Epcot International Food & Wine Part 110/06/2015
Happy Tuesday! Today's post is all about the mouse. Ok, maybe not so much the mouse but the food at the mouse house! This was my first time ever to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and I call it part 1 because I didn't get to try nearly everything that I wanted to and I didn't bring my "big girl" camera so I will definitely be back very shortly to do a further recap. Honestly, there is so much to do and eat that I don't know how people manage to try something from every country in one day! Thank goodness for season passes so I have an excuse to go back!
We started out the day heading to a third party building to pick up our season passes since I ordered mine through my work. After standing in a line that was forever long we headed over to Disney property. When we finally got into the park we headed straight for the Craft Beer "booth" to grab our first drink of the day. At each "booth" you have some food options and beverage options to choose from and some booths include flights. The craft beer booth offered some snacks (which we opted to skip) and two craft beer flights or individual 5 oz pours of a beer of your choice. We all opted for an individual pour, I went with the Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin.
After finishing up at the Craft Beer booth we headed over to Mexico where we were greeted by a wall of people. Kerri said she had never seen Epcot so busy before, not even on New Years Eve. Leave it to me to go on the busiest day possible, right? We hopped right in line to pick up some Mexican food because that is the one thing I cannot miss. I opted for the Chilaquiles de pollo which was corn chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream and cilantro and was delicious! I skipped the drink in Mexico but in my picture you can see the hubby's Dos Equis with a floater. I'm assuming it had to be some sort of raspberry or berry flavored floater considering the color.
After Mexico we continued walking just to continue to find longer and longer lines. We finally decided to stop again in Italy (another food I can't say no to). This time I went with the ravioli alla caprese which was cheese ravioli in tomato sauce with mozzarella, parmesan and basil. This MIGHT have been my favorite dish of the day and I also grabbed a frozen Italian margarita made with limoncello and tequila. It was delicious but melted way too quickly!
From Italy we moved on to France and at this point I was stuffed but I powered through it and ordered the beoeuf bourguignon which was braised short ribs in cabernet sauce with mashed potatoes and I got the sparkling pomegranate kir to drink. I completely failed to take a picture of my food in France mainly because I was more interested in a place to sit down and let my food digest before I exploded. But the views from the pavilion were gorgeous
We decided to take a little break from eating and drinking for awhile and headed over to The Seas with Nemo and Friends which was an adorable ride and if you follow me on Snapchat you saw we got stuck on it for a few minutes. Soarin' and Test Track both had 50+ minute waits so we chose to skip those this time and instead headed over to the giant ball (which I named Lance) and ride Spaceship Earth which was located in Lance. That ride opened in 1982 and hasn't been updated since so it was kind of funny but still nice to get out of the sun and just sit for a bit.
After a few rides and some walking around we decided to head over to the Farm Fresh booth which I REALLY wanted to try their loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions but was still too full so I opted to skip it until next time. I did give in and get a glass of wine at the Wine Studio which was the most adorable little outdoor patio area with wine and cheese. I went with the Avviato Pinot Grigio but apparently the Acacia Pinot Noir was a huge hit since it was sold out by the time we got there.
We decided to make our way back around the world and see if any of the lines for places we missed had gotten any shorter. The beer line in Germany had gotten considerably shorter than it was previously so we decided to grab a drink there even though I really really wanted to try the bratwurst. I went with the Norbertus Special Hefeweizen which was ok. Not my favorite but not horrible.
We ended the day by hopping on Mission: Space and let me tell you, they do a great job of freaking you out about riding that ride. All of these warnings and do not ride if signs every where. Not to mention the barf bags when you sit down. Kerri and I were a little freaked out but I didn't think it was that bad. It spins you around really fast (which you can't really feel) but you feel the g-forces on your body. You get exposed to forces up to 2.5Gs which is more than twice the force of gravity at the Earth's surface. It's scary how many people have been taken to the hospital and even died from that ride but I'm glad we did it! Thanks for sticking with me through this post! I know it was pretty lengthy compared to my usual posts!
Until we meet again Epcot....