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texas211
09-07-2013, 11:36 PM
I surprised my wife with a long weekend trip to WDW later this month for our 1st wedding anniversary (it's where I proposed and where we honeymooned).

Its going to be the start of the Epcot Food and wine. Any advice? We've never been.

We have only 3 days in WDW. Of which, only 2 during the festival. We are doing to do 1 day DHS, then thinking Friday at Epcot and Saturday at MK.

Thanks!

DizneyFreak2002
09-08-2013, 12:59 AM
Advise: enjoy, have fun, and beware of the drunks LOL... If you have the budget for it, try a few of the food offerings from the countries... Warning: they are pretty expensive... Take in one of the concerts, not sure who is playing the weekend you are there... and enjoy the atmosphere of the Food and Wine... Honestly, Food and Wine (and Flower and Garden too) are nice times to be in Epcot...

At MK, enjoy the Halloween decorations.. They do a nice job of decorating the park for Halloween...

Capt_redshirt
09-08-2013, 01:05 AM
Keep in mind that Food and wine fest is really busy on weekends.

Here are a few things i would recommend before hand.

Go to the disney site and take a look at the menus being offered at all the booths. This will give you an idea of how much food you may or may not eat...
Most of the food items are considered a snack point on the dining plan.... if you're not on that plan i would suggest that you consider one of the F&W gift cards on a lanyard... its reloadable but some don't realize how easy it is to go through a lot of money. If you are a chase card member you can take advantage of the chase lounge which is in the old wonders of life building. as well as the ability to purchase wine that is available from the food and wine booths

I know this is a lot of info to take in if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask this will be my 3rd trip and honestly my favorite time of year to go

Maggie T
09-08-2013, 08:39 AM
Check out the menus, that is a must. As for the drunks, you see more towards the end of the night. A few years ago Disney police stopped a group of guys leaving when they were walking toward the parking lot.They were invited to come sit down and told they will not be allowed to drive. Security was watching them and othes. Take your time, watch the heat, and enjoy the food and drink. There is all kinds of wine and beer.

DizneyFreak2002
09-08-2013, 11:48 AM
To help you out with the menu this year:

Terra
Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein™ Chick’n Breast
Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein™ Beefless Tips*
Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce
Fresh Watermelon Juice
Napa Smith Organic IPA
The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
The Vegan Vine Red Blend

Brazil (All-New Menu)
Seared Scallop with Ragout of Tomatoes, Peppers, Hearts of Palm and Steamed Rice
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro
Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
Carnaval Moscato White
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Argentina
Beef Empanada
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
Terrazas Reserva Malbec
Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia
Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle and Rapini
Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s® Berries and Vanilla Custard)
Rosemont Estate Pinot Grigio
Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
Rosemont Estate Merlot
Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

Mexico
Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage
Taco de Ribeye with Salsa de Chipotle
Rice Pudding
Dos Equis Beer
Sangria
Tequila Flight
Mango-Habanero Margarita

Singapore
Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice
Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce
Tiger Beer
Marqués de Caceres Satinela
Singapore Sing featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Herring (garnished with Cherry Man Farm-to-Market All-Natural maraschino cherry)

China
Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles
Chicken Potstickers
Silky Spun Ice with Toppings (three flavors: Coconut, Strawberry, Chocolate)
Tsing Tao Beer
Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
Kung Fu Punch with Vodka
Happy Lychee with Vodka
Lychee Aerated Water

South Korea
Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce
Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
Bohae Black Raspberry Wine – Bokbunjajoo
Jinro Chamisul Soju
Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

Africa
Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra and Pap
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
Man Vintners Chenin Blanc
The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
Porcupine Ridge Syrah

Cheese
Almond Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé with Fig Jam
Artisan Cheese Selection: Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Triple Crème Brie, Wijngaard
Goats Gouda
Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc
Once Upon a Vine’s The Fairest Chardonnay
Once Upon a Vine’s The Big Bad Red Blend
Once Upon a Vine’s A Charming Pinot
Brewer’s Collection:
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
Altenmünster Oktoberfest
Warsteiner Premium Verum
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
Radeberger Pilsner
BraufactuM Palor
BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer
BraufactuM Darkon
Beer Flight 1: Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, Altenmünster Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
Beer Flight 2: Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Palor, BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer, BraufactuM Darkon

Germany
Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham & Cheese)
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
Apple Strudel with Werther’s Original Karamel and Vanilla Sauce
Altenmünster Oktoberfest
Braufactum Darkon
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
Weingut Pitthan Dornfelder Dry Barrique Style

