Category Archives: Food & Wine Festival

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog

Last year we were invited by Ocean Spray to get into their Cranberry Bog, a feature of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival since 2011. We had a great time at the event, and were excited to be able to return!

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This year’s menu offered several more food options featuring Ocean Spray Cranberries, with many items reinvented and others completely new. To keep with Epcot’s theme, the menu was inspired by six countries: Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, and United States. We were given a passport and could have it stamped at each of the tables as we sampled the food.

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2013 Reception Menu

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2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Japan

We’re huge fans of Japanese food, so we’re always anticipating what we’ll order from the Japan Kiosk during the Food & Wine Festival. This is another kiosk where we tend to stick to the new stuff.

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Sarah of Running at Disney and I were both interested in the Green Tea Colada, both being fans of green tea and cocktails, but upon inquiring to its ingredients, it sounded less and less appealing: Green Tea (yum!), Coconut Rum (meh…), Pineapple Juice (yum!) and Pina Colada Mix (ew…). It sounded way to sweet for either of us, so we decided to skip it. If you’ve had it, let us know if our assumption is correct!

With Matt being a fan of Teriyaki sauce, he was ready to order the Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll. It’s described as Marinated White Meat Chicken with Sushi Rice topped with Teriyaki Sauce. Pretty straightforward! Of course, we both ordered our own Sapporo Drafts. :)

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2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Greece

Greece is one of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kiosks that I always look forward to visiting. Last year’s menu was a bit underwhelming for me (primarily because one of my favorites, the Griddled Greek Cheese, was ill-prepared), but I’m glad they stepped up the offerings for this year.

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The item that really stood out the most to me was the Taste of Greece, which features Grilled and Marinated Calamari, Htipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives and Pita Bread.

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2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: New Zealand

While Matt and I were reviewing the menus for this years Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, his ears perked up when I said the words “Venison Sausage.” As fans of game meats, we were happy to see an “exotic” feature on the menu at Epcot. We both liked the Lamb Meatball last year, but it wasn’t a must-try for this festival. We were definitely looking forward to the new options.

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The Venison Sausage is served with Pickled Mushrooms, Baby Arugula and a Black Currant Reduction.

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2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Africa

Last year, one of my favorites of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival was the Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket at the South Africa kiosk. I was so happy to see it return this year, but also excited to see a new beef dish, the Berbere-style Beef. Don’t worry, I still got my Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket! ;)

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Let’s start with the new dish, shall we? The Berbere-style Beef is served alongside a combination of Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato, Okra and Pap. Pap, which you can find at Animal Kingdom restaurants such as Tusker House or Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants such as Boma and even The Mara, is a porridge made from ground corn.

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