Annual Passholders, Cast Members, and Guests alike eagerly wait all year for one specific Walt Disney World offering, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. Some of the most delicious food and beverages (alcoholic of course) that you will ever eat on Disney property come from this fest, which is why people are absolutely obsessed. If you don’t believe me go to Epcot on a Saturday night and see how long you wait for those hummus fries from Morocco. This year I tried some old favorites and made some new ones. Let’s eat!
The first booth I walked (ran) to was, of course, Earth Eats. One of my favorite dishes from last year did not disappoint, and to my surprise tasted exactly like it did when I had it last year. The Impossible Burger Slider always brings the heat, flavor, and perfect bite again and again, which is why it’s been my favorite Food and Wine dish for 2 years in a row! This burger comes with a wasabi cream and an Asian slaw on a sesame seed bun. The slaw and cream play as almost oxymorons on this burger because even though the wasabi cream is spicy it has a coolness to it, which comes from it’s creamy texture. Similarly, the slaw adds spice but the slaw itself is refreshing and crunchy. The thought put into the texture and flavor of every bite is almost…dare I say it…Impossible! The burger itself is juicy and flavorful, but I know non-vegetarians are not usually fans of the Impossible patty. I say it’s worth a try solely based on the toppings and condiments. Your mileage may vary, but I truly enjoy this burger every year.
After talking about the consistently delicious burger, let’s talk about a strong disappointment. The Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese has been hyped up by everyone and their mother because it’s melty cheese. I, too, thought I would be a fan, and it was on my must try list; however, this dish was a never-eat-again kind of deal. The Alps booth was serving the Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with baby potatoes, baby pickles, and a slice of baguette. Have you ever seen those Instagram videos of someone slicing melty cheese right off the wheel, and it falls like a perfect blanket over the meal? That’s what this was, so it seemed promising. The chef slices the cheese over your potatoes and pickle (why), and right before your very eyes the cheese sets and is no longer melty. Instead, you get a rubbery and greasy blanket over your innocent baby potatoes. It’s a tragedy, really. If you could eat this meal in under 5 seconds, it may be the best thing ever; however, that was not me. It may be worth a try if you’re extremely curious, so let me know if you liked it.
Let’s go back to a consistent favorite, the Brazilian cheese bread, also known as Pão de Queijo. These cheesy pillows are a gluten-free dream because instead of regular flour, this “bread” calls for sour cassava flour or tapioca flour. It’s crispy on the outside and almost gummy on the inside. It doesn’t sound too appetizing, but I’ll tell you what I always say to people trying Brazilian cheese bread for the first time. The first bite you’re confused, but by the second bite you’re hooked! Hot, cheesy, bread like rolls. As Ina Garten would say, “What could be better than that?”
Now on to dessert! I went to Miami about a month ago and discovered the Quesito, so you could imagine my delight when I saw one at the fest! The Quesito can be found at the Islands of the Caribbean booth, which is right in between Mexico and Canada. A Quesito is puff pastry filled with sweetened cream cheese and guava sauce. You have the hot flaky crust, with the dense and rich cream cheese, all accompanied by the cool and refreshing guava. There is nothing left to say. Dessert doesn’t get much better than that!
Of course, there are so many more things to try at the Food and Wine Festival, and I would love to hear what your favorite dish is. I also love the Hummus Fries from Morocco, the Banana Soft Serve from the Almond Breeze booth, and I wanted to try the donuts from The Donut Box. There’s a lot of food out there, so be sure to try it all before the festival ends!