Week 4 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 276

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As we continue around Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival as Rick is joined by wine guru, Rhino Ken Zipeto and then enjoy the Italy, Morocco, Belgium, and Block & Hans Marketplaces!

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Week 3 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 275

Week 3 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 275

We continue around Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival as Rick is joined by Amanda Tinney and Sarah McGovern Luka and then experience the Germany, Brewer’s Collection, and Poland Marketplaces.

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The Singapore Marketplace – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

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Singapore, what can we say? Oh yeah, chicken isn’t supposed to be gray! Each year we seem to give Singapore a hard time, they are our whipping boy. We love everything about the Food & Wine Festival, well everything but Singapore. Yes, we joke that “Singapore should go home” and on this years video, one of our friends who was watching the filming of the Singapore segment declared, “looks like puke”, but let’s face it for the last few years the offerings from singapore just haven’t been that good.

In 2011 it was the Shrimp on a Sugar Cane Skewer, the last two years it was the Spicy Beef Rendang, and always they come with the Singapore Sling. Now I do enjoy Hendricks Gin, but it just seems a waste in the Singapore Sling, besides that thing just tastes nasty, and it’s $8, there I said it, I feel better now.

So let’s talk about this year. Singapore is offering the same dishes as last year, Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice. This dish eats more like a stew and is not that flavorful, I’ll stop there, but add that chicken isn’t supposed to be gray and it should have a more flavor.

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The other dish offered by Singapore is Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and Singa Sauce. Now last year when I tried this dish it was tasty, but the fish was dry. This year I will say the Mahi Mahi was moist and cooked well. I actually kind of liked the jasmine rice and singa sauce. But it’s still not a dish that I would go out of my way to get. Or even stop in to get if I was just walking by. There’s just too much other food to try at the festival. Then there’s the Singapore Sling, we didn’t try it this year, but I hear it’s still nasty, don’t waste the $8.

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So there you have it, we’re still slamming Singapore, maybe we always will, maybe if they come back next year they’ll bring something new to try, we can always hope!

Week 2 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 274

You can find out more about the things we tasted in Singapore on our weekly video which we posted Friday, October 10. On this show my friend John Donahue and I take you through the Farm Fresh booth, China, South Korea, Africa and Singapore, so check out the video and find out about all these marketplaces and next week we’ll have even more for you!

Cheers!

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The Africa Marketplace – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

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This year Africa has two food offerings and three wines. The first food, Beef Tenderloin Tips Berbere-style with Okra, Jalapenos, Tomato and Pap is quite good. It has a little  spice to it, that might have something to do with the jalapenos, I’m just sayin….but it’s quite flavorful. It is also the suggested Sommelier pairing along with the Wolftrap Red Blend (Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier) which goes very well with the beef.

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The second dish, South African Bobotie with Turkey and Mushroom, we had last year also, and I must say we weren’t very excited about it last year and we’re not very please with it this year either. Last year my wife Leslie tried this booth on the TwR video and John spliced in the footage on this years video so we could see the face she made, she hated it! I guess I’m just going to have to keep working on developing a taste for Bobotie, I’m not there yet!

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We also tried another wine from Africa, the Fairview Pinotage. This was a very nice wine that John and I both really liked. Both John and I are big fans of Pinotage and this one was very good.

There is also a VAN Vintners Chenin Blanc offered in the Africa marketplace. We didn’t try this one, maybe you could check it out and let me know what you think.

Week 2 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 274

You can find out more about the dishes and beverages we tried in Africa on our weekly video which we will post this Friday, October 10. On this Friday’s show my friend John Donahue and I will take you through the Farm Fresh booth, China, South Korea, Africa and Singapore, so check out the video and find out about all these marketplaces and next week we’ll have even more for you!

Cheers!

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South Korea Martketplace – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

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South Korea is one of the marketplaces that we definitely look forward to every year. The Kimchi Dog is one of our favorite dishes at the festival, last year I think we rated in our top five things from the festival and this year again, it’s very near to the top for me.

