EPCOT’s International Food and Wine 2018 Reviews (Trip 2)

Trip 2 – September 14

Did we really come back 5 days later? Yes, yes we did. Chris and I typically end up in Orlando with friends, to visit friends or other reasons in similar situations. And most of  the time we typically stay with said friends. We wanted one weekend just to ourselves to really enjoy each others company and do some of the things we haven’t done at Disney. Honestly I just wanted to relax and treat that weekend like a vacation. (That we did, I want to go back). We couldn’t pass up another chance to explore a little more, and to finally visit some of the countries that Chris wanted to explore in more detail. Plus we came at night on our first day of our vacation, and I finally scored fastpasses for Frozen. This ride has literally been out forever and neither of us have had a chance to experience it until that night. Y’all 10/10; so much better than Maelstrom, plus the animatronics are out of this world. And I personally love the parks at night, everything is lit up, the heat dies down, and there are typically less people. It’s honestly just so perfect. So please excuse our photos this time, they are slightly darker.

Quick Statistics
We spent a total of $65.95
Food: $31.50
Drinks: $34.45
Food Items: 6
Drink Items: 4
Avg $5.25 Per Food Item, or $2.63 per person
Avg $8.62 Per Drink Item

Festival Center: Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
$6.00
Chris: 6.5/10
Stacy: 7/10
I was super excited for this new booth mostly because being from South Florida we know a thing or two about a good brunch and a good mimosa pairing. I’ve been having FOMO (fear of missing out) watching everyone try mimosas at this bar and finally got to check it out this weekend. Side note apparently I say mimosa funny according to Chris…
We decided to try one, the Key Lime Mimosa because we both have never had a key lime flavored mimosa. Honestly it was okay. If i’m not mistaken the drink dispensers are premixed and rotating therefore the drink wasn’t “fizzy” like a mimosa is supposed to be, it tasted like a premixed drink. Honestly extremely disappointing. I think I’m going to pass on trying another flavor but save that frozen one for a later time.

Festival Center: Craft Drafts


Beer Flight 2
$9.00 – If you were to purchase each separately it would be $12.75

  • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Lemongrass Saison, Gainesville, FL
  • JDub’s Brewing Company Honeydew Melon Kolsch, Sarasota, FL
  • Shipyard Brewing Company Monkey First IPA, Clearwater, FL

First – Chris: 6.5/10 Stacy: 6/10
JDubs – Chris: 3/10 Stacy: 1/10
Shipyard – Chris/Stacy: 7/10
Average – Chris: 5.5/10 Stacy: 4.6/10
Just to mention Chris and I love beer, we like to visit local breweries and Florida beer typically is top notch in my taste palette. However I convinced us to get the second beer flight because the first one included a milk stout which I typically don’t like, and I really wish we ended up going with the first one. This one was not for my taste, and my taste is pretty broad when it comes to beer. I think we’re going to stay away from this booth but I highly suggest getting the first flight. Just to put into perspective the beer which is included in the first flight was the following:

  • Central 28 Beer Company Waff-Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Bold City Brewing 1901 Roasted Red Ale, Jacksonville, FL
  • Florida Beer Company Passport Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL

China

Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce and added Sriracha
$6.75
Chris: 8/10 
Stacy: 7.5/10
Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
$8.95
Chris & Stacy: 7/10
China got two new dishes this year with the recommended Chicken Dumplings and Xi’an Pancake. But we went for the classic Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun which has been back every year that I can remember, and I always love it. Chris loves spicy food, I thought I loved spice until I met him and my spice tolerance has seriously gone through the roof. Sriracha is offered as a side for this booth and as you can see from the photo we poured a lot of it to elevate the flavor. Good choice for those who aren’t into spice because the sriracha is optional and the dish is a little on the sweeter side. And we decided to go with the Kung Fu Punch, not pictured because I forgot. Nothing too special and crazy but a good refresher.

India

Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice
$5.00 / Vegetarian
Chris: 6.5/10
Stacy: 5/10
We expected a little more out of the Madras Red Curry than what we got. This was rated low, and the more we try to finish the dish the lower I want to rate this dish. It wasn’t bad but it honestly wasn’t good. It reminded me of a dinner item my family would make that I didn’t like but was forced to eat because it was this or no meal. This should be an easy pass to a ehh. If you’re into the vegetarian options this would be a nice go-to. It was filling, and we didn’t finish it. I think we were both expecting this to have a good heat to it and full of flavor but all I really tasted was vegetables.

Africa

Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato, and Pap
$5.50 / Gluten Free
Chris: 9/10
Stacy: 10/10
Lets start off by saying WOW. This, for me, was an unexpected 10/10. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. Chris recommended to try this when I was about to pass by this booth without a second glance and I’m so glad he did. The beef was super flavorful, the vegetables with it complimented the dish so well. And the pap added a great texture to the dish. Honestly I’m dreaming about this as I’m writing this review. I literally licked that plate clean from the juices. Chris loved it as well but gave it a 9 because he’s being picky but this for me was a huge 10/10 and highly recommend.

