DAY #1

We successfully made it through our first leg of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019!  This years festival is from August 29th through November 23rd, the longest running festival to date! Thank goodness too, it gives you more time to sample as many different booths as you can. To start off on day one we set our journey to the Islands of the Caribbean, The Alps and Germany (thanks to the rain no pictures could be taken…funny story about that later)!  We only did a couple booths our first visit, I mean we are trying to pace ourselves here!   

Our first stop—Islands of the Caribbean!

This booth has been serving up flavors since it debuted in 2016.  This booth is located in World Showcase Plaza, when you are entering from Future World just take a left!

*All prices shown are before taxes.

Food:

  • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli- $5.50
  • Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt  (gluten-free option!)- $5.50
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (vegetarian option)- $4.00

Drinks:

  • Red Stripe Lager – $4.50
  • Caribbean White Sangria – $5.00
  • Frozen Mojito – $10.50

Our sampling from this booth was the Jerk-spiced Chicken and the Frozen Mojito! The Jerk-spiced chicken was featured at last years festival but as a chicken lollipop, how cool! This year the chicken was seasoned great, a little spicy for me but I am the wimp of the family. The sweet plantain salad, mango chutney and the yogurt sauce really helped tame down the jerk of the chicken. Part of me wished I could just get a serving of the salad! It was so yummy! I would definitely recommend checking this out! 

Now on to the mojitos… when we first went up to order the mojitos the wonderful cast member let us know “due to the heat, they are not actually frozen”. Thank goodness she warned us about that or we would be disappointed—until we took our first sip! Even though this is a smaller serving for the price ($10.50…wow!). Although it wasn’t frozen, the flavors of the mojito was great! Plus, it definitely helped beat the heat! I would say that if you are looking to cool down–and don’t mind the taste of artificial mint then check out this mojitos! (I will say the best mojito I have EVER had was at Bongos at Disney Springs.. those will definitely be missed.. R.I.P Bongos 2019)

Our second stop—The Alps- NEW!

This is one of the new booths showcasing this year at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This booth is located just outside of the Norway pavilion.

*All prices shown are before taxes.

Food:

  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguettes (vegetarian option) – $5.00
  • Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes – $6.00
  • Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche Cream and Blue Diamond Almonds (vegetarian option) – $4.50

Drinks:

  • Domaine CARREL et Fils Eugène Jongieux Blanc – $5.00
  • Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand – $7.00
  • René Favre Dôle, Chamoson – $7.00
  • Frozen Rosé – $9.00
  • Wine Flight – $6.75

At this booth we sampled the Warm Raclette and the Venison Stew!

In my own humble opinion, I have to say that I was slightly disappointed with the Warm Raclette. To start off I should say that I am a newbie when it comes to raclette’s, this Epcot one was my first one ever! It did appear that in this booth, they did have the half-wheel of raclette that they where melting right on top of the veggies with a side of baguettes. But it looked like they happened to proportion them out and hold them under a heat lamp. So once we received this dish, the cheese was no longer melty. The flavor of the swiss was absolutely amazing but it was very difficult to scoop it up with a little potato or the baguette. I will say that the cheese is very pungent and delicious, but I would personally pass on this one. By the way.. if they ask to stamp your passport say yes! I was unaware of the added perk to this year’s passport—see my Epcot Food and Wine Tips , Events and more blog coming soon!

Our second dish at this booth was the Venison Stew. Again to throw a little of myself into the review, I am not a huge fan of stews. But this stew, THIS stew… was really great! The venison had a little gamey flavor, but was so tender I could have used a spoon! I would definitely recommend checking this dish out, but in my opinion I would wait until the weather cooled down a bit as to not drip sweat into your stew.

Our final leg of this trip—Germany!

This booth debuted back in 1996, and thank goodness for that! The food at this booth seems to be the same as last years , but why change a good thing right?! Funny story about this booth, my husband and I waited in line for a food, which isn’t anything new for this amazingly popular booth. As soon as we grabbed a table to snap a few pictures of our food before diving in, it started to rain (nothing new with Florida)! Now just imagine a couple running through Germany, looking for coverage from the rain shouting “MY POTATOES!” It was a site to see.. we will go back for another round at this booth after we make our way through them all and, if Florida wants to cooperate with me, I’ll get a photo to show it off then!

* All prices shown are before taxes.

Food:

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese – $4.25
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Prop and PEller Pretzel Roll – $5.75
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (vegetarian option) – $4.00

Drinks:

  • Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager, Freising – $4.50
  • August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau – $5.00
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel – $5.00
  • Selbach0Oster 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Reisling Spatlese – $8.00
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Pfalz – $5.00
  • Riesling Flight – $6.50

Our samplings from this booth where the Roast Bratwurst, Schinkennudeln, and the Riesling Flight.

To start off, when ordering the Bratwurst they ask you with our without mustard we chose to do with! There was a great bite to the brat that paired perfectly with the mustard and roll. My husband scarfed it down so fast that I barley got to have any of it, which I guess I will forgive him for that.

Our second dish at this booth was the Schinkennudeln, trying saying that 3 times fast! This dish has a very casserole/lasagna like but filled with ham, cheese, onion, and more cheese. I may be saying this prematurely but I have to say that this is my favorite dish so far! The portion size of this serving is very worth the $4.25. I could barley finish this dish and I had help from my husband AND friends!  It does have kind of a homemade mac-and-cheese texture, making it great for everyone including children.

Our final sample from this booth was the Riesling flight. Now I should say that I am not the biggest fan of white wine, I am a red wine gal through and through. But I thought when in Germany, haha. The Rieslings including in this flight are: August Kessler R Riesling Kabinett, J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett and the Selbach-Oster 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese. To people who love Rieslings, I bet these picks are amazing, to me..they all tasted exactly the same. It was like having 3 tiny glasses of the exact same wine. I will have to make another go around and try these again, I mean I was running with these to protect my dear sweet Schinkennudeln. Save your change for the next booth if you are on the fence about getting the flight.

Our first leg of our Epcot Food and Wine 2019 adventure started off with a bang. Thanks for tagging along and we will be back with more food and drinks next week!

-K

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