Immediately following our big race weekend in Niagara, we flew from there to Orlando, FL for a little fun in the sun at Walt Disney World. Our, now traditional, October trips to the World are really all about the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. What’s not to be loved about running 13.1 miles and then spending a week eating and drinking delicious food and wine?
We arrived on Monday afternoon and got a ride to our home for the week – the Animal Kingdom Lodge (our favorite resort)!
We basically just checked in and immediately headed over to Epcot. For the Food & Wine festival, they erect kiosks all around World Showcase. These kiosks represent various countries (more than just those that have pavilions in Epcot) as well as other food themes (e.g., Cheese, Desserts & Champagne, Craft Beers). There are close to 30 kiosks and each kiosk typically has several food items (tapas sized) and several drink items ranging in price from $1.50 to $7 or $8.
Our first night of bites did not disappoint. We like to get a passport and try to have a taste of something from each of the kiosks during the time we are there. Even with two of us, this takes some work – so we typically split a dish from each kiosk (sometimes it’s just a drink). We started the evening off with Chili Colorado with House Made Chips & Cashew Cheese, featuring Gardein Beefless Tips, from the Terra kiosk (a vegan kiosk). It was really delicious and earned our highest marks!
From there – we made steady progress clockwise around World Showcase.
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from Argentina:
Then we headed back the other direction as we wanted to catch a show of the British Revolution. Of course, we stopped off for a bite along the way – Pulled Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii:
And, what dinner is complete without dessert? This is the dessert trio from the Desserts & Champagne kiosk – Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries and Pomegranate; Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote; and Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel. The lemon custard and chocolate mousse both had very striking, distinctive, strong flavors. We liked them all – but didn’t love them enough to want to get them again during the week.
We enjoyed a show from British Revolution and then headed back to our resort before Illuminations – we wanted to take it easy and get unpacked and ready for the week. Of course, we did an obligatory stroll through MouseGears which had me styling this beauty for the camera:
If only they had it in a larger size – these were kids or boys’ sizes and the largest I ever saw was a large – which left the sleeves just a bit short for me.