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Attending the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival During the Last Day of the Festival’s 2018 Season!

I have talked in blog posts before about how attending the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is an annual tradition for me and my family! We look forward to this time of year in Epcot all the time and always get excited to have new experiences at our favorite Epcot festival! This year we got to experience an Epcot Food and Wine festival first… attending the festival on its last day! That’s right this year we visited the Epcot International Food and Wine festival on November 12, 2018, which was the last day of the festival during this 2018 season!

 

 

Being at the festival on its final day for the year was a very cool experience. It gave us the perfect opportunity to try all of the food items that we did not get to sample during our visits to the festival on our vacation the previous month. The festival has so many items to try! So after a visit to the International Food and Wine Festival I always wish I would have had more time to try the items I missed! Being able to catch the last day of the festival gave us the opportunity to do just that! Another cool thing we got to experience was the transition that was taking place between Food and Wine decorations and Christmas decorations! It is rare to see the park with a mix of both and it was an awesome sight!

 

 

We landed at MCO, hopped on the Magical Express, headed to Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, then caught the bus straight to Epcot! The first festival item we sampled was from Earth Eats! This Festival Marketplace was home to an item that had made my top 5 items during our first visit to Food and Wine, the Impossible Burger gets its name because it is a 100% vegan burger! The Impossible burger was delicious and made my top 5’s because it was delicious, flavorful and maintained the same char-grilled taste of a real burger! After loving the Impossible Burger from Earth Eats I was excited to try another item from this marketplace! I got the Steakhouse Blended Burger! It was incredible, I enjoyed it even more then the Impossible burger because of how it was doctored up! This burger is a blend of beef and wild mushrooms accompanied by brie cheese fondue, arugula, truffle and blue cheese potato chip all on a brioche bun! My favorite part was the brie cheese fondue! So delicious!

 

 

The next item I tried was the Steamed Green Lip Mussels! This was the item I was most excited to try on this day! I tried mussels for the very first time during a vacation at the beach this past summer and ever since then I’ve been a mussel fan! I then became very excited to try the mussels from the New Zealand Marketplace at Food and Wine! These steamed green lip mussels are served in a garlic butter and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. This was my favorite item I tried on this day! The 3 mussels you get in the portion are very large. I was a little skeptical because sometimes larger mussels can be chewer, however that was not the case with these! These mussels were cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth! I am so glad I got to try them this year and I will absolutely be getting them for every year that they return!

 

 

Our next item we tried out was from the Brazil Marketplace. The item we tried was hands down the most popular item among festival goers! We got the Brazilian Cheese Bread! This item has been around for a few festivals now and I have always heard so many rave reviews about it! I had not tried it yet and was very curious to do so. I see now why this item is so popular, it was very unique and the perfect savory snack! After my first bite, I instantly thought that the cheese bread had a familiar taste! We determined it reminds us of a combination between a crescent roll and a mozzarella stick! Definitely so unique! You have to try it for yourself!

 

 

The last item we tried during our festival visit for this 2018 season was the Short Rib Tostada from the Mexico Marketplace. This is a brand-new item that just debut at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival this year! This tostada is a fried corn tortilla that is topped with short ribs, black beans, salsa verde and spring onion. This was the winner for me at the Mexico Marketplace this year! All of the accompaniments paired so well on top of the crunchy fried tortilla! I have a strong feeling that this item will be returning during the 2019 festival!

 

 

I vlogged our experience of attending the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival during the last day of the festival’s 2018 season! You can watch our new video on our YouTube channel:

 

And on that note… that was the conclusion of our time at this year’s 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. And now I can’t wait until 2019! Let the countdown begin! You can start planning your vacation now with one of our experienced and knowledgeable travel planners today! Our team is excited to make your vacation dreams a reality!

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced

THE 2018 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL BRINGS 75 DAYS OF FALL FUN AUG. 30-NOV. 12

The Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World® Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

This year’s festival will continue its tradition of fine dining events, appearances by favorite Disney culinarians and top celebrity chefs, and a slate of concerts from favorite bands of the last few decades.

Stay tuned for updates on this year’s “Eat to the Beat” concerts, dining packages, special events and other fun.

31 Days of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2015 Recap

This week, Travel With Rick‘s 31+ Days of Epcot‘s Food and Wine Festival may be over, but Rick and Leslie Howard share their favorite food, beverages, and moments from this year’s event!

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2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menus Announced

Satiate your hunger and thirst with a burst of fresh food, fine wine and craft beers from a diverse host of global marketplaces—this year, at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

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2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menus


africa-00Africa
Journey deep into a diverse assortment of tastes and tannins, inspired by the countries of the African continent.

