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Updates on the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival and Spice Road Table construction

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Published: October 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The 2013 edition of Epcot's renowned International Food & Wine Festival has begun, and I recently travelled to the park to engorge myself in what the seasonal event has to offer. The event consists of 30 individual stand positioned around Epcot's World Showcase, each representing a different country, region, or cuisine, along with 4 stand representing different classifications of alcoholic beverages, i.e. "Craft Beers." Each stand offered 2-4 dishes, most including dessert, and multiple beverage selections. The stands are merely counters with kitchens as opposed to constructs where one can dine indoors, instead seating has been assembled around each stand.

Ireland at the Epcot Food $ Wine Festival

I dined at the following stands:

  • Greece — Taste of Greece platter (Calamari, Htipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives, and Pita Bread)
  • Canada — Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee, and Maple Vinaigrette
  • Ireland — Lobster and Seafood Fisherman's Pie
  • France — Escargots Persillade en Brioche
  • New Zealand — Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Bread Crumbs
  • Japan — California Roll
  • Poland — Zapiekanki
  • Germany — Schinkennudeln
  • South Korea — KImchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce
  • China — Silk Ice Cream Ribbon (Mango)
  • Argentina — Beef Empanada

Every single dish was enjoyable, and quite filling. I had originally intended to order a dish from each stand, but that plan capitulated soon after beginning my counter-clockwise journey around the Showcase.

Due to the amount of images having been captured, I will include a link to a slideshow that features all of the festival's stands (sans the American Adventure Coffee Cart, due to my camera's battery's passing): Epcot International Food & Wine Festival photo slideshow

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival began September 27th, and ends November 11th.

Spice Road Table construction

In addition to the images of the F&W Festival, I also snapped some pictures of an ongoing construction project at Epcot, the Moroccan pavilion's new Spice Road Table restaurant. The restaurant is due to open by the year's end; given the site's current condition, expect some Imagineer activity soon! You can see what I mean by following this link to view a slideshow of the construction site.

Readers' Opinions

From Russell Meyer on October 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM
No actual food pictures? Bummer...The stands at the EPCOT F&W Festival are pretty generic. It's good to see pictures of the menus, but I'd trade every one of those pictures for some food porn.

How was it? Have you been before? What day of the week did you visit? Did you do any special events, tastings, or any seminars/demonstrations in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion?

We almost always plan our Orlando vacations around the EPCOT F&W Festival. We were there last year, and plan to return next year as well. It is by far the best seasonal event at any theme park in the country.

From Pyra-Danny V on October 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM
Haha- I was thinking the exact same thing Russel. Give me some mouth watering food photos to make me more jealous
From Annette Forrest on October 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM
I request there to be food photos as well. I don't know what 80% of the foods listed are. I would have liked a description of the foods too. This way I can learn about the mulicultural foods and how diverse they all are.
From Oak A on October 8, 2013 at 8:39 PM
Yes, I apologize I did not include any food photographs in the writeup. My trip to Epcot for the F&W Festival was a bit like the plot of a stale Nicolas Cage action film; I only had roughly 30 minutes of battery time and around 40 pictures. I didn't think I would be able to photograph the food, the stands, and the Spice Road table consummately with these capabilities. After all, I was unable to photograph one of the stands.

To answer your questions Russell:
-Superlative!
-Twice prior, I have greatly enjoyed in every time.
-Friday. The stands had virtually no waits up until 5-6:00pm, so I was able to flâneur around the Showcase. I rode a few rides in Future World, and when I returned to the Showcase for a concert (the soft-listening band Air Supply), the stands were packed. I suppose many people with the post-5:00pm, weekday pass had arrived by then.
-No, however I did peruse the displays in the pavilion. If I had to summarize, it seemed to be plucked from the airwaves of the Food Channel or HGTV. While I was there, a cheese seminar was taking place so listened in for a while. I will say it was Gouda, but the dessert seminar would probably have been Feta. Classic cheese joke :).

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