2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: New Tastes From Rio and Bangkok

After attending the Michael McMillan (Opus 39 in St. Augustine, FL) Food and Wine Demonstration, I headed back into the stormy World Showcase to capture some tastes and photos of a few of the new items in this year’s festival.

Rio!
First stop was the Rio de Janiero booth, where I sampled the Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa and grabbed a snapshot of the Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime and the Pave de Maracuja (Passion Fruit Mousse). I always feel sad that I can’t possibly try everything (the size of the stomach AND my wallet prevent it), so I’m usually begging the CMs at each booth to let me see and photograph the dishes. ;) The folks at Rio were fantastic, and let me gaze to my heart’s content.

I did actually get to sample the pork skewer, and found it somewhat lacking. After trying the lamb in Melbourne and some of the other meat-based dishes around the festival (like the gumbo in New Orleans), this was pretty bland — even with the dusting of farofa.

Rio de Janiero Menu

Rio de Janiero Menu

Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime

Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime

Pave de Maracuja

Pave de Maracuja

Pork Skewer with Farofa

Pork Skewer with Farofa

Pork Skewer inside

Pork Skewer inside

Bangkok
Next stop on the “new stuff we gotta see” tour was Bangkok, Thailand. Lots of folks have been wondering about the Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp, and the gang in Bangkok were kindly willing to put together a plate for me to photograph. I love Disney CMs.

Bangkok Booth

Bangkok Booth

Selecting the Shrimp

Selecting the Shrimp

Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp

Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp

What the heck is Urumqi?
There was lots of confusion on this, so I asked for the low-down. Chicken Urumqi is a spicy chicken dish (explained as “chicken with cumin and traditional northwestern chinese spices”) that’s traditionally served like a kabob (on a stick). At the festival, however, it’s served plated. The spice “hot sauce” is a red pepper base, according to the Shanghai booth CMs.

Miscellaneous Shots
Along the way, I also grabbed a snapshot of some of the Mouse Catch Booth cheese, and “the making of” some Cape Town Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Puree and Mango Barbecue Sauce (this is one I hope I have room in my stomach to try in the next couple of days!).

Mouse Catch cheese

Mouse Catch cheese

Seared Beef Tenderloin with Pureed Sweet Potatoes and Mango Barbecue Sauce

Seared Beef Tenderloin with Pureed Sweet Potatoes and Mango Barbecue Sauce

More photos and information coming up soon! I’m here for another few days…

To see more info and photos from the Food and Wine Festival, visit our 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Index Page.

First Look!: 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Entrance

Just returned from my first stroll around the 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Tarps were being rolled up on the booths, food was being prepared, and merchandise was out en force. It’s shaping up to be a wonderful Festival.

In the meantime, I’ll keep adding links to my main Food and Wine Festival page; you can always look there for the latest.

Today, I’m going to share with you some of the preparations that are happening and a couple food pics that I was lucky enough to snag. Here we go!

Foodie City Banners Line the Walkways

Foodie City Banners Line the Walkways

Food and Wine figures direct you to the Festival Center — the Wonders of Life pavilion:

Pointing to the Festival Center at the Wonders of Life Pavilion

Pointing to the Festival Center at the Wonders of Life Pavilion

Don’t forget to grab your Food and Wine Festival wrist gift card!

Wrist Gift Card

Wrist Gift Card

Champagne and desserts booth looked fantastic!

Champagne and Desserts was ready to go

Champagne and Desserts was ready to go

Yum!

Yum!

Headed over to Cork, Ireland, for a taste of some yummy cheese and apple chutney!

Cork, Ireland Booth

Cork, Ireland Booth

Kerrygold® Cheese Selection: Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Ivernia Cheese with Apple Chutney and Brown Bread

Kerrygold® Cheese Selection: Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Ivernia Cheese with Apple Chutney and Brown Bread

The Marrakesh, Morocco, booth was displaying some wonderful options!

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco dishes

Marrakesh, Morocco dishes

Books Being Sold at Morocco Booth

Books Being Sold at Morocco Booth

Cape Town smelled AMAZING as I wandered by — they were putting together the seared beef tenderloin with sweet potato puree and mango BBQ sauce!

Cape Town was rustling up some great-smelling grub

Cape Town was rustling up some great-smelling grub

Sweet Potato Puree for the Seared Beef Tenderloin

Sweet Potato Puree for the Seared Beef Tenderloin

Seared Beef Tenderloin

Seared Beef Tenderloin

I even got a chance to sample an avocado margarita while I was checking out La Cava del Tequila!

Thanks, Rafael!

Thanks, Rafael!

Paris was unloading boxes when I first walked by, but in early afternoon they were “cookin’!”

Paris was up and running

Paris was up and running

...and serving escargot!

...and serving escargot!

Some of the booths, including New Delhi, displayed plants and herbs from which they took flavorings.

New Delhi booth

New Delhi booth

Peppers!

Peppers!

CMs from Canada and Italy were very excited to share their countries’ foods (and bevvies)!

The Moosehead Tap in the Montreal Booth

The Moosehead Tap in the Montreal Booth

CMs in the Bologna, Italy booth were having a great time

CMs in the Bologna, Italy booth were having a great time

Can’t wait to try this one out tomorrow!

The flavorhood

The flavorhood

Flavors at the Flavorhood

Flavors at the Flavorhood

And the Eat to the Beat pavilion is all ready to go.

Eat to the Beat is ready to rock

Eat to the Beat is ready to rock

Hope you liked today’s photos! More to come!!

Also, I’m looking for your suggestions. I can’t eat everything at the festival, and I’d love to hear what you’d like me to sample and photograph while I’m here. Take a look at the booth menus and let me know via facebook, twitter, or email. Hopefully you have some ideas, because I need direction! Everything looks too good!