Kill, Refurb, Marry Blog Hop: 2014 Food & Wine

We’re joining our friends Melissa Sue of Mouse on the Mind and Estelle of This Happy Place Blog for their Kill, Refurb, Marry Blog Hop! Today’s post is all about 2014 Food & Wine. When you’re finished here, be sure to visit Mouse on the Mind for posts from more participants sharing their thoughts!


Kill, Refurb, Marry:

2014 Food & Wine

These KRMs are getting more difficult! For this round, I’m sticking with actual Food & Wine kiosks and skipping items like the coffee carts and Refreshment Port (the things that are present year round and only offer a special item or two during the Festival).


Poland. Now, I hate to kill any of the kiosks, as a good refurb is really all they need. Poland’s reliance on frozen pierogi is a shame, and their preparation is often lacking, leaving dried out dough. Yes, pierogi from scratch are a bit of work, but the outcome is so much better. And if you don’t want to put forth the effort in making pierogi, find some different dishes you can serve.


2014-epcot-food-wine-festival-poland-menuThe Pierogi is the only food Polish people eat.

2014-food-wine-poland-sauerkraut-pierogi-pork-goulashThis year’s Sauerkraut Pierogi wasn’t prepared well, but the Pork Goulash it was served with could have been its own dish.

2010 Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour CreamI haven’t bothered with the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi since 2010.

2012-fw-poland-zapiekankiThe now defunct Zapiekanki was simple but flavorful.


2013-food-wine-poland-frozen-szarlotkaThe Frozen Szarlotka is good, but I feel the portion is overpriced.


Terra. Sort of in the same vein as Poland, Terra relies on frozen Gardein products thanks to the company’s sponsorship. When first introduced in 2012, my experience was not a good very good one. I will say, however, that I was impressed by this years options despite the fact that I don’t like that they rely on faux meat. The non-faux meat portions of these dishes were flavorful, and the recipe to make the CraB’Less CraB Cake (in this year’s Food & Wine Cookbook) actually incorporates Gardein’s Chick’n Breast into the mix. I’ll give credit for repurposing the product into something unexpected, but I look forward to the day they serve vegetarian dishes using, you know, just vegetables.



2014-food-wine-terra-blackened-chickn-breast-farro-wheat-spicy-gumbo-sauce-gardeinThe Blackened Chick’n Breast surprised me, with the Chick’n being prepared well and almost fooled me that I was eating the real deal.

2014-food-wine-terra-crabless-crab-cake-pepper-slaw-cajun-remoulade-gardeinThe CraB’less CraB Cake had a good texture and spicy kick.

2013-food-wine-terra-fresh-watermelon-juice2The Fresh Watermelon Juice is refreshing on a hot day, but it becomes a bit boring for me halfway through.

2012 fw terra Chili Colorado & Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein Beefless TipsThis faux meat Chili Colorado is what put me off the kiosk in 2012.


Farm Fresh. Featuring only two food items, both are done well. We visited Farm Fresh on preview day, and the portions and quality were top notch. A revisit for the Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash last weekend, however, showed a change in the amount of bacon used (less), potatoes used (more), and overall portion size (less). Still worth trying, but it’s just one of those consistency issues we see.



2014-food-wine-fest-farm-fresh-griddled-yard-bird-braised-greens-house-made-habanero-sauceGriddled “Yard Bird”

2014-food-wine-fest-farm-fresh-nueskes-pepper-bacon-hash-sweet-corn-potatoes-hollandaise-pickled-jalapenosNueske’s® Pepper Bacon Hash

Once again, this was a tough group to choose from. There are many kiosks I’d love to see have their menus refurbed *CoughMoroccoCough* and ones I’d marry for both their food and overall look, like Puerto Rico.

Let us know which kiosks you’d choose for your Kill, Refurb, Marry and why in the comments, and be sure to check out the others playing along at Mouse on the Mind!



5 responses to “Kill, Refurb, Marry Blog Hop: 2014 Food & Wine

  1. Poland did not interest me at all. I loved the watermelon juice at Terra because it was so refreshing, but that’s all I tried there. Farm Fresh was a flop for me, but that’s because I only got the key lime wine, which was gross. I’ve heard such things about the hash but I’m not a fan of everything that goes into it, so hopefully in the future I’ll be with someone that will want it and I can try a bite!

  2. I’m not a fan of the Florida Orange Groves wines. I’ve tried a couple of them at past Food & Wines and Flower & Gardens, and they just don’t taste good to me. The Key Lime one was definitely not on my agenda, so I’m glad I skipped it! 🙂

  3. I’d really like to see them refurb Morocco but if they aren’t going to do a serious one, I’d rather that they kill it. I definitely would like for them to refurb Terra into something that is vegetarian/vegan without using fake meat. Not entirely sure which I would marry since there’s several booths that I have to have one or two things from like the cheese soup in Canada (although I wish they’d quit shrinking it, lamb chop in Australia, and the cheese plate and lava cake at Ireland yum!

  4. I’d love for Morocco to feature some of their Roast Lamb Meshoui. It seems like a dish that could translate well to F&W!

  5. That sounds yummy. I had a ressie once for Marrakesh but I ended up canceling since I was still recovering from my last round of chemo (in 2012) and got tired easily. I kinda wish I tried to keep it though. The lamb meshoui looks great.