EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival officially began July 15 with 81 different food items to enjoy and even more booths opening this October.
Of course, we’re on a mission to try them all, and our quest continues with park reporter Chrissy back at EPCOT sampling drinks from Flavors from Fire, China, Italy, Hawaii, and new festival addition – The Swanky Saucy Swine.
Flavors from Fire
Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN can be found near Test Track and includes items like the Corned Beef Corner Route and The S’Mores Whoopie Pie-lon, as well as a selection of alcoholic beverages.
- Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon – $11.00
Our Review: Sweet, sour, and a piggy wing on top on top! Love!
Naturally located at the World Showcase China pavilion, this kiosk serves Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings, ZiRan Beef Bao Bun, Mango Bubble Milk Tea, and drinks with names like the Dragonfly, Kung Fu Master, and ByeJoe Punch.
- ByeJoe Punch with Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water, and Pina Colada Mix – $11.75
Our Review: This was just meh. It was basically an overpriced Piña Colada.
The Swanky Saucy Swine
A new booth this year, The Swanky Saucy Swine (best or worst name ever?) naturally features pork dishes with wine, beers, and cocktails. Guests can find it on the way to the World Showcase Mexico pavilion and adjacent to The Epcot Experience.
- Bourbon Bloody Mary with Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey – $11.00
Our Review: This is our favorite drink at Food and Wine. It’s spicy, sweet, and thick. Made me rethink the “vodka Bloody Mary” thing.
Also, the bacon kept its crunch!! It was coated in a spiced sugar glaze that lasted through the bottom of the drink. You get to keep the plastic jar and straw when you’re done. Fantastic value and so delicious.
The Italy pavilion’s Food and Wine booth features a number of wines and beverages plus Grilled Chicken Ravioli, a Cream-filled Italian doughnut, and more.
Italian White Sangria with Prosecco – $11.00
Our Review: Sadly, this item isn’t unique to Food and Wine. You can pay $11.00 for the exact same Prosecco inside the Italy pavilion. (We went inside to check.)
Located in Showcase Plaza, the Hawaii booth features its Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney, Tuna Poke, Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Wine, and the like!
- Aulani Sunrise with Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14.00
Our Review: Basically vodka and juice. Not great and outrageously overpriced. This one’s a skip.
Stay tuned for reviews of even more items!