We always enjoy snacking and drinking around the world at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and this year was no different. Here are the things I got to try for my Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017 Review.
Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
The Craft Beers marketplace, located inside the Odyssey building, is also part of a tribute to Epcot’s history as part of the park’s 35th anniversary. One of these tributes includes this “handwich,” as it was once served at Epcot. I had heard about this snack and was a little skeptical, but it ended up being awesome. The filling is hearty and flavorful, and the concept of the “handwich” actually, improbably, delivers – the cone of bread is sturdy enough that it can easily be hand-held while eating, and yet the bread was still delicious.
Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
You can get this adorable little snack at the Belgium marketplace. It was a good, chewy waffle with solid toppings, although compared to some of the other items we had it felt a little plain. It’s a great choice if you like Belgian waffles, though.
Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread
I was excited to see that India had a marketplace at the festival this year, as I’m a big fan of Indidan food. The Korma Chicken was flavorful and saucy, and I liked the addition of the naan bread to mop up the sauce. Also pictured (on the right) is the Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice, which my sister got and enjoyed, and the Mango Lassi, a refreshing shake-like mango drink topped with chopped mango.
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette and Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce
The new Coastal Eats marketplace had so many good-looking options that I had to try more than one. The Seared Scallops were cooked well and the succotash tasted fresh and a little spicy. My favorite of the two was the Shrimp Scampi Dip, which was flavorful and had plenty of garlic – I wish it had more bread, though.
Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
You can find this one at the Active Eats booth, and it tastes like someone decided to make a loaded baked potato, but with macaroni and cheese instead. The pepper bacon that they use makes it taste a little spicy, which I enjoyed. This was a filling and flavorful choice and I’m glad I got it.
Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread
We had heard previously that it was a good idea to not share this item and get our own at the Ireland marketplace, and we were glad that we did. The dip tastes amazing (although it also suffers from the not-quite-enough-bread problem). Here we also tried the Bunratty Meade Honey Wine, which was smooth and refreshing, and the Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake, which was good but a little too sweet.
Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach
This dish at the France marketplace is a little like a quiche but softer (thus the pudding label), and has a delicious center of warm goat cheese. I loved the goat cheese part of it, but the texture of the rest came off to me as too soft and slightly under-seasoned.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel
At the Chocolate Studio marketplace, I decided to try this futuristic-sounding dessert. A ganache-like almond-flavored chocolate is frozen into a truffle with liquid nitrogen, broken apart, and topped with warm whiskey-caramel sauce. The end result is a sweet, unique, and refreshingly chilled dessert.
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