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Photo Update: Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival has begun

by Matt Roseboom

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Get ready, get set … This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has begun! We took a walk through the park last night during the cast member preview (also open to the public) and brought you back some pirogies, no, wait … pictures… we brought you back pictures of our food. Sorry. You’ll have to visit yourself for a taste.

mickey topiary As you head back to World Showcase to begin your culinary adventure, you’ll pass this Mickey topiary making a salad. As someone commented on our Twitter feed, it’s a salad making a salad.


Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise Our first stop was at the Hawaii stand for this great Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise. Yum. Note the price listed is for four of them.


food and wine merchandise Right across from Hawaii is one of the stands where you can get some Food & Wine merchandise. Here’s the new logo on a hat and a handy plate you may want for holding your food and drink at the same time.


t-shirt
t shirt back Here’s the front and back of the Taste your Way Around the World T-Shirt.


Epcot food and wine 2014  8 A shirt featuring the characters.


brews t-shirt Or maybe you’d like to drink your way around the world.


duffy A Duffy doll dressed for the occasion.


Epcot food and wine 2014  11 A cute wine glass ornament.


canada cheese soup Our next food stop was in Canada for the most popular item sold each year, the cheddar cheese soup.


puerto rico If you’re not paying attention, you may miss the stand for Puerto Rico. It has its own path near the front of World Showcase, not far from Hawaii.


Epcot food and wine 2014  14 Puerto Rico is one of few areas with its own sectioned-off area of tables.


Patagonia Heading back the other way, towards Mexico, you’ll see a new marketplace called Patagonia. If you’re a fan of the grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce, this is now where you’ll get it. Note the great pose by the cast member.


Steamed green lip mussels I’m sure this tastes better than it sounds, but we skipped the steamed green lip mussels.


Sweet corn cheese cake This is our publisher’s new favorite, sweet corn cheesecake from the Mexico marketplace.


Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and pickled jalapeños Instead of the bacon cupcake, bacon fans will want to try Nueske’s pepper bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and pickled jalapeños at the Farm Fresh marketplace. It was very good.


Epcot food and wine 2014  20 You may see a couple of areas like this one. It’s a special Premium Package Disney resort guests can purchase. In this area, they can relax and enjoy flavors from six continents and go to an after-hours party. Click here for more information.


Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef Some in our group tried two different kinds of waffles from the Belgium marketplace. This is the potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef.


Belgian waffle with berry compote and whipped cream This is the Belgian waffle with berry compote and whipped cream.


Epcot food and wine 2014  23 Two dishes from the Brazil marketplace. On the left is the Mocequa de pescado AKA Regal Springs premium tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice. On the right is the crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro. Both were great. We especially loved the tilapia.


brazil marketplace Brazil is another marketplace which features its own area. This one has seats too. Bonus!


Since this was a preview of the festival, we haven’t yet experienced this year’s concerts, classes, special events or the Festival Center, which all started today. We’ll definitely be back many times. It runs every day through November 10.

Check out the Sept. 18 episode of “Orlando Attractions Magazine – The Show” below for our interview with one of the festival chefs and an organizer:

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