Epcot’s 2016 International Food and Wine Festival

I’m sorry to have been away for so long and neglecting my blog. We had an extremely serious illness with a close family member and I was attending to them. I was surprised my last entry was on May 19th. All is well now so I hope to keep you entertained, informed and educated about my passion…. Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World is the best place to be in the fall of each year, but this year is exceptionally good! The new menus for this years International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot are slowly being released as well as the Eat to the Beat Concert lineups.


Here’s what’s cooking this year and a list of the beverages also.

Africa….. Food:  Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan Bread
Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato and Pap

Beverages:  Simonsig Pinotage, Indaba Chenin Blanc, Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

Australia….. Food:  Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas

Beverages:  Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz, Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay, Coopers Brewery Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling

Belgium….. Food:  Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream

Beverages:  Hoegaarden Witbier, Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale, Stella Artois Hard Cidre

Brazil….. Food:  Pão de Queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato
Escondidinho de Carne: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca

Beverages:  Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer, Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine, Serra Gaúcha, Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Brewer’s Collection

Beverages:  Schöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix, Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse, Radeberger, Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)

Canada….. Food: Canadian cheddar cheese soup served with a pretzel roll
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce

Beverages:  Moosehead Lager, Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine, Québec
Fielding Estate Red Conception

*NEW* THE CHEW Collective….. Food:  Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese, Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce, Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle

Beverages: Festival Chardonnay, CA
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, CA

China….. Food:  Chicken Pot Stickers, Sichuan Spicy Chicken, Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles, Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce

Beverages:  Tsingtao Lager, Strawberry Plum Wine Cooler with Takara Plum Wine, Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka, Kung Fu Punch with Smirnoff Vodka and Bols Triple Sec, Happy Peach with Dekuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum, Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk

*NEW*  Chocolate Studio….. Food:  Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel, Red Wine Chocolate Truffle, Ghirardelli® Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Beverages:  Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port, Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosa Regale Sweet Red Sparkling Wine, Blandy’s Alvada 5yr-Old Madeira

Craft Beers….. Food:  Pimento Cheese Dip with Pretzel Crisps, Charcuterie Plate: Country Pâté, Cured Meats and Crostini, Piggy Wings: Fried Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds

Beverages:  Orlando Brewing OTown Weiss, Orlando, FL, Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL, Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL, Concrete Beach Stiltsville Pilsner, Miami, FL, 3 Daughters Bimini Twist IPA, St. Petersburg, FL, Shipyard Midnight Snack Milk Stout, Clearwater, FL
Beer Flights also available

Desserts and Champagne  Beverages: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin “Yellow Label” Brut, Dom Pérignon Brut, Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé, Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial
Hard Soda Floats with Vanilla Soft-Serve (alcoholic) – Best Damn Hard Root Beer Float, Sprecher Hard Cherry Cola Float or Sprecher Hard Orange Cream Soda Float
Soda Floats with Vanilla Soft-Serve (non-alcoholic) – Coca-Cola® Float, Grape Fanta® Float or Strawberry Fanta Float

Farm Fresh….. Food:  Chicken and Dumplings: Stewed Chicken with Mushrooms and Spinach, Pickled Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts, Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions

Beverages:  Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider, Wyder’s Dry Pear Hard Cider, Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider, Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine

France….. Food:  Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
Soupe à l’oignon au Gruyère et Cognac: Gruyère and Cognac Onion Soup,. Boeuf Bourguignon: Cabernet Sauvignon-braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes, Crème Brûlée Caramel Chocolat: Caramel and Chocolate Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar

Beverages:  Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager, Chardonnay, Bourgogne Blanc, Mommessin, La Clé Saint-Pierre, Merlot & Cabernet Blend, Bordeaux, Château les Graves de Barrau, St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop: Strawberry Puree with French Caribbean Rhum Clément
La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice

Germany….. Food:  Roast Bratwurst in a Hard Roll, Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese, Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce

Beverages:  Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered), J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Mosel
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling, Mosel

Greece….. Food:  Vegan Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki, Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake Soaked in Ouzo with Yogurt Whipped Cream and Pistachios, Spanakopita, Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce featuring Oikos® Greek Yogurt

Beverages:  Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko, Alpha Estate Axia Syrah Xinomavro

Hawai’i….. Food:  Spicy Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Nori Rice, Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Beverages:  Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave Golden Ale, Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Hops & Barley….. Food:  Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese Served on Griddled Garlic Toast, New England Lobster Roll, Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing

Beverages:  Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA, Boston, MA, Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, San Francisco, CA, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Milton, DE, La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Cambria Estate Winery Benchbreak Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
Frozen Orange-spiked Tea featuring Florida Cane “Orlando Orange” Vodka

Ireland….. Food:  Seafood Fisherman’s Pie, Irish Cheese Selection Plate: Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Irish Porter, Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Beverages:  Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, Bunratty Meade Honey Wine, Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka, Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (Non-alcoholic)

*NEW*  Islands of the Caribbean….. Food:  Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions, Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce, Jamaican Beef Patty, Pescado con Coco: Seared Grouper, Pigeon Peas and Rice with Coconut Sauce

Beverages:  Presidente Pilsner, Frozen Mojito, Caribbean Sangria

Italy….. Food:  Pennete alla Parmigiana: Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmigiana, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese, Spezzatino alla Toscana con Polenta, Tuscan-style Stew with Carrots, Mushrooms and Crispy Polenta, Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit

Beverages:  Moretti Lager, Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer, Pinot Grigio, Placido
Chianti, Placido, Prosecco, Fantinel Borgo, Corbinello Spumante Dolce Rose, Montegrande
Fior d’Arancio Moscato Spumante, Montegrande, Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Japan….. Food:  Spicy Sushi Roll: Tuna and Salmon with Kazan Volcano Sauce, Grilled Spicy Edamame tossed with Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and Chili Powder, Garlic Shrimp: Marinated Shrimp sautéed with Garlic and Butter and served over Rice

Beverages:  Kirin Pale Lager, Sapporo Black Lage, Pineapple Breeze Sake Cocktail, Echigo “Northern Bloom” Junmai Sake

Mexico….. Food:  Taco de Camarón: Battered Shrimp served over a Flour Tortilla with Crispy Purple Cabbage and Chipotle Mayonnaise, Barbacoa Enchilada: Corn Tortilla filled with Beef Barbacoa and covered with Oaxaca Mole, Flan de Chocolate Abuelita: Mexican Chocolate Custard

Beverages:  Bohemia Pilsner with Floater, Mexican-style Red Sangria, Mezcal Pineapple Margarita on the Rocks, Jalapeño Margarita on the Rocks

Morocco….. Food:  Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket, Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce, Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Beverages:  Casa Pale Lager, Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine, Moroccan Sangria, Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur

New Zealand….. Food:  Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney, Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs, Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Dumpling

Beverages:  Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Kim Crawford Pinot Gris, Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Patagonia….. Food:  Beef Empanada, Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée, Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri

Beverages:  Verum Pinot Noir, Bodega Noemía A Lisa Malbec

Poland….. Food:  Golabki: Pork-stuffed Cabbage in Tomato Sauce, Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream

Beverages:  Okocim O.K. Beer Euro Pale Lager, Donausonne Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine, Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Scotland….. Food:  Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties, Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream, The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats

Beverages:  Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin, Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout

South Korea….. Food:  Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap and Kimchi, Korean-style BBQ Beef with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi, Vegan Korean BBQ with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi featuring Gardein™ Beefless Tips

Beverages:  iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew, Bohae Bokbunjajoo Raspberry Wine, Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

 *NEW* Wine and Dine Studio….. Food:  Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction, Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce, Trio of Artisan Cheese
La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with toasted Craisin Bread, Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote, Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts, Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese, Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay and Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend

Beverages:  Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills, Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, California
Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir, Monterey, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Tiger” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
Michael David Winery Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi, Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend, Napa Valley

Intermissions Cafe….. Food:  Southwest Chicken Wrap, Tuna Salad with a Croissant, Asian Chicken Salad with Noodles, Asian Chicken Salad with Noodles
Caprese Salad: BelGioioso® Fresh Mozzarella Cheese & Tomatoes with Basil Pesto
Side Salad, Fruit and Cheese Plate, Grapes, Brownie, Key Lime Pie

Beverages:  Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, Cigar City Homemade Apple Pie Hard Cider, Tampa, FL, Festival Chardonnay, CA, Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
Zonin Prosecco, Caposaldo Peach Moscato Sweet Sparkling Wine, Iron Horse Vineyards “Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée” Sparkling Wine, Green Valley, Sonoma

Refreshment Cool Post….. Food:  Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

Beverages:  Frozen Brown Elephant, Mango Starr featuring African Starr Rum

Refreshment Port….. Food:  Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream, Croissant doughnut with Cinnamon and Sugar, Fried Chicken Chunks with Dole Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce

Beverages:  Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum, The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Eat to The Beat Concerts

A middle-aged man and woman dancing and clapping their hands to a performance in the background


Eat to the Beat Concert lineups have been announced but they still have some holes to fill and I’ll up date them as soon as they are released. My favorite? Christopher Cross on October 20th and 21st. It’s a shame I can’t be there  to see him.

Here’s the list as of today.

Sept. 14-15: Wang Chung (“Everybody Have Fun Tonight”)

Sept 16-18: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (“We Built This City”)

Sept. 19-20: Air Supply (“All Out of Love”)

Sept. 21-23:  BoDeans (“Good Things”)

Sept. 24-25: Fuel (“Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”)

Sept. 26-28:  Sugar Ray (“Fly”)

Sept. 29-30: Los Lobos (“La Bamba”)

Oct. 1-2: David Cook (“Light On”)

Oct. 3-4: Wilson Phillips (“Hold On”)

Oct. 5-6:  Blues Traveler (“Run Around”)

Oct. 7-9: Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”)

Oct. 10-11:  .38 Special (“Hold On Loosely”)

Oct. 12-13:  Jeffrey Osborne (“On the Wings of Love”)

Oct. 14-16: Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”)

Oct. 17-19: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX (“Come Sail Away”)

Oct. 20-21: Christopher Cross (“Sailing”)

Oct. 22-13: Toad the Wet Sprocket (“All I Want”)

Oct. 24-25: Chaka Khan (“I’m Every Woman”)

Oct. 26-27:  Billy Ocean (“Caribbean Queen”)

Oct. 28-29: Living Colour (“Cult of Personality”)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 1: Hanson (“MMMbop”)

Nov. 2-3: Soul Asylum (“Runaway Train”)

Nov. 4-6: Delta Rae (“Run”)

Nov. 7- 9:  Boyz II Men (“End of the Road”)

Nov. 10-11: Sister Hazel (“All for You”)

Nov. 12-14: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (“Go Daddy-O”)

The Eat to the Beat concerts are performed at the World Showcase at Epcot America Gardens Theatre. Showtimes for the nightly concerts are 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Don’t forget……. Epcot admission is required to attend the concerts and the Food and Wine Festival.

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