The 12 Things You MUST Eat at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival This Year

We are just a little over a month away from the start of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and it’s all starting to fall into place!

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Soon, we’ll be hanging out, trying new things and enjoying old favorites at Marketplace Booths. And with 35 booths to choose from, situated within World Showcase as well as Future World, there are tons of great eats and drinks to choose from!

(See all of the menus here.)

We expect to eat way more than 12 things ;-) — but you need to start somewhere! So whether you’re crunched for time, on a budget, or just want the CliffsNotes version of what you’ve gotta try, we’re getting you ready for this year’s Dine Around by sharing the 12 Things You MUST Eat at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

OK, this is not only new to the Festival…it’s completely new altogether! One of our favorite breweries has done it again. Previously known for their grapefruit beer, this festival-exclusive (YEP, you can ONLY get it at the festival!) Pomegranate variety is off the charts. Find it at the Brewers Collection Booth!

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

Le Cellier Filet and Canadian Cheddar Soup — Canada

The Canada Booth is the undisputed champion of the festival. No — seriously. Sales at this booth top all others (which has been known to spark a little competition among the “countries,” we hear).

And while it’s a given that we’re stopping here for the Le Cellier Filet, you might have a hard choice to make between this dish (it’s soooo gooooooood) and the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup.

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

So do what we do. Don’t choose.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll

Done and Done. You’re welcome.

Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese — Active Eats

So this one has bounced around a bit.  It was at Farm Fresh (Because why?), but now it’s at Active Eats. We assume this is because giant carb loading is helpful when you’re walking a thousand hundred miles a day.

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

Whatever. Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions? Get it.

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available to order!

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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.

We cover every single World Showcase Booth, and include full-color photos for most of the food items being offered at this year’s festival!

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!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Escondidinho de Carne – Brazil

When is Shepherd’s Pie even better? When it comes from Brazil and has a cool name, like Escondidinho de Carne, or “Little Hidden One”. It’s a savory pie, layered with meat and mashed yucca, a nice, slightly sweeter starch than potato.

Escondidinho de Carne Little Hidden One Layered Meat Pie

Escondidinho de Carne

And it’s awesome.

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle — Chocolate Studio

If you’re looking for a little something sweet, you’ve gotta head to the Chocolate Studio to try the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel.

Chocolate Studio Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Chocolate Studio Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s chocolate, and at least in the past, it was massive. What’s not to love?

Seared Scallops — Coastal Eats

We were pretty excited to see Coastal Eats as one of the new booths this year. And to make this inaugual year a success, they’re going with a perennial food and wine favorite: Seared Scallops.

Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce

Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce

Served with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and a Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce, this was one of our favorite new dishes at festival preview events, and I think you’re gonna love it. A lot.

Smoked Corned Beef with Beer Fondue — Flavors From Fire

But in the top spot so far this year, we found a new love: the Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes (aka potato chips). Find it at Flavors From Fire, a new booth that celebrates heat!

Flavors from Fire Smoked Corned Beef

Flavors from Fire Smoked Corned Beef

With Pickled Onions and a Blonde Ale Beer Fondue made with Romano and America Grana Cheeses, this one takes the prize for incredible, rich flavors.

Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash — Hawai’i

We’ve grown accustomed to visiting the Hawai’i Booth each year for our serving of Kalua Pork Sliders. That combo of slow-roasted Pork with a tangy Pineapple Chutney is killer (and here’s a recipe if you need to scratch that itch TODAY.)

But there’s a NKOTB, and the Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise is surprisingly tasty.

Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise

Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise

Wash it down with a Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager, and you have the makings of a perfect Hawai’ian mini meal.

Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese — Hops and Barley

I know, I know. You’ve seen this before. But it’s okay, because part of the excitement each year is welcoming back those favorites alongside all that’s new and adventurous. And this dish is totally top tier.

The Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast at Hops and Barley is amazing. Rich and tender, with all of that thick Texas Toast to keep you from making a total mess.

Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast

Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast

But grab a fork and some napkins anyway. You’re gonna need them.

Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip — Ireland

Another stop that hasn’t changed things up for about a bazillion years is Ireland — and they’re featuring two new dishes!

While we await the chance to sample Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy (not gonna lie — we have high hopes), I tried the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread at a preview event and it’s rivaling the corned beef for my favorite dish of the festival right now.

Warm Irish Cheese and Stout Dip

Warm Irish Cheese and Stout Dip

I realize this comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, but that combo of beer and Irish cheese in a cheese sauce with a hearty bread for dipping had me going back for seconds and thirds.

Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef — Thailand

Finally, we make our way around to one of the booths that returns this year — Thailand.

The booth offers a good variety of flavors. We’ve tried the Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice and love the heat you find in this dish.

Red Hot Spicy Curry

Red Hot Spicy Curry Beef

We’re looking forward to trying the other options here, such as Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables and Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad. With all of those hashes, stews and cheesy dishes at other stops, this lighter fare will feel like spa food, I’m guessing. :-D

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We’ll have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 20 at 7:00AM ET. Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Members of these groups can also book all Special Events early on July 18th beginning at 9:00AM ET. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders will not have early access to booking.

Now tell me: What are your top dishes to try at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave a comment and let us know!

Comments

  1. Essie says

    I’d def get the Filet Mignon from Le Cellier and the seared scallops from Coastal Eats!

  2. Erica says

    My favorite IFAWF item is the beef and gritz from the Africa stand. It’s very spicy and I usually get the strawberry drink at the quick service place across from it to cool off haha

  3. jnoel says

    Maybe I’m just an overly spoiled steak eater but… am I the only one that has not been all that impressed with the filet at the Canada cart?

  4. Lisa R says

    I agree with jnoel and wasn’t totally impressed with the fillet at Canada because mine was overdone. I prefer my steak rare and will try to ask for a less done piece this year.

  5. Catherine says

    First time participating in Food & Wine. Can any of these be purchased using Snack Credits with the dining plan?

  6. Emily says

    does anyone know when the food and wine maps will be out? i would love to try and plan my route for the festival :)

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