With the EPCOT Flower & Garden festival in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start making plans for this fall’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. It will run for 53 days, longer than any previous festival, and include more than 25 market places. The hours of the festival will also be extended to 10pm each night. This gives you more time to explore and enjoy old favorites along with a few new items:
- Patagonia Marketplace offers the flavors of Argentina and Chile in dishes like sustainable roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad drizzled with a kicky arugula chimichurri. That pairs with a couple of great Chilean wines: Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier or Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé.
- Farm Fresh Market replaces last year’s Florida Local Marketplace and adds a perfect “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) dish: “Bacon and Eggs,” with applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise and pickled jalapeños. Or try the griddled “yard bird” (chicken) with braised greens. Orlando Brewing Company’s I-4IPA on the menu, as well as trendy Ba Ba Black Lager from Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Company.
- Brazil Marketplace returns with the tasty and popular crispy pork belly with black beans, onions, avocado and cilantro, but chefs also are adding mocequa de pescado (tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice), pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) and cocadas (Brazilian coconut candy).
- The Poland Marketplace switches up the popular pierogi with a new sauerkraut pierogi and pork goulash.
Also new is a Sunday morning event called “Sunday Mornings With …” which will feature the talents of a pastry chef or baker delivering desserts along with a plated brunch. Friday morning’s will add a celebrity chefs cookbook event called “Food for Thought.”
That’s just a taste of what’s to come starting September 19!