Epcot Food & Wine 2014 – Compare & Contrast…

September 8, 2014

Welcome!

2013 Food & Wine Festival display at Epcot main entrance

With the 2014 version of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just around the corner, I thought we’d take a quick “compare and contrast” of last year’s food items to what’s being offered this year…

New Zealand Booth at the 2013 Festival

New Zealand Booth at the 2013 Festival

To many, if not most, festival-goers the food booths around World Showcase are the main draw. And each year everyone wants to see what’s new to try (and what favorites from the prior year have disappeared), so let’s look at some numbers…

A new item in 2013, the Potato & Leek Waffle with Braised Beef will return this year

A new item in 2013, the Potato & Leek Waffle with Braised Beef will return this year…

I took a look at the items offered in 2013 at the kiosks and the list of what we’ll see in 2014….

but the Youki Tofu, also new in 2013, won't be making a comeback this year (and probably not too many people will be upset...)

but the Youki Tofu, also new in 2013, won’t be making a comeback this year (and probably not too many people will be upset…)

and crunched the numbers…

The Luscious Lamb in the the Australia booth first featured a crunchy potato topping in 2012, and it was the same in 2013 and will be this year as well... no arguments from me...

The Luscious Lamb in the Australia booth first featured a crunchy potato topping in 2012, and it was the same in 2013 and will be this year as well… no arguments from me…

okay, there wasn’t much crunching involved, and I didn’t really double-check the numbers, and I was sampling a new Margarita of the Month while I was doing it…

Hope you didn't like the Scallop with Peppers, Tomatoes and Hearts of Palm that was served in the Brazil booth last year... it's been nixed this go-round...

Hope you didn’t like the Scallop with Peppers, Tomatoes and Hearts of Palm that was served in the Brazil booth last year… it’s been nixed this go-round…

so do hold me to any hard statistical analysis or expect 100% accuracy…

The Cheese Koisk is a no-show this year, but there will be a all-new Cheese Plate at Hops & Barley...

The Cheese Koisk is a no-show this year, but there will be an all new Cheese Plate at Hops & Barley…

I looked strictly at the food booths around World Showcase (not the Festival Center, Coffee Carts, etc.) and what I counted was: items that stayed exactly the same; items that will be 100% new (which should roughly equal the number of items that disappeared from last year); and items that are basically the same, but have had changes made to the sauce, side, etc. (admittedly there were a few “judgement” calls here…).

Don't cry for Argentina... even though the kiosk will be gone, you can still get yourself an empanada at the new Patagonia booth

Don’t cry for Argentina… even though the kiosk will be gone, you can still get yourself an empanada at the new Patagonia booth

And what did I come up with?

There are 37 items that will be the same as last year, 4 that have had some change made to them and 32 totally new food offerings at the kiosks in 2014…

And I'm still a bit bitter about the "Shrimp on a Stick" being dropped from Singapore last year...

And I’m still a bit bitter about the “Shrimp on a Stick” being dropped from Singapore last year…

To me that’s a pretty good turnover – you have to have plenty of old favorites from year-to-year (think of the riot that would ensue if the Cheddar Cheese Soup went away in Canada, even though everyone seems to complain about the portion size each year…) and a certain amount of items that probably were liked well enough to keep on for at least another year… getting over 40% new items to try sounds like a pretty good mix to me (your thoughts?). And with 73 food items (even though 2 or 3 are simply a candy of some sort), there should be plenty of things to spend time in line for!

Not to mention the booze…

Block & Hans, which has been featuring craft beers year 'round, will be serving wines during the Food & Wine Festival

Block & Hans, which opened during the 2013 festival, and has been featuring craft beers year ’round, will be serving wines during the 2014 Food & Wine Festival

And speaking of the booze, no, I didn’t try to count all the changes there as it started getting into a lot more judgement calls (some booths had basically the same wine varietals being offered, but from different producers… it started to give me a headache… I’m expecting a big enough headache as it is from trying all the drinks!), but overall there does look to be lots of new adult beverages to try.

Don't spill!

Don’t spill!

And yes, there are plenty of flights (multiple beer combos of course, as well as tequila and Scotch) to be found this year, and there does look to be a few more mixed drinks than in the past (can you say Tzatziki Martini in Greece?).

If you want to peruse the booth menus for this year, you can see them over at the Disney Food Blog.

The new things I’m especially intrigued by include the Duck in China (as well as the Coppola wines there), the Bacon Hash at Farm Fresh, the Fish with Coconut Lime Sauce in Brazil and pretty much everything in Puerto Rico!

Hope we'll see you there!

Hope we’ll see you there!

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to trying? Put your Food & Wine Wish List in the comments!

As always, we’re back to the kitchen, and soon we’ll back at Epcot!

See you soon!

 

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One Response to “Epcot Food & Wine 2014 – Compare & Contrast…”


  1. Each year I hope that there will be more vegetarian options and each year they let me down, but I am happy to see the vegetarian haggis is coming back! I really liked that last year.

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