Before the trip when I read some reports about the Food and Wine festival, I decided to cancel my ADR pick at Artist Point to “graze” around the world. I love Artist Point, but this was a great decision.
We went counter clockwise around the showcase and ordered something from probably 75% of the booths (over the 2 days). With 4 of us sharing, it really wasn’t as much food as it sounds like… and it ended up being just as expensive as Artist Point. To be honest, some of the prices are criminal even by Disney standards.
We also went back on Saturday night, and I have to say that was a mistake in hindsight. It was super-crowded, and, IMO, not family friendly. If I go back in the future, I will not go back on a weekend night with young kids.
I was really looking forward to the wine… but it was so hot and humid that I quit after several booths.
Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras (Athens; a sweet, red wine that tasted almost like Port)
Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa (Buenos Aires)
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Pureé (Buenos Aires)
Chopin Raspberry Chiller (Krakow; I’m not a big fan of slushy drinks, but this was just delicious)
Crawfish Étouffée (Spicy Cajun Crawfish and Vegetable Stew, White Rice) (New Orleans)
Cabernet Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes (Paris)
Parisien Cosmo Slush (Paris; according to Sandy)
Lobster & Scallop Fisherman’s Pie (Cork; it lived up to the hype)
Seared Sea Scallop with Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Oil (Wellington)
Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney (Wellington; this may have been my favorite item overall… so good I had another the next day)
Villa Maria Private Bin Unoaked Chardonnay (Wellington)
Rock Shrimp Ceviche (Santiago)
Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Cookie) (Santiago; according to the girls)
Bacardi Frozen Dragon Berry Colada (San Juan; according to Sandy)
Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache (Cork; according to the girls)
Spanakopita (Savory Spinach and Cheese Pastry) (Athens)
Strawberry Shortcake (Desserts & Champagne)
Cheese Sampler (The Mouse Catch)
Martini & Rossi Prosecco (The Mouse Catch)
Red Snapper Escabeche (Barcelona)
Pork Pot Stickers (Shanghai)
Grilled Lamb Chop, Red Wine Sauce, Murray River Sea Salt (Melbourne; good taste, but poorly seared)
Boston-style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade (Hops & Barley)
New England Lobster Roll (Hops & Barley; for me, this was a borderline loser)
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo (New Orleans)
Spicy Tuna Roll (Tokyo)
California Sushi Roll (Crabmeat and Cucumber rolled in Rice) (Tokyo)
Escargot Persillade en Brioche (Paris; my first ever Escargot)
Chocolate Milk Creme Brûlée (Paris; according to the family)
Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Ivernia Cheese with Apple Chutney and Brown Bread (Cork)
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine (Cork; Sandy hated it)
Corn and Cheese Arepa (Santiago)
Viñedos Emiliana Sauvignon Blanc (Santiago)
Ham Croquette/Croquettas de Jamon (San Juan; borderline winner)
Bacardi Frozen Mojito (San Juan)
Mango Lassi (Chilled Mango Yogurt Drink; the texture was similar to raw egg yolks) (New Delhi)
So favorite Kiosks look like Wellington, Cork, and Buenos Aires.
I’d love to go back another year for an extended visit and do some of the seminars. I’m not sure about the ticketed events; we saw many people dressed in suits & dresses walking though Epcot in 90 degree heat and high humidity. That’s not my thing.