The 2020 Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival has now been open for over two months. It still has another month and a half to go, and now that Florida’s version of fall has arrived (for now), it’s a good time to revisit this year’s offerings. Many of us wait for the weather to change, even just a little, so we can enjoy the options that bring out the fall flavors. Here are some of our favorite fall flavors available at this year’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.
Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a Flaky Pastry Crust (France booth) – Goat cheese is tangy, creamy, thick, and a little tart, and when it is baked it takes on a slight sweetness. This tart is full of earthy flavors thanks to the goat cheese, caramelized onions, and dash of fresh provincial herbs. A good value at $5.50, and a fantastic way to get into the autumn spirit.
Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes (France booth) – Admittedly I am a fan of duck practically any way it is prepared. This dish was tender and savory, and with the mashed sweet potatoes. The mashed sweet potatoes are the quintessential autumn season side dish. A decent value at $6.25.
Spicy Kenyan Vegan Corn and White Beans with Pigeon Peas, Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley and Kachumbari Slaw (Africa booth) – Heat things up with some spice from the Africa booth. If you enjoy earthy, rich flavors, you’ll enjoy this hearty plate. A decent value at $4.50.
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette (The Alps booth) – Warm, freshly sliced Swiss cheese is a comforting food on a chilly day, but add in the baby potatoes and baguette and you’re in for a cozy snack. A good value at $4.50.
Butternut Squash Ravioli (Wine and Dine booth) – Does it get any more autumn than butternut squash? This small serving is disappointing in portion size, but will happily satisfy anyone who is craving fall flavors. The fresh shaved Parmesan cheese is a classy touch. At $4.50 it is a just okay value since most servings are just one or two ravioli.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll (Canada booth) – The cheddar cheese soup is perhaps the longest running return dish, coming back to the festival year after year. You simply cannot pass up this creamy, peppery, hearty soup on a rare chilly day. At $5.25 it’s a decent value.
Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (Canada booth) – This dish is an absolute indulgence. It is one of the priciest options at the festival, but if you want to treat yourself to an expertly executed filet mignon in small plate format, you cannot pass this up. At $8.25 it is a steep price, but the quality is there.
Roast Bratwurst in a Prop and Peller Pretzel Roll (Germany booth) – If you have any German heritage in your background, like me, or just plain enjoy German food, you probably consider the cuisine to be a must-have in autumn or winter. I love German food when the weather is chilly and this roast bratwurst is a great representation of one of Germany’s most loved dishes. At $5.75 the value isn’t all that great considering the serving size.
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (Germany booth) – It just isn’t fall without the warm, sweet flavors of an apple filled pastry. This apple strudel is perfect for this time of year and the vanilla sauce elevates it. At $4.00 it is a good value.
Gourmet Mac and Cheese – with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese topped with Herbed Panko (World Showplace) – When there’s a nip in the air, few things are as comforting as ooey-gooey mac and cheese. This plate is a elevated twist on this favorite comfort food. A good value at $4.50.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops – Three Flavors: Chocolate, M&M’s, and Twix (World Showplace) – It’s hard not to think of sweets when Halloween nears. If you are looking for a cool way, literally, to enjoy some favorite Halloween candy these cake pops are a hit! A good value at $4.00
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Do you have a favorite EPCOT Food and Wine Festival dish?