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Food And Wine’s Mexican Tequila Lunch: Not Your Average Upcharge

by on October 4, 2017

 

It’s likely your tasting schedule for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is already jam-packed with sampling some of the hundreds of items on sale at the booths around Future World and World Showcase, but if you’re looking for a slower-paced, more educational dining experience, look no further than the festival’s special events. Though the slate of available events changes from year to year, a few staples, including the Mexican Tequila Lunch, have stuck around the last few years, proving popular options that are both educational and entertaining.

The Mexican Tequila Lunch features excellent food, drinks, and views.

This year, I’ll be reviewing two such popular events that run throughout the festival season. First up: the Mexican Tequila Lunch, held select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the festival season from noon to 1:30 PM at La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. Hosted by the tequila experts from La Cava del Tequila, this $85 event includes a four-course Mexican-inspired meal as well as tastings of several tequila varieties. I attended the first tequila lunch held during the 2017 festival season, and here, I’ll try to give you a sense of all the great information, food, and of course, spirits, I got to sample during the meal.

Check-in takes place just outside La Hacienda, after which Cast Members welcome guests into the restaurant with a warm greeting and an ice-cold margarita just before seating us in assigned areas of the dining room. Honestly, as soon as I sat down, I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of liquor in front of me. I had been concerned that $85 was a bit steep for a lunch, even featuring alcohol, but upon looking at the table setup and the menu in front of me, I was very, very excited to see what the meal had in store. I sampled my welcome drink, a silky smooth, slightly sweet Tequila Avion cucumber margarita, as the remainder of the guests settled in around me, and soon, we were off to the races.

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Every New Item at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Reviewed

by on September 26, 2017

With so many items available at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, it can be overwhelming to know what new dishes to skip or sample. That’s where I come in – as TouringPlans’ resident food reviewer, I’m continuing my tradition of sampling every new dish at the festival this year so you don’t have to! Below, you’ll find reviews and photos of all of the new food, and at the bottom of this review, you’ll find rankings of how I’d categorize each dish (skip, try, must-try, or Best of the Fest). Be sure to use the quick links below to navigate through this guide!

The Food
Epcot Legacy Showplace
Flavors From Fire
Light Lab
Active Eats
Coastal Eats
Cheese Studio
Almond Orchard
Hawai’i
Farm Fresh
Greece
Thailand
Mexico
China
India
Africa
Spain
Italy
Japan
France
Ireland
The Rankings
Best of the Fest – Top Ten New Dishes
Definite Must-Try Dishes
Try If You Have Time
Skip And Save Your Appetite

 

The Food

 

 

Epcot Legacy Showplace

  • Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich

Epcot Legacy Showplace's Zesty Macaroni HandwichI wanted to love the handwich so much. The nostalgia. The pure cheese of it all (literal and figurative). But alas, it was not truly cheeseburger macaroni as I expected upon reading the menu. This had only about one or two kernels of beef in here, and was mostly just mushy, far overdone macaroni with a touch of red pepper shoved into a Cozy Cone cone. Unfortunate execution of a fun idea.

  • Chilled Scotch Egg Wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce

If you’ve ever had a true scotch egg (even from Rose & Crown), this cold offering won’t particularly impress you, but it’s a decent stab at bar food in a location focused primarily on selling craft beers. I wish it hadn’t been cold – it would’ve been far better warm, as the sausage around the egg became a bit mealy as a result of the chill.

  • L’Orange Cotton Candy: A Mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (V)

Epcot Legacy Showplace's Scotch Egg, L'Orange Cotton Candy, and Bright HorizonsHard pass here – this is just a giant bag of lime and orange cotton candy pieces. There’s no reason to buy this unless you have kids genuinely in search of cotton candy.

  • Bright Horizons: Sprite with Multi-Flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)

The redeeming quality of this drink is that it comes in a very nice light-up cup that makes a decent souvenir. The boba pearls are multi-colored and pretty, but consider how much you’re paying for a cup of (likely flat, like mine was) Sprite – there’s truth in advertising here.

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus Released

by on July 20, 2017

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With the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival beginning earlier than ever this year, this year’s festival is going to be here before we know it. Of course, one of the biggest parts of the festival are the International Marketplace and the menus for this year’s event look fantastic!

This year there will be 35 booths to choose from! (Some of the new booths for this year will include Flavors from Fire and Coastal Eats.) That’s going to be a lot of great food and beverage options! Standby favorites will be returning like cheddar cheese soup from Canada and the Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii, and new dishes, like the Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich!

