By Nick

On Episode 35 of The Disney Exchange we discussed the upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, so I thought I’d share some favorites as well as dishes that didn’t do it for me from last year’s festival, focusing on menu items that are returning this year.

Our first stop last year was the New Zealand booth where I had the Lamb Meatball and the Green Lip Mussels (photo above). The Mussels were a little dry, and tough perhaps because of all the breadcrumbs; but the meatball was excellent! A really strong start, and one of my favorite dishes from the entire festival.

Next we visited the Farm Fresh stand, where we sampled both selections they had to offer, the Pepper Bacon Hash, and the “Yard Bird,” which is chicken. It appears the “yard bird” is back, but the hash has been replaced with Loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions. It also looks like they are going with cider instead of beer offerings.
Our next kiosk was, Brazil, and I got the Crispy Pork Belly. It was very good, not as great as I’d hoped. I think I’d hyped it up in my own head to a level that nothing short of excellent could have truly satisfied me. Yes, I really like pork. I also had a Xingu Black Beer, which was actually very nice.
In Italy, I had the Filetto di Pollo, or Chicken with Marsala Sauce. It sounds like a simple dish, but it was delicious, especially the mushrooms and sauce. I also had a Moretti La Rossa. I’ve had regular Moretti Lager, and was not impressed, but this Doppelbock was much better, highly recommended.
At France I tried one of each item, The Escargot Tart, which was not as tasty as the old way it was served, in tiny little brioche, was still very good. It looks like this year it will be changed up yet again, as the description is ” Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley”.
The Boeuf Bourguignon and the Creme Brulee were excellent, and are back again.
Also back again is the Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée at the Patagonia booth which is a perennial favorite.
The Roasted Verlasso Salmon was very good, but a bit dry.
Another excellent selection was the Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies at Australia.
Last but certainly not least, 2 of my very favorite dishes from last year are back in Scotland, the Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon and the Fresh potato pancake with Scottish smoked salmon and herb sour cream, both went very well with Innis & Gunn CASK OAK Aged Beer.
I hope this gives you a few ideas as to what to get at this year’s festival.
The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs from September 25 thru November 16, 2015.