Food & Wine: 2016 Edition

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Welcome to Food and Wine

Visiting Epcot during Food & Wine Festival is an annual tradition amongst many. It is definitely a tradition for myself and my friends.

Apart from the smorgasbord of food consumed, we had a great time people watching and riding some of the rides (Finding Nemo, Three Amigos in Mexico, and the newly revamped Soarin’, which I loved!)

Below is a breakdown of the food and beverages tasted (between 3 people, not all by me!), some with pictures, some without! Enjoy!

Greenhouse Guru: Chilled tomato gazpacho with lump crab meat (Note: Wouldn’t try again, very little flavor and was almost frozen as opposed to chilled)

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Chilled Tomato Gazpacho

Wine & Dine Studio: Pork Tenderloin with Cannelloni Bean Ragout and Zinfandel Reduction

Islands of the Caribbean: Jamaican Beef Patty; Mojo Pork with Black Beans Cilantro Rice and Pickled Onions (Note: Nothing special); Pescado con Coco: Seared grouper, pigeon peas, and rice with coconut sauce; Frozen Mojito (Note: Yummy)

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Jamaican Beef Patty (bottom) Pescado con Coco

Greece: Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce (Note: You can get better at the fairgrounds, recommend passing)

Patagonia: Beef empanada; Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree (Note: the Empanada is ok, good flavor; Highly recommend the beef skewer)

Hawaii: Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (Note: GET IT!)

Farm Fresh: Loaded Mac’n’Cheese (Note: this was very good, a little heavy on the onions)

Australia: Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunches

China: Beijing Roasted duck in a steamed bun with hoisin sauce (Note: this is one of my favorite F&W dishes, I look forward to it year after year).

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Beijing roasted duck in a steamed bun with Hoisin sauce

Poland: Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream; Frozen Szarlotka: Apple Pie feat. Zubrowka bison grass vodka (Note: Both of these were excellent. Kielbasa won as new favorite dish)

Hops & Barley: New England Lobster Roll (Note: Good but wouldn’t get it again)

Brazil: Crispy Pork Belly with Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaca (Note: typically very good, this year it wasn’t on par)

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Pork belly and Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaca

France: Boeuf Bourguignon: Cabernet Sauvignon-braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes

Ireland: Warm chocolate pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard with Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka (Note: the pudding is sweet but very good; the frozen cocktail is best if mixed before drinking otherwise all the vodka will hit you at once)

Canada: “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (Note: Most excellent)

Refreshment Port: Croissant doughnut with cinnamon and sugar (Note: Perfect!)

All in all a great day and per usual, stayed for the fireworks which, in my humble opinion, is the best way to end the day.

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