You can’t even imagine my excitement when I found out we would be in Orlando during Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival! You always see the articles about the menu and the pictures on Facebook of happy parents with drinks in hand. Since our trip was for three days in Orlando, I was going to make sure that one evening was spent sampling scrumptious delights.
Notice we are toasting our night, me with my champagne and Bubba with his cupcake!
We arrived around 6:30pm and I grabbed the guide to map my route. For some reason they don’t put France next to Mexico, otherwise I would have started with champagne and then would have had a margarita with my meal. Bubba actually made sure I knew he was hungry so I headed around to the Florida booth first. But on my way there I stopped at France and had an Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush (fancy for a vodka lemonade slushy). We made it to Florida and picked up a Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack cheese but boy was that an obstacle course. Try pushy a stroller and drinking a slushy out of a plastic martini glass, of which I have now mastered that course!
Next stop, the cheese booth. It was here that I wish I had my mother-in-law with me, she is a cheese connoisseur. Having bought and eaten all types of cheeses with her, I decided you can’t go wrong with the Artisan Cheese Selection. This consisted of Beecher’s Flagship Reserve served with Honey, La Bonne Vie Triple Créme Brie served with Apricot Jam, Wyngaard Goats Gouda with Craisin Bread. I accompanied the cheese selection with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. It was all amazing! I tried to give Bubba a piece of cheese with the honey, but he spit it out and gave it back to me. Is he really my kid??? I love cheese!!!
So far in this excursion I was being highly impressed by the menus and the food didn’t disappoint either. Our next stop was going to be food for me. By now you must have noticed I had consumed more alcohol than food. And the first booth asked me if I wanted to top my slushy off with an extra shot… I politely told them that I was there alone with my son and that I wanted to make it back around the lake without leaving him somewhere!
My choice for food was Mexico. By the way, I tried to pick booths that didn’t have a long line. I figured everything there was going to be amazing and I didn’t want to spend all night standing in line waiting for a meatball. At the Mexico booth I ordered a Taco de Rib-Eye with Salsa de Chipotle. And I had to have something to wash it down with, so I accompanied my taco with a Mango-Habanero Margarita. I bet you thought I was going to get a bottle of water or soda. Not so, Viva Mexico!!!
As we make our way past Mexico, we found a bridge to stop and people watch so I could eat my taco in peace. It was actually a little spicy (and that is saying something because I love spicy food) and I kept drinking my margarita to cool my mouth off. I kept forgetting that it had habanero in it, so that didn’t work! Argentina was two booths down and I was craving a Beef Empanada. It was good and warm but my picky little Bubba didn’t want any of it. I think he was reaching his end of the night. I still had my margarita and by this point I think I just burned my taste buds so the spice didn’t bother me anymore.
Most of the foods are appetizer size portions which is nice because you are able to graze around the lake. Yep that’s right, I compared myself to a cow! I decided next to round off my entree course with a stop to Brazil. I am a sucker for Crispy Fried Pork Belly and this was served on a bed of black beans. This was one of the foods I had picked off the menu that I definitely wanted and didn’t want to pass up, no matter how long the line. It was awesome!!
We were almost completely around the lake back at the entrance. When we walked in we passed the Desserts & Champagne booth. I knew we would have to circle back around a little but it was totally worth it. Bubba really enjoyed his Chocolate Orange Cupcake and I would love to be able to tell you it was scrumptious but he wouldn’t let me have any of it! I ordered the Frozen S’mores shooter with a glass of Nicolas Feullatte Rosé. We found a nice spot to watch the fireworks and enjoy our desserts. Just as the fireworks started, Bubba started yelling “No fireworks Mommy!!!” So I turned the stroller around so he couldn’t see them and headed out of the park. But not before one last picture.
I am a huge fan of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and next year I will bring more friends to bear witness to this fabulous culinary experience. See you next year Epcot!