, it the was the Pastel de Elote Con Queso, or Sweet Corn Cheesecake, at the Mexico Booth. I can’t tell you how many of you went on and on about this one, and we received tons of requests for the recipe!

Sweet Corn Cheesecake

Sweet Corn Cheesecake

Similar to a flan, with with the addition of corn, this became one of the hottest dishes of the Festival. While it’s not really my thing, it makes the list because of its popularity!

And if you love this flavor profile, you should also check out the Helado de Maíz, or Sweet Corn Ice Cream, at La Hacienda de San Angel Restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion.

So, there you have it — the dishes that get my vote for being #OnTheList, Food and Wine Festival-style!

Now that you’ve heard all about mine, I’m anxious to hear your suggestions as well! I want to hear which dishes from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival are on you Disney Food Bucket List. Share them with us in comments below!

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Comments

  1. Sue says

    For my family, the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from the Australia booth is at the very top of the must-eat list. It’s a great recipe to make at home, too.

    Any chance you can get the Cocada recipe this year? The one’s I’ve tried aren’t nearly as good.

  2. says

    I love that Potato and Leek Waffle from Belgium, but every year when I see it I think “Put the waffle on top!” It will keep it crispy and distract from the fact that the beef (as tasty as it is) looks like something the dog coughed up. ;)

  3. Sarah says

    One of my favorites was the Griddled Greek Cheese at the Greece booth. Sadly, it does not look like it will be back this year. The combination of the cheese, honey, and pistachios was delicious.

  4. Sunny says

    AJ – you hit everyone of my favorites! The only exception is the coconut candy from Brazil. I’ve never tried it. Since you seem to have the same tastes as I do, I’m trying it this year with your recommendation.

    So looking forward to the carrot cake. I got the recipe for it from this site last year and it is a big hit when I make it. However it is a tedious recipe. So looking forward to just enjoying it when we go in Oct.

    Sarah – my husband couldn’t agree with you more! He is devastated that the Griddled Cheese is not returning. The only other item that he is more depressed over are the Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries that went away a few years ago. He brings them up every year.

    Can’t wait until Oct 17…I may try a sneak over there this weekend. ;-)

  5. says

    Your list has me so excited for the festival! I agree with so many of these choices (Hawaii’s pork slider and those empanadas, omg), the only favorite that’s missing for me is Australia’s lamb chop!

  6. Claire says

    The kefta pocket in Morocco and the lamb chop in Australia are two of my favorites. Another must do dessert is in Ireland the warm chocolate pudding with Irish cream liquor pudding

  7. Faith says

    I tried the Cocada today (along with a gazillion other things) and it was SOOOO GOOD. The meat pie at Brazil was delicious too. Oh man… I’m tempted to go back tomorrow and do it all again. <3

  8. Lisa Brown says

    Does anyone know if the Once Upon Vine wine will be sampled at the Food&Wine fest? If so, what location will it be at?

  9. Giri says

    Too bad the vegetarian options are SO limited this year. Most booths have simply dropped the veggie entrees they used to have. I spent less at F&W this year than any in the past 20 because of this.

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