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2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Menu Preview

The waiting is finally over!  The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts today!  There’s good news all around, with some of the classic favorites returning and some exciting new tastes to try.  Here is a breakdown of the menus with what I’m most looking forward to tasting!
Active Eats
Loaded mac’n’cheese w/ Nueske’s pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers, and green onions (This is a recurring festival favorite)
Spice-crusted Verlasso salmon with warm lentil power salad, crushed avocado, and sherry vinegar (I’m excited to try this dish this year)
Active Eats energy bar bites: a mixture of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and dates
M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water (This sounds refreshing!)
L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines
Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir
Berbere-style beef tenderloin tips with onions, jalapenos, tomato and pap
Spicy Ethopian red lentil stew with vegan yogurt and quinoa (This one might make my list this year)
Cederberg Chenin Blanc
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
Groot Constantia Pinotage (Worth trying just for the name “I am Groot”)
Wine Flight
The Almond Orchard hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
Creamy spinach and artichoke dip with pulled chicken, toasted Blue Diamond almonds and Parmesan cheese served with Nut Thins crackers
Fire-roasted tomato hummus topped with Blue Diamond lightly salted roasted almonds and served with Blue Diamond artisan Nut Thins multi-seeds crackers
Banana almond soft-serve sundae with fresh berries and chocolate almond streusel
Almond Breeze Strawberry Smoothie
Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne
Dom Perignon Brut Champagne
Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Brut Rose Champagne (umm…yes please!)
Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, pepper, onion and snap peas (This is a returning dish that’s been at the festival for a few years now)
Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies
Lamington: yellow cake dipped in chocolate and shredded coconut (the coconut makes this a no-go for me, but lots of people love it)
Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon
Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay
Yangarra Shiraz
Wine Flight
Photo-op at the entrance to World Showcase
Beer-braised beef with smoked gouda mashed potatoes
Belgian waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream (If you’re having a craving and only a waffle will do, these are delicious)
Belgian waffle with berry compote and whipped cream
Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
St. Bernardus Witbier
St.  Bernardus Abt. 12
Stella Artois Hard Cider
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer Flight
Block & Hans
Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA
Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Cider
Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange Wheat
Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street Kolsch Style Blonde
Big Top Brewing Company Hawaiian Lion Coconut and Coffee Porter
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Moqueca: Brazilian seafood stew featuring scallops, shrimp, and white fish with coconut-lime sauce and steamed rice (I am SO excited for this!)
Crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato, and onion
Pao de Queijo: Brazilian cheese bread (Every year, I hear good things about this and still skip it.  Maybe this is the year I finally give it a try!)
M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer
Casa Valduga Brut Rose
Quinta do Crasto Duaro Red
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaca
Brewer’s Collection -A great place to try a new beer, get here early to minimize your time in lines
Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrub
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner
Beer flight also available
Canadian cheddar cheese and bacon soup with a pretzel roll
Le Cellier wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce (I don’t eat meat, but I have friends that SWEAR by this!)
Moosehead Radler: Lager Infused with Grapefruit, Grape, and Lemon Juices
Chateau Des Charmes Equuleus Red Blend
Chateau Des Charmes Vidal Icewine
Cheese Studio
Braised beef stroganoff with tiny egg noodles, wild mushroom and Boursin garlic with fine herbs cheese sauce
Cheese trio: profiterole topped with Boursin garlic and fine herbs cheese and orange apricot jam, smoked salmon pinwheel with Boursin shallot & chive cheese & everything seasoning, strawberry macaron with Boursin pepper cheese
Maple bourbon Boursin cheesecake with maple bourbon cream, caramel and pecan crunch
Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Blueberry Wine (This sounds so refreshing on a hot Orlando day!)
La Crema Pinot Gris
Domaine St. Andre de Figuiere Rose
Alta Vista Estate Malbec
Xi’an pancake with beef
Chicken dumplings with Chinese slaw
Beijing roasted duck bao bun with hoisin sauce
Black pepper shrimp with garlic noodles (This has always been a large portion)
Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk
Jasmine Draft Beer
Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
Honeydew Bai Jiu Cocktail: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit and Honeydew Syrup
Chocolate Studio

Liquid nitro chocolate-almond truffle with warm whisky caramel (This is delicious, but definitely big enough to share!)
