The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an annual tradition for my family. We usually attend at least one during the festival. This year we were able to attend opening day, September 27, 2013, and hope to visit again before the festival ends on November 11, 2013. We’ve found there is just too much to taste and classes/presentations to attend to try to accomplish it all in one day.
If you are in the Orlando area during this festival, I’m sure you would enjoy the experience. For a complete menu at each country with the prices, check out Festival Menu.
Although the festival is known for tastings of food and beverages that represent each country’s cuisine and culture, there are also demonstrations at the festival center that are both educational and entertaining. Many famous chefs and TV personalities speak and have book signings. For a full listing of this year’s offerings, check out Demonstrations and Seminars. As many of these demonstrations sell out early, purchasing tickets early is not only recommended, but often necessary.
Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress & Malt Vinaigrette – Scotland Tasting
Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scotch Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles & Sweet Cream – Scotland Tasting
Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad & Lotus Root Chips – Hawaii Tasting
Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce – Greece Tasting
Spanakopita – Greece Tasting
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce – Canada Tasting
Moet Champagne, Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic & Parsley Snails in Brioche), Creme Brulle au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Creme Brulee topped with Caramelized Sugar) – France tasting
When you are done with your food tasting, or just need a little break, check out the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. At the America Gardens Theatre, a different band typically plays each Friday through Sunday throughout the festival. We were able to listen to Starship with Mickey Thomas, while we were there. For a full listing of the bands, check out Concert Schedule.