Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016 – First Impressions, Full Menus, Food Reviews Part I, Merchandise

Welcome to the Festival! - Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016

Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival kicked off yesterday, so of course Liesle and I had to stop by and check it out.

Today I’ll mostly focus on the actual menus, including prices, with a handful of food reviews thrown in for good measure.┬áBefore diving into those, however, here are some overall first impressions:

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2014 – The Three-Minute Video Tour

It’s Thursday, September 18th, and even though Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival for 2014 doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, Disney has typically done a soft-open one day early, and today was no exception. I found a couple of new dishes that were also very delicious (see below), but I thought it would be fun to start with a timelapse video tour of the World Showcase, which I shot today as I made my way around the loop of countries.

Vivaldi background music seemed appropriate for Food and Wine:

Patagonia - New Kiosk for Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2014“Patagonia” is a new food kiosk at the festival this year, which takes the place of Argentina, and offers some of the same food.

Roasted Verlasso Salmon

This is called Roasted Verlasso Salmon, and is a new dish being offered at the Patagonia kiosk this year. I thought this was quite good. The chimichurri sauce, as well as the accompanying quinoa salad, complemented the salmon well.

Pavlova Dessert - Available at the Australia Kiosk

This dessert, called “Pavlova,” is also new. It’s available for $3.50 at the Australia kiosk. Disney describes it as a “crispy meringue shell with fresh berries and vanilla custard.” You’ll need a knife to cut through the meringue, but I thought this was delicious. I expect I’ll be eating this one many more times in the weeks ahead!

Do you have plans for visiting Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival? Share your favorite tips in the comments below!

 

 

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