By Tara Smith
It’s that time of year. I’m not talking about fall, or even the coming of Halloween. What would I be speaking of? Food and Wine at Epcot, of course! Thousands flock to Disney World at this time of year to sample food and drinks (at reasonable prices) from “around the world.” I visited this year’s on the first day to take into account the must-haves of 2011’s Food and Wine Festival.
I’ll have three separate blogs, one for food, drinks, and desserts. Check all three out. =] This one will be on food.
My first notable mention is at Canada. The Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta was absolutely amazing! It was a great way to start a trip around the world. It’s a little spicy, but with chipotle in its name, I was expecting that. The polenta was a great addition to the dish, giving a balance to the spicy. It reminded me a little bit of mashed potatoes, as far as consistency goes. Overall, it’s delicious and definitely worth trying.
Another notable mention is in Hawaii, a new pavilion this year. I was expecting great things from a brand new country, and it delivered in Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chutney. It was delicious and satisfying. The drink pictured with it, a Mai Tai, was alright, but the mini sandwich was worth buying. The pineapple blended well with the pork, and was filling, but didn’t make you feel stuffed.
A favorite of mine was at Argentina. While the Beef Empanada, pictured on the left, was delicious, the Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree, pictured on the right, is simply amazing. The beef was tender and juicy, and the chimichurri sauce is a great addition. I love chimichurri, so the more, the better! The puree is a lot like mashed potatoes, and I had to stop myself from eating it too quickly. This was worth every penny I spent.
Lastly, a surprising, but most note-worthy mention can be found at Japan. At this point, I was a little full, and didn’t think I’d be able to try this dish. Once I took a bite of the Pork Kakuni, though, it melted on my tongue. I ate it in less than 30 seconds. It doesn’t look impressive, but this was by far the best dish at Food and Wine this year. It does have a wasabi sauce dabbed on the top, but if you don’t like it, you can always wipe it off- that’s what I did. It has a teriyaki sauce, which made the pork taste even better. If you have to try something, this is definitely something worth buying.
There are other delicious items to be enjoyed; these were just a few of my favorites. Even if you don’t have these dishes, I hope you do come to Disney World and try out some other countries. Trust me, it’s worth it to make a trip to Disney World for this festival
Article and Pictures by TARA SMITH
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