Continuing on with the countdown of the good points of my Disney trip, we've reached #4: The Epcot Food & Wine Festival!
Let me just say how much it pisses me off that the damn photopass photographers take up all the prime spots now and you can't take front-and-center pictures of anything anymore!:
I hit the F&W Festival much harder this year than in previous years (probably more than all the previous years combined) - some things were old tried and true staples like Cheddar Cheese soup and Ice Wine from Canada:
to the Shrimp Ceviche and Mango Wine from the Florida Local booth (the beef slider was just a glorified hamburger, so I don't see the point of mentioning it much):
and the Brat and pretzel roll from Germany (although wonderful in flavor, quite visually off-putting):
Despite the fact that they replaced a lot of my old favorites at some booths, I did find new favorites like the Hops and Barley booth with the lobster tail (although quite small and more Tiger Shrimp-sized, it had a good flavor and wasn't tough...and anything is better than that nasty lobster roll they serve every year!):
I didn't go entree this year at Australia, but the Pavlova ended up being my absolute favorite dessert of the entire festival (and possibly my new favorest dessert ever - despite it's negative reviews from other guests):
Greece topped the overall list again this year (although they didn't have my usual Greek salad) with the Fried Cheese and Ouzo:
but there were some ugh moments - take China for instance...I shoved aside my staples to try the peppered shrimp noodles with lychee water (both of which ended up in the trash - the noodles and shrimp were both way overcooked and rubbery and all my past encounters with flavored water at China should have taught me to stay away):
But the Mango flavored Silky Spun Ice from China was not only good, but very interesting to eat...it strung out like pasta when you put a fork in it!
Scotland, which I really wanted to love, got dumped after tiny tastes - the vegetarian haggis shouldn't have been tried and the Loch Lomond was made with dishwater scotch:
Mexico, usually good at all their offerings, failed miserably with the Taco de Rib Eye and Mango Habanero Margarita:
The Chili Colorado from the Terra booth (a vegetarian booth BTW) made me physically gag (and replaced the plaintains from San Angel Inn at the Mexico Pavilion for most "turd-like" smelling and looking food in Disney World):
The Singapore Sling from...wait for it...Singapore was equally (if not more) nasty:
I actually made it through four songs of the Eat To The Beat concert and Air Supply (until a rude lady got directly in front of me):
and a close up:
And that's about it for the Food & Wine Festival pics...next up, Disney's Yacht Club Resort!