EPCOT Food and Wine 2018 Reviews

Stacy Talyanker Drinks Epcot Food Food and Wine Food and Wine 2018 Food Review

When Chris and I first started dating our friends constantly mentioned to him how much I love Disney. The one thing he said to me was that he never thought he would go to Disney as much as I do, nor did he think he would enjoy it. I think he thought it was very childish. I took him on a trip to Disney "my adult way" in February of 2018. He did mention to me that it was the most magical and eye opening trip that he has ever been on. Since then, we have gone a handful of times with friends and even did Dapper Day! Dapper day was also a first for Chris.

And here we are almost half a year later and the next thing I know is that Chris became a passholder in April. Chris and I have been fortunate enough to be able to stop by Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival during our passthroughs on our weekend travels and even planned a weekend getaway. Chris really wants to explore each country from top to bottom so I made it my mission to explore with him and discovery things I have also never seen. And I decided this year to blog about each of our stops during EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival. We'll do a Top 25 of our favorite food and/or drinks once we felt we tasted enough. This post will be periodically updated. Last update: September 20, 2018.

Quick fun facts regarding this year's festival. Most of this information is from the WDW News Today article which I will link below. You'll want to check out the full article because it includes a downloadable cost calculator link so you can make sure you don't put (too much of) a dent in your bank account.

"This year the Festival features 42 separate locations and nearly 300 specialty items. That’s going to put a dent in anyone’s pocket. In fact, sampling every festival item would cost you $1660.64*, and that’s not even counting multiple flavors of ice cream! [...] If you want to focus on the new food items, those 32 snacks will cost you $199.28. [...] If you’d like to sample one item from every booth or location offering a special festival offering, that is going to run you $193.48 for those 40 items. [...] The  average item costs $6.73, up from $6.19 last year. That does include some outliers, like the $32 glass of Dom Pérignon, but so does last year’s number. Overall, prices haven’t increased much this year, up an average of an 8.7% compared to last year’s prices, although you can compare that to the 1.9% increase that a one day value season ticket would cost you to attend the festival. Most of the returning items went up $0.25 and some not at all." - Analysis: How Much Will the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cost You? by RonD'Anna on behalf of WDW News Today.

Trip 1 - September 9

We were coming back from a visit to Gainsville where the Florida Gators lost to the Kentucky Wildcats for the first time in 31 years. Crazy. Chris spent his high school and college years in Gainesville, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have his friends and family still live there. We have planned to attend a few games this year, and this was the second.

On our way back we sometimes like to stop in Orlando to have lunch/dinner and stretch our legs out. Now that we’re both passholders and the Food and Wine festival is going on it just made since to take this opportunity to check it out. We got to explore for about 2 hours for our “mid-way” pit stop on our travels home.

Quick Statistics
We spent a total of $61.75 ($65.76 with tax)
Food: $43.12 Drinks: $18.63
Food Items: 7 Drink Items: 4
Avg $6.16 Per Food Item, or $3.08 per person
Avg $4.66 Per Drink Item

Flavors from Fire

Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
$6.75 / NEW
Chris: 8/10
Stacy: 7.5/10
Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, and Mango
$3.75
Chris: 7.5/10
Stacy: 8/10

  

Light Lab

3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider St. Petersburg, FL
$4.25
Chris: 8.5/10
Stacy: 8/10

Next Eats: Earth Eats

The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
$5.00 / NEW
Chris: 6/10
Stacy: 7/10
We both agreed that while the burger itself was amazingly delicious the burger to bun ratio was completely off. There was way too much bun and not enough burger. If the ratio was better this would deserve a higher score.

Next Eats: Coastal Eats

Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce
$6.00
Chris & Stacy: 7/10 

The Wine & Dine Studio

Artist Palette of Cheese and Wine
$11.75
This was the wine flight ($16) and the trio of artisan cheeses($5.95) together

Trio of Artisan Cheese featuring La Bottega di BelGioioso® Cheeses:

  • Crescenza-Stracchino
  • CreamyGorg Gorgonzola Dolce
  • Artigiano Vino Rosso

Chris & Stacy: 7/10
But we both agreed that the CreamyGorg Gorgonzola Dolce is a 10/10, it’s some of the best cheese pairing we’ve had.

Wine

  • Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rose, Oregon
  • Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
Chris & Stacy: 7.5/10

 

    Australia

    Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
    $7.75 / Gluten Free
    Chris: 7.5/10
    Stacy: 8/10
    Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
    $4.25
    Chris: 6.5/10
    Stacy: 6/10

    Canada

    “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with a Truffle-Butter Sauce
    $8.00 / Gluten Free
    Chris: 8/10
    Stacy 9/10
    Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape, and Lemon Juices, New Brunswick
    $4.25
    Chris: 9/10
    Stacy 8/10

    Trip 2 - September 14

    Did we really come back 5 days later? Yes, yes we did. Chris and I typically end up in Orlando with friends, to visit friends or other reasons in similar situations. And most of  the time we typically stay with said friends. We wanted one weekend just to ourselves to really enjoy each others company and do some of the things we haven’t done yet. Honestly I just wanted to relax and treat that weekend like a vacation. (That we did, I want to go back). We couldn’t pass up another chance to explore a little more, and to finally visit some of the countries that Chris wanted to explore in more detail. Plus we came at night on our first day of our vacation, and I finally scored fastpasses for Frozen. This ride has literally been out forever and neither of us have had a chance to experience it until that night. Y’all 10/10; so much better than Maelstrom, plus the animatronics are out of this world. Plus I personally love the parks at night, everything is lit up, the heat dies down, and there are typically less people. It’s honestly just so perfect. So please excuse our photos this time, they are slightly more dark.

