Best of the Fest: What to Eat (and Drink!) at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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Disney Food Blog's Best of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Because the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is ON!!

And YOU’VE got until November 13th this year to try everything you absolutely MUST EAT at this year’s Festival. So that’s why I’m here! To show you 2017’s CAN’T MISS ITEMS so you don’t miss ANY of the BEST OF THE FEST!

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!

Now let’s waste no more time and dive right in to 2017’s TOP PICKS!

Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich at Craft Beers

It’s no secret that we have a fondness for cheese and handwiches around here. Kudos to the Craft Beer booth for surprising us with this new (old) addition — the Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich.

Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich

Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich

This one is OG Disney. The handwich (a lot like this, but not really) was the original hand-held sandwich. (What’s that? All sandwiches are hand-held, you say? What do YOU know?!?!?) And it was also a cult favorite for Disney foodies before Disney foodies were even a thing. (You know who you are.)

So anyway, Disney’s bringing back this classic for the festival as part of their throw-back eats for Epcot’s 35th Anniversary and we couldn’t be happier. It’s mac and cheese, plus ground beef, in a big ol’ bread cone. Get it.

Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and America Grana Cheeses at Flavors from Fire

We’re thrilled to welcome Flavors from Fire to this year’s festival. With a name like that, we couldn’t wait to taste the Smoked Corned Beef. Happy to say that we were not disappointed.

Corned Beef from Flavors from Fire

Corned Beef from Flavors from Fire

Served with warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and America Grana Cheeses, this thing — as you know from our previous “what to eat at the festival” posts — is madness. It’s SO crazy good. So even if you don’t “like corned beef,” just eat it!! (And ask for extra cheese.)

Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions at Active Eats

Yes, we’ve seen this one before at the previous Farm Fresh booth. Thank goodness it has a new home; we would seriously miss this dish. It’s still one of our favorites at the 2017 festival. Look for the Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese now at Active Eats.

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

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

Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions are blended to savory greatness. We said it before and we’ll say it again — this one will not disappoint.

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette at Coastal Eats

OMG Y’ALL!!!!! The Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with a Sourdough Baguette wowed us at the new Coastal Eats booth.

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette

So, um, this is basically….like….butter? And it’s amazing.

Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings at Japan

Japan is a killer booth this year!! And it’s sure to see long lines as guests queue up for two outstanding menu items. First up, the Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings.

Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings

Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings

These have enough spice to be interesting, but not too much that you’ll need to ditch out on a SUPER HOT day like today. Good flavor, good heat. Do it.

Teriyaki Ginger Pork at Japan

Plus, you’ll want to try the Teriyaki Ginger Pork while visiting the Japan booth.

Teriyaki Ginger Pork

Teriyaki Ginger Pork

This one has a sweet-savory vibe — and there’s enough to get your money’s worth. We loved it and we hope you will, too. But for real, Japan was one of our best of the fest booths altogether!

Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread at Ireland

DO NOT SHARE THIS ONE. Really, if you get nothing else from this post, take that note and internalize it. Get your OWN. The Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread at Ireland is one of those dishes I want to spend some alone time with.

Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread

Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread

Super savory, I personally prefer to just eat this straight…I don’t even need any bread. Just a spoon. OK, you get it.

Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach at France

The DFB team is torn on this one — some of us love it, some of us not so much. But France might have gotten it right with this new gluten-free addition of Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach.

Warm Goat Cheese Pudding

Warm Goat Cheese Pudding

The profile here is creamy and savory, but the “pudding” texture is where we got a little bit hung up. If you’re a big quiche fan, you’ll probably dig this one! But even though our team was torn on this, we all recognized the potential. So grab it if you’re a goat cheese, spinach, or savory pudding fan!

Tequila Chipotle Shrimp at Mexico

Mexico and tequila! It’s time to rave about the Tequila Chipotle Shrimp.

Tequila Chipotle Shrimp

Tequila Chipotle Shrimp

This one really surprised us. Mexico has a shrimp taco…like…every year. But this was different. Our team loved this one more than normal — great flavor, unique presentation, and a winner all around.

Spicy Apple Margarita at Mexico

Wash down your shrimp with the Spicy Apple Margarita. This late addition to the Mexico booth combines the sweetness of apple with the spiciness of jalapeno. Unexpected and awesome.

Spicy Apple Margarita

Spicy Apple Margarita

Spicy Chicken Bao Bun at China

In China, we were fans of the Spicy Chicken Bao Bun. It’s just the right amount of sweet heat plus crunch to gain a spot of recognition. China’s selections have been stale for a few years, but this one is a winner!

Spicy Chicken Bao Bun

Spicy Chicken Bao Bun

Mango Lassi at India

For a fruity beverage, we’re going to grab the Mango Lassi, a non-alcoholic beverage at the India booth.

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi

Sweet-tart and smooth, this is a great choice from this brand new booth.

Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa at Africa

For a healthy and hearty dish, try the Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa at Africa.

Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew

Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew

This one is vegan…and awesome. Creamy, and hearty, and we loved that the lentils were pureed.

Bonus Mentions: Old Festival Standbys

OK, so we do a Best of the Fest every year, and we don’t like giving the same old recommendations every time. But…some of these are just too good to not give you a friendly reminder ;-D.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll at Canada

A festival staple, the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll is still a dish worth lining up for at the Canada booth.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing at Hops & Barley

Hops & Barley serves up one of our festival favorites yet again. Yep, the Freshly Baked Carrot Cake is not-to-be-missed!

