2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Day 4

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is calling, and the wife and I are more than happy to answer. Let day 4 commence!

Today would be a quicker, less food intensive visit than is typical for us. But there is a very good reason. We would be attending Halloween Horror Nights over at Universal later this evening! So we went to Epcot for a light-ish lunch.

We begin the day in Hawai’i.

Hawai'i Booth

Hawai'i Menu

Teriyaki-Glazed SPAM Hash

Teriyaki-Glazed SPAM Hash

Smaller portion than before, but still delicious.

Score: 9 out of 10

Kalua Pork Slider

Kalua Pork Slider

The pork, bun, and spicy mayo on these sliders is delicious, year after year. The pineapple has never quite worked for me, though. I tend to prefer my savory and sweet be kept separate. My slider in particular was woefully lacking in meat. Still good, but could have been better.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Next up, our most ordered item of the festival.

Almond Orchard Booth

Almond Orchard Menu

Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae

Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae

I asked for extra Chocolate Almond Streusel this time… it was a wise choice. I haven’t posted it every time, but I think we have ordered 6 of these at this point.

Score: 9 out of 10

While at Almond Orchard, we decided to try one of the new offerings for this year:

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

The dip itself was pretty good. It had two giant hunks of chicken. I would have preferred several smaller pieces. It was also served lukewarm. The crackers that were served with the dip were amazing.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Our next two stops would be for returning favorites that we hadn’t tried yet this year.

Australia Booth

Australia Menu

Last year Australia served a Lamb T-Bone, rather than their typical Lamb Chop. The T-Bone was absolutely awful, so I’m glad to see they switched back to the Chop this year.

Grilled Lamb Chop

Grilled Lamb Chop

Grilled Lamb Chop, oh how I missed you! This was delicously tender and juicy, and served with it’s customary tangy mint pesto and potato chips.

Score: 8 out of 10

Next was an item I had been avoiding due to the negative feedback I had heard earlier in the festival.

Canada Booth

Canada Menu

“La Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon

"Le Cellier" Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon

Pretty much every review I had read of this year’s filet was bad… mostly due to the meat being overcooked and/or tough and/or dry. I am happy to see our serving had none of these problems. It was tender and juicy, with a large portion of earthy wild mushrooms. One of the best filets I’ve ever gotten from the Canada booth.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

We’d be paying a visit to Ireland next.

Ireland Booth

Ireland Menu

Warm Chocolate Pudding

Warm Chocolate Pudding

My wife makes these little microwaved chocolate mug cakes all the time… this tastes almost exactly like those. Very sweet and very rich… a bit too rich for me. The Irish Cream Liqueur Custard was delicous, and I wish there was more of it!

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Bunratty Meade Honey Wine

Bunratty Meade Honey Wine

This didn’t taste like other meads I’ve had. It tasted more like a regular wine with a honey flavor added. Please don’t ask me which kind of regular wine, as I don’t really drink wine. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t quite what I was expecting. My wife, who doesn’t like alcohol of any kind, actually kind of liked it.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

Next… escargot!

France Booth

France Menu

Croissant aux Escargot

Croissant Aux Escargot

In all the years that the France booth has been serving up escargot, this has been my favorite preparation. How could you go wrong pairing the savory snails with the flaky croissant. I could have used a bit more of the garlic parsley spread.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Next on our agenda… a second helping of something gross!

Japan Booth

Japan Menu

Teriyaki Chicken Bun

Teriyaki Chicken Bun

I am admittedly in the minority here, so I won’t belabor how foul this tastes to me. Instead I’ll point out that my wife likes it quite a bit, as do most people.

Score: NA (I didn’t try this one. I gave the first one a 2.0 out of 10)

Our last stop of the day would be Hops & Barley.

Hops & Barley Booth

Hops & Barley Menu

New England Lobster Roll

New England Lobster Roll

Like the filet mignon in Canada, I had been putting this item off due to negative feedback. And also like the filet, when I finally did order it, it was excellent. I got a good sized portion of lobster, and an expertly grilled, buttery roll.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake

Freshly Baked Carrot Cake

This was soooo good. I asked about the possibility of hooking up an IV so I can have the cream cheese icing pumped directly into my veins. For some reason they just laughed? The cake was fluffy and warm, and the icing was plentiful and sweet. A top 3 dessert for sure.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

That does it for day 4. Today was a particularly good day, with several must-have items. The only must-not is the repeated teriyaki bun.

Must Have
Teriyaki-Glazed SPAM Hash – Hawai’i (Repeat)
Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae – Almond Orchard (Repeat)
“La Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
New England Lobster Roll – Hops & Barley

Danger! Danger!
Teriyaki Chicken Bun – Japan (Repeat. Most people like it… not me!)

Until next time!

Author: DougE

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