Food:
Berbere-style beef tenderloin tips with onions, jalapeños, tomato and pap*
Buttered chicken with micro cilantro and naan bread

Beverages:
Indaba Chenin Blanc
DeMorgenzon DMZ Cabernet Róse
Fairview Pinotage*
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz


australia-00Australia
Enjoy a rich range of delectable menu options hailing from the land down under, including several Australian wines.

Food:
Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions, and snap peas
Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies*
Lamington: Yellow cake dipped in chocolate and shredded coconut

Beverages:
Coopers Brewery Extra Strong Vintage Ale
Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling
Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay
Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz*


belgium-00Belgium
Discover a different take on the waffle as you indulge in savory sweets and hoppy treats from the Kingdom of Belgium.

Food:
Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream*
Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream
Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream

Beverages:
Hoegaarden®
Leffe® Blonde*
Palm Spéciale Belge Ale
Stella Artois® Cidre
Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer flight: Hoegaarden®, Palm Amber Ale, Leffe® Blonde and Stella Artois® Cidre


brazil-00Brazil
Explore offerings from the Atlantic coastline as you make your way inland to the heartbeat of South American culture.

Food:
Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One”: layered meat pie with mashed yucca
Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato*
Pão de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy

Beverages:
Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer*
Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça


the-brewers-collection-00Brewers Collection
Pop the top and soak up some European-style suds. Or, order a flight to set off on your own beer smorgasbord.

Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Norbertus Special Hefeweizen
BraufactuM Progusta IPA
Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix

Bier Flight
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Norbertus Special Hefeweizen
BraufactuM Progusta IPA
Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix


canada-00Canada
Celebrate the “Great White North” with Yukon fare, including refreshing lagers and ice-cold wines.

Food:
Canadian cheddar cheese soup
Chicken sausage with creamy polenta and Minus 8 onion jam
“Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce*

Beverages:
Moosehead® Lager
Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
Tawse Vineyard Cabernet Franc*


marketplaces-01Cheese StudioNEW! 
Have it your “whey” with a sumptuous selection of smooth and savory cheeses.

Food:
Trio of artisan cheese
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
Sweet goat cheese panna cotta with guava gellé
Cheese fondue with sourdough bread

Beverages:
Robert Mondavi FuméBlanc
Still River Winery Apfel Eis (apple ice wine)
Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon


terra-00Chew LabNEW!
Masterful techniques and modern technology come together for a 21st-century flavor revolution.

Food:
Olive oil poached salmon with fresh corn, bacon and pepper jam
New York strip, parsnip silk, balsamic glaze and arugula foam*
Liquid nitro chocolate almond truffle with warm whiskey caramel

Beverages:
Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles*
Smoking Hibiscus featuring Montelobos® Mezcal Joven


china-00China
Commemorate the countrymen of the world’s most populous nation with a choice of their food and beverage favorites.

Food:
Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce
Gaoli beef slider*
Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles
Chicken pot stickers

Beverages:
TSINGTAO Beer
Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling*
Ritzy Lychee with cognac and vodka
Happy Peach with peach liqueur and dark rum
Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec
Mango jasmine tea with popping bubbles


craft-beers-01Craft Beers
Sophisticate your knowledge of all things hops and barley with a cool brew or flight from a popular craft brewery.

Beverages:
Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL
Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter, Oakland Park, FL
Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Clearwater, FL
Flight #1: Florida Harvest
Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
Flight #2: Craft Beer Lovers
3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL
Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter, Oakland Park, FL
Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Clearwater, FL

Food:
Craft beer snack mix: sweet and savory blend of nuts, fruits, and crackers
Charcuterie plate: Country pâté, cured meats, and crostini
Pimento cheese dip with pretzel crisps
Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail


epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival-10Desserts & Champagne
Seduce your sweet tooth to the core while you tickle your nose with any one of the bubbly sensations that await you.

Food:
Chocolate cherry explosion
Strawberry-basil champagne “toast”
Guylian® Belgian chocolate seashell truffles

Beverages:
Nicholas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs
Möet & Chandon Impérial
Veuve Clicquot® Ponsardin “Yellow Label”
Dom Pérignon
Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial
Orange Blossom Brewery Toasted Coconut Porter float with caramel ice cream
Cream soda float with caramel ice cream
Frozen S’mores featuring Monin® Toasted Marshmallow Syrup


puerto-rico-00Dominican RepublicOn Hiatus Since 2007!
The dazzling flavors of Spanish, African and indigenous Taino cuisine come together for a tantalizing assortment of Dominican dishes.

