Drum roll, please! And the winner is? We’re back from Walt Disney World with our 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival review. We’ve sampled our way around the world, the only thing left is to hand out the awards. Could there be a surprise dish of the year? Did our newcomers make a splash on the scene? It’s time to make our way down the red carpet and into the theater. Please take your seats, as this year’s DVC Duo Foodie Awards is about to begin!
Queue The Monologue
What’s an award’s show without a great monologue? Well, we’re about to find out. We will save you from our waxing poetic words around food and beverage, and jump right into the show. It’s why we’re all here, onward with our food and wine review.
Passholder Insights: The best days and times for the festivals are earlier in the week (Monday to Thursday) and earlier in the day.
New Comer Of The Year
Making a splash at this year’s festival is the Alps. Congrats on winning the DVC Duo Foodie Award for the best new booth. Located across from one of our favorite Epcot rides, Frozen Ever After, is the brand new booth. Where to being with this Epcot food and wine festival review of The Apls booth? Oh, most definitely the Raclette Swiss cheese. A block of Swiss cheese is warmed and melted to order then scrapped upon the fork-tender potatoes with slices of baguette and few pickles are served on the side.
Cheese lover rejoice! The Raclette is perfectly melted and oozing with cheesy goodness. The tang of the Swiss cheese really shines through. It pairs beautifully with the pickles, as the sweet vinegary flavors balance out the Swiss cheese.
Not to be outdone! Say hello to the venison stew. The Raclette is definitely the star of the booth, but the stew is no second fiddle. Mash potatoes (with a few lumps) are topped with a rich flavorful stew filled with fork tender, melt in your mouth chunks of venison. It left us asking for more!
Passholder Insights: The venison stew at the Alps booth is the better option over the beef stew at the Belgium booth.
Best Booth Menu Top To Bottom
Don’t worry Indiana, you can’t choose poorly here! The DVC Duo Foodie Award for the best booth menu goes to, China. With its Asian street food-inspired menu the booth is offering four fantastic food options to feast on. From spare ribs to black pepper shrimp with garlic noodles, and our two favorites the bao bun and chicken dumplings (you can never go wrong with dumplings!), the big decision is whether or not to order them all!
What can we say about the bao bun, besides delicious? Ok, you twisted our arm, and because this is a food and wine festival review we’ll say more. It all starts with the bun and its soft and slightly sweet flavoring. Filled with the delicately pouched shrimp and tender mala chicken (think, garlic chicken), the bao bun packs a punch with every bite.
Passholder Insights: Soon the China pavilion will be receiving a new movie for its 360-degree theater.
The Crown Jewel
It’s why we’re here. Let’s hand out the DVC Duo Foodie Award for the best dish at this year’s festival. All of them! Ok, they are all good. Overall, the majority of dishes are fantastic and it all depends on what you’re in the mood to eat. Taking home the top price in our food and wine festival review is the Baked Shrimp and Scallop Scampi Dip at the Coastal Eats booth.
One of our most anticipated food and wine dishes did not disappoint. We’re amazed at how perfectly cooked the scallops were. They had a beautifully seared outside and paired well with the richness of the scampi dip. The slices baguette on the side worked well for scooping up the dip. A second helping may or may not have happened, who are we kidding. It definitely happened!
Passholder Insights: Directly across from Coastal Eats is the Active Eats booth, which is serving up the best macaroni and cheese.
Lifetime Achievement Award
It’s not an award show without one! The DVC Duo Foodie Awards is honored to recognize the Mexico booth as the winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. From festival to festival the booth continues to cook up dishes that never disappoint and for this food and wine festival review, it holds true.
Both dishes are home runs. Shredded pork belly says it all about the Taco de Puerco. You can never go wrong with pork belly. For our mole fans out there, like Nate, the Tostada de Carne is a must-try. The mole is rivaling San Angel Inn as one of our all-time best moles on Disney Property. Order both dishes, you’ll be happy you did.
Passholder Insights: The smoky margarita with Mezcal is very good, just not as smoky as you may expect.
Bring your appetite! This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is one of the best. Overall, all of the booths have stepped it up and are serving amazing dishes that are well prepared. We recommend heading to the festival with a group if possible, as sharing is a great way to try more dishes. This wraps up of food and wine festival review and our DVC Duo Foodie Awards!
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