Photo Review: A Meat-Eating, Scotch-Swilling Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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Guide to Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Beef: it’s what’s for Food and Wine!

The 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival winds down on November 11th, which means you only have one more weekend to enjoy World Showcase‘s 25+ tempting temporary victual and vino vendors. Earlier this snacking season, Daisy Lauren sampled some of the exotic fare found on this year’s menus, and Derek Burgan went in-depth on this year’s enhanced vegetarian options. But you — or your significant other — may not be fond of feasting of fancy foreign finger foods, much less meatles meals. Just in time for the festival’s final days, here is a photographic guide to my top 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival finds for carnivorous men and women who crave the simple pleasures of charred flesh, perhaps served with a side of spirits.

Each year, the first stop for this omnivorous Food and Wine attendee is usually Australia (this year conveniently located close to Future World) for a grilled lamb chop.


This year’s was cooked medium-well (I prefer mid-rare, oh well…) and oddly garnished with crushed potato chips. Small, but wonderfully greasy and gristly to chew on!

Just beware the soccer soccer chant wars erupting between the Aussies and neighboring Argentinians!

Walking next door to Argentina (only in Epcot!), the beef skewer was well seasoned, but cooked very well-done.

Oily, garlicky chimmichurri sauce and chunky mashed potatoes serve as a filling base.


Brazil’s pork belly — the most fabulously fatty part of the pig — was flavorful but disappointingly dry.

Accompanying black beans and avocado salsa were quite good, and the Caipirinhas may look small but don’t be deceived — they pack a strong punch!

Beware: objects contain more liquor than they appear…
Trik’n Chik’n? Beefless Tips? We are moving on..
Hunting is not allowed on Disney property, so these guys are not on the menu. Not much meat on those drumsticks anyway; better stick with emu.

Canada’s menu contains the single best bite of beef I tasted at the festival: a petite filet mignon, cooked a perfect mid-rare, and topped with truffle butter and shiitakes.

Pair your steak with a tiny thimbleful of ice wine for a refreshing alternative to beer.


France features beef bourginon (Julia Child’s favorite), but really — is their anything more macho than eating snails?

If you can stomach the thought of escargot, Epcot smothers the mini molusks in garlic and herbs, then stuffs them in a pastry.

Honestly, you might as well be eating sautéed pencil erasers…

However, spending $9.75 on a frozen Cosmo is not considered macho under any circumstance.


New Zealand brought the Bambi with a savory venison sausage, served alongside a tangy pickled mushroom salad.

Of all the alcoholic delights available around Epcot this festival, none filled my soul (or liver) with the warmth of ancient spirits like the flight of Glenfiddich Scotch from, of all places, Scotland.

Three tiny glasses — aged 12, 15, and 18 years — transported me on increasingly smooth trips to a smoky, honeysuckle heaven in the Emerald Isles.

There can be only one! Or three…
Oh, delicious scotchity scotch…


For a grand finale, nothing finishes off a feast of flesh and fine liquor like the nectar of the the Aztec gods: drinking chocolate.

The Ghirardelli exhibit inside the Festival Welcome Center (a.k.a. the former Wonders of Life pavilion) doesn’t just distribute free sample squares…

These squares are for sale, but you can get a free sample with every visit.

…they also sell cups of liquid gold that are closer to the center of a bittersweet lava cake than any conventional cocoa.

The serving size may seem small, but I found it too deliciously rich to finish single-handedly.

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

5 thoughts on “Photo Review: A Meat-Eating, Scotch-Swilling Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

  • November 9, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I thought I knew what love was, and then I ate the pork belly they serve in Brazil. Best thing served at Food & Wine.

    • November 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I loved the flavor on that pork belly (the pork belly sushi was one of the only great things on the new California Grill menu) but the piece I got at F&W was a bit dry. Tough cut to cook consistently at high volume 🙁

  • November 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Love this article….tasty animals and scotch! Well done.

    • November 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks for the feedback! but as you can see I prefer medium rare to well done! 😉

  • November 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Got to Food and Wine eight times this year and this still makes me wish I had gone more. I didn’t care for the garnish on the lamb chop and I missed my spicy beef from South Africa this year. I didn’t find the Berber beef to be a good replacement. The flight of Scotch was my favorite addition this year and I would love to see it come back in the future.


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