BONUS Review: Our Favorite Foods from the 2020 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

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We tasted SO MUCH food at EPCOT when they launched the Food and Wine Festival this year so that we can tell you what the absolute BEST foods and drinks are. One of us is a vegetarian, and one is…..NOT. So, there’s something here for everyone. This video contains our FAVORITE foods, but ALL of the foods we tried will be on our blog with reviews and info. Happy eating!


Other Foods We Tried (and mostly LOVED) at EPCOT’s 2020 Food & Wine Festival


Earth Eats Booth (Plant Based)

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine: Earth Eats Menu
EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine: Earth Eats Booth
Earth Eats: Chocolate Pudding Terrarium
This was not our favorite. The pudding had an odd texture and I thought the Matcha was too much on the top. It’s chocolate, and if we didn’t eat it all there’s something wrong. I’d give it 2 of 5 stars.
Earth Eats: Impossible Farmhouse Meatball on Lentil bread.
GREAT flavor, it was just a little clunky to eat because the lentil bread isn’t very sturdy. 3 of 5 stars.
All of the offerings we tried at the Earth Eats booth. From left to right, Impossible Burger slider (5 of 5 stars), Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea (alcoholic version), (5 of 5 stars), Impossible meatball in lentil bread (3 of 5 stars), Chocolate Pudding Terrarium, (2 of 5 stars).
Earth Eats: Impossible Burger Slider with Asian slaw and a wasabi cream sauce. AMAZING! 5 of 5 stars!
Earth Eats: Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea (alcoholic version).
AMAZING!!! 5 of 5 stars. So refreshing.

Islands of the Caribbean Booth

EPCOT Food & Wine 2020: Islands of the Caribbean menu
EPCOT Food & Wine 2020: Islands of the Caribbean booth
Islands of the Caribbean: Ropa Vieja Empanada.
AMAZING! 5 of 5 stars!
Islands of the Caribbean: Ropa Vieja Empanada.
AMAZING! 5 of 5 stars!

Hawai’i Booth

EPCOT Food & Wine 2020: Hawai’i Booth Menu
Hawai’i Booth: Kalua Pork Slider
AMAZING! 5 of 5 Stars!
Hawai’i Booth: Aulani Sunrise
Very refreshing, fruity, and light. Bonus points for being served in a souvenir tiki cup. 5 of 5 stars!

Shimmering Sips Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine: Shimmering Sips Menu
NOTE: We didn’t try the Shimmering Strawberry Soft-Serve but it looked FANTASTIC!
Shimmering Sips: Blood Orange Mimosa
This was a good, delightful mimosa, but it didn’t blow us away. 3 of 5 stars.
Shimmering Sips: Plant-Based Banana Bread
As you can see, not very photo-worthy. We ate it all, so it wasn’t bad, but it was very forgettable. 3 of 5 stars.

Mac & Cheese Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine: Mac & Cheese Booth Menu
Mac & Cheese Booth: Lobster Mac & Cheese
This was great, but didn’t make our top 3 dishes or even an honorable mention. If you’re a lobster fan, get it. 3 of 5 stars.
Mac & Cheese Booth: Plant-Based “Sausage” Mac & Cheese
This sausage had a great flavor, and the “cheese” was wonderful. But it wasn’t one of the top 3 plant-based items at the festival, so 3 of 5 stars.

Desserts & Champagne Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine: Desserts & Champagne Booth Menu
NOTE: We did not try a Nitro cake pop, but they looked AMAZING.
Desserts & Champagne Booth: Frozen Smores with Whipped Cream Vodka
5 of 5 stars. AMAZING!!!!!

Appleseed Orchard Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival: Appleseed Orchard Booth Menu
Appleseed Orchard Booth: From left to right, Apple Blossom Sky, Caramel-Apple Popcorn, and the Charcuterie Cheese Plate.
Of these three offerings, the cheese plate was easily the best, and it was about 3.5 out of 5 stars. The Apple Blossom Sky drink was refreshing but not amazing, 2 of 5 stars, and they were out of the popcorn, so this was just Caramel popcorn, not Caramel-Apple (1 of 5 stars).

China Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine China Booth Menu
China Booth: Chicken Dumplings
Very tasty, but didn’t make the top of the list. 3.5 of 5 stars.
China Booth: Mongolian Beef Bao Bun
The bun was PERFECT, and the beef was very tasty, but again, it didn’t make the top of our to-eat list. 3.5 of 5 stars.

Italy Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Italy Booth
Italy Booth: Cannoli Siciliani
WONDERFUL Cannoli. Crispy, Chocolatey, perfectly chilled and the ricotta filling was pure delight. 5 of 5 stars.
Italy Booth: Margherita Pizza
It’s a cheese pizza. We ate it all because we were hungry, but there was nothing truly special about it. Our money would’ve been better spent at Via Napoli. 2 of 5 stars.
Italy Booth: La Classica Cheese Tortellini
This was disappointing. The vodka sauce was good, but the cheese tortellini tasted very manufactured. 0 of 5 stars.
Italy Booth: White Sangria with Prosecco
It was nice and bubbly, fruity, and cold. But it wasn’t very memorable. 2 of 5 stars.

Africa Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Africa Booth
Africa Booth: Spicy Kenyan Vegan Corn and White Beans
This had an amazing amount of flavor and was very filling and tasty. But if I had the choice of all of the plant-based foods at the festival, not sure it would be in the top 5. 2 of 5 stars.

Brazil Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival Brazil Booth
EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival Brazil Menu
Brazil Booth: Pao de Quiejo
This roll blew our minds. It tasted like there was cheese in the dough. It was cheesy throughout, to the point that it tasted like butter bread. Definitely the dark horse of the festival. 5 of 5 stars.

France Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival France Booth
EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival France Menu
France Booth: Tarte Tropezienne Coulis Framboise
AMAZING! This little bun was PERFECTION. The custard inside was delightful and creamy, the raspberry coulis was perfectly fruity and tarty. Wonderful. 5 of 5 stars.
France Booth: La Vie En Rose Frozen Slushy
Technically, this is sold year-round in France, so it’s not a special festival offering, but that’s because it’s so good that you should have access to it year-round. AMAZING. 5 of 5 stars.

Germany Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Germany Booth Menu
Germany Booth: Apple Strudel
While this one didn’t make our top 10 list, it was still wonderful. The cream was perfect, the strudel was crispy and the apples were pure delight. 4 of 5 stars.
Germany Booth: Roast Bratwurst
Not very photographable, but good. Not good enough to finish though, 2 of 5 stars.
Germany Booth: Schinkennudlen
WONDERFUL! Loaded with ham, onions and extra crispy and creamy cheese. 5 of 5 stars!

America Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival America Booth Lobster Roll
Loaded with lobster (so much you need a fork), wonderful cream, and a perfectly toasted bun. 5 of 5 stars!
America Booth Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay
This was a nice, smooth Chardonnay. Not very buttery (which we prefer), so we gave it 3 of 5 stars.

Canada Booth

EPCOT 2020 Food & Wine Festival Canada Booth: Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
Perfectly cooked, delightful restaurant-quality filet. Canada typically has this every year so it wasn’t a stand-out treat, but it was a solid 4 of 5 stars.

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Transcript

Chris  0:00 
Hey, everybody. Welcome to a bonus episode of the supercalifragilistic awesome Disney podcast. I’m Chris.

Kelli  0:07 
And I’m Kelli.

Chris  0:08 
And we just got back from Disney in Orlando. And we spent two days at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And we wanted to kind of give you guys what our top picks were from the festival.

Kelli  0:21 
Absolutely. And we will put photos of everything we tried out on our website. Everything that we mentioned, we were going to try and a previous podcast we did, we hit the list. And so we’ll put photos of all those out there as well as some of the menus from the different booths. These are just our favorites.

Chris  0:36 
Yeah, so we’re gonna do a couple of honorable mentions a favorite drink and our top three favorite foods. Yes. So why don’t you give me your two honorable mentions.

