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A Taste of EPCOT : Food & Wine Festival 2020

This year you don't have to wait until fall for Food & Wine Festival to begin, it is going on now and it is fabulous!


We had a wonderful time eating and drinking around the World last month and I want to share with you some highlights to help you have an amazing time when you visit.


Our first stop was in Mexico, both of the main dishes there were not only super tasty, but washing them down with the margaritas made it all the more delicious!


Pictured above is the Pork Tostada sold for $6.75 served with a Clasica Margarita for $10.75, these two paired together were my favorites from this years Taste!


Pictured above is the Ribeye Taco, sold for $6.95 and the Clasica Margarita sold for $10.75. HIGHLY recommend both!



Pro Tip, if you visit on a hot day, take your food and keep walking to the indoor/air conditioned Relaxation Station inside of Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

We had it to ourselves and enjoyed our food and drinks in a much more comfortable atmosphere.




We absolutely loved the Hawaii kiosk and devoured the Teriyaki glazed"spam hash".

I know, I know, it doesn't sound good, but trust me on this, it is DELICIOUS!


Pictured above is the Teriyaki glazed SPAM Hash, sold for $4.25, SO GOOD!



Another favorite of ours this year was the kiosk in China; both entrees we tried were super tasty.


The kiosk in China is also within walking distance of the air conditioned Relaxation Station in Norway, so keep this in mind if it's a hot day.

Pictured above are the Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw, sold for $4.95 (worth it!)


Pictured above is the Mongolian Beef Bao Bun sold for $6.75, very tasty but prefer the Dumplings.



We made a stop in the Italy Pavilion. I have to say, the line here was longer than any of the other countries and we just didn't enjoy the food here. They were offering a pasta dish and a pizza dish. The pizza just didn't look good and I heard people complaining about it. The pasta lacked flavor and we both had one bite and decided to pass on the rest.


Pictured above is the "La Classica" Cheese Tortellini with Ricotta, Provolone, Fontina, Parmesan, Vodka Sauce and Crispy Bacon which sold for $8.50. I KNOW it looks good, but trust me, it's not......



If you are looking for a drink in Italy, avoid the long line at the Food & Wine Kiosk, and head into Italy and look for the Donkey Cart. At this cart I was the only one in line and they had so many amazing drinks to choose from.



Pictured above is the Orangecello Cocktail for $13.00, so delicious!



We made a stop in Germany and enjoyed a Bratwurst, I chose to pair that with a Riesling. This was a delicious stop and they had many shaded tables so you could stop and enjoy.


Pictured above is the Roast Bratwurst served in a Pretzel Roll for $5.75 (worth it!)


Pictured above is the Riesling from the Germany Kiosk (name not on menu) for $6.00.

This was a delicious Riesling and I would get it again.



The hidden gem of this years Festival is definitely tucked inside of the World Showplace (in between the UK and the Canada Pavilion).

There aren't a lot of signs leading you to it so be sure to look for it.


Once inside, it is just the most peaceful (and air conditioned) place to sit, relax and enjoy some food and beverages.



This location is big, tables are plentiful and spaced out and they even have large restroom facilities to use which is a nice perk.

They have 4 booths inside and even had a live pianist to entertain.


To be 100% honest, they didn't have my FAVORITE offerings inside of this building but we still enjoyed everything we tried and the atmosphere was worth every dime spent!


Pictured above are offerings from the Desserts & Champagne Booth.

On the left is the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops served with Crumbled M&M's for $4.00. These were tasty but super rich.

I paired this with the Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne for $17.00, it paired nicely and went down smooth but that was a bit pricey : )



Another booth we enjoyed inside of this pavilion was the "Festival Favorites" booth.

We tried the Kilbasa dish and the Seafood Fisherman's Pie dish, see pictures below for my review and pricing.


Pictured above is the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi dish served with Carmelized Onions and Sour Cream for $5.50.

This dish was tasty and definitely worth the price. The Pierogi and onions were fantastic, the kielbasa was a little tough and dry in my opinion.



Pictured above is the Seafood Fisherman's Pie for $6.50.

This was pretty good, but it was a little weird having the potatoes with seafood.

I like traditional Shepherds pie taste more, so not sure if I would get this one again.



The two booths we didn't visit inside were the Mac & Cheese and the Appleseed Orchard. Both of these looked good and had great menus, but we were quite full by this point.



I wasn't SO full that skipping my favorite booth in France wasn't an option though : )





We have been to Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT for many many years, and yes, this year it was quite different with social distancing and masks in lines, but overall we had an amazing time.

I have never seen the World Showcase so empty during the festival which meant short lines and tons of tables and benches to sit and eat/drink on.


I love that they are offering this throughout the summer and fall months. They also had some booths that aren't open yet, and had signs that they would open in the Fall so that is exciting.


If you would like to experience this years festival for yourself I would love to help, my service to you is always free. Email me at Lesley@traveletp.com


Cheers!




Author- Lesley Sawhook

Lesley Sawhook is the co-owner of Exclusive Travel Partners and has been a travel professional for over 11 years, specializing in all Disney destinations.











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