Welcome back to even more Food and Wine Festival. If you missed our episode on what we were looking forward to at this year's festival, check it out here.
If you missed our follow-up episode, you can listen here.
Today I am talking about the second trip back where I actually tried all of the food I was looking forward to. I'll be back next month to wrap up everything Food and Wine!
As always, the #1 tip I can offer is to go during the week if you can, and definitely get there when the festival starts at 11am. This will offer much smaller crowds. The only downfall we saw was that this past weekend was brutally hot for October, even in central Florida. Remember to stay hydrated and sometimes the lighter food options are best.
This trip we started in Mexico and worked our way around to hit the items we missed last trip.
This was on my list of things I was looking forward to and I was not disappointed. I actually like the balance of hot and cold items, which is what this was. The hot shrimp and scallop cake was filled with seafood, had great flavor and the crust on the outside was perfect.
The cold noodle salad had wonderful Thai flavors and hit the spot on such a hot day.
We skipped a few booths because we had to get the spring rolls and dumplings from Lotus Blossom Cafe for my oldest, it is a must every time we visit EPCOT and one of the few things she will eat.
We grabbed an ice cold Bud Light (fancy, I know) and while we sat to eat I saw this item at the Africa booth and it looked good.
The pockets were great and when you got the perfect bite of spinach, cheese and flaky crust, it was out of this world. The Mint Raita was very similar to tzatziki and was again, fitting for such a hot day.
This was not a FOod and Wine Festival stop but it is another on our lists of must do for our kids every time visit. The Crème brûlée at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in the French Pavilion is as good as a standard Crème brûlée comes. Like Forrest Gump, that's all I have to say about that.
Well, they can't all be winners right? It doesn't happen often, but every once in awhile a dish strikes out. This is that dish.
This was on my list of items I wanted to try since I am a big fan of duck done right. To be honest, the flavors were good and the portion was huge by Food and Wine standards, but if you had just handed this to me and not told me what it was, I would have guessed it was pulled pork. In fact, I almost wonder if they ran out of duck and thought they could pass this off!
If this was on your list, mark it off now.
This is it folks, this is THE must try item at this year's festival according to me. This was the last item on my list of what I wanted to try and it did not disappoint. The meat was tender and fell off the bone, but still had bite to it. The sauce was flavorful and sticky and the toasted sesame seeds were the perfect finish. It was a dish that made a tear fall from your eye once it was gone. This is now my #2 on the best Food and Wine dish, falling only behind the Lobster Roll at the American pavilion.
I know what you are thinking, "That looks disgusting!"
This is the Swine Brine, a mix of cider, lime, dijon mustard, bourbon and it is topped with a piggy wing (sans sauce).
I know what you are thinking, "That sounds disgusting!"
I thought the exact same on both accounts, but for research purposes, I had to try it. It was actually VERY tasty and refreshing! I am by no means a bourbon fan but this was such a perfect mix, and was light and cooling on such a hot day. I dipped the extra piggy wing in the leftover sauce from my other dish and was satisfied and surprised! Give it a try, you may be surprised as well.
We knew this was our last booth for the day so we went all out and added dessert!
This mousse was light and had a slight kick of the chili that hit you in the back of the throat. We don;t often try a lot of desserts, but I would get this again. Plus the kids loved the little gold candies.
Overall we had a successful day with more delicious food and I am excited to knock several more items off of my list next month! Until then, enjoy the last month of this incredible festival.