It's that time of year again. The food smells delicious and the wine is certainly flowing at this year's Food & Wine Festival. We have decided to take our time this year and experience the food slowly so we are not completely worn out at the end of each night. There are 29 food and beverage booths. We have at least walked by #1-12 and have stopped at #7. Experiencing some of Epcot while we are enjoying the food is one of my favorite parts of the festival. It also helps that many of the places we like to visit has air conditioning.
Learning about where food comes from, how it is harvested, and the cultures that are connected to the food is an awesome experience for young and mature guests. My daughter learned why the cranberries were floating in water and that ripe cranberries bounce.
We started out going around the World Showcase towards Mexico. We passed on the delicious empanadas at Argentina so we could make it to Mexico faster this time. Mexico's art gallery has been recently remodeled and I was eager to see the changes. The art gallery is incredible, by the way, and an article about the changes will be posted this week.
The majority of our time was spent in China. The Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun was not what I expected. I thought it was the same thing they serve at the Tea Stand in China. It's not. Just like the name says, it is a steamed dough, not even brown yet. It looked like a Chinese taco, if there is such a thing. I must say, it was wonderful, as was the Pork Potsticker and the Mango Tapioca Pudding.
China and it's incredibly talented performers captured our attention. The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats were funny, skilled, and athletic. Again, they deserve an entire article just for themselves. Be on the lookout for an article, pictures, and a video of their amazing performance. We sat there, eating our Food & Wine dishes, and enjoyed one of the best performances I have seen at Epcot.
What about #13-29? Aren't we going to cover them as well? Of course! The festival has only just begun and there will be more time to taste all of the wonderful foods, oh and of course, write about them! Let the tasting begin!