The Kimchi Slaw has a bit of a kick as well as the Spicy Mustard Sauce give the dog a big and nice spicy kick. The sommelier pairing is the Kimchi Dog and the iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew which paired very well with the dog.

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Another amazing dish that is offered here is the Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap with Kimchi Slaw. This dish has been coming back for several years now and we always love it! The pork has a great flavor, and the kimchi slaw gives it a nice kick also. Warning, this does get a little messy. It’s designed to be picked up and eaten, and as one of my friends put it, you need a wet suit! ;) This just tells you how much juicy goodness there is in this dish!

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We also tried another beverage from South Korea, the Bokbunjajoo – Bohae Black Raspberry Wine. We were not very impressed with it. I would have to suggest passing on it. It was a little too sweet, and just wasn’t for me.

You can find out more about the things we tasted in South Korea on our weekly video which we will post this Friday, October 10. On this Friday’s show my friend John Donahue and I will take you through the Farm Fresh booth, China, South Korea, Africa and Singapore, so check out the video and find out about all these marketplaces and next week we’ll have even more for you!

Cheers!

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Week 2 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 274

Week 2 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 274

We continue around Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival as Rick is joined by John Donahue and then experience the Farm Fresh, China, South Korea, Africa, and Singapore Marketplaces.

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China Marketplace – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

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China is a marketplace that we enjoy and look forward to every year. They always come out with some great dishes. This year the Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles returned as did the Chicken Potstickers. The black pepper shrimp is amazing, it has a very light breading on it, it’s cooked well and the pepper gives it a little spice and it goes well over the noodles.

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I love the pot stickers, they are a great comfort food food dish.

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Also this year there is a Bejing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce. The duck is tender and flavorful, and the steamed bun goes with it well, but it was a little “squishy” for my taste.

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There is also a Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun with Chili Mayo. Similar to the Duck, the beef is flavored well and tastes great, but still not sure about that “squishy” steamed bun.

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There are several beverages offered in China, a TSINGTAO Beer, Kung Fu Punch with Vodka & Triple Sec (we are going back for this), Happy Lychee with Tequila & Vodka, Mango Green Tea with Poppin Bubbles.

There were also two wines offered and we tried both, a Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling which went along great with the heat from the Mongolian Beef’s Chili Mayo, and we also tried the Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Red, both were very nice.

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You can find out more about the things we tasted in China on our weekly video which we will post this Friday, October 10. On this Friday’s show my friend John Donahue and I will take you through the Farm Fresh booth, China, South Korea, Africa and Singapore, so check out the video and find out about all these marketplaces and next week we’ll have even more for you!

 

Cheers!

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The Farm Fresh Marketplace – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

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Now this is one of the new ones this year we have been really looking forward to. Everybody is talking about this one and we’ve heard nothing but good things. One reason, bacon! Everything goes better with bacon, and this booth has a Pepper Bacon Hash with Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Hollandaise and Pickled Jalapenos. Let’s face it, they had me at pepper bacon, but all those other things sound great too, especially the pickled jalapenos! We had a chance to sample this dish at the Tables in Wonderland Sneek Peek back in July and it was great!

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The Farm Fresh booth also offers a Griddled “Yard Bird” with Braised Greens and House Made Habanero Sauce. This dish was quite tasty as well, but as good as the chicken was, I must say that I enjoyed the greens as well! Now greens are something that I naturally get excited about, I love them and try them almost anywhere that we find them. Actually, my wife makes some of the best that I’ve had, but I still remember the ones we had in New Orleans at Willie Mae’s.

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We sampled three of the wines offered by Farm Fresh, the St Francis Old Vines  Zinfadel, Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine and the Chateau St Michelle & Dr Loosen Eroica Riesling. They were all very nice, I’m a big fan of Zin’s, and this one drank very well. The Riesling went well with both the dishes, matching the heat of the hash and pairing well with the chicken. The most interesting the Key Lime Wine, we’ve had before, it’s sweet, tart and goes well on hot sunny day. They also offer a beer flight and have several individual beers you can choose from.

