This is my first year of Food and Wine and so I could not have been more excited! I knew that I was going on the first weekend it was open and the lines were going to be long. However, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. The first thing I did was stop by the old Wonders of Life building to get my passport and free Annual Passholder button. After that my food journey began!
Drinking Chocolate- $3
Inside the Wonders of Life building… or as Disney calls it the “Festival Center,” Ghirardelli has set up shop handing out free chocolate squares and $1 off coupons to everyone who stops by. They are feature Disney inspired sculptures made entirely out of chocolate. Then you make your way over to the Chocolate Bar! At the Chocolate Bar, they have two type of wine and their famous “Drinking Chocolate” drink for $3.
If you are wondering what “Drinking Chocolate” is … it’s exactly what its name implies. They take dark chocolate and milk chocolate and melt it and then serve it to you. It can only be described as a thick, warm, chocolate explosion any true chocolate lover will thoroughly enjoy. I, however, thought it was too chocolatey and could only drink half of the little tea cup they give you. So I would only suggest you get one if you consider yourself to be a true chocolate lover… the kind of person who also enjoys the 80% cocoa chocolate squares. It may be a small cup but it packs a powerful punch.
Cheese Trio – $5.50
I consider myself to be quite the cheese connoisseur, so when I saw that they had a Cheese Studio, I had to stop by. I decided to get the Cheese Trio so I could taste a little bit of everything this booth had to offer.
- Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange-Apricot Jam (left); Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning (center); Strawberry Macaron with Boursin Pepper Cheese and Strawberry Jam
However, I really didn’t read the description very well and didn’t know the pinwheel was salmon. I really don’t like seafood… but I actually thought this was ham… and it tasted like ham. So if salmon is supposed to taste like ham I think this is a fish I can get behind.
My favorite thing on this plate was the Strawberry Macaron with Boursin Pepper Cheese and Strawberry Jam. This was the first thing I tasted and the only thing on the plate that I thought I wouldn’t like (if I would’ve known about the salmon I probably would’ve even eaten that one). The second thing I tried and conveniently the second best thing on the plate was the Profiterole topped with Bourison Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange-Apricot Jam. This is honestly another thing that I really had no idea what it was at the time but it tasted good. I was blown away by the garlic taste and it definitely earned its place on the plate.
Last but certainly not least was the Pinwheel with Smoked Salmon, even though at the time I thought it was ham, it still would’ve made number three. Compared to the other two it just lacked the great flavors.
Belgium Waffle with Warm Chocolate Garnache and Whipped Cream – $4
When I saw the Belgium had waffles I knew I had to have one, and the fact
that this one came topped with chocolate and whipped cream made it even better. I really don’t know how to explain a waffle but I could’ve eaten a few of these!
Belgium also offers:
- Belgium Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
- Beer-raised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
Needless to say, I am going to have to go back to Belgium to try the rest of their food.
Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich- $5.50
The whole reason I really wanted to go to Food and Wine was the cheese, so when I saw this on the menu at the Epcot Legacy Showplace I had to try it. This is located in the Odyssey Center, which like most of Epcot is only open seasonally and it is also where you can get Craft Beers.
This Handwich is macaroni and cheese with onions and hamburger topped with more cheese inside a bread cone that tastes just like a home made hamburger bun. It is a little spicy but it packed with flavor. While you eat… or drink the Showplace features a Food and Wine gift shop, a giant screen showing old pictures of Epcot, and several paintings/ drawings of old and new concept art. Plus the place is decked out in retro Epcot 35 Year Anniversary decor. By the way, the Epcot 35 merch. goes on sale Sept. 29th.
Loaded Mac n Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions – $4.75
This was the dish that ended the day! When I was looking over the Food and Wine menu when it was released I knew that I had to try this so I basically spent all day looking for it, which a few pit stops along the way. I have to say that I have had a lot of mac n cheese in my day but this takes the prize. However, it may be a little spicy for some people. I was certainly surprised at how spicy it was, but it was still the best mac n cheese I have ever had!
This being my first year I really don’t have anything to compare this to, however, I did hear several people talking about how organized this year was and I have to agree with that. Even though the line could be long, I never waited longer than 5 min. between ordering and getting my food. The lines are constantly moving and all the booths are stocked with several chef’s and cast members ensuring that everything runs smoothly. So if you were thinking about avoiding Food and Wine this year becasue of tha lack of organization in years past, I would give it a shot this year!