Germany

Roasted Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
$5.50
Chris: 3/10
Stacy: 4/10
I was highly excited for Germany this year. I typically avoid this booth because the line is always extra long, and I have limited patients when it comes to lines. But during the night the line was actually non-existent so obviously we wanted to take advantage. I always thought if it’s a long line it means it’s got to be a great booth with good offerings. Honestly I’ll probably keep skipping this booth. The Roasted Bratwurst wasn’t good. Germany actually has quick service bratwurst right by the restaurant in the country which comes with a huge sausage on a roll with sauerkraut on top and a side of paprika chips for something like around $9.00. It’s one of my favorite Epcot lunch/dinner plates. But this was a huge let down. Chris was also excited because something about the pretzel roll and bratwurst really got him hyped and again we agreed it was a huge let down. Again, even judging from the photo, the meat to bun ratio was way off. The bratwurst was very dry and a little chewy, not a great texture, and the bun didn’t have as much of that pretzel taste as I wanted. We drowned it in mustard, which you can request on the side, just so we had something to dip the bread in once the sausage was gone. Honestly pass this. 

Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
$4.00
Chris: 6/10
Stacy: 4/10
I think this dish was supposed to be warmed up but since it was the end of the night they had many just sitting there so maybe we got the short end of the stick. Regardless I wasn’t impressed with this one either. It was too much apple to pastry for my taste. And it wasn’t an authentic version of an apple strudel like I was expecting. Germany during Flower and Garden has the better Apple Strudel. Overall not at all impressed with Germany.

Ireland

Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread
$4.75 / Vegetarian
Chris: 6/10
Stacy: 5.5/10
Guinness Baileys Shake
$10.50
Chris: 9.5/10
Stacy:10/10
*Not accounted for is the pictured full size Guinness from the Pub. It’s not really apart of Food and Wine so it didn’t make it into our overall cost calculations. But we still rated it.
Chris: 8/10
Stacy: 7/10
I have skipped over Ireland the past few years and never really gave it a chance, but this year someone suggested to try the Guinness Baileys Shake and my thoughts have drastically changed. This shake is out of this world amazing. Chris actually started out at rating it a 8 and it slowly creeped up the latter to a 9.5 by the time we finished it. It’s creamy, it’s sweet, its cold, it’s like a slightly melted alcoholic ice cream. Highly recommend.
We paired it with the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip which was alright. The cheese had a  weird texture to it which felt grainy, but the stout gave it a good flavor which was a little darker than most beer cheeses I’ve had. We both agreed  that the bread paired with it didn’t really go well. It would have done better paired with a pretzel roll or pretzel bread.

Overall Statistics
We spent a total of $127.70
Food: $74.62
Drinks: $53.08
Food Items: 13
Drink Items: 8
Avg $5.74 Per Food Item, or $2.87 per person
Avg $6.64 Per Drink Item

Check Out Our Other Trip Reviews Here:
Trip 1 – September 9
Trip 3 – September 23
Trip 4 – October 13

Check Out Our Food and Wine Festival: What to Try and What to Avoid

Tell us what we should try in the comments section below!

To-Try/Recommendation List:

  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip (Next Eats: Coastal Eats)
  • Beef Nigiri (Japan)
  • Beer-braised Beef (Belgium)
  • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” (The Cheese Studio)
  • Chicken Dumplings (China)
  • Crispy Pork Belly (Brazil)
  • Croissant aux Escargots (France)
  • Croissant Doughnut – any (Taste Track)
  • Frozen Caipirinha (Brazil)
  • Frozen Mimosa (Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar)
  • Frozen Mojito (Islands of the Caribbean)
  • Frozen Wine Cocktail (New Zealand)
  • Guinness Baileys Shake (Ireland)
  • Hummus Fries (Morocco)
  • Jerk Spiced Chicken Lollipop (Islands of the Caribbean)
  • La Passion Martini Slush (France)
  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle (The Chocolate Studio)
  • Loaded Greek “Nachos” (Greece)
  • Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake (The Cheese Studio)
  • Mezzi Rigatoni (Italy)
  • Mimosa -any (Shimming Sips Mimosa Bar)
  • Moqueca (Brazil)
  • New Brunswick Slider (Hopes & Barley)
  • Pao de Queijo (Brazil)
  • Red Wine Flight (The Festival Center Wine Shop)
  • Seafood Salad (Spain)
  • Seared Scallops (The Wine & Dine Studio)
  • Smoked Corned Beef (Flavors From Fire)
  • Spanish-style Paella (Spain)
  • Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon (Next Eats: Active Eats)
  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels (New Zealand)
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash (Hawai’i)
  • Tropical Mimosa (Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar)
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Stacy is a natural born Disney lover. Since she was a little girl she would have the cassette tape of Beauty and the Beast on repeat during car rides singing every song, repeating every word. Now as a young adult Stacy is trying to figure out how to be a successful adult, post-graduation, and runs away to Walt Disney World on the weekends. Besides Disney, Stacy loves the simple pleasures of life like sunflowers, french fries, cuddles with her beloved pooch, time with her amazing boyfriend, and diving deep into a TV show series. Follow her adventures on her personal Instagram @StacyTally.

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