So, let the planning process begin. I’ve got my list started! Here’s what you can expect to experience this year at the Marketplaces for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

 

Epcot Legacy Showplace

  • Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
  • Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
  • L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (vegetarian)
  • Bright Horizons: Sprite with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Eastern Florida Flight
    • M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale
    • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Western Florida Flight
    • JDub’s Passion Wheat
    • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale
    • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists for 2017

by on June 22, 2017

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With this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival taking place even earlier than ever before (the event kicks off August 31 and lasts through November 13), we are that much closer to the event. I mean it’s literally happening in almost two months time, so it will be here before we know it!

Today, we have the information for who will be performing at this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series. During this concert series, bands and solo artists perform some of their most popular songs nightly. Oh and since there’s more days of the festival than ever before, that means there are more new performers too! This year, there will be 11 new performers to the Eat to the Beat series  including Jazz Legend Kenny G, and pop superstars like 10,000 Maniacs and Squeeze.

Of course, there will be some familiar faces at this year’s festival too. Artists like Taylor Dane, Tiffany, STARSHIP, Sugar Ray, Boyz II Men, and my personal favorite, Hanson will all return. (I’m going to miss Hanson AGAIN!!! ARGH!)

This year’s schedule is as follows:

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

by on November 25, 2016

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has just ended, but we now know when the 2017 festival will occur. Next year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival is slated to take place for a record number of days – 75 days total; it will now occur from August 31 until November 13.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival not only features incredible new and favorite dishes at the marketplace kiosks, but guests can also experience seminars, concerts, events, private meals, celebrity chefs, and more.

Each year, the Festival is a blast and as more details get released, I’ll make sure to let you know them!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Events On Sale July 21

by on July 18, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

For those of you who enjoy participating in the great Premium Events that the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers, you’ll be able to make your reservations beginning on July 21. Even better news is that for those of you who are Chase Visa cardholders, Annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members, you’ll be able to book as early as July 19! (Though keep in mind that availability will be limited during the early booking window.)

Here are just some of the premium events that you will be able book beginning this week for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Menus Released

by on July 12, 2016

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is going to be here before we know it. Information about this year’s events has been coming out lately, what with the announcement of the performers for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series yesterday. But today, I have information about the International Marketplace menus for this year’s event!  (Which let’s be honest…is one of the best parts of the festival. There’s nothing like getting to walk around the World Showcase promenade sampling delicious food and beverages!) Standby favorites will be returning like cheddar cheese soup from Canada and the Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii, and new dishes, like loaded Greek “nachos” from the Greece Booth, will be delighting palates.

So, let the planning process begin. I’ve got my list started! Here’s what you can expect to experience this year at the Marketplaces for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists Announced for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016

by on July 11, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Details are slowly, but surely coming in about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and today, we have the full concert line up for the fantastic Eat to the Beat Concert Series. During this concert series, bands and solo artists perform some of their most popular songs nightly.

In addition to the new artists for this year (which include artists like Wang Chung, Plain White T’s, Jeffrey Osborne, and Toad the Wet Sprocket), many favorites will be returning, including Air Supply, Boyz II Men, Sugar Ray, Hanson, and Dennis DeYoung.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

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More Details about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on June 27, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

They’re coming back! If you are a fan of the ABC daytime show, “The Chew”, have I got some great news for you! The five co-hosts, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz, will be returning to record five shows live from the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The show will tape on October 5-7 and will air on ABC from October 10-14. For those who missed the show taped at Epcot last year, the hosts shared stores of Disney adventures, played games, and created tasty dishes and drinks. Those looking to attend a taping will be able to find out more information soon.

In addition, throughout the festival, fans of “The Chew” will be able to stop at The Chew Collective in the Next Eats section located in Future World. Dishes will include Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese; Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle. Festival guests also can sip this year’s exclusive new Festival Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at The Chew Collective.

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New Details About the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on May 13, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

Back in February, I let you all know that this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival would be running for a grand total of 62 days, (up from 53 days), from September 14 through November 14. Today, we have a glimpse of a few of the fun things you can expect to experience during this year’s festival.

For the second year in a row, the Marketplace Kiosks will extend into Future World. Also new for this year will be hard soda floats at the Desserts & Champagne marketplace. In addition, a savory vegan dish will debut at the Greece marketplace, and the popular Farm Fresh marketplace will showcase Florida’s flavors with new savory dishes.

The Eat to the Beat concert series will be returning with new artists, including Wang Chung. The “Everybody Have Fun Tonight!” band will open the Eat to the Beat concert series Sept. 14-15. More new acts will join the concert series lineup, including Delta Rae and Toad The Wet Sprocket and popular acts, including Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men and Jeffrey Osbourne, will return to the America Gardens Theatre stage this fall.

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