Sunday, February 16, 2014

Disney Eats {Food and Wine Festival}

My entire day is usually dictated around what I am going to eat next. I am constantly thinking about my next meal and what it is going to be. Since I don't really excel at cooking, eating out is one of my favorite hobbies. What's that Patti Stanger? (#BravoReference) You don't think eating out IS a hobby? Well, I beg to differ.

Now, as someone who likes to eat and who LOVES anything Disney, finding out about Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival was a big deal. The first time I visited, was for our honeymoon, and let me tell you...drinking and eating as much as you can while being at Disney is probably the coolest thing ever. Okay..this may not sound cool to some of you...but in my opinion, if you call yourself a foodie, but think Disney World is for kids, then you aren't really a foodie... #sorrynotsorry

WDW has some of the best cuisine in the world in general (which would be an entirely different blog post) but adding in The Food and Wine Festival makes it ten times better.

The way Disney describes Epcot's Food and Wine Festival --

Each fall, as the seasons transform, so too does Epcot—where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park. Some favorite festival highlights include:
  • Nearly 30 international food and beverage marketplaces
  • Signature dining experiences with world-renown chefs
  • Exciting culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars
  • The Eat to the Beat concert series, with nightly performances from popular hit-makers
The Festival is the same idea as eating around the world in Epcot...but on steroids. There are 11 permanent countries represented in The World Showcase in Epcot. During The Food and Wine Festival there are close to 30 countries represented. They also have dessert booths, beer booths, and a vegetarian booth. 

When we went to Disney in October, The Mister and I were ecstatic to get to spend two full days at The Festival (which is included in your ticket to Epcot, you just have to pay for you tasting dishes, a la cart). Boyz II Men were also performing during the time we were there. It was a great show and all for "free" aka the price of your park ticket. The Mister and my dad also attended a culinary seminar that was hosted by the head chef at Chez Pascal in Providence, Matthew Gennuso.

Disney is known for "the vacation experience" so The Food and Wine Festival is presented meticulously and the menu's for each booth are divine. For example here is the menu for the Argentina  - 

  • Beef Empanada - $4.25 
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée - $5.25
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut – $2.50
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec – $3.75
  • Terrazas Reserva Torrontes – $3.75
  • Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon – $3.00
Every country has a few meal choices and a few drink choices. And each one is better than the last! 

To find out more info about Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival go here.

The Festival has different starting and ending dates every year. Generally, it starts the last weekend in September and goes until the first/second weekend of November.