The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – travel blog
I know I know. This blog is long overdue. I have no excuse for why I’m posting so late, but this blog got lost in the vault when vlogmas started pouring in. Because I’m doing 25 blogs in January, I knew I’d get around to it eventually. Plus, I have exciting news! Caitlin and I will be returning to Disney next month for an entire week! Caitlin created an exciting (and impressive) itinerary for our trip, and many of the restaurants and attractions were recommended by you guys from our last Disney adventures, so thank you!
Today, I’ll be sharing photos from our day at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. It was the last day of our trip, and we were so exhausted from all of the walking and early mornings. Ending our trip with a lot of good food sounded like a good plan.
We were lucky to be in Disney World during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. We planned to visit every single cuisine, but got rained out! I think we did pretty dang good though, and if the rain didn’t hit, we would have for sure made it. Not going to lie, Caitlin was the real MVP of the festival. She’s super fit but can eat more than anyone I know. She ran the half marathon earlier in the morning, so she brought her appetite to Epcot. I’m excited for round two next month. You’ll have to follow along to see if we can complete it.
One of the cool things about the festival is the passport you get. If you watch my YouTube video, you’ll see us adding a stamp to all the countries we ate at. In the passport, you’ll get to look over the country’s menu and see what’s gluten-free, vegetarian, or kid-approved. I took a digestive enzyme before we started eating and picked around the dairy/gluten, but I’m sure I still indigested some of it. I didn’t want to be too strict, but I avoided it the best I could. I knew I was going to feel a bit bloated/uncomfortable after eating some of the foods, but it was all worth it. I know I’ll have a lot of people letting me know that things aren’t gluten/dairy free, but believe me, I know. 😊
First stop was Hawaii🍍 Each dish was $5 and super small, so this made it easy for sampling around the world. Each cuisine had about 3-5 options for you to choose from.
We had: Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
New Zealand: Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs (Caitlin enjoyed these! You couldn’t get me to eat a Mussel if you tried!!)
The Almond Orchard (hosted by Blue Diamond): Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Roasted Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins Multi-seeds Crackers.
Australia: Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (GF)
This was delicious. Shrimp is a hit or miss with me because shellfish can make me nauseous, but I was fine with this one!
Canada: Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
Ireland: Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy. I ate one of the sausages in this dish, and I’m pretty sure it was my favorite of the day.
France: Carbonade de Boeuf, Purée de Pommes de Terre: Beer-braised Beef with Bacon, Onion and Mashed Potatoes
Oh, and champagne if France, please!
We hit our first downpour while waiting for our food in Brazil.
Brazil: Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread Gluten Free. I ate around the cheese the best I could, but this bread was incredible!!!!
Morocco: Casa Pale Lager
Belgium: Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
Japan: Spicy Tuna and Salmon Roll topped with Volcano Sauce
Hops & Barley (U.S.) New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll.
This was our last stop because Caitlin and I were drenched with rainwater and it wasn’t a warm day either, so dry clothes sounded appealing!
We were going to go back and finish eating our way around the festival later in the evening, but we decided to go back to the hotel and nap for about four hours and then have dinner at Shula’s Steakhouse. We were so exhausted from early mornings and walkinga round the parks that we just wanted to stay put, have one last good dinner, and go to bed!
I am so glad we had dinner at Shula’s because the food was out of this world. They gave us gluten free bread that was to die for, and it paired perfectly with our wine. I ordered the blacked salmon for dinner, and it was incredible! ♥️
If you missed our first Disney blogs, make sure to check them out here!! (Our Day at Magic Kingdom) & (Our Day at Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom!) There are YouTube videos to go along with each post as well 😊
Questions for you!
- Do you think we’ll make it around the world next time?
- Should I do a Disney meetup while I’m there?
- Who is your favorite Disney Character?
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