Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2017

22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Celebrates 35 years of Epcot

75-Day Festival Runs Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida– A record number of global food and wine marketplaces – 35 in all –will sizzle with new edible delights to celebrate 35 years of Epcot during the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017. The annual Walt Disney World Resort culinary tour of flavors will expand in 2017 for a longer-than-ever 75-day run. Growing in scope as one of America’s top food festivals each year since 1996, the Epcot event will run for 13 additional days of inspired sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and Future World. Park guests can mix and mingle with celebrity chefs, experience hands-on culinary workshops and demonstrations and get their gourmet groove on at nightly Eat to the Beat concerts. They also can book special tasting experiences at Epcot and at Disney resort restaurants. Family fun will be in the mix with kid- friendly dishes geared toward young palates and a Ratatouille-inspired culinary scavenger hunt. 

Travelscore Magazine sent its team, for the very first time, to test and review this International Festival and we assigned a rank score for all the 21 represented countries. There wasn't an absolute winner but several ex-aequo in the first three final positions. This is due to the multiple examiners involved in the judgment.  The scores are the result of an average calculation  made with single votes on a predetermined index.  The parameters are also based on the traditions of those countries. Indeed we avoided to test all those not original recipes, oriented just to satisfy the local American palate and we rather rewarded the effort to be authentic. So here we are with the final verdict.

First Position Ex-Aequo:

Ireland 28 points with “Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread"

Greece 28 points with “Bougatsa"

Japan 28  points with “Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings"

Thailand 28  points with “Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice”

Ireland (Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread)
Japan (Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings)
Thailand (Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice)

Second Position Ex-Aequo:

Australia 26 points  with “Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunches”

Spain 26 points with “Charcuterie in a Cone”

Belgium 26 points with “Belgian Waffle and Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream”

Morocco 26 points with “Chocolate Baklava”

Australia (Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunches)
Belgium (Belgian Waffle and Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream”)
Morocco (Chocolate Baklava)

Third Position Ex-Aequo:

France 21 points with “Croissant aux Escargots”

Mexico 21 points with “Cajeta Mousse”

Canada 21 points with “Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup”

Mexico (Cajeta Mousse)
Canada (Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup)

The rest of the countries had these points by the jury team:

Germany 19 points 

Patagonia 18 points 

New Zealand 17 points 

Hawaii 16 points

Africa 16 points 

India 14 points

Italy 14 points

Scotland 13 points 

Brazil 12 points 

China 9 points

India (Korma Chiken)
Africa (Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket)
Brazil (Crispy Pork Belly)

highlight by Luca Centoni

pics by Michela Caroti