Food:
Lechón asado: Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onion and avocado*
Soufflé de yuca: Yuca soufflé topped with griddled cheese
Pescado con coco: Seared grouper, pigeon peas and rice with coconut sauce
Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple

Beverages:
Presidente Pilsner Beer*
Frozen Dominican piña colada featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum
Frozen sugar cane cocktail featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum


farm-fresh-00Farm Fresh
Appease your hunger with a hearty harvest of fresh fare—straight from the farm and on to you!

Food:
Loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions
Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens*

Beverages:
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider
Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen Wine
Tom Gore Chardonnay*
Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon
Hard cider flight:
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider


france-00France
Peruse France for a taste of the finer things… food and drink both classical in tone and timeless in their presentation.

Food:
Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley
Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes*
Crème brûlée vanille chocolat: Vanilla & chocolate crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar

Beverages:
Beer, Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, Vielles Vignes Mommessin
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet*
Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
Ice Pop Pomme: Apple juice, vodka, and St. Germain liqueur
La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice


germany-01Germany
Revel in the spirit of the Rhineland—sink your teeth into a tasty sausage and then wash it down with a German beer.

Food:
Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese*
Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll
Apple strudel with vanilla sauce

Beverages:
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett*
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
Kallstadter Kobnert Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Spätlese Dry
German Riesling flight:
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese


greece-00Greece
Experience old country flavors from a classic land, whether pulled from the sea or picked from trees on the hillside.

Food:
Vegetarian moussaka with Gardein™ sausage crumbles*
Greek salad in a cone
Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce
Spanakopita

Beverages:
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero*
Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
Alpha Estate Axia Syrah Xinomavro
Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS® Natural Yoghurt Liqueur


hawaii-00Hawai’i
Say “aloha” as you travel across the Pacific for some tropical flavors and island favorites, both savory and sweet.

Food:
Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise*
Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips

Beverages:
Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave® Golden Ale*
Kona Brewing Company, Pipeline Porter
Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine
Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum


Food And Wine FestivalHops & Barley
Endear yourself to the sensibilities of the States, from stout ales to artisan cheese plates.

Food:
New England Lobster Roll*
Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese
Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

Beverages:
SweetWater Take Two Pils
Goose Island® Honkers Ale
Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA
La Crema® Chardonnay*
Cambria Estate Winery Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Beer Flight (Includes 4, 4 oz. servings)
SweetWater Take Two Pils
Goose Island® Honkers Ale
Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA


epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival-01Intermissions Cafe

Food:
Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
Southwest Chicken Wrap
Tuna Salad with Pita
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Crudité of Carrots, Celery and Broccoli with Creamy Pepper Relish
Fruit & Cheese Plate
Side Salad
Grapes
Key Lime Pie
Brownie

Beverages:
Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
MARTINI® Prosecco
Caposaldo Peach Moscato Sweet Sparkling Wine
Iron Horse Vineyards “Fairy Tale Cuvée” Sparkling Wine
Presidente Pilsner Beer
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
Assorted soft drinks
Dasani Water


ireland-01Ireland
Jaunt over for favorite flavors o’ the Emerald Isle, including robust cheeses, honey wine and chilled Irish coffee.

Food:
Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie
Kerrygold® cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig
Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard*

Beverages:
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen*
Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur


italy-00Italy
Embark for a delightful occasion in Italy to get your fill of fresh-made pasta and wines from the countryside.

Food:
Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread*
Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit

Beverages:
Moretti Lager Beer
Moretti La Rossa Beer
Pinot Grigio, Placido
Corbinello, Montegrande
Chianti Classico, Placido*
Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
Prosecco, Bosco del Merlo
Frozen margarita with limoncello and tequila


japan-01Japan
“Roll” by Japan’s marketplace for an authentic sushi roll. Or, slake your thirst with a draft beer or sake.

Food:
Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce
Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce
Miso Udon: steamed shrimp, vegetables, and noodles in a spicy broth

Beverages:
Kirin Draft Beer
Pineapple Fuzed Sake
Sake – Komatsu Tateaki Samurai
Sake – Suigei Drunken Whale*


2879 467Mexico
Come for the culture, stay for the food—enjoy tacos fresh from the grill while you get your fill of ice-cold cerveza.

To eat:
Tacos de camarón: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise
Chilaquiles de pollo: Corn chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream and cilantro
Pastel de elote con queso: sweet corn cheesecake

Beverages:
Dos Equis Lager Beer with Floater*
Mexican sangria
Tequila Flight
Guava margarita


epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival-00Morocco
Make way for food inspired by the rugged mountainsides of this north African nation, including Berber cuisine and beer.