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

Dole Whip at Refreshment Port

Pineapple DOLE Whip Soft-Serve is another standby that should not be overlooked. You’ll find it at the Refreshment Port. Don’t forget to add rum!

Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream

More Bonus Mentions: Weird and Interesting Menu Items

Swine Brine at Flavors from Fire

Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon, Dijon mustard, apple cider, lemon juice, and a whole piggy wing (because why not?) at Flavors from Fire.

Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

OK, I for real made someone else taste this before I would. ;-D Bourbon, apple cider, piggy wing, lemon juice, and MUSTARD?!? Yeah, so I asked a random dude to take a sip…and he’s all “it’s OK! It’s not bad!” So I went for it and…he was right! It really tastes primarily like apple cider and bourbon. No real flavor from the piggy wing at all! It’s fun, intriguing, and worth a try…if you dare.

Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Salmon BLT Sushi Roll at Japan

Japan’s Salmon BLT Sushi Roll is an…interesting item. ;-D It’s like nothing we’ve ever had before, and you might really enjoy it! It certainly caught our attention!

Salmon BLT Sushi Roll

Salmon BLT Sushi Roll

Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls at Light Lab

Sleeper hit! The Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls at Light Lab. OK, so Light Lab is a fun little attention-seeker of a booth. There’s nothing excellent food-wise going on here, but it’s still a spot you’ll want to visit.

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Light Lab Bleu Spectrum Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux with Boba Pearls

The cuvee is a blue sparkling chardonnay with some popping pearls thrown in (because Disney and popping pearls). While it’s not ground-breaking, it’s still pretty and fun. But the real draw here is the “show.”

Charcuterie in a Cone at Spain

Charcuterie in a Cone makes an interesting presentation of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olives and an Herb Vinaigrette at the Spain Booth.

Charcuterie in a Cone

Charcuterie in a Cone

Cauliflower Risotto at The Almond Orchard

The Almond Orchard is offering Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic. We liked the flavors here, and kudos to Disney for doing something a little different.

Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic

Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic

But We’re Not Finished Yet!

Remember that the list above is simply our Best of the Fest for 2017. We’ve got pictures and pricing for every single item at the Festival, just like we do every year.

To see the full list — and pictures of EVERYTHING — be sure to click over to our Marketplace Booth page, where the provided links will take you to each booth’s individual page. That’s how you can see pictures of every single dish at this year’s Festival!

Start Your Planning NOW!

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

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.

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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!

 

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

You haven’t seen the last of us here yet! Not even close… We’ll be back with MUCH more from the Festival in the coming weeks — from Seminars and Demonstrations to Special Events to Booth Reviews. In the meantime, you can check out all of the info below to prepare for YOUR visit to the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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.

Because Chase is no longer a Festival Sponsor, Chase Disney Visa Cardholders have no access to early booking this year.

Alright, my friends, now it’s YOUR turn. Let me know which item YOU are most excited to try at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

What items tops YOUR list to try at this year’s Festival? Please let us know with a comment!

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Comments

  1. Lisa says

    Thank you so much to AJ and the team for the quick photos and reviews! Now I can make my choices and plan of attack! With so many choices I know I am going to have to share.

  2. says

    Lisa — You’re welcome! There are definitely some really terrific new additions to the festival lineup as well as old favorites to try again!

  3. Hannah says

    I have been surprised with a one day trip to the F&W Festival this year. Although I have been to the festival several times, this is the first time I get to go to just snack around the world. These posts help so much for me to know all the must tries. My fear is, although they are all small plates, my hopes are bigger than my appetite but OH I will try. Thanks for all your help…

  4. Mario says

    Have you guys received any info on the Passholder exclusive beverages that were posted in the Mickey Monitor?

  5. Laurel B says

    Can’t wait to go in 8 days so excited!!!! Also that piggy wing is kinda creepy….. very confused by it.

    On another note i took a picture of the handwich and sent to my husband telling him that it was at the craft beer booth, and his response was “you know where to find me”

    Can’t wait!

  6. Mark says

    Thank you very much. Went today. Couple disappointments. Three Humus Fries have become two this year and NO small glass of wine at the Culinary Demo. The demo itself was outstanding, but l guess the bigwigs don’t really believe in food AND wine just make as much profit as possible. C’est la vie. Still a very enjoyable afternoon.

  7. JHR says

    I can’t imagine that it does, but does the Mac and Cheese Burger Handwich have ketchup in it? I’m incredibly open to trying all kinds of food, but ketchup is something I oddly detest.

  8. Frank says

    Went today, 9/3/17.
    Epcot was wall to wall people. Reminded me of New Years Eve.
    Braised Beef “Stroganoff” At Cheese Studio was disappointing. Spatzle was hard. Like little popcorn.
    Belgium beef dish was on 20 minute backorder at 1230pm. Waffle was ok.
    Did love the dining counters set up in Cheese Studio area. Looked nice and very functional.
    Nice souvenirs.

  9. says

    I can’t wait to try almost everything on this least. The one I must disagree with is Bleu Spectrum; I tried it and I wanted to like it. Light lab is a very cool concept with great atmosphere. But I could barely bring myself to finish it. And before you think it was just me, my entire group tried it and couldn’t stand it. Not sure what made it so terrible, but never again.

  10. Kirst says

    There no photo of the cheese tart from the cheese booth or the cotton candy. Is the lamb t-bone the same thing as the lamb chop they always have at Australian booth?

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