It’s that time of year again. The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is on, and as tasty as ever. There are new additions, and some festival favorites, and something for everyone. This weekend was my first weekend, but it has been in full swing for a couple weeks already. There is so much to experience, it could take weeks to try everything, but this weekend was all about the basics. From food, to music, to merchandise, to alcohol, there is something for everyone, but be careful! Take it slow, or you will be rolling yourself to your car, or passed out somewhere around the world showcase.
If I had my way, I would plan a week for the festival. That would be enough time to try all the things that I would like to try. There are so many things from the front of the park to the back, and this year to the sides. There are even new locations in different places including by Test Track. I don’t remember that from last year. There are deserts, main dishes, and even some other tasty tidbits to try. Different drinks, alcohol and non-alcoholic, as well as, I believe, some new things for the kids.
This year, I didn’t start with anything new, I started with something I look forward to every year, the soup and the filet from Canada. Always a good bet, and it was wonderful again this year. The filet was tender, and the mushrooms and sauce were amazing. Then it was the soup. I forgot to get a spoon, but the pretzel stick made it easy to start. It’s so creamy, and delicious, with bacon and spiced just right. I managed to finish it with my fork and knife, and it was worth every bite.
I wanted to make sure that I got something for desert as well, so I started reviewing the choices, and there are so many. I thought again about the Chocolate Studio for the raspberry torte, or the chocolate Picante from Flavors From Fire (a surprisingly yummy option as I remember from last year), but I ended up at the Cheese Studio. I decided to try to the Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake, and it was the perfect choice. Now mind you, it was a hot day, so my cream deflated very quickly, but it was delicious all the same. Many of the “cheesecakes” I have had recently at Disney tasted more like Jello, but this was creamy, with a little kick. The drizzle was a perfect complement to the cake, and I’m always a fan of whipped cream.
I checked out so many other things, but I still have a lot to test. I stopped by the festival center to get my pass holder magnet, and I’m starting to log my visits for my little cutting board, so I will be back. It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be, but it was hot. It’s Florida of course, so I should not be surprised. I didn’t stay till the final show, so the issues with intoxicated people was not a problem. The shirts were great, so for a bit I just sat and watched people go by (always fun!).
There is so much more to see, but I had my first day. If you have been before, it seems bigger than ever. If you have never been, give it a try. It’s fun, filling, and a people watchers dream come true. I enjoy the festival for so many reasons, but for me it’s all a part of being happy, for life.