    Quick Statistics
    We spent a total of $65.95 ($70.24 with tax)
    Food: $31.50 Drinks: $34.45 
    Food Items: 6 Drink Items: 4
    Avg $5.25 Per Food Item, or $2.63 per person
    Avg $8.62 Per Drink Item

    Festival Center: Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

    Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
    $6.00
    Chris: 6.5/10
    Stacy: 7/10

    Festival Center: Craft Drafts


    Beer Flight 2
    $9.00 - If you were to purchase each separately it would be $12.75

    • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Lemongrass Saison, Gainesville, FL
    • JDub’s Brewing Company Honeydew Melon Kolsch, Sarasota, FL
    • Shipyard Brewing Company Monkey First IPA, Clearwater, FL

     First - Chris: 6.5/10 Stacy: 6/10
    JDubs - Chris: 3/10 Stacy: 1/10
    Shipyard - Chris/Stacy: 7/10
    Average - Chris: 5.5/10 Stacy: 4.6/10
    Just to mention Chris and I love beer, we like to visit local breweries and Florida beer typically is top notch in my taste palette. However I convinced us to get the second beer flight because the first one included a milk stout which I typically don't like, and I really wish we ended up going with the first one. This one was not for my taste, and my taste is pretty broad when it comes to beer. I think we're going to stay away from this booth but I highly suggest getting the first flight. Just to put into perspective the beer which is included in the first flight was the following:

    • Central 28 Beer Company Waff-Ale, DeBary, FL
    • Bold City Brewing 1901 Roasted Red Ale, Jacksonville, FL
    • Florida Beer Company Passport Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL

    China

    Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce and added Sriracha
    $6.75
    Chris: 8/10
    Stacy: 7.5/10
    Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
    $8.95
    Chris & Stacy: 7/10

    India

    Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice
    $5.00 / Vegetarian
    Chris: 6.5/10
    Stacy: 6/10

    Africa

    Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato, and Pap
    $5.50 / Gluten Free
    Chris: 9/10
    Stacy: 10/10

    Germany


    Roasted Bratwurst
    in a Pretzel Roll
    $5.50
    Chris: 3/10
    Stacy: 4/10

    We had the same problem where we thought the meat to bread ratio was way off.
    Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
    $4.00
    Chris: 6/10
    Stacy: 4/10
    Overall not at all impressed with Germany. Germany during Flower and Garden has the better Apple Strudel. 

    Ireland

    Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread
    $4.75 / Vegetarian
    Chris: 6/10
    Stacy: 5.5/10
    Guinness Baileys Shake
    $10.50
    Chris: 9.5/10
    Stacy:10/10
    *Not accounted for is the pictured full size Guinness from the Pub. It's not really apart of Food and Wine so it didn't make it into our overall cost calculations. But we still rated it.
    Chris: 8/10
    Stacy: 7/10

    Overall Statistics
    We spent a total of $127.70 ($135.76 with tax)
    Food: $74.62 Drinks: $53.08
    Food Items: 13 Drink Items: 8
    Avg $5.74 Per Food Item, or $2.87 per person
    Avg $6.64 Per Drink Item

    Tell us what we should try in the comments section below!

    Future To-Try List:

    • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip (Next Eats: Coastal Eats)
    • Beef Nigiri (Japan)
    • Beer-braised Beef (Belgium)
    • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” (The Cheese Studio)
    • Chicken Dumplings (China)
    • Crispy Pork Belly (Brazil)
    • Croissant aux Escargots (France)
    • Frozen Caipirinha (Brazil)
    • Frozen Mimosa (Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar)
    • Frozen Mojito (Islands of the Caribbean)
    • Frozen Wine Cocktail (New Zealand)
    • Hummus Fries (Morocco)
    • Jerk Spiced Chicken Lollipop (Islands of the Caribbean)
    • La Passion Martini Slush (France)
    • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle (The Chocolate Studio)
    • Loaded Greek “Nachos” (Greece)
    • Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake (The Cheese Studio)
    • Mezzi Rigatoni (Italy)
    • Moqueca (Brazil)
    • New Brunswick Slider (Hopes & Barley)
    • Pao de Queijo (Brazil)
    • Red Wine Flight (The Festival Center Wine Shop)
    • Seafood Salad (Spain)
    • Seared Scallops (The Wine & Dine Studio)
    • Smoked Corned Beef (Flavors From Fire)
    • Spanish-style Paella (Spain)
    • Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon (Next Eats: Active Eats)
    • Steamed Green Lip Mussels (New Zealand)
    • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash (Hawai’i)
    • Tropical Mimosa (Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar)


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