Kelli  0:45 
Yeah, so my honorable mentions the first one is actually the La Vie en Rose from France. I know. I know. It’s hard for you to believe that didn’t make the list since I had two. But it didn’t. Just as a reminder, y’all that is a vodka, Grey Goose, la orange St Germain liqour white and red cranberry juice. It looks like a really light pink slushy. And it is heaven served in a martini glass. And I had one at the booths I had one on the inside with the bakery area and there they are lovely, but it is an honorable mention. My other honorable mention is the from the mac and cheese booth, the housemade Italian sausage and peppers. Remember y’all this is plant based. So this is plant based meat plant based cheese. And I thought it was really good. It was creamy. The sausage had a nice kick to it. If you hadn’t told me that was plant based. I wouldn’t have guessed it and you tasted it. What did you think?

Chris  1:45 
I thought it was incredible. I never would have thought that that was not an actually meat.

Kelli  1:50 
Yeah. And so those are my two honorable mentions. How about yours?

Chris  1:52 
So my honorable mentions are the from the German pavilion, the Schinkennudeln. So this is a this is the pasta au gratin with ham, onions and cheese. So this is like German was like spatzle. mac and cheese and heavy onions, heavy ham in there.

Kelli  2:19 
I could see the onions. Yeah.

Chris  2:21 
And that’s not normally something I’m for, but it set it off. The thing about this though, is my favorite part of mac and cheese in general is when you had that nice, crusty, melty, thick cheese on the outside. It had this had that it’s just all over the place. It was so buttery, cheesy. Wonderful. It was so good. The other thing I was surprised by I wanted to try this and was skeptical going into it and was really just blown away by this little Pao de Quiejo. Whoa. Brazilian cheese bread. Oh, good. This thing was so soft. And it honestly it tasted like the inside of the whole thing outside and inside tasted like the inside of a super buttery roll. It was so buttery.

Kelli  3:14 
it was like the dough was made with cheese. Right. It wasn’t like they put cheese in the middle. It was like this is a cheese roll.

Chris  3:21 
Yeah. And it was it was a bigger piece of bread than I expected. It was it was it was roll size and it was just so daily and stretchy and delightful. I loved it.

Kelli  3:31 
It was it was good. And I would apologize. I don’t think we got great pictures of it. Because it was pouring down. We were in underneath an umbrella.

Chris  3:38 
Yes, but it was delightful. It was really good. Really good. Okay, so we’re gonna do our favorite drinks now. Yeah. So what was your favorite drink?

Kelli  3:48 
Okay, so my number one favorite drink was the frozen s’mores with whipped cream vodka.

Chris  3:53 
I was going to say that if I was gonna guess.

Kelli  3:56 
Yeah, that drink blew me away. So when I read the description, I thought frozen s’mores with whipped cream vodka is whipped cream with vodka in it. But no, it was vodka flavored like whipped cream. And it had marshmallows right on top. And the thing is, is like I mean, first of all the frozen smores It was like frozen hot chocolate so good. But when you dipped those marshmallows into the frozen smores they like froze a little frozen marshmallows and when you that vodka was it was that that drink was out of bounds. I loved it so much was really good. So good.

Chris  4:37 
Okay, my favorite drink was the bloomin blueberry lemon ginger tea from Twinings of London. With Tito’s handmade vodka served in a mason jar from the earth eats booth.

That was the most like refreshing drink. The thing I dislike about trying all the drinks is that a lot of them are really sweet and the frozen drinks. This thing was so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Kelli  5:14 
Yeah, it was great. It was really really good. It was excellent. Yep.

Chris  5:18 
Okay, so now we’re moving on to our, this is this is for all the money here, right? Our top three food items, everything we tried, we’re gonna go three to one. Okay. So you do three, I’ll do three and again that way Okay.

Kelli  5:31 
All right. So my third one was the traditional Sicilian cannoli, which was a crisp pastry filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and a candied orange. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the candied orange. When we hit that Italian booth, it was fairly late and I hit it with all I had, I bought everything they had there and it was a good cannoli. It was cannoli dipped in chocolate. The cream on the inside was perfectly sweet, not overly sweet. It was the right amount of cold it didn’t just melt. And it was chocolate. Like I was licking my fingers. It was really good. I do not remember the candied orange, but it was a delightful cannoli.