Food:
Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket
Harissa chicken roll
Baklava

Beverages:
Casa Beer*
Guerouane White*
Sangria
Mimosa Royale


New Zealand
Savor the other side of the equator and taste what Kiwi pride is all about—enjoy treats from land, sea and vine.

Food:
Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs
Seared venison loin with wild mushroom marsala sauce and kumara dumpling*
Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney

Beverages:
Kim Crawford Pinot Gris
Brancott Estate® Flight Song™ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Kim Crawford Chardonnay
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir*


patagonia-00Patagonia
Tempt your tastes with a sampling of South American cooking, inspired by the continent’s mountainous southern tip.

Food:
Beef empanada
Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée*
Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

Beverages:
Undurraga Sparkling Wine Brut
Calle Ocho Chardonnay
Kaiken Torrontés
Terrazas Reserva Malbec


poland-00Poland
Take part in hearty Polish entrees while you whet your whistle with beer, wine and delicious vodka-based beverages.

To eat:
Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream
Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash*

Beverages:
Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
Donausonne® Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine*
Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka


Refreshment Port

Food:
Croissant doughnut with cinnamon and sugar
Dole fruit bowl: choice of pineapple tidbits or mandarin slices
Fried chicken chunks with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
Pineapple Dole® Whip soft-serve ice cream
Pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve ice cream with Bacardí® Coconut Rum

Beverages:
Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum


Food And Wine FestivalRefreshment Cool Post

Food:
spicy hot dogs with kimchi slaw and korean mustard

Beverages:
Mango Star featuring African Starr Rum t
frozen “Brown Elephant.”


scotland-land-of-food-and-drink-00Scotland
Set out into the Highlands and take your pick from one or more of several Scottish mainstays.

Food:
Haggis with neeps and tatties: Traditional Haggis with rutabaga and mashed potatoes
Fresh potato pancake with Scottish smoked salmon and herb sour cream *
Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon
The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats

Beverages:
Innis & Gunn® CASK OAK Aged Beer*
Brew Dog Punk Ale
Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 12-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 15-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 18-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch flight (12-, 15- and 18-year)


south-korea-00South Korea
Complete your full-circle tour of authentic Asian tastes with a sizable serving of kimchi, a South Korean favorite.

Food:
Korean Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi*
Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw

Beverages:
iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew
Myungjak Bokbunja Raspberry Wine*
Soju Banana Milkshake featuring The Ginger People® Ginger Soother®


singapore-00Sustainable ChewNEW!
Treat yourself to fresh and flavorful selections inspired by the magnificence of mother nature.

Food:
Pork Spareribs with red wine, fennel, and cheesy mascarpone grits
Ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce
Vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle

Beverages:
Founders Spectra Trifecta (Chamomile Kolsch)
Frozen Chew-tini
Beso Del Sol White Sangria*


marketplaces-02Wine StudioNEW! 
Sip some of the incredible reds and whites that the American West Coast has to offer.

Food:
Trio of artisan cheese
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

Beverages:
Avviato Pinot Grigio, Oregon
14 Hands Chardonnay, Washington
Franciscan Equilibrium White Wine, California
Acacia Pinot Noir, California
Dry Creek Zinfandel, California
Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
Clayhouse Malbec, California
Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, California


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Last Chef Standing Event At The Key West Food and Wine Festival

This week we are at the finals of the Last Chef Standing Event at the Key West Food and Wine Festival. Plus we run into an old friend!

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Key Fest Food and Wine Festival Grand Tasting

Episode 296 – Rick and Marc experience the Grand Tasting at the 2015 Key West Food and Wine Festival at the Marker Waterfront Resort.

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Enjoy The Flagler Welcome Party at the Key West Food and Wine Festival

In this week’s episode Rick and Marc kick-off the Key West Food and Wine Festival at the Henry Flagler Welcome Party at Casa Marina in Key West.

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2015 Key West Food and Wine Festival Overview on Travel With Rick

Episode 291 – Rick and Marc visit the Key West Food and Wine Festival and talk about the amazing food and beverages and the amazing experience they had!

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Wrap Up From Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Travel With Rick Episode 281

As Rick wraps up this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Marc Bigbie, Amanda Tinney, and Sarah McGovern Luka join him to discuss the hits and misses from the event.

