Final Thoughts on 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Well we have finally finished our posts about the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Without being too critical – most food and events were hit or miss. It is important to do all these things with an open mind. Plus, with things like food booths, the quality can vary from week to week, day

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Sea Scallop, New Zealand – Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara-Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad – that is a mouthful to say. I had no idea what kumara was. Even tasting the dish I was not sure as I focused on the quality of the scallop. So Google tells me that outside of New Zealand, kumara is referred to

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Lamb Slider, New Zealand – Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

Lamb is not something you see offered at many American restaurants. However, it is always great to see it at the Australia and New Zealand booths during The Epcot Food & Wine Festival. This is as expected since lamb is a much more common dish in these countries. New Zealand went with a popular “style”

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Festival of the Masters, Downtown Disney – 2011

The Festival of the Masters is an open air art festival held one weekend each November in the Downtown Disney area. To qualify for Festival of the Masters, artists must have earned a primary award in a juried art festival within the last three years. Prospective exhibitors also must go through a juried vetting process that

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Kielbasa and Pierogie – Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

We kept referring to this dish as the pierogie in Poland. We kept delaying trying it until we had some cooler weather. As the 2011 Food and Wine Festival drew to its last weekend we had a cool day on Friday. So we decided to try a couple of items that always begged for cooler

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Stuffed Cabbage – Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

Our friend Asta was visiting during the last weekend of the Food and Wine Festival. Asta’s Mom makes great stuffed cabbage so he volunteered to taste one and offer his opinion. If I say something incorrect I’m sure he’ll comment to correct me.

Poland calls this Golabki which is Pork Stuffed Cabbage. It is made from

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Bongos Cuban Cafe Signature Dinner

Cast of Characters: nick, nora & Asta

We arrived at Bongos about 20 minutes before the start of check-in, the podium staff and the manager, Tony Montana, welcomed us. Tony was very friendly and escorted us to a bar in a smaller back area – this bar was set aside for the Signature Dinner. The

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Capellini – Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

The Italy Booth menu lists the full name as Capellini con Gamberi Piccanti (Capellini Pasta with Spicy Shrimp). We do not recall this dish being served in 2010 and it is always nice to see menus change. We think we would have tried it last year if it had been available because of the word

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Via Napoli Beer and Pizza Pairing – 2011

This year we had planned three pairings and this was the last one (Mexico’s Tequila Lunch and Japan’s Food & Sake were the other two). The Food & Beer Pairing at Via Napoli took place on Tuesdays this year and our event was the last one of the Food & Wine Festival.

Arrival and Location

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Calamari Salad, Portugal – Epcot 2011 Food & Wine Festival

There are so many ways to enjoy calamari – it is way more than just a fried appetizer! For the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Portugal presented a Calamari Salad with Fennel, Smoked Paprika and Olive Oil.

This was a nice sized portion, especially for the $2.75 price. The calamari was

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