This past weekend we headed out to Epcot for this year’s Food & Wine festival. It was the first weekend where the weather has been in the 70s and people were out in droves. Compared to last year the crowds were insanely large Walking around the countries was a task in and of itself.
The food this year was delicious as it always is! We began at the Farm Fresh booth with Chicken and Dumplings and Loaded Mac & Cheese. The dumplings were stewed with spinach and mushrooms and had plenty of flavor! It had a little too much salt for me though. The Loaded Mac & Cheese was a crowd favorite with us! It was served with pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions. It was smokey in flavor and the serving size was big enough to share. It quickly became our favorite dish of the day.
We headed to Patagonia for my personal favorite, beef empanadas. But to my disappointment the booth completely sold out of them. Talk about an upset! It was the one dish I was looking forward to during food and wine. I guess I’ll have to try again next year.
Greece was next on our agenda of countries. My brother picked up the Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki sauce and I went for another favorite, spanakopita. I have always loved spanakopita! The serving size came with two mini spinach and cheese filled pies. It was both warm and delicious!
Scotland was next and offered us fresh potato pancakes with Scottish smoked salmon and herbed sour cream. I wasn’t a huge fan of the salmon but the potato pancake with the herbed sour cream alone was pretty yummy. My parents got the Tipsy Laird which is a whiskey-soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats.
Our next stop was in Morocco. I ordered the Kefta Pocket which is seasoned ground beef in a pita pocket with a broccoli slaw. The serving size was a good portion to share but I wasn’t a huge fan of the dish. It had minimal flavor. Judd ordered the Spicy hummus Fries with cucumber, tomato, onions and Tzatziki sauce. It was a unique take on hummus and a winner! The fries had a kick to them but the Tzatziki sauce evened it out for me personally.
Between the large crowds, long lines and drunk guests we didn’t partake in too many beverages at food in wine. My brother grabbed some Champagne in France at one of the shops instead of waiting at the booth. The shop also offered champagne flights. In Japan, we ordered a beer called Asahi from cart not affiliated with Food and Wine. The beer was cool, crisp and refreshing. It too became a crowd favorite among us!
Our 2016 Food & Wine experience was a crowded, rush, and missed out one. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of crowd control at times. Missing out on the beef empanadas was a serious disappointment in my book but the other foods we had slightly made up for it. (Especially the Mac & Cheese!) The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. It was about 75 degrees and sunny perfection. The walkways were packed with people making a quick trip around a long and stressful ordeal. Next year our plan is to go on a weekday and not even DEAL with weekend crowds!