Had to take a break to get security installed while I continue to unpack the kitchen. Why, oh, why did we collect so many Disney wine glasses and coffee mugs? lol! There’s still so much more to do to get settled so I think it’s time to continue the Food & Wine trip report and then schedule in some more fun to remind ourselves why we made such a big move. It’s 81 today and I’m feeling the humidity – especially coming from the dry desert. Heck, after Last Vegas, even SoCal felt humid, so you can imagine what we’re feeling here in Florida.
We weren’t sure we’d get back to Florida before the end of the Food & Wine Festival but we made it last week, which was the last week of the festival. And we spent that last $30 almost to a dollar – I think on the last item we purchased, we had to chip in $2 – not bad. We did everything we’d hoped to do, although if we’d had time for a third round, we might have done it. Here’s what we tasted on our last round:
We’d heard Belgium was a very popular booth so we hightailed it over there at opening (in the opposite direction from last time) and we were first in line. We ordered the Steamed Mussels and Roasted Garlic Cream and Belgium Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream. Well, the CM told us that the waffle was the most popular item and we noticed that everybody around us was having nothing but the waffle – lol! We loved the Belgium booth because they had tables and chairs and umbrellas – the most comfortable booth of the festival.
Next, we stopped in at Portugal and had the Linguica Sausage with Onions, Peppers, and Olives and paired with the recommended red wine, JM Da Fonseca Periquita.
Hops & Barley was next where I had the Maine Lobster Roll (hard to get on the west coast) and a bottle of water. This time it was sunny and warm and it was time for some water. Rich grabbed another Sausage in Pretzel Roll in Germany and we took our snacks and sat down at the Tangierine Cafe.
Next was the Cheese booth and we had a thimble of Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread, paired with Sterling Pinot Noir – it was fabulous!! Not sure either of us had had cheese fondue since the 70s – we must have more. And the pairing with the Pinot was fantastic!
We had to do a repeat of China and I got the Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles again but this time Rich tried the Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick. We also got the Dragon’s Hollow Chardonnay to go with both. I love that pairing – delish!
We were definitely full by now so we made one more stop at the Dessert & Champagne Booth and this time tried the Lemon Chiffon and the Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial.
And that wraps up another Food & Wine Festival. We were sorry to see it end, but this one will surely be memorable.
But Disney is already getting ready for Christmas and we’re looking forward to experiencing several events there this season.