Chris  6:12 
Yeah, it was good. It was good. Okay, my number three was the New England lobster roll. Which is in the US us pavilion at the hops and barley booth. Yeah, yeah. So from the southeast. We don’t get lobster rolls a lot here. And this was this was warm lobster herb Mayo, on a griddle roll. The roll was nice and soft. It was really great roll. And it was just chock a block loaded with lobster. I mean, I had to use a fork to eat the lobster. Before I could get it all inside that roll.

Kelli  6:46 
And that’s your number three.

Chris  6:47 
That was my number three. Imagine. All right, what’s your number two.

Kelli  6:51 
Number two, I’m going to screw this pronunciation up. This is the Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise. Okay. Okay, so this was the brioche cake filled with the light pastry cream and a raspberry Coulis. Yeah, I reading that description. I didn’t know what to expect. But the reality was, it was a it wasn’t as heavy like greasy as a doughnut. But it was a perfect little cake, a perfect little bun, a circular bun with like white powdered sugar of the top. And the of course, you know, it’s the French pavilions. So the raspberry Coulee was these perfect little dots on my paper plate. And it was the cream on the inside was delightful. I was blown away by that tart. Awesome.

Chris  7:41 
Big fan of that. My number two was the kalua pork slider. From the Hawaiian booth. It came with a sweet and sour dole, pineapple chutney and spicy mayo. So I love a slider. I love a small sandwich. I love a soft roll. This was hit ticked all those boxes. The kalua pork was so lean and and easy. It was just the right amount of Tang with that. That pineapple chutney. It was such a delightful little morsel of pork BBQ slider.

Kelli  8:17 
Did they have onions on it as well?

Chris  8:19 
No.

Kelli  8:19 
Okay. I thought one of the sliders had onions.

Chris  8:21 
It was it was me all over. Okay. All right, your top one.

Kelli  8:28 
One, no pressure. My number one favorite was the impossible burger slider with the wasabi cream and spicy Asian slaw in a sesame seed bun. This is from the plant based booth, or it’s Earth eats booth. We loved all of the plant based items that we tried for the food and wine. And it was phenomenal.

Chris  8:46 
If you didn’t know that was an impossible burger. I don’t think you’d be able to tell I’m a burger aficionado.

Kelli  8:53 
That little slider was adorable. Perfect. All of the above. But my favorite thing about that slider was the wasabi cream and the Asian slaw because it gave it that little bit of an Asian kick and a little bit of a spice kick that sort of took the Burger Burger slide or whatever we call it to another level. And I loved that little Burger slider. I was I was just blown away about it.

Chris  9:16 
I appreciate you sharing it with me. Yeah. So all right, my number one my number one was the islands of the Caribbean booth. The Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli.

Kelli  9:28 
Oh, I remember you loving that.

Chris  9:30 
I loved that little pastry. It was so great. Yeah, so it’s a it was a the pastry empanada was light flaky, tender, buttery. But then the it was the beef on the inside of it. It was like it was like this beef had been simmered for hours and like tomatoes and onions and then shredded and then wrapped up in this wonderful little pastry dough and then and then fried. It It was so good and if I didn’t have so many other things to sample at the festival, I would have just made myself sick eating those little empanadas.

Kelli  10:12 
Yeah, I mean, what I will say is what I’ve got on my list here I never would have anticipated would have been my favorites. How about you?

Chris  10:22 
Not the empanada, that caught me totally off guard. I thought the lobster roll in and the slide. I thought we’d probably be up there. Yeah, but know that. Yeah, you’re right. The empanada caught me off guard as number one.

Kelli  10:33 
Yeah, I was sort of blown away by the ones I liked. But if you haven’t been, go, the Food and Wine Festival is great. And be sure to check out our website if you want to see some pictures of the other foods that we tried.

Chris  10:43 
Yep, absolutely. It was a good time.

Kelli  10:44 
Yes. All right. So we will catch y’all later.

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