Sweet dark chocolate raspberry tart with whipped cream
Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake
Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red
Daou Vinyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Croft 10 Year Tawny
Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka (I’ve tried, but I just can’t do pumpkin spice, but for my pumpkin spice fans out there, this seems up your alley!)

Coastal Eats (New last year, this is one of my favorite booths at the festival!)
Lump crab cake with Napa cabbage slaw and avocado-lemongrass cream (Yes!!!)
Baked shrimp scampi dip with sourdough baguette
Seared scallops with roasted corn and butterbean succotash and chili-chipotle butter sauce (Definitely yes! I had these last year and they were delicious!)
A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris
ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir
Craft Drafts
Central 28 Beer Company Waff-Ale
Bold City Brewing 1901 Roasted Red Ale
J’Dubs Brewing Company Honeydew Melon Kolsch
Shipyard Brewing Company Monkey Fist IPA
Choice of 2 distinctive beer flights
Earth Eats
The steakhouse blended burger: blended beef and mushroom slider with brie cheese fondue, arugula, truffle, and blue cheese potato chip on a brioche bun
The IMPOSSIBLE burger slider with wasabi cream and spicy Asian slaw on a sesame seed bun (Yes! Finally a veggie burger at F&W)
Health-ade Kombucha Pink Lady Apple
Health-ade Kombucha Pomegranite
Health-ade Kombucha Beet-lime
Kombucha flight
Festival Center Wine Shop
Charcuterie plate: chef’s selection of artisanal meats and accompaniments
La Bottega di BelGioso Cheese Plate: Crescenza-stracchino, Creamygorg gorgonzola, and Artigiano Vino Rosso cheeses
Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail: shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, olive Salad and crisp lettuce in a Bloody Mary vinaigrette (This is my #1 thing I want to try at this year’s festival!)
Fess Parker Riesling
MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris
Silverado Vineyards Pinot Blanc
Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Goldie” Chardonnay
MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Birdie” Pinot Noir
Skywalker Vineyards Sommita Pinot Noir
Silverado Vineyards Fantasia Sangiovese Blend
Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Bourdeoux Blend
Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah
Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
White Flight
Pinot Noir Flight
Red Flight
Fife & Drum
Hanson Brother’s Beer Company MMMhops Pale Ale (Bonus points if you listen to their Eat to the Beat concert while enjoying this one!)
Flavors From Fire
Piggy wings: roasted pork wings with Korean BBQ sauce and sesame seeds
Smoked corned beef with crispy potatoes, pickled onions, and blonde ale beer fondue featuring Bel Gioioso Romano and American Grana cheeses
Charred Chimichurri skirt steak on smoked corn cake with pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aioli
Chocolate Picante: dark chocolate mousse with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and mango
Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Sins Zinfandel
Swine Brine featuring Jim Bean Bourbon
Croissant aux escarots: escargot croissant with garlic and parsley (I had this on my list last year and missed it, so I’m gonna give it a try this year!)
Carbonade de boeuf, puree de pommes de terre: beer braised beef with bacon, onion, and mashed potatoes
Crème brulee a la confiture de framboises: Crème brulee with house-made raspberry jam (I can’t wait to try this sweet treat!)
Le Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice
Chardonnay, Le Vieux Manoir
Cabernet Sauvignon, Village La Tourelle
St. Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St. Germain Elderflower Liquour
Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager
Funnel Cake Stand
Maple bacon funnel cake topped with candied bacon
Germany (Yet another popular booth that develops long lines, go early in the day for shorter wait times)
Schinkennudeln: pasta gratin with ham, onions, and cheese
Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll
Apple strudel with vanilla sauce
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner
Carl Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
J & H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir
Riesling Flight
Loaded Greek “Nachos”: pita chips, meatless sausage crumbles, and vegan tzatziki (I love all the fun vegetarian options!)
