EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

20 Oct

Yesterday my parents and I attended the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. If you have never been, they set up small booths and serve food and wine (or beer or vodka) from various countries. This year they even narrowed it down by making each booth from a specific city within that country. Many of the staple EPCOT countries are represented, but not all, and many extra countries are included every year. The 1.2 mile walk around the world showcase becomes a battle between your eyes and your stomach, but don’t worry, I made it through!

I don’t think we had any “bad” food or wine, New York State’s wine wasn’t all that great, so I will highlight a few of the best as I remember them and show off with some pictures I took!

San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Mofongo was a great start and I really just like the word “mofongo.” Montreal, Canada’s maple glazed salmon with arugula and roasted corn was delicious and tops my list for best food of the day.

OH, Canada!

OH, Canada!

That is the Canadian booth with a Canadian pouring me a beer. Yes beer, there is actually a LOT of beer at the “Food and Wine Festival.”

Me enjoying a beer!

Me enjoying a beer!

Marrakesh, Morocco had a highly enjoyable dish of beef and hummus in a pita, they called it something with a K, but I can’t remember and the guide dumbed it down. I enjoyed my Spicy Tuna Roll and Ozeki Dry Sake by myself at Tokyo, Japan. Darn good sake! Mom called it lighter fluid, but what does she know?

Do you see it?

Do you see it?

My favorite wine was one of the last wines we had. The Reserva Malbec at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mom wasn’t going to try it since the description mentioned “tobacco” as a flavor. I pointed out that “tobacco” and “cigarette” are not the same thing! I was right.

Of course there was a LOT more food and drink that we had, almost all of it was wonderful! It is definitely a good time and a great event. Especially if your ex-wife gives you the tickets (Thanks Carolyn, if you read this).

One semi-event related note I want to bring up is where they had the “Festival Center” this year (they also held the Flower and Garden “Festival Center” there). The put the center in the old “Wonders of Life” pavilion. Actually, I shouldn’t call it old since it was the last that I remember being built, but for the past few years has been closed. This is the building that housed the Body Wars ride along with a bunch of kid orientated health shows/activities.

They basically have put up temporary walls at the entrances to the old activities and  turned the space into a large gift shop with a few theaters set up for the seminars that take place during the festivals. Other than that, the building appears the same. Even the Body Wars sign is still on the wall over the old entrance.

The Land and The Seas have both received HUGE upgrades and renovations recently, why not this building? Disney still shows it on the park map, but doesn’t list it. The pavilion could be a huge success with the current “health” movement going on, it just needs a new ride (like Soarin’ in The Land) and a little bit of love.

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4 Responses to “EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival”

  1. sunshinekmp October 20, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    Sounds like you guys had fun…Is that a Woot shirt? 🙂 I also did not know that Body Wars was closed… 😦

  2. Joe O. October 20, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    Yes that is a Woot! shirt!

    And unfortunately Body Wars and its whole pavilion last opened in January of 07 and that was after a few years of being open “seasonally.” They have even taken down the sign and the HUGE double helix! 😦

  3. erin October 22, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    wait, that’s so sad. i loved body wars.

    and i think sake tastes more like nail polish remover than lighter fluid, but i can certainly see your mom’s point.

  4. Deana October 29, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

    We went to Epcot for the festival the week before and had a blast. NO matter what we get to drink, nothing and I mean NOTHING ever beats the fiesta margaritas in Mexico!

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