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Eating Your Way Around Epcot

The annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers an enticing array of flavors from all over the world.

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Chris Queen

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October 23, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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International Food & Wine Festival

Our family loves vacationing at Walt Disney World in the fall. The weather’s perfect, the crowds aren’t as bad as in the summer, and Disney creates some unique experiences this time of year. Last week, I wrote about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – more specifically, about the crazy adult costumes you see there. While the Halloween Party takes place at the Magic Kingdom, another event at Epcot provides a different kind of delight for a more grown up crowd. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers guests a worldwide experience of unusual flavors and native dishes.

This year’s festival, which runs from September 27-November 11, includes 30 pavilions featuring carefully chosen dishes from across the globe as well as booths for local specialties and items for those with special dietary needs. Each week the festival hosts celebrity chefs and winemakers in addition to once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences. Many of the dishes in the pavilions are tapas-sized portions at reasonable prices.

This event has made its home at Epcot for 18 years now, and this year Scotland became the newest addition to the festival. Some of the booths offered tantalizing choices, including:

Australia, Introduced: 1997

  • Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle and Rapini - $4.50
  • Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s® Berries and Vanilla Custard) - $3.25

Brazil, Introduced: 1996

  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro - $5.25

Florida Local, Introduced: 2012

  • Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet & Hot Pickles - $3.75
  • Florida Orange Groves, Key Lime Wine – $2.75

Hawai’i, Introduced: 2011

  • Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise - $3.50

Mexico, Introduced: 1996

  • Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage - $5.50
  • Taco de Ribeye with Salsa de Chipotle - $5.50

Singapore, Introduced: 2005

  • Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice - $4.25

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