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I’m going to give this marketplace a big thumbs up because they  brought Florida wines and BACON! Everything goes better with bacon. I want to say thanks to my friend John Donahue for helping with this booth, you can see what we both thought about everything we tasted on our video blog on this Friday’s show, we’ll be visiting Farm Fresh first on Friday October 10th!

 

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Do You Have a Passport?

Do you have an Epcot International Food & Wine Passport that is?

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One of my favorite things about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is walking around and visiting the marketplaces with my passport. It’s basically your guide to all things Food & Wine at Epcot. The are available free at the festival shops and the marketplaces where you purchase food and beverages.

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It’s a pocket-sized guide that in the front lists all the marketplaces with a check  box that you can check them off once you’ve visited them.

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Next it lists each marketplace individually in order around the World Showcase Promenade, it has each food and beverage item that the marketplace offers with a check box beside it so you can check off what you have in each booth.

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There is also a space that you can have your passport stamped for the marketplace, each one has it’s own unique stamp, just like traveling from country to country.

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There is also a page in the front that lists all the bands that are playing in the America Gardens Theatre and the dates they’ll be there. Each night during the festival great bands like Night Ranger, Dennis DeYoung from Styx, Sister Hazel and many more play three shows nightly. The bands will play two or three nights depending on the act, check the listings to see who’s playing each night.

Once you’ve completed your journey around World Showcase and visited all the marketplaces, there’s a space in the front to get a “completion stamp” indicating you’ve traveled the culinary world of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and your Discovery Passport becomes a souvenir keepsake to remind you of visit to the World Showcase.

So when you visit, be sure to pick up a passport and keep track of your journey around the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Cheers!

 

 

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Mexico Pavilion – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

432Okay, so Mexico, love your country, love your food, love your marketplace at Epcot! This year Mexico comes back with the same offerings as they had last year, the Rib-Eye Taco – Marinated Rib-ey, Roasted Chipotle Salsa and Grilled Scallions on a corn Tortilla and a Shrimp Taco – Fried Shrimp, Pickled Habanero Pepper and Onions on a Flour Tortilla, and why would they bring anything different, these two items are delicious!

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First, the Rib-Eye Taco, great chipotle flavor, tender rib-eye and the corn tortilla was fresh and tasty. The Sommeliers paired the rib-eye taco with a Mango-Strawberry Margarita, and although I’m not normally a margarita or even a tequila fan, this one was tasty and refreshing and the fruit flavor paired nicely with the smoky chipotle flavors in the taco, great job Disney!

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Next we tried the shrimp taco and I must say it was awesome! I even commented in the video that it was my favorite thing of the day, and we had been to four marketplaces before than one on the day we filmed the Mexico booth. That means better than the lamb chop from Australia, better than the meatball from New Zealand, (I loved that) and better than the empanada from, well you get the picture. It was great. The shrimp was tender, not chewy, the pickled habanero gave it a great flavor with a little kick, and it just made a really tasty combination. I was fully expecting to enjoy the rib-eye more, but the shrimp was just awesome! With the shrimp we also tried the Sangria that was tasty and refreshing and paired nicely with the shrimp.

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We also tried the dessert from Mexico, not every marketplace offers a dessert, but Mexico offered a Sweet Corn Cheesecake that we really liked also. It was in round tin similar to a flan or a creme brulee, had a caramel flavor on top, and a custard like corn flavor below. I’m not normally that big of a dessert person, but really enjoyed this dish.

The Mexico booth is always popular and with good reason, the taco’s are awesome and the drinks tasty! They’ve been a mainstay at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival since the beginning in 1996.

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You can find out more about what we thought about Mexico and see the looks on our faces as we tasted each dish on our weekly videos here on Travel with Rick. Mexico was our fifth and final stop on our first week’s video that we posted on October 3rd. Thanks again to my friend Marc Bigbie for helping out with that show, we’ll have more guests and more marketplaces each friday until November 28th, and we’ll be blogging daily here the whole month of October about our Food & Wine experiences in Epcot.

Hope to see you around World Showcase, cheers!

 

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