FIELD TRIP! The Roots of Food and Wine Festival Ingredients in Epcot’s Living with the Land

What does The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World share with the Food and Wine Festival?

The Land Pavilion

The Land Pavilion

You’re about to find out if you join me on a little FIELD TRIP on Living with the Land!

Living With the Land

Living with the Land

“For your safety, remain seated with your hands, arms, feet and legs inside the boat at all times.”

Living With the Land Boat

Living with the Land Boat

“Thank you. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy Living with the Land…” 

Living With the Land

Living with the Land

… and its special Food and Wine Festival presentation, the Roots of the Ingredient!

Roots of the Ingredient

Roots of the Ingredient

I KNOW it’s hard to take a break from eating ALL THE FOOD during the Festival, especially in its few remaining days. And even outside of Food and Wine season a lot of people pass right on over Living with the Land in the Pavilion and head straight to Soarin’ Around the World. But not this kid! Though the attraction may not be the exact same Listen to the Land that it was for all of us 80s peeps, it still takes me right back to my very first trip to EPCOT Center. How about you?

Living With the Land

Living with the Land

Anyway, if you do happen to find some time between bites to ride Living with the Land, you’ll find that the ingredients that make up some of your favorite Festival items are pointed out with signs throughout The Land’s Living Laboratory.

Production and Research Center

Production and Research Center

You’ll get to see what these ingredients look like long before they become part of your dish.

Pineapple

Pineapple

For instance, here are the tippy tops of pineapples… one of the ingredients topping the Kalua Pork Slider at the Hawai’i Booth.

The Kalua Pork Slider from the Hawai'i Booth is a  Favorite

Kalua Pork Slider

And here’s a bit of lemongrass that makes up part of the Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream at the new Coastal Eats Booth.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Lump Crab Cake

Lump Crab Cake

By the way, my apologies if some of these pics are a little blurry. Living with the Land seems like the slowest ride on earth EVER… until you’re scrambling to take pictures on either side. Then suddenly it feels like Expedition Everest.

Olive Tree

Olive Tree

At any rate, above is an olive tree which will eventually yield olives like the ones in the Charcuterie in a Cone found at the Spain Booth.

Charcuterie in a Cone

Charcuterie in a Cone

Cacao trees will produce the beans that in turn create chocolate.

Cacao

Cacao

Of course, you can enjoy that in the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel at The Chocolate Studio.

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

And these beautiful trees produce bananas that may one day be included in something like the Banana Almond Sundae at The Almond Orchard.

Banana Trees

Banana Trees

Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats

Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats

Let’s all take a break to wave “Hello!” to Mickey!!

Mickey!!!

Mickey!!!

And “Hey!” to some of the tomatoes representing the Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad at the India Booth.

Tomatoes

Tomato

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread

These small pots house chives and celery.

Chives and Celery

Chives and Celery

Chives top the Beer-braised Beef in Belgium with bits of celery in the stew.

Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

Floating along, we pass the corn.

Corn

Corn

Corn is part of the Griddled Cornbread that’s served with the Crispy Chicken at Farm Fresh.

Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy

Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy

It’s always fun to see the some of the lettuce that becomes part of your delicious (I mean it! It’s the best.) Farmer’s Salad at the Garden Grill located right upstairs in The Land Pavilion.

Lettuce

Lettuce

A better photographer would’ve caught the entire 35 “written” out in the colored leaves in honor of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary this year. I was thisclose ;) !

Tomatoes

Cucumbers

The cucumbers above represent an ingredient for the Grilled Tuna Tataki with Pickled Cucumbers at Hawai’i.

Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream

Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream

Two key ingredients — beets and green beans — are displayed representing the Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans at Farm Fresh.

Beets and Green Beans

Beets and Green Beans

Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts

And here’s the Arugula, which you’ll find oodles of on top of the (surprisingly HUGE) Caramelized Onion Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart at The Cheese Studio.

Arugula

Arugula

Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with Cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic

Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with Cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic

And here’s some more celery to represent its use in the Cheddar Cheese Soup at Canada.

Celery

Celery

Which is awesome, because now you can claim you’re eating a bowl of cheese and bacon for all the healthy celery involved.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll

Next, a little Grape & Dill for some of the tastes in the Taste of Greece Stuffed Grape Leaves from the Greece Booth.

Grape and Dill

Grape and Dill

Taste of Greece

Taste of Greece

Mint and spinach are both crucial flavors in the Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita at the Africa Booth.

Mint and Spinach

Mint and Spinach

Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket

Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket

I’m wondering if the Rosemary & Thyme for the Lamb Meatball at the New Zealand Booth put the song “Scarborough Fair” in your head, too?

Rosemary and Thyme

Rosemary and Thyme

Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney

Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney

Unless, of course, there is another song from back in the day already spinning in there. C’mon, you might as well sing it with me before we sign off :)

“Let’s listen to the land we all love, nature’s plan will shine above! Listen to the LAAAA—AAA—AAA-AAND! Listen to the land!”

That song still pops in my head every time I set foot on this ride. You, too? Anyway, I hope you had a bit of fun on this trip through Living with the Land with me today! And now…

“Please keep your hands and feet inside the boat, and remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop.”

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Is your favorite Food and Wine Festival dish represented in Living With the Land? Please let us know with a comment! 

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