Disney fans and foodies flock to the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This year’s food event has some tasty and visually stunning bites you need to try.
The 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is about the food and beverages, but the picture perfect foodie photo is important, too. Who hasn’t tried to make your friends hungry and jealous by sharing that perfect bite on social media? Luckily, there are plenty of dishes that are foodie photo friendly.
After going to opening day of the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, there is a little different vibe to the event this year. After all the D23 Expo Epcot improvement announcements, the changes coming to Epcot are clear. In some ways, the green fencing is like the new photo backdrop for many of your foodie pictures.
Still, while some of the traditional places have moved (sorry, no festival pavilion this year), there are plenty of tasty treats throughout Epcot. From a few new marketplaces to annual favorites, foodies will find many excuses to visit several times during the 89 day festival run.
So, what are you going to eat? On opening day, I sampled a few, just a few of the offerings. Instead of trying some favorites, the focus was on new foods and some pretty Instagram shots. Here are some of my recommendations.
Frothy Ramen – Japan
This dish is described as “chilled noodles and dashi broth with a light foam topping.” As seen in the picture, it is quite different looking. Some people love it and others find it perplexing.
The taste is intriguing. On a very hot day, it was nice to be cold noodles. The flavor of the dashi had umami, but it could have used a little acid or something bright. Still, the dish is definitely something different to try.
While the living wall is gone this year, a stop at the Shimmering Sips is still a great idea. The mimosas are quite tasty and vibrantly colored.
This year, there is a lovely mimosa flight. The flight includes the Key Lime, Tropical and Blood Orange flavors.
If you prefer something sweet, the Shimmering Strawberry Soft-Serve is definitely a great treat. It is rather big, but you are allowed to eat extra desserts during the festival. This isn’t Diet Epcot.
Black Pepper Boursin Souffle – The Cheese Studio
New this year is Emile’s Fromage Montage. Select cheese focused menu items are like a food scavenger hunt. When you eat all five dishes, you are rewarded with a complimentary cheesecake at Shimmering Sips.
The Black Pepper Boursin Souffle is quite tasty. The hint of pepper isn’t too much. The big draw is the fig marmalade. That topping makes the dish.
New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley
Can anyone really say no to a lobster roll? This dish is new to the American Adventure and is definitely worth a bite.
The key to any good lobster roll is two things, a lot of lobster and a great roll. Luckily this version has both. There was no skimping on this dish.
Also, try the beer flight with this dish. The three beers are tasty, especially North Coast Brewing Co Blue Star Wheat. That beer was delicious on a hot afternoon.
Another new offering to the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Appleseed Orchard offers a nice break from the crowds. Located over in Canada, the area is a great place to hang out and enjoy a beverage.
The cider flight is quite tasty. There are wine flights as well. Also, there is a tasty cheese plate and some caramel apple popcorn to make sure that you have some food with those beverages.
Lastly, there was a maple syrup tasting available on opening day. I don’t know if this option will always be available, but those maple syrups will definitely make you re-think what you put on your pancakes.
These 2019 Epcot Food and Wine suggestions are just a few of the many, many choices on the menu. Make sure to get your passport and create a plan. And, it could be a good idea to make more than one visit.
Are you going to the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? What are you excited to eat?