We are so close to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival that we can almost taste our favorite dishes!
There are some great new additions to this year’s event, but don’t worry — there are plenty of old favorites, too. Today, we’ll take a look at both!
Greenhouse Guru, sponsored by Village Farms, will debut this year with a menu celebrating tomatoes. We were super happy to finally hear official word of this one, having tried the Duck Confit dish earlier this Summer.
Farm Fresh focuses on regional Farm to Market eats. This year we’re excited to see the return of the Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions!
And the Canada Booth is known far and wide for its Filet with Truffle Butter Sauce and its Cheddar Beer Soup – it’s a must-have item every Festival!
Let’s take a closer look at the complete menus so that we can all get start compiling our must-eat lists!
Greenhouse Guru — NEW!
When we attended the Tables in Wonderland Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview earlier this Summer, there was talk of a brand new Marketplace coming for 2016. There was even a dish available to taste from the new Booth. But the crazy part is — it didn’t have a name yet.
Last week, we finally found out a little more about our Mystery Booth! Greenhouse Guru, sponsored by homegrown Village Farms, will showcase the bounty of really delicious veggies grown hydroponically!
- Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and Micro-Basil
- Chilled Tomato Gazpacho with Lump Crab Meat
- Mini San Marzano Tomatoes — a 5-ounce bag
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Washington
- Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon
The dish that we sampled and absolutely loved at the tasting was the Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa. I can’t wait to have this one again!
Greenhouse Guru will also feature some cool eats — perfect for the warm Florida Fall weather that marks the Food and Wine Festival. We look forward to trying the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and Micro-Basil and the Chilled Tomato Gazpacho with Lump Crab Meat as well.
But if you’re a tomato purist, you’ll also be able to pick up this perfectly portioned, ready to eat bag of Mini San Marzano Tomatoes.
Look for Garden Guru to be located in Future World!
Farm Fresh Marketplace Booth
The Farm Fresh Booth replaced Florida Fresh in 2014 and became a fan favorite in short order. This year guests can enjoy a little bit of a menu refresh, as the spot introduces Chicken and Dumplings! We’re also happy to see a nice variety of Ciders available at the Booth again, although we’re hoping that they add a flight so that we can experience all the flavors the spot has to offer.
2016 Farm Fresh Marketplace Booth Menu
- Chicken and Dumplings: Stewed Chicken with Mushrooms and Spinach
- Pickled Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts
- Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
- Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
- Wyder’s Dry Pear Hard Cider
- Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
- Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
The menu at Farm Fresh focuses on regional items with an emphasis on farm-to-market fresh food. This year’s menu features a new Chicken and Dumplings option, plus Fruit Ciders and Wines.
The Loaded Mac and Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions is spicy and creamy and a total winner!
New to Farm Fresh, but not to an Epcot Festival, is the Pickled Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts. We’ve seen a similar salad at the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, featured at the Urban Eats Booth.
Wash it all down with some refreshing Fruit Ciders or Wines — some of the lightest adult beverages you can enjoy during the Festival.
Canada Marketplace Booth
is a longtime favorite of ours at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and this year, they’ve focused the menu on their very top selling items. It’s nothing but classics at this busy Booth!
2016 Canada Marketplace Booth Menu
- Canadian cheddar cheese soup served with a pretzel roll
- “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
- Moosehead Lager
- Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine, Québec
- Fielding Estate Red Conception
Since there are only two food items here, and they’re both winners, you must get both! Fans of Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion will love the Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce! It’s a must-have.
But don’t even think about skipping that Cheddar Cheese Soup. And this year, they’re serving it with a Pretzel Bread Roll!
We can’t wait to try new flavors and returning favorites alike. September 14 — please hurry up and get here. 😀
What are you looking forward to eating at the Greenhouse Guru, Farm Fresh, and Canada this year? Let us know in the comments!