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Disney Food And Wine Festival: Drinking And Eating Around The World (Epcot)

Hey everyone! As you may or may not know, I recently just turned 21 and in my post What I Got For My 21st Birthday, I explained that I was blessed enough to get the gift of a Disney trip for my 21st! This of course involved the Disney’s Epcot Food And Wine Festival (since I am now old enough to drink the alcohol being served). I am planning on doing posts on my trip to Disney World and a few other things but I decided today I’d dive into the foodie part of lifestyle blogging and discuss my experience at this food and wine festival in Disney’s Epcot.

(Before we jump into this post I want to explain that I did finish all of the countries!)

First stop Hawai’i! Here we got a Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise which I didn’t use the picture for since I had bitten into it before taking the picture! But we also had this orange drink which was the Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and DOLE Pineapple Juice. The slider was absolutely amazing and the drink was a tad strong for me but it was good!

Second stop was Australia where I tried the Lamington- Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut which was amazing (again I took a bite before I snapped a picture which I didn’t think would do the food justice)! I also had tried the Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale, this was not my forte since I’m not a big beer drinker.

The next stop was Canada, I didn’t try any drinks here since it was mostly beer. I did get to try the Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll which was SO GOOD! I also had the Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce which was okay but the meat was a little fatty which isn’t something I like when it comes to meats.

We then went to Ireland (where my ancestors are from) and I tried the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread which was really good and even though I’m not a big beer person, the dip was very tasty and rich. I also had the Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard, I thought this would be a hot cup of chocolate pudding (gelatin pudding), but it was actually a cake to my surprise! It tasted very good too, the texture was a little strange but the taste was nothing to complain about. For the drink above I tried the Guinness Baileys Shake, I really liked this but I am not used to drinking alcohol so I felt I would much rather have a virgin of this drink because the taste of alcohol was pretty pronounced in this drink.

We then stopped at France where I had my favorite drink of all! I had the La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice. It was the best drink I think I’ve ever had in general, it was so refreshing, especially being in the heat of Florida all day. I also tried the Carbonade de Boeuf, Purée de Pommes de Terre: Beer-braised Beef with Bacon, Onion and Mashed Potatoes which was pretty good but again the beef was fatty which turned me off from finishing the plate. But I also had the Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with House-made Raspberry Jam. I’ve actually been to France and the Crème Brûlée there is definitely in a league of its own but I did like the jam that was in the one at Disney. It brought in another layer of flavor that was unexpected but both tastes blended well together.

Ryan and I stopped at Morocco to grab the Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket and let me tell you… this was such a delicious food! It almost tasted like a taco but it was bursting with tons of different flavors! 10/10 we both highly recommend trying this!

At Japan I grabbed a Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce. This was pretty rich in flavor and even Ryan (who is a very picky eater loved this). I have only had teriyaki from hibachi restaurants but this teriyaki chicken beats anything I’ve ever had.

Ryan and I really enjoyed this amazing drink from Italy. The Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila was so refreshing and it tasted like lemonade. The dangerous thing about this drink is that you can’t taste the alcohol so be careful when drinking these. Otherwise this was my second favorite drink that I had!

We made a pit stop in Spain because I really wanted to try out the Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken. I am actually 5% Spanish originating from Spain and I’ve been curious about the culture and food here. I have to say this dish was one of my favorites, it had a slight kick to it (which is totally up my alley) and it had many layers of flavor and I even made a note to try and make this for myself at home!

Germany! Yet another place where my ancestors are from and a country I’ve actually visited. I was able to try out the Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce. I felt that it didn’t taste like much without the vanilla sauce and it was less like an apple pie, which is what I was expecting, but was more of a strong natural apple flavor. I enjoyed it nonetheless but I can’t say it was my favorite.

In China Ryan and I both got something! The whole time we were sharing food and drinks so we would be able to pace ourselves better, not be overly stuffed and to save money. But in China I didn’t want any alcohol so I went with a Tapioca Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk and he tried the Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec. The bubble tea was good (I learned that I do not like the jelly “bubbles” at the bottom) and Ryan said that his drink was his favorite out of everything.

In Africa everything seemed to have ingredients I have never heard of before so Ryan and I were skeptical of trying something from here. Especially since we weren’t sure if we were allergic to some of the spices since we’ve never been introduced to them before. We decided to take a leap of faith and tried the Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato and Pap. This was another favorite food of mine! It was really spicy but it was really tasty, good thing Ryan suggested we get a water because we both definitely needed it after having this!

We made a short stop in India before running to our FastPass+ for the Disney Frozen ride. I decided we should take a break from alcohol and grab a non-alcoholic Mango Lassi. I wasn’t a huge fan of it because it wasn’t a sugary drink, it just tasted like blended mangos to me. But Ryan absolutely loves mangos so he really enjoyed this one.

I was excited for Mexico but I accidentally ordered the wrong drink and I ended up hating the one that I got. I had the Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and Chamoy which was way to strong for me and it was really spicy for some reason and it was literally burning my esophagus lol! So Ryan and I decided to toss it after a few big sips.

Thailand, one of my favorite kinds of foods. Thai food is so amazing and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on something from here. I tried the Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables and I 10/10 would recommend this dish. It was absolutely delicious and it was probably my favorite dish from the night.

We stopped at Greece and got some Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon. It was delicious and I wish I could make this at home. It was super sweet and I really enjoyed it (I have a sweet tooth if you couldn’t tell) but even Ryan tried it and he said that it was one of his favorite desserts.

When we stopped at the Islands Of The Caribbean I got a Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt. I thought this would be a piece of jerk chicken breast on a skewer but it was actually a chicken drumstick. I don’t eat things off of the bone so I was a little freaked out but I toughened up and tried it and the chicken itself wasn’t that bad. I took a few bites but eating off of the bone really got to me and I couldn’t eat anymore. Ryan tried it and immediately threw it away because that taste was apparently not for him.

In New Zealand I had my third ranked favorite drink which was the Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. I’m telling you all that I am not a big wine drinker but this is the sweetest and most delightful wine I’ve ever had. It wasn’t a super winey taste not was it dry. It was super sweet and Ryan and I were obsessed!

We went to Brazil and I got Ryan and I the Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread. It was really good and the cheese was actually baked into the dough. It was definitely a plainer type of food but I enjoyed it as a snack especially after drinking all day.

The last place we stopped at was Belgium. We had to rush to Belgium and meet my family back at Mexico to see the firework show on the river in Epcot. If you don’t know Epcot, we were across the huge river probably about 2 miles away from my family. We had 10 minutes to run to Belgium to finish up the countries and meet my family back at Mexico. Ryan and I literally grabbed our Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream and ran with it all the way back to Mexico. Sadly while we were running the whipped cream flew off of the waffle. But the waffle was okay, it was a tad soggy but it was sitting for a little bit as we were running. So it was definitely a pretty good dessert but I suggest eating it once you get it.

That’s it for all of the countries and I am so happy to have been able to experience this. I am forever thankful to have gotten this as a birthday gift. These memories I’ve made will last me a lifetime and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I am so happy I got to finish all of the countries it was definitely a great experience and I recommend trying it out if you ever get the chance. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what looked the most appetizing to you.

– Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

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