The 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival winds down on November 11th, which means you only have one more weekend to enjoy World Showcase‘s 25+ tempting temporary victual and vino vendors. Earlier this snacking season, Daisy Lauren sampled some of the exotic fare found on this year’s menus, and Derek Burgan went in-depth on this year’s enhanced vegetarian options. But you — or your significant other — may not be fond of feasting of fancy foreign finger foods, much less meatles meals. Just in time for the festival’s final days, here is a photographic guide to my top 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival finds for carnivorous men and women who crave the simple pleasures of charred flesh, perhaps served with a side of spirits.
Each year, the first stop for this omnivorous Food and Wine attendee is usually Australia (this year conveniently located close to Future World) for a grilled lamb chop.
This year’s was cooked medium-well (I prefer mid-rare, oh well…) and oddly garnished with crushed potato chips. Small, but wonderfully greasy and gristly to chew on!
Walking next door to Argentina (only in Epcot!), the beef skewer was well seasoned, but cooked very well-done.
Oily, garlicky chimmichurri sauce and chunky mashed potatoes serve as a filling base.
Brazil’s pork belly — the most fabulously fatty part of the pig — was flavorful but disappointingly dry.
Accompanying black beans and avocado salsa were quite good, and the Caipirinhas may look small but don’t be deceived — they pack a strong punch!
Canada’s menu contains the single best bite of beef I tasted at the festival: a petite filet mignon, cooked a perfect mid-rare, and topped with truffle butter and shiitakes.
France features beef bourginon (Julia Child’s favorite), but really — is their anything more macho than eating snails?
If you can stomach the thought of escargot, Epcot smothers the mini molusks in garlic and herbs, then stuffs them in a pastry.
Honestly, you might as well be eating sautéed pencil erasers…
New Zealand brought the Bambi with a savory venison sausage, served alongside a tangy pickled mushroom salad.
Of all the alcoholic delights available around Epcot this festival, none filled my soul (or liver) with the warmth of ancient spirits like the flight of Glenfiddich Scotch from, of all places, Scotland.
Three tiny glasses — aged 12, 15, and 18 years — transported me on increasingly smooth trips to a smoky, honeysuckle heaven in the Emerald Isles.
For a grand finale, nothing finishes off a feast of flesh and fine liquor like the nectar of the the Aztec gods: drinking chocolate.
The Ghirardelli exhibit inside the Festival Welcome Center (a.k.a. the former Wonders of Life pavilion) doesn’t just distribute free sample squares…
…they also sell cups of liquid gold that are closer to the center of a bittersweet lava cake than any conventional cocoa.