Tuesday, August 7, 2018

In Which Jenn Is Prepared For The Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Remember how last year I was so distraught about missing the Epcot Food & Wine Festival I made a to-eat list even though I wouldn't be there? Some of my saner work, I must say.

Well, this year no one needs to worry about my mental state: I am, as is right and proper, going to be at the festival. I'm going to run the 10K and half, and then eat and drink delicious foodstuffs. It is written!

As is traditional, I have painstakingly combed through all the pre-released menus and selected the items that stand out to me the most. These shall be the flavors of priority. And there are a lot this year - is it just me or are the F&W offerings getting more and more intriguing with time?

In the past I have sometimes found the certain dishes will disappear between announcement and actuality, or get bad reviews, or be usurped by new foods that unexpectedly catch my eye in the moment. But I like to have a list to start from, y'know?

Anyway, here's what I intend to eat:

+ means I have eaten it at past Food & Wine Festivals and liked it enough to add it to the list again

- means I've had it on my to-eat list before but for whatever reason never got around to trying it

Active EatsLoaded Mac 'n Cheese+
Active EatsPineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water
AfricaJam Jar Shiraz+Or maybe the wine flight?
The Almond OrchardChampagne!!!+I still don't understand why it's in an almond orchard, but okay.
BelgiumBelgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache-
BrazilPao de Queijo+
BrazilBrazilian Seafood StewIn it for the coconut-lime sauce.
Brewer's CollectionSchofferhofer Pomegranate Beer-
CanadaCheddar Cheese Soup+In it for the pretzel roll.
CanadaMoosehead RadlerAll those juice infusions!!
The Cheese StudioCheese Trio-A profiterole! A macaron! Smoked salmon!!!
The Cheese StudioMaple Bourbon Cheesecake
ChinaXi'an Pancake with BeefPancake, you say?
ChinaRoasted Duck Bao Bun+I will eat practically anything in a bao bun.
ChinaJasmine Draft BeerThis could be disgusting. I MUST FIND OUT.
ChinaByejoe PunchMust resist urge to shout the name a la FALCON PUNCH!
Chocolate StudioDark Chocolate Raspberry Tart+
Chocolate StudioPumpkin Spice Chai & Chocolate Shake
Coastal EatsBaked Shrimp Scampi DipIs it weird I just want the baguette?
Craft DraftsChocolate Milk Stout-
Earth EatsSteakhouse Burger
Earth EatsImpossible Burger
Earth EatsKombucha Flight
Festival CenterThe Wine of Kurt Russell-Wait, is that not what it's called?
Flavors from FireSpicy Chocolate Mousse
GermanyShinkennudelnUnless there are peas in it, in which case HARD PASS.
GermanyRoast Bratwurst+In it for the pretzel roll.
GreeceBougatsaAssuming it looks good coming out of the kiosk.
HawaiiGrilled Tuna TatakiWasabi cream, you say?
HawaiiTeriyaki-glazed SpamLovely Spam, wonderful Spam.
IndiaEither the Curry or the KormaI can't decide. Both?
IndiaMango Lassi with Indian Cream Liquer
IrelandRoasted Irish Sausage-
IrelandCheddar Cheese Dip+
IrelandGuiness Baileys ShakeNot 100% sure what this means but I'm willing to find out.
Islands of the CaribbeanQuesito-
ItalyFritto Misto
JapanTeriyaki Chicken BunMy kingdom for a steamed bun!
JapanBeef Nigiri
JapanSpicy Roll
Light LabCider Flight
MexicoCoconut Rice Pudding
SpainCharcuterie in a Cone-
ThailandRed Hot Spicy Curry BeefBRING IT ON.
Taste TrackPancake MilkshakeWUT

What are you most excited to try at the festival?

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