Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wine & Dine Food Plan

In just a few short days we will be flying to Orlando to take part in the 17th Annual Food and Wine Festival. With 29 booths full of international food and drinks, I am creating a plan to make sure I get to try something from every booth by the end of the weekend. With just three days to spend in EPCOT, we need to hit at least 10 booths per day for those of you who struggle with math.

My father-in-law trying to eat the largest rice krispie ever with his wristlet ready to  go!
With two brand new booths to try this year, the Food & Wine Festival is expanding to meet the needs of vegans as well as anyone interested in trying some local Florida flavors. The key to a successful food and wine festival is the wristlet. As soon as you hit the Disney properties, you need to purchase a wristlet and load that sucker up. Because once you hit the booths at EPCOT, you really don't want to spend precious time digging out actual cash for your tasty treats. You really want to just spend, spend, spend and live an oblivious weekend feeling fat and sassy.

Most of the food is tapas-sized; however, that also means your belly doesn't get full before you get to try everything. Usually, Cheryl, Jeff and I will decide as a group what to get at each booth and share a plate full of food. On rare occasions, Jeff may get to eat all of it if Cheryl and I are not impressed...but again that doesn't happen often.

Below is a full menu listing by booth. I've added asterisks to identify the food I want to try this weekend. All thoughts of eating healthy are out the window this weekend. It's time to let loose and enjoy.

Terra's (Vegan) Menu: (Brand new booth)
****» Trik’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick'n Breast
» Chili Colorado with House made Chips and Cashew Cheese, featuring Gardein Beefless Tips
» Wines from organic and sustainable Paul Dolan Winery: Paul Dolan Pinot Noir or Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc
» Silk Berry Smoothie (dairy-free, lactose-free)

Caribbean Islands Menu:
» Ropa Vieja (Braised Beef) with Cilantro Rice
****» Jerk spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Chutney
» Bacardi Frozen Dragon Berry Colada
****» Bacardi Torched Cherry Frozen Cherry Limeade

Australia's Menu:
****» Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze
» Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
» Lamington (chocolate and coconut covered Yellow Cake)
» Rosemount Estate Traminer Riesling
» Rosemount Estate Chardonnay Semillon
****» Rosemount Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz
» Rosemount Estate Shiraz Cabernet

Argentina's Menu:
****» Beef Empanada
» Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
» Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay
» Terrazas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
» Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
» Terrazas Reserva Malbec

Mexican Menu:
****» Taco de Filete with Cascabel Pepper Sauce and Scallions Served on a Flour Tortilla
» Culinary Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla
» Natilla de Cajeta (Caramel Custard Served with Sauce)
» Dos Equis Beer
****» Lime Strawberry Margarita on the rocks
» L.A. Cetto Chardonnay
» L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah
» Tequila Flight: Blanco/ Reposado/ Anejo  ==> No tequila for me. Bad college experience has left a nasty taste in my mouth.

Scandanavian Menu:
****» Taste of Scandinavia — Cured Salmon, Herring and Shrimp Salad
» Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries
» Rice Pudding with Driscoll’s Only the Finest Berries
****» Xante Sunshine cocktail made from Xante pear and cognac liquor
» Xante pear and cognac liquor
» Iron Horse Fairytale Cuvee

Chinese Menu:
» Mongolian Beef with Chinese Steamed Bun
» Pork Pot Stickers
****» Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Pickled Vegetables
» Mango Tapioca Pudding
» Tsing Tao Beer
» Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
» Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
» Sunny Guava with Coconut Rum
» Happy Lychee with Vodka

South Korean Menu:
****» Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
» Mung Bean Pancake with Shrimp and Kimchi Sauce
» Bohae Black Raspberry Wine - Bokbunjajoo
» Chung Ha Soju Fruit Sloshy
» Chung Ha Soju

South African Menu:
» Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
****» Seared Filet of Beef with Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Braai Sauce
» Fairview Pinotage
» Fairview Sauvignon Blanc Seared

Cheese Booth Menu:
****» Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread
» Trio of Artisan Cheeses: Beecher's Flagship, Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Goat Brie, and Rogue River Creamery, Echo Mountain Blue Cheese
» Sterling Vintner's Collection Sauvignon Blanc
****» Sterling Vintner's Collection Riesling
» Sterling Vintner's Collection Pinot Noir
» Sterling Vintner's Collection Meritage

Brewer's Collection Menu: 
I am pretty sure Jeff is going to try and sample everything at this booth. So I will just sample what he thinks I will enjoy.
» Radeberger Pilsner
» Schöfferhofer Weizen
» Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
» Berliner Kindl Dark
» Altenmünster Oktoberfest
» Altenmünster Dunkel
» Hovels
» Sion Kölsch

Germany's Menu:
» Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese)
****» Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
****» Apple Strudel with Karamell-Vanilla Sauce
****» Selbach-Oster Estate Spatlese
» JH Selbach Riesling QbA Red Label
» JH Selbach Riesling Classic
» Niersteiner Spiegelberg Dornfelder
» Radeberger Pilsner
» Altenmünster Dunkel

Poland's Menu:
****» Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
» Zapiekanki-Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House Made Ketchup
****» Belvedere Frozen Lemon Apple “Tea”
» Chandon Carneros Chardonnay
» Tyskie

