“Falling” In Love with Walt Disney World, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2016

After a very long day of meetings, we were treated to a night at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. We were hoping to arrive with about 150 minutes to explore- but it was closer to only 120 minutes… challenge accepted!img_3173

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Being a bunch of Travel Planners, we headed straight for Soarin’- which just reopened in June with a new show that I had seen in Disneyland’s California Adventure in August, but was excited to compare.

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Ok, I LOVE Soarin’. I loved the old version, fell in love with the new version 2 and a half months ago, and continued this love affair in Epcot. I have no idea why this ride evokes such a joy while I am on it- but it does. The sights, smells, feelings of freedom.. incredible. It is the only simulator ride I don’t feel sick on and I have no idea why- nor do I even question it because I love it so much.

Now we decided to work our way through the Festival… First stop…img_3179 img_3180 img_3181 img_3182 img_3183 img_3184 img_3186

First thing we tried was the Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce- not terrible, but not outstanding either. Rumor has it, we should have tried the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle instead.

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We decided to pass through the International Gateway and start to our left…img_3188

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I have to admit, the loaded Mac & Cheese at Farm Fresh, smelled INCREDIBLE. We passed on it, planning to come back later in the night as we were hoping to ride Frozen Ever After…

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Well… we decided to stop in Mexico…

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We chose to stop in the Cantina for a bigger order of nachos and an amazing margarita…

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After our snack we attempted to ride Frozen, but our Fast Pass wouldn’t show in the system. We could have advocated a bit more to ride, but we realized we had an hour now to get through the rest of the festival, so we soldiered on. Stopping in China…

img_3209We sampled the Sichuan Spicy Chicken and the Chicken Pot Stickers. Both were pretty good.img_3210img_3211img_3212img_3213img_3215img_3216img_3217img_3218We decided to stop next in Italy- we had traveled on the Adventures by Disney trip there and it seemed like an obvious choice- however, we were disappointed with their Pennete alla Parmigiana: Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmigiana, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.img_3219img_3220

On to The American Adventure where we were able to check out the Eat to the Beat Series, tonight Soul Asylum was performing

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We then stopped in Japan for some Sushi- specifically a Spicy Sushi Roll- Tuna and Salmon with Kazan Volcano Sauce.img_3223img_3224img_3225Next was Morocco…img_3226img_3227img_3229

We tried (a surprise hit) their Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce (which you can request NOT to add). It was really quite good!img_3230img_3231img_3232img_3233img_3234img_3235

Next up, we tried some bubbly beverages in France…img_3236img_3237img_3238

I tried the St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine & St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, It was FABULOUS!img_3240img_3241img_3242img_3243

Now, we were super excited to arrive at Canada- so much buzz about their menu, we couldn’t wait to test the hype!img_3244img_3245

The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is served with a Pretzel Roll, and it was a highlight of the night.
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That said, the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce was my absolute favorite of the night!img_3247img_3248img_3249img_3250img_3251Now it was time for dessert!
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We chose the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Torte. In fairness- we loved our Canadian food so much- these desserts were just “okay”.

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As Illuminations ended, we headed to the monorail back to the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Now, personally, I do not suggest racing through the festival as we did. You can absolutely take a night or two to enjoy it all- or leisurely make your way through throughout the day to really take your time to savor what you are eating and drinking.

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