Scotland – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

Continuing on with our shortened list for the Marketplace Booths… next up…

Scotland

Everything was just sitting around waiting when Nick went to the booth to get our tastings – not a good sign.

Last year, we really liked the vegetarian haggis, so we were really looking forward to it this year.

Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties - Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes

Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties – Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes

This food wasn’t even warm, much less “hot” – I’d say it wasn’t even ambient temperature – and it suffered for it.

just not good

not worth trying again this year

The portion of haggis was much smaller than we remember and the vegetable sides were tasteless and just pitiful.

cold vegetarian haggis = not good

cold vegetarian haggis = not good

We didn’t finish this dish, it joined the conch salad and the tostones in the nearest trash can.

On to the scallop… As Nick watched, they fished the scallop “out of a vat” (ummm, not a good sign… again). SEARED doesn’t mean braised or soaked in liquid.

Seared Sea Scallop with Spinach-Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon

Seared Sea Scallop with Spinach-Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon

So, we’ve already established that the scallop had very little potential for being good – it was overcooked, too chewy, and under salted. I ate half of it and Nick ate 1/4 of it. Guess where the rest of it went?

The spinach was the best thing we had to eat from the Scotland booth. Loads of umami, good flavors, and good texture. Just get some spinach because the bacon, while okay, wasn’t really anything to write home about.

good spinach, scallop not so much

good spinach, scallop not so much

As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, we won’t be rushing back to the Scotland Marketplace booth before the end of the 2014 Festival.

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