Italy's Menu:
****» Salsiccia e “Papacelli” Napoletani (Sweet Sausage, Red Pepper, Ciaibiatta Bread)
» Ravioli Di Formaggio All’Emiliana (Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Beef Bolognese Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Melted Mozzarella)
****» Cannolo Al Cioccolato (Chocolate Covered Cannoli Shell Filled with Sweet Ricotta Cheese,  Chocolate, and Candied Fruit)
» Prosecco Zardetto
» Chianti Castello di Quercetto
» Pinot Grigio Mezzacorona
****» Italian Margarita
» Moretti Beer

Fife and Drum Menu:
****» Jim Beam Frozen Red Stag Lemonade
» Red Stag Honey Tea Lemonade

Hops & Barley Menu:
» Linda Bean’s Lobster Claw Cuddler with Herb Mayonnaise
» Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Roll
****» Linda Bean's Maine Home Style Clam Chowder
» Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce
» Samuel Adams® Beers: Samuel Adams Light Boston Lager®, Seasonal Cherry Wheat®, 17h Anniversary Festival Beer – Chocolate Bock, Cream Stout, Angry Orchard Cider, Latitude 48 IPA
****(The anniversary festival beer is a must.)

Florida's Menu:
****» Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro
» White Corn Arepa with Mangalista Pork Rilette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad
****» Key Lime Wine (Florida Orange Groves Winery)
» Florida Lager (Florida Beer Company)
» Key West Southernmost Wheat (Florida Beer Company)
» Florida White Sangria (Florida Orange Grove Hurricane Class 5)

Singapore's Menu:
» Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice
****» Seared Mahi-Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce
» Singapore Sling
» Tiger Beer
» Marqués de Cáceres Satinela

Japan's Menu:
My least favorite booth because sushi freaks me out and I think I had some last time. It was dark and the dipping sauce was spicy. ARGH!
» Karaage Hand Roll (Crispy Chicken Breast with Sushi Rice and Spicy Mayonnaise)
» California Roll (Avocado, Cucumber, Crab, Mayonnaise, Smelt Roe Rolled in Sushi Rice and Seaweed)
» Spicy Hand Roll (Tuna and Salmon with Chili Pepper, Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil Topped with Kazan Volcano Sauce)
****» Sukiyaki Beef Pan (Marinated Thinly Sliced Rib Eye with Sauteed Onions and Teriyaki Sauce  Served in a Bun)
» Kirin Ichiban Draft Beer
» Sake: Kikushi Super Dry, Junmai
» Sake: Bishounen Junmai Ginjo
****» Sake Strawberry Mist

New Zealond's Menu:
****» Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara-Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad
» Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
» Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
» Kim Crawford Pinot Grigio
» Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
» Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

Moroco's Menu:
****» Kefta Pocket (Ground Seasoned Beef in a Pita Pocket)
» Merguez Sausage (Beef and Lamb Sausage with Grilled Peppers and Onions)
» Baklava
» Amazigh Red
» Sangria
» Mimosa Royale
» Casa Beer

Belgium's Menu:
****» Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth & Baguette
****» Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
****» Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles
» Stella Artois
****» Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Iced Coffee
» Leffe Blonde
» Leffe Brune
» Hoegaarden

France's Menu:
» Escargots Persillade en Brioche
****» Coq au Vin sur gratin de macaroni (Red Wine braised Chicken, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, and  Macaroni Gratin)
» Crème Brulée au Chocolate au Lait
» Chardonnay, Bouchard Aine & Fils
» Merlot, Chateau de Beauregard-Ducourt, Bordeaux
» Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
****» Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush
Fisherman's Pie. So incredibly yummy. 
Ireland's Menu:
****» Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
» Kerrygold® Cheese Selection (Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner, and Cashel Blue) with apple chutney and brown bread
» Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache
» Guinness Draught
» Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
****» Bunratty Potcheene Chilled Irish Coffee

Canada's Menu:
****» Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
****» “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
» Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta & “Minus 8” Onion Jam
» Moosehead Beer
» Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah
» Neige Première Apple Ice Wine
» Neige Bubble

Greece's Menu:
****» Greek Salad with Pita Bread
» Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
» Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
» Spanakopita
» Dannon Oiks Greek Yogurt Cups
» Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
» Domaine Skouras St, George
» Sigalas Assytiko
» Alpha Axia Syrah

Desserts and Champagne's Booth Menu:
» Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries and Pomegranate
» Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel
» Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote
» Nesquick Frozen Chocolate or Strawberry Foam
» Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial
» Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial
» Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial
» Moet & Chandon Imperial

Hawaii's Menu:
» Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
****» Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips
****» Seven Tiki Mai Tai
» Heitz Cellar Chardonnay
» Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale
» Kona Brewing Company Pipeline Porter

Craft Beers Collection Menu:
Again, Jeff will be all over this booth. I'll just wait and see what the dregs are at the bottom of his cup.
» Widmer Rotator IPA: Spiced IPA, Portland, OR
» Leinenkugel Berry Weiss, Chippeway Falls, WI
» Abita Purple Haze, Louisina
» Red Hook Pilsner, Portsmouth, NH
» Blue Moon Seasonal, Golden, CO
» Florida Beer Company's Devil's Triangle, Florida
» Full Sail IPA, Oregon
» Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Nevada

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