Welcome back, Mousekefriends! This week, we are excited to dive in and talk about the booths for EPCOT’s food and wine festival for 2022! Beginning on July 14, and running through November 19, we’re excited for a sneak peak of the booths coming up!
Near Germany, it is similar to last year. They have raclette, paired with Riesling poached pears, red wine braised figs, candied pecan, honey and cranberry toast. This will be open throughout the festival. The new addition to the booth this year is Wicked Weed Brewing Uncle Rick’s Pilsner, from Asheville, North Carolina.
Our Recommendation: Wicked Weed’s Pilsner. Juliana recommended!
Jen’s “Must-Do” every year, the Australia booth, near the Port of Entry, will be open throughout the festival. Not much new here this year, but it all usually a hit. We have a couple new wines, including the Tasmanian Rosé
Our Recommendation: Roasted Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies. They do meat so great at these festivals, and the lamb is always good!
Located in Canada, to Lori it is mostly a cider stop. With only one snack option, being the Apple Crumble Tart, it’s not for everyone.
Between France and Morocco, what’s not to love about this menu? A hidden gem is a chilled coffee with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. We’re on a coffee kick, and we’re excited for it… Except for Juliana who will be drinking Tipsy Ducks in Love from the China Pavilion.
Our Recommendation: Get the Belgian waffle with the ganache and one with the berry compote and eat them together- what could be better?
Also located between France and Morocco, we have a new dish, Feijoada. The dish includes black beans with crispy pork belly, a brazil nut pesto and white rice.
Our Recommendation: Avoid the Frozen Caipirinha. It’s just not good. Sorry, Brazil.
Brew-Wing at the Odyssey
This was so horrible last year, and there’s a lot of repeats. There was nothing redeemable about them last year, and Jen and Lori wouldn’t even finish them. If they had a wing flight or sampler option, we would love that. We love that they have a plant-based option as well, the Buffalo Cauliflower.
Our Recommendation: Sticky Wings with Peanut Sauce and Grape Gel with Celery and Ranch. We’re hoping that these are reminiscent of the PB&J wings at Steakhouse 71.
If it ain’t broke- don’t fix it. They do this so well every year.
Our Recommendation: The Filet mignon, with truffle butter. It’s amazing, do not sleep on it.
This booth is located near Mission Space, and will not open until August 15. The oysters Rockefeller will be new this year. We’re a little nervous, as it’s really easy to mess up. We’ll give it a shot though.
Our Recommendation: Try the Cape Codder. It’ll pair well with your food here, and who doesn’t love vodka, cranberry, pomegranate and lime?
We’ve been disappointed in the past, we didn’t love the Bao bun last year, but there is a new one this year. We don’t have high hopes for this booth. The new dish, their Dandan noodles, do look great though. They do have several new drinks, including a non-alcoholic Boba Tea, and several very sweet looking alcoholic offerings.
Our Recommendation: Tipsy Ducks in Love (it’s not a Food and Wine offering, but we would be remiss if we didn’t shamelessly advertise Juliana’s favorite drink several times today) and the Chicken Dumplings. They’re a classic and delicious.
Near the Port of Entry, hosted by Impossible, they have an offering of plant-based foods. They also have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Strawberry Freeze, which is a refreshing option in the Florida heat.
Our Recommendation: The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun. People say it is delicious, and its large for the price point.
Flavors from Fire
One of our favorites from last year, Flavors of Fire is located near Test Track. They kept their corned beef from last year, which we loved. They have several tasty options, that gives something for everyone.
Our Recommendation: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue, followed by the Rocky Road Chocolate Cake.
France can be a hit or miss, but they have changed a lot this year. The food offerings sound great, and there’s two drinks that sound fantastic- the Strawberry Rose Mimosa and the Passion Martini Slush.
Our Recommendation: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with House-Made Raspberry Jam. It had better deliver, they finally have this classic French dessert
This is a brand-new booth, located near Test Track. They’ll be offering Yuca Fries and a Fry Flight, which we are incredibly excited for. The drinks include the Salty Dog Cocktail, which is a Boyd & Blair Vodka with Grapefruit Juice, Ginger, Simple Syrup and Lime with a Salted Rim, and an 81Bay Brewing Co. Key Lime Lager, Tampa, FL
Our Recommendation: The Fry Flight,Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar Fries, Barbecued Bacon Fries with Smoked Aïoli, and Sweet Potato Casserole Fries with Candied Pecans, Toasted Marshmallow Cream and Caramel Whisky
There’s not much new here this year, except the Schöfferhofer Pineapple Hefeweizen. It’s going to be very sweet and strong, as Schöfferhofer often does. We honestly don’t usually make the stop here.
Near Morocco, we are excited for this booth! They have finally brought in a Lamb Gyro, a classic. Not all of the menu is Greek, the cheese is Spanish. The Spanakopita is okay, not great. They also have a wine flight that includes a red, a white and a rose.
Our Recommendation: Definitely the Lamb Gyro.
This booth, located near the Port of Entry, opens August 15. They have several repeats, such as the pork slider and a delicious passionfruit cheesecake. Their new dish is essentially a SPAM sushi. Their SPAM dishes are popular every year- although it’s kind of hard for us to get on board with SPAM… They also have the AULANI sunrise again, which is incredibly sweet, so buyer beware!
Our Recommendation: The Passionfruit Cheesecake. It was delicious.
Hops and Barley
Located in America, they got rid of their oysters, but are including a new Chesapeake Crab Slider. Their carrot cake is always a hit as well. We didn’t love the hot beef sandwich, we think you can do better.
Our Recommendation: Try the Crab Slider!
Located near China, this booth is totally redone. This includes Crispy Paneer with Mango-Curry Ketchup, Potato and Pea Samosa with Coriander-Lime Cream and Chicken Tikka Masala with Fennel-Spiced Yogurt and Naan. They also have a new drink, the Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur.
Our Recommendation: The Crispy Paneer, and the Tikka Marsala is it isn’t too dry.
This one is usually not exciting, because its heavy food in the hot Orlando sun, but they’re doing a great job representing Irish dishes.
Our Recommendation: Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard paired with the Guinness Baileys Coffee Shake
This is not always a hit, but they changed it up a bit. They went the Gnocchi route, with two different types of Gnocchi di Patate, one with 4-Cheese Sauce and Roasted Cremini Mushrooms or with Vodka Sauce, Romano Cheese and Crispy Bacon. The Panacotta was a weird texture last year, so that’s a pass from us.
Our Recommendation: AVOID the Sangria and Margarita.
This is as far as we’ll take you on this journey this week, but stay tuned. Next week, we’ll take you through the rest of the booths at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022.
Want more about the Food and Wine Festival? Read about the 2021 season here.
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