We recently took a trip to beautiful Epcot at Walt Disney World to join in on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Our goal: to try all the food around the world. It’s the 21st year of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and it keeps getting better and better. This year includes 30 global marketplaces, and features 32 new marketplace dishes! Here’s what happened went we set out on our quest:
Upon entering Epcot, we were immediately surrounded by the sights and sounds of delicious international food and we couldn’t have been happier. We obviously had to purchase a Chef Mickey plush to carry around with us all day—for prime photo ops and also because he’s adorable:
Next, we picked up our Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Passport, which is a must to keep track of everything you try:
After that was done, we headed straight for the food. We started with the desserts, because … dessert. Here are some of the desserts we tried:
Location: Islands of the Caribbean
This is a new Caribbean treat at the festival this year and it was unbelievably delicious. Light and fluffy, sweet, and with the perfect cream filling, we savored the whole treat (and could have gone for seconds if we weren’t saving room for everything else.)
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle, Red Wine Chocolate Truffle, and Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Torte
Location: Chocolate Studio
The Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle (bottom left of the photo above) is new to the festival and is unlike any truffle we’ve ever tasted. It’s crunchy yet creamy and, best of all, perfectly salty-sweet. It goes spectacularly well with the Red Wine Chocolate Truffle (top left) which is powdered and more traditional. We were in chocolate heaven when we completed our Chocolate Studio tasting with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Torte. These beautiful desserts further proved our theory that there is never too much chocolate in the world. Never.
Location: Morocco Pavilion
We haven’t ever tried baklava before, and now that we have, we wonder how we have lived all these years without it. It’s flakey, buttery, doughy, chocolatey goodness rolled into one delightful pastry.
Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake
Location: Greece Pavilion
Just looking at this dessert, we knew we would be best friends. We immediately decided that topping a vanilla cake with Greek yogurt is one of the most brilliant things anyone has ever done. It’s like a cupcake with a cool modern Greek twist. Yum!
Flan de Chocolate Abuelita
Location: Mexico Pavilion
Our first thought when seeing this flan: so this is love. It literally almost brought tears to our eyes. It’s flan, it’s cinnamon, it’s everything. Oh, and we’re pretty sure the whipped cream on top is made of clouds.
After having the time of our lives trying these heavenly desserts, we moved on to appetizers. Prepare yourself to see some more deliciousness:
Trio of Artisan Cheeses
Location: Wine & Dine Studio
This sampling of the cheese at the Wine & Dine Studio is full of miniature bites that pack a huge punch. The description of the cheeses says it all: La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with Toasted Craisin Bread, Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote, and Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts. We were feeling really classy and fancy after trying all of these foods.
Loaded Greek Nachos
Location: Greek Pavilion
These are new to the festival and unlike any nachos we have ever seen. Pita chips, hummus, olives, feta cheese, and complete joy are loaded into this unbelievable plate.
Next, we moved on to some main courses. But first we decided to arrange our plates into a hidden Mickey, at which point we said, “You’re welcome,” to everyone around us:
Once that was done, it was time to dig in:
Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato
Location: Brazil Pavilion
One of the most amazing things about all of the dishes at the festival are the garnishes, and this dish was no exception. The pork was made even better by the spicy and flavorful toppings. Delicious!
Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire Roasted Salsa
Location: Village Farms
This dish is also new and we couldn’t get enough of it. The creamy polenta lives up to its name and the spicy salsa is the perfect companion to the duck. Thank you, Village Farms, for this gift.
Seared Scallop with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms
Location: Wine & Dine Studio
We love scallops, and these were perhaps the best we’ve ever tasted. And truffled celery root puree? Don’t mind if we do. We ate up this entire dish (also new to the festival) and we felt light as air.
Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese on Griddled Garlic Toast
Location: Hops & Barley
Toast never looked so good. We could see the pimento cheese peeking out underneath the beef brisket, but were not prepared for the amazing punch of flavor the combination provided. One word: Obsessed.
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Salmon Vinegar, and Micro Basil
Location: Greenhouse Guru
This was one of the most beautiful dishes we encountered at the festival. You could say it was too beautiful to eat, but not on our watch. We dug in and were transfixed by this vinegary sweet salad.
No day would be complete without trying the hand rolls at the Japan Pavilion. Beautifully prepared and packed with spicy tuna, we loved every bite of this treat. We’re not going to lie, we went back for seconds.
These are just some of the unbelievable foods at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. There are hundreds more dishes just waiting for you to explore!
After we felt like our quest was done, we took a seat and enjoyed the IllumNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime spectacular over the World Showcase Lagoon. The show celebrates the spirit of humanity and it was a perfect ending to our wonderful day at Epcot:
And on our way out, we literally clapped for this Mickey topiary, because he’s holding a topiary kabob next to a topiary barbecue and it was perfect:
We had an epic, fantastic day at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and we learned a whole lot about food and the countries of the world. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run through November 14, 2016.