Happy 20th Anniversary of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
We’re celebrating the best way we know how, with a trip all over Epcot to bring you the best of the best from the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
It was a tough job gathering all of the goodies and pricing for you at each of the Marketplace Booths for this year’s festival, but hey… somebody’s gotta do it. Of course, we needed a little sustenance along the way ;). What better excuse to Eat and Drink our Way Around the World again this year!
Be sure to click over to our Marketplace Booth Page to see pictures of every single dish at the Festival. Just click through the links for each booth to see pictures of all your favorite dishes, along with every single new one from this year!
Then, come on back to see our must-buys among the new items at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta at the Canada Marketplace
Well, whaddya know… along with the Le Cellier Beef Filet and Cheddar Cheese Soup, the Canada Booth can claim even more bragging rights with the return of the Chicken Sausage with creamy polenta and Minus 8 Onion Jam.
This was a favorite of mine back when it was on the menu at Le Cellier, and I was super excited to see it make its way to the festival back then. Sweet, savory, and with just a bit o’ heat, we’re glad it made its way back after being on hiatus for a couple years!
Ice Pop Pomme at the France Marketplace
You’ve gotta love the Ice Pop Pomme in France, too… not only is this frozen blend of apple syrup, vodka, and St. Germain liqueur cool and refreshing, it’s also custom-made for photo opps!
This is one of those treats that will turn heads for sure, but it packs a wallop! You will KNOW this isn’t for kiddos as soon as you take your first bite. Delicious, and strong!
As always, it’s La Belle Vie in Epcot’s France!
Chilaquiles de pollo at the Mexico Marketplace
We were eagerly anticipating the chilaquiles de pollo at the Mexico Booth this year, and we weren’t disappointed! This flavorful combo of corn chips, queso fresco, seasoned chicken, sour cream, and cilantro quickly won our hearts. The shrimp taco is good, but this is even better.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel at the Chew Lab
I enjoyed the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel at the Tables in Wonderland preview dinner, but this Chew Lab dessert continues to be great here in the actual festival setting. The portion was HUGE (not sure how much longer that will continue), so it’s definitely possible to share.
Yuca Souffle Topped with Griddled Cheese at the Dominican Republic Marketplace
The Dominican Republic Booth is back with a bang! It’s been on hiatus since 2007, and it’s made our Must-Try list with the Souffle de Yuca. A Yuca Souffle, yeah, sure… but JUST LOOK at the beautiful pile of GRIDDLED CHEESE on top of it!
The Pescado here at DR is also fantastic and very worth trying, but when you’ve got seared cheese on the menu you just shouldn’t pass it up.
Citrus Thistle at the Scotland Marketplace
You can find the wonderfully smooth and refreshing Citrus Thistle made with Hendrick’s Gin at the Scotland Marketplace. This is light, refreshing, and fruity — it’s not too heavy, and compliments the Scotland dishes very well.
Now, if you’re game to try some of the new Traditional Haggis at the Scotland Booth… well, that’s for YOU to decide ;).
Miso Udon at the Japan Marketplace
We loved the bit of kick that the spicy broth gave to the Miso Udon at the Japan Booth! This one was even mentioned to us by fellow Festival-goers as a favorite!
Coconut Porter Float at Desserts and Champagne
Now, you may know that items at Desserts & Champagne Booth have rarely impressed me in the past. But that was all before the Orange Blossom Brewery Toasted Coconut Porter Float with Caramel Ice Cream came into my life.
Porter. Coconut. ICE CREAM. This one wowed the DFB team.
Vegan Korean Barbecue at the South Korea Marketplace
Ok, the Vegan Korean Barbecue at the South Korea Booth surprised me for TWO reasons: first, that they’ve turned out a truly tasty vegan “meat”ball, and second… because I didn’t even know it was going to be there to begin with!
South Korea surprised us with this all-new menu item today, and we’re glad they did… both for our sake and for the sake of our vegan friends out there!
Buttered Chicken at the Africa Marketplace
We love our Butter Chicken here at DFB (at least I do), and I was so excited to see the Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan Bread on the menu at the Africa Booth. This dish is heavy on the curry, so be prepared, but we still really loved it.
Note — the festival today seemed to be plagued with stale bread. All of the DFB team members noticed it as we visited the booths on our lists. We’re hoping they remedy this situation, but the only problem with this chicken was the stale naan bread.
Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread at the Cheese Studio
The Cheese Fondue with sourdough bread at the Cheese Studio isn’t a new dish — they had it for years at the Cheese Booth and now it’s making a comeback — but it’s still delicious. The cheese is strong and thick, and the baguette is the perfect portion size. Note, however, that the bread was stale for us (again).
Loaded Mac and Cheese at Farm Fresh
Um. Are you surprised?
The loaded Mac and Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions at Farm Fresh lived up to the hype and made our list. In fact, I wanted to include the Griddled Yard Bird at Farm Fresh here, too. The whole booth is a winner this year.
Crème brûlée vanille chocolat at the France Marketplace
Vanilla or chocolate… can’t decide? Try the Creme Brûlée vanilla chocolate at the France Booth! A slight twist (ha ha!) on a classic, this creme brûlée is creamy and rich — no fear of biting into a gummy, gelatinous dessert. The texture is spot on, and the flavor is out of this world.
Chew-tini at Sustainable Chew
I tried the Chew-tini from the new Sustainable Chew Marketplace during the Food and Wine Festival Preview in July, and I couldn’t wait to try it again at the Festival! Sure enough, it was practically gone before I got to photograph it. Be careful — these go down VERY smoothly!!
But That’s Not All…
Of course, we can’t forget a few more of our returning favorites from Festivals past. If you’ve been attending the Festival year after year, you’ve likely got them on your list, too… classics like the “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce at the Canada Booth, or perhaps a bit of Schinkennudeln at Germany, or pretty much ANYTHING at the Mexico Booth.
Remember: to see the full list — and pictures of EVERYTHING — be sure to click over to our Marketplace Booth page, where the provided links will to take you to each booth’s individual page. That’s how you can see pictures of every single dish at this year’s Festival!
Want Even MORE Details About the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
This isn’t the last you’ll hear from us about the Food and Wine Festival. As always, we are working to bring you all of the latest and most important news and updates on the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, so stay tuned for more details and check out all of the info below!
The DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for purchase!
This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.
Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!
Order your 2015 edition today to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!
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Which dish tops your list of items to try at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Please let us know with a comment below!