We have our sights set on the 2020 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. While the official dates and menus haven’t been announced yet, we’re already thinking of our dream food and beverage must-try list!
Unfortunately, we don’t know at this time if ANY of our favorites are returning this year. Since the festival dates and menus haven’t been announced yet, all we can do is cross our fingers, hope, and PRAY that these festival faves will return in 2020! So, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look back on some of our most beloved Food and Wine Festival eats.
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese at The Alps
You guys KNOW we had to start our list off with the Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese! This dish from The Alps (which was a new food booth added in 2019) was one of our absolute faves last year. We will be SUPER BUMMED OUT if it doesn’t return in 2020.
If you’re a fellow cheese lover, you’re going to want to hope this dish returns in 2020 because it’s cheese heaven. Seriously.
Looking for even MORE cheese? Check out our coverage of last year’s Cheese Crawl at the Food and Wine Festival!
Frothy Ramen at Japan
For the sake of the truly adventurous eaters out there, we hope the Frothy Ramen returns to Japan in 2020! The Frothy Ramen was a new standout last year. It really took us by surprise and reminded us of why we love the Food and Wine Festival.
The Frothy Ramen offers something truly unique and delicious. Give it a try if it returns this year!
Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin at Africa
Our fingers are crossed extra tight in hopes that we see the return of the Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin! This dish from Africa was brand new in 2019 and it made SUCH a huge impression on us that it even made our Best of the Fest list.
We’re super delighted when brand new dishes WOW us enough to top our Best of the Fest list, and we can only hope our beloved tenderloin comes back in 2020.
Smoked Corned Beef at Flavors From Fire
This dish has a LOT going on in terms of both flavor and texture thanks to the corned beef, crispy potatoes, and pickled onions. But it’s that amazing cheese that makes the whole thing worth it!
This dish was messy, but oh so worth it. See what other 2019 dishes we thought were worth the mess here!
Kalua Pork Slider at Hawai’i
The Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise that it was served with made this a stand out dish and we hope it makes yet another return in 2020!
The pork slider ALSO rocked our 2018 Best of the Fest! See what other dishes earned a top spot that year!
Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese at Active Eats
The Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese has been something we look forward to every year at Active Eats. Sadly, we were actually a little disappointed in the execution last year. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want it to come back this year!
In fact, we really hope it returns, but with even MORE flavor! This dish has some serious potential to be a real knock-out, and in years past we’ve fallen in love with its spicy and smokey flavors.
Active Eats was the first stop on our “My Little Piggy” Food Crawl last year! Read all about it here!
Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup at Canada
The Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup has become almost synonymous with the Food and Wine Festival.
This is a dish we look forward to trying EVERY year in Canada and it ALWAYS lands on our list of favorites.
Duck Confit Poutine at Refreshment Port
Every year at the Food and Wine Festival, we scout out the latest and greatest in Epcot’s poutine. Last year brought us this INCREDIBLE Duck Confit Poutine from Refreshment Port. While we may expect them to switch up their poutine menu, we really hope the Duck Confit sticks around!
We found the combination of the duck and the melted cheese to be superb!
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip at Coastal Eats
The Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip is another returning favorite we enjoy year after year! We hope Epcot doesn’t decide to change their ways this year because the Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip was simply HEAVENLY last year at Coastal Eats.
You guys know we’re big on cheese at DFB, so when alfredo sauce and melted cheese combine to create the most delicious, rich, flavorful dip…we fall in love.
We were raving about this dish all the way back in 2017!! Read our Best of the Fest from that year here!
Pork Ribs at Italy
The Pork Ribs, also known as Costine di Maiale, were one of our favorite dishes from the Italy booth last year. The Italy Booth, in general, was a standout and we always look forward to trying their menu at every Food and Wine Fest.
Not only were these super delicious, but the portion size was also HUGE, making this a perfect dish for sharing.
Smokey Margarita AND Chocolate Bread Pudding at Mexico
We’re finishing off our list today with TWO menu items from the Mexico Booth. Mexico is ALWAYS a must-do at the Food and Wine Festival, and last year we found a couple of brilliant items.
The first is the Smokey Margarita. This beverage is a knock-out if you’re into smokey flavors. If those aren’t your jam, however, you may want to order one of Mexico’s other delicious margaritas.
Second, the Chocolate Bread Pudding is a great way to incorporate more sweet dishes into your lineup at the Food and Wine Festival.
Its large portion size makes it great for sharing, giving you even more bang for your buck.
We will continue to be on the lookout for festival dates and the 2020 Food and Wine menus. And, of course, we will update you with all the delicious details once they are released!
Looking for a few Flower and Garden recipes to fill those Epcot festival blues? We’ve got a few for ya HERE!
What menu items do YOU hope to see return to the Food and Wine Festival this year? Let us know in the comments!