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Eating Your Way Around Epcot

Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro from Brazil Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro from Brazil

The booths are scattered throughout World Showcase, while other events take place in the former Wonders of Life pavilion at Future World. This space hosts events featuring celebrity chefs like Jamie Deen and Buddy Valastro and mixologist Bridget Albert. Guests can also enjoy other, higher priced seminars like a $75 cheese lecture and an $80 exploration of chocolate. However, "Discover the Cranberry," located in a makeshift cranberry bog between Future World and World Showcase, is free for obvious reasons.

I looked forward to sampling several of the dishes as soon as I heard about this year's menu. I had my eyes on at least three or four menu items that I wanted to try. Unfortunately, thanks to my newfound commitment to weight loss (totally worth doing without) and the fastest-walking family in the history of Epcot, I was only able to eat Brazil's Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro. The dish was everything I imagined it would be - except crispy. Hopefully by next year I'll have reached my 50 pound goal and can afford to try more great food.

The Food & Wine Festival is yet another reason why Fall is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World. I can't think of a better time and place for guests to spread their wings and give some new dishes a try.