Yesterday, we attended a media event for the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
We had the opportunity to speak to some of the chefs, check out some of the festival merchandise, and of course — taste a few 2013 Epcot Food and Wine dishes that we haven’t seen yet!
Today, we are happy to bring you a few more details from the event and share some of the pictures that we were able to capture. And stay tuned later in the article for details on new Epcot Food and Wine Festival merchandise (including this year’s cookbook!), find out what the heck that Vegetarian Haggis is going to be like, get gluten-free updates, and more!
Sneak Peek at Some NEW 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Items
We began with a Griddled Lobster Tail with Garlic Herb Butter from the Hops & Barley Booth. The fresh lobster tails will be fully cooked within the marketplace booths, so guests will have the full experience of savoring the rich aroma as they’re grilled.
I found the tail to be a good size, perfect for a small appetizer. And the Garlic Herb Butter enhanced the lobster’s flavor.
Another fun addition will be the Orange Dole Whip at Refreshment Port. The orange-flavored soft serve will be available by itself, or you can add Creme de Cacao White for a grown up creamsicle!
Incidentally, the smallest details matter here. Dole Whips are garnished with Cherry Man Farm to Market Maraschinos. These all natural maraschino cherries contain no artificial dyes.
At the Desserts and Champagne Booth, you’ll find Frozen S’mores. This chocolate smoothie tastes like a sweet chocolate marshmallow. Garnished with Graham Crackers, Mini Marshmallows, and Chocolate Shavings, we predict that the kiddos especially will love this one!
We also had the chance to taste the much talked about Scottish Banoffee Tart. Many Scots have let us know that this dish is actually English in origin!
Wherever it comes from, we’ll be ordering this one at the festival. Yum.
The South African Booth of previous years has been updated this year to be an African Booth.
Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra and Pap is a new dish this year, and offers a nice combination of meat and vegetables that pack a punch! The dish is served on a bed of pap, a starch that’s similar to soft grits.
I know lots of you are excited about the inclusion of Innis & Gunn Beer at the Scotland Booth. After seeing this bottle and reading a bit about it, I am too!
We also had the chance to sample the Loch Lomond Cocktail. A combination of Glenfiddich® 12 year, Drambuie, and Dry Vermouth, it has just a touch of sweetness.
What About the Veggie Haggis?!?
OK, everyone’s been asking about the Vegetarian Haggis at the Scotland Booth (new for 2013!!), so we got the details for you!
We didn’t have a chance to sample the dish, which is actually being imported from a Scottish supplier, but Epcot’s Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann had a lot to say about it!
“Vegetarian haggis is becoming more and more popular in Scotland,” said Chef Dahlmann. “When I tasted the product, I was really blown away. It’s really tastes like a beautiful, grainy vegetable patty. Think of a veggie burger, but a really, really good one. It will be peppery and very tasty. We serve it with neeps and tatties, or rutabagas and potatoes, so it’s very traditional, but yet it’s a different spin.”
We’ve been getting daily requests at DFB for a 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Menu, so of course we asked about this.
For 2012 there was an official gluten-free menu released for the Food and Wine Festival, but unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Epcot will be releasing that information in an official format this year.
As we expected, it comes down to liability. Because the dishes are actually prepared within the booths themselves, cross-contamination for both gluten and food allergens is hard to avoid. As a result, while there is not a list of “officially gluten-free” menu options (unless specified), Chef Dahlmann encourages guests with concerns about gluten to discuss their dietary needs with the Marketplace staff.
Chefs manning the Marketplaces are equipped to prepare gluten-free options for guests. Often, a menu item can be made gluten-free by simply eliminating a component, like bread, or a sauce. So while you may not be armed with the information ahead of time in the form of a gluten-free menu, definitely speak to the staff. They will happily work with guests who require special diet options.
2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Exclusive Beer!
Marianne Hunnel, Area Manager, Event Content Development for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, scopes out beverages that pair beautifully with the festival food.
One of the details we were excited to hear about was the introduction of an Orlando Brewing Company Beer that will be produced exclusively for the festival. While we are awaiting a photo of the label and final word of the name, it’s tentatively called Sun Shade Pale Ale. Look for this exclusive local beer at the Florida Local Booth!
2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise Details
A big part of the fun of each year’s festival is all of the “must have it!” stuff that you find at the Festival Center and shops around World Showcase.
This year’s chef mascot will be featured on many of the items that you can take home as souvenirs.
AND, he will also appear prominently on one of the festival’s hottest items — the Food and Wine Festival Cookbook!
We couldn’t resist showing you a sneak peek of all the recipes this year’s book will include. Note that Disney has also included recipes from some of the festival’s special events again this year! Very cool.
Chocolate Bacon Bark? Sign me up. And the Donut flambe has been very popular at the Disney Dessert Discovery 3D Dessert event!
Beer fans will be interested to see the 2013 Brews Around the World merch!
As you can see, there’s a lot to anticipate about this year’s festival! I’ll see you there in just a couple of weeks!
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DFB author Brooke Fehr attended this event on behalf of Disney Food Blog, however, she was not obligated to report on the event. Disney Food Blog was not compensated in any way to attend the event. Read more about our Disclosure Policy here.