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Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report: Brazil – Guest Blog Post

Brazil makes its triumphant return to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in 2013, and the menu it’s bringing with it is, in my opinion, outstanding.

When last we saw our Brazilian friends, in 2011, we were treated to their National dish – Feijoada. If you have an interest, Feijoada is typically a stew of black beans with beef and/or pork. Sounds good, eh? The Brazil marketplace also served us Seared Mahi-Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm, and Coconut-Lime Sauce – a dish that I absolutely loved that year.

Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report:  Brazil

Well, in 2013, armed with a seared scallop and a delicious, but slightly small, portion of pork belly, Brazil absolutely storms back into Disney. And, if their 2011 mahi-mahi is an example of what they can deliver, we’re all going to be very happy to see them back in business!

Food & Wine’s offering of mahi-mahi has since moved on to be presented by our friends at the Singapore marketplace, but Brazil has responded by snatching the festival’s seared scallop away from New Zealand. I found New Zealand’s scallop to be quite good last year, and I’m counting on Brazil’s rendition – described as a Seared Scallop with Ragout of Tomatoes, Peppers, Hearts of Palm, and Steamed Rice – to be equally tasty. Hopefully it will be even be better!

Food & Wine 2013 Scouting Report:  Brazil

New Zealand’s 2012 Seared Scallop

I got the chance to sample Brazil’s Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro at Tables in Wonderland’s Food & Wine Preview event back in late July. Although it was a bit of a small dish, the flavors were outstanding! The ingredients meld together in a symphony of “delicious-ness”, so, when you try it, make sure you get some of everything in every bite.

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A symphony of “delicious-ness”!

Brazil’s 2013 menu is rounded out by your choice of beverages:

  • Cervejarias Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscato White
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

I enjoyed some of the Xingu black lager at the Tables in Wonderland event. Its color does its name justice, and I found it to be quite good. If you like craft beers, it’s definitely worth the price of a sample.

The Caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil. Made from fresh lime, muddled with natural sugar, and mixed with Cachaça (a rum-like spirit) and ice, how can you pass by giving a frozen serving of this a try?

All in all, I’m pretty pleased by the offering Brazil brings in its return. As enthusiastic as I am about their menu, however, I think the absence of a dessert is a little bit disappointing. As a pre-festival “grade”, I’ll give them an “A-minus”.

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Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

Early Booth and Menu Offerings for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot‘s International Food and Wine Festival is one of the special events at Walt Disney World that we look forward to all year!  It’s when we get to sample food and beverage offerings from, literally, around the world.

And we are as excited this year for Food and Wine as we have ever been!

Early Booth and Menu Offerings for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Information about this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is slowly starting to come out, and we have a preliminary list of booths and menu offerings!

Remember that this list is not complete and subject to change.

Here are the booths and some of the offerings available:

Africa – Introduced: 1997 as South Africa

Beverage Selections:
The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
Brown Elephant Cocktail

Australia – Introduced: 1997

Culinary Offerings:
Garlic Shrimp

Brazil – Introduced: 2011

Culinary Offerings:
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro
Seared Scallop with Hearts of Palm and Tomato Stew

Beverage Selections:
Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery, Xingu Black Beer
Carnaval Moscato White Sparkling

Canada – Introduced: 1996

Culinary Offerings:
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
Seared Trout with Frisee, Bacon, and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette

Cheese – Introduced: 2010

Beverage Selections:
Once Upon a Vine’s The Fairest Chardonnay

Craft Beers

Beverage Selections:
Sierra Nevada, Torpedo Extra IPA

Desserts and Champagne – Introduced: 2000

Culinary Offerings:
Chocolate Orange Cupcake
Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake
Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse
Dessert Trio

Early Booth and Menu Offerings for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Florida Local – Introduced: 2012

Culinary Offerings:
Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with White Cheddar and Sweet & Hot Pickles

Beverage Selections:
Florida Orange Groves Hurricane Class 5, Florida White Sangria

France – Introduced: 1996

Beverage Offerings:
Eiffel Sour Slush
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé

Hawai’i – Introduced: 2011

Culinary Offerings:
Kalua Pork Slider

Beverage Selections:
Seven Tiki Mai Tai
Aulani Sunrise

Early Booth and Menu Offerings for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Hops & Barley – Introduced: 2005

Culinary Offerings:
Craisin Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise

New Zealand – Introduced: 1997

Beverage Selections:
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc

Poland – Introduced: 1996

Beverage Selections:
Frozen Szarlotka (Frozen Polish Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Scotland – Introduced: 2013

Culinary Offerings:
Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette With Baby Root Vegetables
Veggie Haggis
Scottish Banoffee Tart

Beverage Selections:
Beer
Meads
Scotch
“Rusty Nail,” a popular Scotch whisky martini that is simply Scotch and Drambuie
Loch Lomond Cocktail

Singapore – Introduced: 2005

Culinary Offerings:
Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce

South Korea – Introduced: 2010

Culinary Offerings:
Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce and Kimchi

Early Booth and Menu Offerings for the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Terra – Introduced: 2012

Culinary Offerings:
Trick’n Chicken Curry

Beverage Selections:
The Vegan Vine Red Blend

Be on the lookout for more information on the 2013 booths.

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