Food and Wine Festival, Part 1, 2006

Food & Wine 2006

Food & Wine Opening Day, September 29

Naturally, we couldn’t pass by the opening day of the Food & Wine Festival now that we were living so close. The morning started off cool – in the 70s but by the time the World Showcase opened at 11 am, the temps were climbing. And while it isn’t reaching the 90s any longer, it’s still quite warm. Food & Wine is more comfortable later on when the temps cool off enough to make it quite pleasant, which makes it all less exhausting. But the crowds are lower at the beginning of the festival so it’s a trade-off.

We parked in the Epcot parking lot and walked to the gate, killed some time in Mouse Gear until World Showcase opened. We decided to focus first on the new booths this year or booths with new items. We did notice the other booths were featuring more new items this year – unlike the last couple of years, which seemed like repeats.

Our first booth was Argentina – and it was a favorite. While noshing on our samples, we also chatted with a guest wearing a Passporter pin. Apparently, he was down with 12 others all celebrating birthdays at one time of their stay or another.

Here are the samples we shared:

Argentina

Spicy Beef Empanadas
Grilled Beef Sirloin with Chimichurri
Wine: El Portillo Pinot Noir

Scandinavia

Grilled Salmon Tartare
Traditional Kjottkaker
Lingonberry Mousse
Wine: Valckenberg Dornfelder

South Africa

Bobotie with Mango Chutney
Durban Chicken with Mealie Pap
Wine: Kanu Chenin Blanc

Octoberfest

Debrizinger Sausage and Sauerkraut in a Pretzel Roll
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
Wine: Two Princes Riesling

United States

Maine Lobster Roll
BBQ Pork Ribs with Grilled Fresh Corn
Blackberry Cobbler
Wine: Albemarle Rose

Everything was tasty but besides the samples in Argentina, our other favorites were the Sausage and Sauerkraut in a Pretzel Roll for Rich and the Maine Lobster Roll for Kathy. The price of the Lobster Roll was higher than any other sample but it was worth it. Of course, the South African booth reminded us of Boma so that was also a favorite. 🙂

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