We walked into Epcot and headed straight to the World Showcase. The most obvious direction that everyone takes is to start at Mexico and go around the lagoon clockwise. I tend to not follow the obvious so, we trekked it over to Canada.
One thing about the Food & Wine Festival is to be prepared to eat lots of good food!
|Map of the International Marketplaces|
Don't forget to pick up you Discovery Passport at the entrance. This has a list of each food & wine per country. When you go up to order and pay make sure to get a stamp for your passport. If you collect all stamps you can get stamp of completion for your passport. I was only able to get through 12 stamps out of the 36 offered. We were full after 5 or 6 choices so, it took us 2 days to finish what we did. Since there were two of us, we were able to try a couple of choices at each stop and share with each other. Plus, it was super helpful that my sister is going to culinary school and was able to answer all my stupid questions...What is in this? What is that? Is that going to be spicy? She probably was sick of me by the end but, I really appreciated all her knowledge!
|Kalua Pork Slider|
|Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll|
|Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote|
|Cheddar Cheese Soup|
|Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi|
These are some of the pictures of what we sampled. What was hard to do was to figure out...do we eat all the main foods first then deserts or do we just eat what was at the next booth? Most of all the food & wine items cost anywhere between $3 and $10. You can get a festival-themed gift card that hangs around your wrist to pay for all your samples chosen.
My absolute favorite was the Pavlova from the Australian booth. A Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Berries and Vanilla Custard, I could have eaten this all night or at least until my sweet tooth was satisfied!
One of the neatest things to see is that each booth is designed with the country in mind. You could spend lots of camera photos on all the interesting displays all around Epcot during this festival.
Beside all the food choices there are even more beverage choices. When my sister's family comes my brother-in-law loves to try all the different wines. My personal favorite this year is Aulani Sunset from the Hawaii booth. This is a definite must try and is great to walk around the lagoon and sip it while people watching.
And in case you do have kids with you, there are activities at each major country, Kid Cot stations and even Perry the Platypus missions for the older kids.