Taste of Greece: chicken souvlaki, feta cheese dip with warm pita and lamb sausage with a dill tomato ragu
Spanakopita: Greek spinach pie
Bougatsa: warm phyllo dough strudel with sweet vanilla custard, lemon honey syrup and cinnamon
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko
Argyros Atlantic Red Blend
Wine Flight
Kalua pork slider with sweet and sour DOLE pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise
Grilled tuna takati with seaweed salad, pickled cucumbers, and wasabi cream (A few years ago, Hawaii had tuna poke and both Nicole and I were obsessed, so we’re both excited to try this!)
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM hash with potatoes, peppers, onions and spicy mayonnaise
Passion fruit cheesecake with toasted macadamia nuts
Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine (Yes, please!)
Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and DOLE Pineapple Juice
Hops and Barley
New England lobster roll: warm lobster with fresh herb mayonnaise and griddled roll
New Brunswick Slider: slow braised beef brisket “pot roast style” with horseradish cream and crispy fried onions on a potato roll with pickled vegetables on the side
Freshly baked carrot cake and cream cheese icing (Pro Tip: Ask for extra icing!)
North Coast Brewing Co. Blue Star Wheat
3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale
Heavy Seas AmeriCannon APA
Angry Orchard Rose Hard Cider
Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay
Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon
Beer Flight
Warm Indian bread with pickled garlic, mango salsa, and coriander pesto dips
Madras red curry with roasted cauliflower, baby carrots, chickpeas, and basmati rice (I LOVE Indian food, so I’m excited to try this)
Korma chicken with tomato cucumber salad, almonds, cashews, and warm naan bread
Mango Lassi
Godfather Lager
Sula Chenin Blanc
Sula Shiraz
Mango Lassi with Somrus Indian Cream Liqueur
Roasted Irish sausage with colcannon potatoes and onion gravy
Warm Irish cheddar cheese and stout dip with Irish brown bread (This F&W Festival favorite is back for another year)
Warm chocolate pudding with Irish cream liqueur custard
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Guinness Baileys Shake
Islands of the Caribbean
Ropa vieja empanada with tomato aioli
Jerk spiced chicken lollipop with roasted sweet plantain salad and mango chutney yogurt
Quesito: Puff pastry with sweetened cream cheese and guava sauce
Red Stripe Lager
Caribbean White Sangria
Frozen Mojito (Sounds amazing on a hot Orlando day!)
Italy (This booth is obviously popular…everyone loves Italian food!)
Fritto Misto: crispy shrimp, zucchini and sweet potatoes with a spicy sauce (This dish is new to the festival this year!)
Pollo Alla Cacciatora: braised chicken thigh, mushrooms, tomatoes, and Parmesan polenta
Mezzi Rigatoni: vodka sauce, crispy pancetta, and Parmesan cheese
Cannoli: cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate, and candied fruit
Moretti Lager
Moretti La Rosa Double Malt
Placido Pinot Grigio
Placido Chianti
Villa Sandi Prosecco
Montegrande Corbinello Spumante Dolce
Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila (This is my #1 must-try drink this year!)
Teriyaki chicken bun: steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables, and a sweet teriyaki sauce
Beef nigiri topped with shrimp sauce and diced pickled jalapenos
Spicy roll: tuna and salmon topped with volcano sauce
Kirin Ichiban Lager
Ozeki Rai Sake
Fuji Apple Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, and Green Apple Syrup
Food and Wine Festival Photopass magic shot
Light Lab (Located in Future World, this booth has such a fun vibe)
Phosphorent Phreeze
Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux with Boba Pearls
Original Sin Dry Rose Hard Cider
3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider
Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider
Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart
Grasslands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde
M.I.A. Beer Company Blueberry Golden Ale
Cider Flight
RGB Flight
Mexico (This popular booth is located near the entrance to World Showcase and gets very crowded…get here early!)