Poland
Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
Zapiekanki (Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House-made Ketchup)
Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
Temptation Zinfandel
Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Italy
Ravioli de formaggio all’emiliana
Salsiccia e ‘Papacelli” Napoletani
Cannoli al Cioccolato
Moretti Beer
Moretti La Rosa
Procecco
Pinot Grigio Placido
Chianti Placido
Italian Margherita
American Adventure Coffee Cart:
Shakin’ Jamaican Coffee – Made with Kahlua, Vanilla and Caramel. Served Hot or Frozen

Hops & Barley
Lobster Roll with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise
New England Clam Chowder with a side of Tabasco®
Craisin® Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise
Samuel Adams Boston Lager®
Samuel Adams® Octoberfest
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvée
Beer Flight 1: Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®, Rogue Chocolate Stout

Florida Local
Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet & Hot Pickles
Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables and Micro Cilantro
Cigar City Brewing Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale
Orlando Brewing, Sun Shade Organic Pale Ale
Florida Orange Groves, Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria
Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine

Japan
California Roll
Spicy Hand Roll
Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll
Youki Tofu topped with Miso Sauce, Edamame and Served with Grilled Vegetables
Sapporo Draft Beer
Sake: Junmai Ginjo
Green Tea Colada

Morocco
Kefta Pocket
Harissa Chicken Roll
Baklava
Casa Beer
Ksar White
Sangria
Mimosa Royale
New Zealand:
Gratinated Green Lip Mussels with Garlic and Herbs
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
Venison Sausage with Pickled Mushrooms, Baby Arugula and Black Currant Reduction
Kim Crawford Pinot Grigio
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

Belgium
Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s® Berries and Whipped Cream
Hoegaarden
Stella Artois
Leffe Blonde
Leffe Brune
Beer Flight 1: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

France
Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche)
Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes)
Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar)
Beer Kronenbourg Blanc
Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush (Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Juice)

Ireland
Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout, Skellig
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s® Custard
Guinness Draught
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen

Canada
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
Moosehead Lager
La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
La Face Neige Sparkling
Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah

Greece
Taste of Greece: Grilled & Marinated Calamari, Hitipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives and Pita Bread
Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
Spanakopita
Dannon Oikos® Light & Fit Blueberry Greek Yogurt
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
Alpha Estate Axia Syrah
Ouzo by Metaxa

Refreshment Port
Dole® Pineapple Fritters
Fried Shrimp with Dole® Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
Fried Chicken Chunks with Dole® Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
Orange Dole® Whip
Orange Dole® Whip with Crème de Cacao White
Dragon Berry Colada featuring Bacardi® Dragon Berry Rum

Desserts & Champagne
Chocolate Orange Cupcake
Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake
Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse
Dessert Trio
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles
Frozen S’mores
Pyramid™Weiss Cream Beer
Möet & Chandon Ice Impérial
Möet & Chandon Impérial
Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé
Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé

Hawaii
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips
Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale
Kona Brewing Company’s Pipeline Porter
Lucien Albrecht Gewurztraminer Réserve
Aulani Sunrise featuring Ocean Vodka

Scotland (New)
Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette
Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties-Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes
Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scottish Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles and Sweet Cream
Innis & Gunn® Original
Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich® 12 year
Glenfiddich® Scotch Flight (12, 15 and 18 year)

Craft Beers
Dogfish Head Brewery, Namaste
Abita Brewing Company, Fall Fest
Leinenkugel’s® Seasonal Shandy, (Summer Shandy/Orange Shandy)
Florida Beer Company, Devil’s Triangle
New Belgium Brewing Company, Fat Tire
Widmer Brothers Brewing®, Alchemy Ale
Red Hook, Audible Ale
Sierra Nevada, Torpedo® Extra IPA
Beer Flight 1: Dogfish Head Brewery Namaste, Abita Brewing Company Fall Fest, Leinenkugel’s® Seasonal Shandy, Florida Beer Company Devil’s Triangle
Beer Flight 2: New Belgium Brewing Company Fat Tire, Widmer Brother s Brewing Alchemy Ale, Red Hook Audible Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo®

AvaNellMouse
09-08-2013, 11:50 AM
Because you are planning to go to F&W on Friday you really need to do all of your eating/drinking as early in the day as possible. The locals will fill the park after 4pm (ish).
I think the prices are reasonable, especially for Disney. Yes, the portions are small but you can share each dish and be more than satisfied with 4 or 5 samples. I have yet to have anything that I didn't find delicious and worth what I paid for it.
Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful weekend!

Quadstriker
09-08-2013, 07:02 PM
Its going to be the start of the Epcot Food and wine. Any advice? We've never been.
!

Bring lots of money.

texas211
09-08-2013, 09:17 PM
Bring lots of money. Check. :)


Thank you all. Great advice and I really do appreciate it. I'm looking fwd to the new Test track and a few of those dishes.

GoldenDreams
10-22-2013, 12:06 AM
How exciting! We love the festival! My advice would be to be consider going to Epcot on 2 days so that you can sample more of the food. Enjoy!!!