We all have different tastes and preferences, but for the most part we were pretty much on par with how we felt about the foods and drinks. Before we left the four of us looked at the menus of the booths and ranked our top 10 countries we wanted to go to. With duplicates and overlap we ended up wanting to visit 22 countries. We were there for 2 full days and only ended up going to 17 countries.
The countries we wanted to go to were: Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, China, Dessert and Champ, Craft Beer, Dominican Republic, Australia, Italy, Hawaii, Hops & Barley, Patagonia, Germany, Chew Lab, Farm Fresh, Japan, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Greece
We didn’t end up getting to: Ireland, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, or Patagonia.
Here’s our reviews of the food and drinks we actually had in ranking order. Disclaimer: we aren’t food and drink critics. This is a general review of what we liked and if it’s worth it for the price you paid. I also made note of the ones we used our snack credits. We each had 4 snack credits to use within the 2 days with our meal plan. In order to make sure it was worth it, we used them on snacks over $5.50 if we could!
- Tacos de camarón: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise – $5.50
- Mexican sangria – $8.50
- Guava margarita – $8.75
This was hands down our favorite country. We were even tempted to go back the 2nd day and eat and drink here again. The shrimp tacos were SO delicious. We all got them and ate them within seconds. The drinks were also our favorite at the festival. Be warned though, there is A LOT of tequila in these drinks, which makes the price worth it, because you get a lot to drink for the price. The guava margarita we had early in the day and drank that while we looked around the shops at Mexico, later at night we had our tacos with the sangria. You have to make this one of your stops!!
- China: We used our snack credit on these.
- The boys had the Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce. $6.50
- Kaitlyn and I had Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles $5.50
- TSINGTAO Beer: $3.50
- Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling – $3.50
These were a very very close 2nd with all of us, it was so good we ate it so fast that we didn’t take a picture. The noodles were well sauced and seasoned and they gave us about 3 shrimps. The guys said that the bun was soft and the duck was so very flavorful! Even if we didn’t use your snack credit on these, I think you get a lot for your money and I would of paid out of pocket hands down. The drinks were a simple riesling and beer, go here for the food!
- Hops and Barley: We used our snack credit here
- New England Lobster Roll – $7.50
We only ate here, no drinks, and it was SO GOOD, the bread was lightly toasted, there was a generous amount of chunks of real lobster on the roll and it was creamy and just overall delicious!
Tip: This stop is close to Chase Lounge, so if you’re planning ahead plan to eat some lobster rolls and go rest & refuel
- Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream – $3.75
- Beer flight: Hoegaarden, Palm Amber Ale, Leffe Blonde and Stella Artois Cidre – $10.25
This gets 4th because of the beer flight. This was our favorite beer flight we did. We liked it so much we did it the 1st and 2nd day! The waffle was good, but nothing really spectacular, the beer flight was delicious and we all enjoyed the beers!
- To eat:
- Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce – $5.50
- Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce – $5.50
- Tempura Shrimp Roll: cut inside out roll with cucumber, finished with Teriyaki sauce – $5.95
- To drink:
- Kirin Draft Beer, $4.00
We all basically had different things to eat, I had the Tempura Shrimp roll, Steve and Kaitlyn had the Spicy hand roll, and Anthony had the Gyoza bun. Kaitlyn and Steve raved about the hand roll, Steve said it was one of his top 3 things he ate at the whole festival. I thought the shrimp roll was pretty good, I got about 4-5 pieces of sushi filling and well made and Anthony said the buns were pretty good. I think the Shrimp and Gyoza buns were good, but not as good as the hand roll. We got about 4 pieces of the shrimp roll, and the hand roll was a big piece of sushi. All were filling and definitely paired nicely with the beer.
6) Craft Beer.
To Drink: We all did :
- Flight #1: Florida Harvest – $10.25
- Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
- Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
- Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
- Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
What we liked about this was that it was in its own building, with air conditioning, so that helped cool us off and was a great break. The beers were pretty good, we enjoyed 2-3 out of the 4. We unanimously didn’t like the Honey Cream Ale and half of us didn’t like the blueberry Vanilla, the other half thought it was just okay. The Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin was a great seasonal beer to have though. We enjoyed having some of the local beers rather than the normal beers you can get anywhere.
7) Canada- We used our snack credit on these.
- “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce – $7.50
- Tawse Vineyard Cabernet Franc – $6.00
We were a little torn on this one. The food was good, you get a generous size of steak with a nice mushroom sauce. We liked it but it wasn’t anything amazing.
8) Chew lab- We used our snack credit on these.
- New York Strip with Parsnip Silk, Balsamic Glaze and Arugula Foam, $6.25
- Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $3.50
We really liked the pairing of these two together. The steak was great, very well cooked to about a medium/medium rare and seasoned very well. The sauce with it was really good. The only downside was you got 2 REALLY small pieces. If you got 4-5 pieces the ranking would be higher.
- German Riesling flight: $5.00
- J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
- Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
- J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
We thought this flight was okay. We all felt the last one tasted like “dawn soap”, the first two were pretty good.
- Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise* – $4.00
- Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave Golden Ale – $3.50
- Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum – $8.00
So this country was one we were all torn on. Steve and Anthony ate the pork sliders and paired it with the Golden ale and really liked it. They said it was a delicious sandwich with a generous portion. Kaitlyn and I had the Mai Tai, and we HATED it. Hands down the worst drink we had at the festival, it was so bad we had to throw most of it away (and we NEVER waste alcohol). It was very bitter which we were pretty sure was the syrup they used. We highly suggest not getting the Mai Tai.
11) Dominican Republic:
- Presidente Pilsner Beer, $3.50
The atmosphere is really cool to just relax and enjoy a beer. We didn’t eat here.
- Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil – $6.00
The only person who ate here was Anthony. The rest of us were too full, but our Italian friend felt it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t try it. He really liked it! He thought it was very well made and so good and for someone whose italian, that has to mean something.
12) Dessert and Champagne
- Strawberry-basil champagne “toast” – $5.25
- Guylian® Belgian chocolate seashell truffles- $1.75, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible
- Nicholas Feuillatte Rose – $12.50
Ok so I may be a little salty at this booth. Our plan was to get dessert and champagne to watch the illuminations fireworks show. I ordered first and asked for the Champagne toast and the chocolates. Well, I accidentally ordered wrong and got two of the eats instead of the chocolates and a glass of champagne. None the less, the Strawberry- Basil Champagne toast wasn’t that good, it was very sweet and not much to it. Kaitlyn got the Rose and she said it was good, just expensive.
13) Farm Fresh
- Hard cider flight: $10.25
- Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
- Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
- Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
- ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider
We did the Cider Flight here, we decided that we probably aren’t cider people after this. They were good, but VERY sweet. The Pumpkin Cider was way too pumpkiny and we just didn’t like that one.
** Honorable Mention: Loaded mac n’ cheese with bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions. We really wanted to eat this, and people were RAVING about it around the booth. We were just not hungry when we got there and didn’t get to eat it. But, it looked so good!!
- Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce – $4.25
We only ate here-nothing amazing or worth mentioning but it was a good gyro
- Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka – $9.00
Steve and Kaitlyn drank at Poland. Kaitlyn felt it was really gross. It was just very sweet a bit sour and it was more a dessert than a drink. Steve loves sweet so he felt it was okay.
This trip was awesome
One thing we all agreed on, all the food was good. We didn’t eat one thing that we thought was gross or horrible. We did have a few hit and misses on drinks, but that was our personal preferences.
Have you gone to Epcot Wine and food Festival? Did you agree with us? Was there something that you really loved? Let us know!
Amanda & Steve