Short-rib tostada: corn tortilla topped with short ribs, black beans, salsa verde, and spring onion
Shrimp quesadilla: corn tortilla with shrimp, Oaxaca cheese, and topped with spicy guagillo sauce and sesame seeds (This is new to the festival this year, and on my personal want-to-try list)
Coconut rice pudding served with mango coulis
Cerveza Por Favor: Dos Equis Draft Beer with a Hint of Almond
Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Puree, and Chamoy
Ay Caramba: Smoky Margarita with Gracias a Dios Mezcal, Lime Juice, and Ancho Reyes Chile Liquor
La Chancla: Red Wine Sangria Mixed with Fruit Juice
El Padrino: Blackberry Mexican Punch with Velo Blanco Tequila
Kefta pocket: seasoned ground beef in a pita pocket
Hummus fries with cucumber, tomato, onions, and tzatziki sauce (Just your friendly reminder that fried hummus is basically falafel)
Chocolate baklava: rolled phyllo dough with toasted almonds and dark chocolate sauce
Casa Pale Lager
Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange liqueur
Red Organic Sangria
Nicole and I at the 2016 Food and Wine Festival
New Zealand
Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs (This is a returning dish I haven’t tried yet, I’m going to this year!)
Seared venison sausage with kumara puree and wild mushroom marsala sauce
Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Antmoore Wineworks MOKOblack Pinot Noir
Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (YUM!)
Refreshment Outpost
Spicy hot dog with kimchi and mustard sauce
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and Frozen Coke
Refreshment Port
Beef brisket poutine: French fries with beef brisket, beer cheese sauce, poutine gravy topped with crispy onions
Sweet potato poutine: sweet potato fries with caramel sauce, mini marshmallows, and pecans (I can’t wait to try this!)
Pineapple soft-serve ice cream (otherwise known as Dole Whip)
Pineapple soft-serve ice cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum (People love this, but I found it to be a good way to ruin a Dole Whip)
Dragon Berry Refresher Featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
Dole Whip!
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar (One of everything please! This is located in the Festival Center.)
Chocolate croissant: flaky croissant stuffed with chocolate
Almond croissant: flaky croissant topped with toasted almonds
Jumbo blueberry muffin with streusel topping
Cheese danish with sweet icing
Frozen apple pie
Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate, Orange and Grapefruit Juices
Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
Madras Mimosa with Cranberry Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice
Fromosa: Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Lime Hard Seltzer
Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee
Charcuterie in a cone with imported Spanish meats, cheeses and olives with an herb vinaigrette
Spanish-style paella with chorizo and roasted chicken
Seafood salad with shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar and smoked paprika (I can’t wait to try this one!)
Lagar de Bouza Albarino
Casa Castillo Monastrell
Espelt Garnacha Old Vines
Wine Flight
Taste Track
Croissant doughnut tossed in cinnamon sugar
Croissant doughnut with chocolate and marshmallows
Croissant doughnut with chocolate hazelnut cream
Croissant doughnut with sprinkles
Add chocolate, hazelnut, white chocolate raspberry, or vanilla bean gelato for additional charge
Pancake Milkshake
Marinated chicken with peanut sauce and stir-fried vegetables
Seared shrimp and scallop cake with cold noodle salad
Red hot spicy Thai curry beef with steamed rice
Maison Willm Gewurztraminer
Singha Lager
Wine & Dine Studio
Seared scallops, truffled celery root puree, brussels sprouts and wild mushrooms, featuring Melissa’s Produce (This is one of my favorite items from last year’s festival. I’m glad to see it’s back!)
Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter vinaigrette, parmesan cheese, and pumpkin seeds
Trio of artisan cheese featuring La Bottega de BelGioioso cheeses
La Bottega de BelGioso Crescenza-Stracchino
La Bottega de BelGioso Creamygorg Gorgonzola Dolce
La Bottege de BelGioso Vino Rosso
Artist palette of wine and cheese
Trio of artisan cheese paired with Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rose, Reata Chardonnay, and Spellbound Petite Syrah
Reata Chardonnay
Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rose
Spellbound Petite Syrah

I'm ready to taste my way around the world. Are you?

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  1. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter is my favorite! It is made from red vanilla beans. Is there an online liquor store in Michigan where I could order Breckenridge’s other wines?


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