Ready to taste your way around the world all in the same day and all in Orlando? Mickey and all his chefs are stirring up some of the most delicious tastes ever served in celebration of the 20th anniversary Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Food lovers, come prepared to sample menus from a record 30 international marketplaces at what promises to be an edible event unlike any you've ever experienced!
This annual soiree of all things sweet and savory is taking place at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, Sept. 25 - Nov. 16, 2015. That's 53-days of food, wine, craft beers, cooking demonstrations, special events and even a week-long taping of ABC's daytime talk show, "The Chew."
With so much to taste, it's hard to know where to begin your epic gastro tour. And not to mention that this year the festival has expanded beyond its traditional World Showcase borders with several food and wine marketplaces now located in Future World.
But never fear, grab a fork and and a napkin and try these top ten dishes Visit Orlando's "Food Fanatics" have found for you.
#1. Scotland's Seared Sea Scallop $4.50 (Gluten-Free)
One of the festival's best seafood dishes is also gluten free! Perfectly seared sea scallops are served with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon.
#2. Cheese Studio, Trio of Artisan Cheese - $5.00 (Vegetarian)
NEW! Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey, La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin bread, Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with berry port compote. Located in Future World.
#3. Chew Lab's Poached Salmon - $5.75 (Gluten-Free)
NEW! The Cheese Studio is a new outpost of the festival in Epcot's Future World that merges the worlds of science and cuisine where you can find the olive oil poached salmon topped with fresh corn, bacon and pepper jam.
#4. Belgium Waffle - $3.50 (Vegetarian)
Belgium's signature dessert, the Belgium waffle, is a fluffy fresh waffle bite with your choice of warm chocolate ganache or berry compote all topped with a cool dollop of whipped cream.
#5. Dominican Republic's Lechon Asado - $4.50 (Gluten-Free)
NEW! Dominican Republic is coming back with a bang after an eight year hiatus from the festival. The signature dish, Lechon Asado is a delicious roasted pork dish with pickled onion and avocado.
#6. Greece's Greek Salad - $3.25 (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)
Greece's cool and refreshing Greek Salad is conveniently served with a cone and fork which makes it great to munch on while enjoying the park.
Extra Taste: France's Croissant aux Escargots - $5.50
Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon has personally recommended to us the Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley. New for this year are four escargots baked into a buttery croissant.
#7. Chew Lab's Smoking Hibiscus - $8.75
NEW! The Smoking Hibiscus is a stunningly beautiful drink featuring Montelobos Mezcal Joven and a wild hibiscus flower resting at the bottom. This craft drink is one of the best presentations of all the drinks this year. A definite must see!
#8. New Zealand's Venison - $4.25
NEW! This savory seared venison loin is paired perfectly with a kumara dumpling, New Zealand's version of a sweet potato, and topped with wild mushroom Marsala sauce.
#9. Mexico's Tacos de Camerón - $5.50
You can't visit Mexico without trying a taco! Take your taste buds south of the border with Mexico's perfectly battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise all tucked into a flour tortilla.
#10. Patagonia's Grilled Beef Skewer - $5.50 (Gluten-Free)
Take a culinary trip to the southern tip of South America with a juicy grilled beef skewer topped with chimichurri sauce and served over a flavorful boniato puree.
Extra Taste: Grand Tasting Events (Reservations Recommended)
Get the rockstar treatment at a number of special tasting events on select nights throughout the festival. Taking place in the World Showplace pavilion, these events are personally catered to the ultimate foodie.
From the new Rockin' Burger Block Party to the Yelloween Masquerade on Halloween Night, these events are true delights for your taste buds. We do recommend making advanced reservations, fast! Click here for more information or call (407) 939-3378.
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