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Week 7 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival With Travel With Rick

Join Rick and Amanda Tinney as they enjoy the Craft Beers, Hops and Barley, Scotland, and Desserts and Champagne Marketplaces, the final booths for this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

 

  • Craft Beers Marketplace – :44
  • Hops and Barley – 12:39
  • Scotland Marketplace – 22:58
  • Desserts and Champagne Marketplace – 31:49

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Week 6 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 279

This week Rick is joined by his wife Leslie as they sample the offerings from the Canada, Greece, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii Marketplaces at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

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Week 5 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 278

As we continue to taste our way around Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, this week Rick is joined by West Coast friends Kate and Chad as they enjoy the Japan, Brazil, France, and Ireland Marketplaces!

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Walt Disney World Resort guests can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy the vibrant cultures, flavors and fun of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina and Chile during the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from Sept. 19-Nov. 10.

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The popular 53-day culinary extravaganza will welcome guests to a global tasting event that includes a Puerto Rico experience featuring popular island sips and bites, the new Patagonia marketplace with flavors from Argentina and Chile and the popular Mexico marketplace.  The festival, which also will present Hispanic and Latin culinary stars hosting dining events and demonstrations, launches soon after National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15.

Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Americans’ contributions to the United States since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is steeped in the centuries-old traditions that reflect the ethnic and cultural customs of their communities.

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At the festival’s Puerto Rico experience and marketplace, guests will be transported against a colorful backdrop of Old San Juan created by Walt Disney Imagineering as the festival’s first two-story marketplace.  There, guests can explore the history and culture of Puerto Rico and taste the best of the All-Star Island with a menu featuring Ensalada de Carrucho, Caribbean Conch Salad with Onion, Tomato and Cilantro; Carne Guisads con Arroz Blanco, Slow Braised Beef with Puerto Rican Grown Rice; Frituras – Sorullitos, Sweet Polenta Fries and Bolitas de Queso, Cheese Fritters with Mayo Ketchup; and FlanCocho, Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake.

A variety of beverages from Puerto Rico are on tap: Medalla Light Beer, a Frozen San Juan Breeze featuring Don Q Limón Floater (also available as non-alcoholic lemonade); Gasolina Sangria Cocktail, and Chilled Club Caribe Mango Rum, neat.

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Puerto Rico also will host “Experience Puerto Rico – The All Star Island” gala, a premium event in the park’s World Showplace pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20.   Guests can enjoy a sumptuous selection of foods and beverages plus authentic entertainment by a Latin DJ, band and guitar duo during the island’s premier dining celebration.

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At the Patagonia marketplace, Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann will introduce fully sustainable Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri; Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée; and a Beef Empanada.  The Chilean Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier and Argentinean Terrazas Reserva Malbec are suggested wine pairings; other beverages at the marketplace will be Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut and Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé.

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For years, the festival’s Mexico marketplace has sizzled with favorite tapas and lively scheduled performances of the internationally acclaimed Mariachi Cobre band.  Guests can savor three popular dishes: Shrimp Taco with Fried Shrimp, Pickled Habanero Pepper and Onions on Flour Tortilla; Rib Eye Taco with Marinated Ribeye, Roasted Chipotle Salsa and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla; and Sweet Corn Cheese Cake.  Refreshing menu sips will include Dos Equis Beer, Sangria, a Mango-Strawberry Margarita and a Tequila Flight.

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More than 25 festival marketplaces in the park’s World Showcase will feature flavors of six continents.  Culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars at the Festival Center in Future World will present recipes and beverages from many cultures, including Puerto Rico, Argentina and Chile.

The lineup of notable chefs includes Puerto Rico’s Maira Isabel, who will create a variety of recipes with Puerto Rican ingredients at scheduled culinary demonstrations and during the Sept. 20 gala.  Other Latin American chefs participating include Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean in Miami Beach; Lupe Sanchez of La Hacienda de San Angel and San Angel Inn at Epcot, and several other chefs from a variety of Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.


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Chef Robert Irvine from Food Network’s “Dinner Impossible,” gets tips from Chef Mickey for his Oct. 25 appearance at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Chef Robert Irvine from Food Network’s “Dinner Impossible,” gets tips from Chef Mickey for his Oct. 25 appearance at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Epcot kitchens turn up the heat for a global tasting experience worthy of every palate Sept. 25-Nov. 8 at the 14th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. During the six-week, entertainment-packed event, park guests can taste fine cuisine and wines from the top “foodie” cities of the world. Some 250 chefs including Disney chefs and guest chefs from across the country conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting elegant dinners and tasting events. Guest chefs who have graced the festival include Irvine, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Rock Harper of “Hell’s Kitchen,” plus Jeff Henderson, Todd English, Warren Brown, Mary Meyers, Jamie Deen, Iron Chef Cat Cora and many other culinary stars. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
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