I thought about this weekends race while at Epcot Food and Wine Festival on Sunday. The festival kicked off the night prior to the Tower of Terror 10 miler and due to this, I didn't get to truly enjoy the experience at Epcot. Hungover Megan's do not need to be running 10 miles at night! We went again this weekend, knowing it was our last chance before the festival ended. Sadly, we didn't make it halfway around the world before giving up. This got me thinking. Would I rather an all inclusive day at Food and Wine Festival or a Free entry to Wine and Dine Half Marathon? The foodie in me wins. Plus I still think I would be sad knowing all of my friends were enjoying the festival while I was running 13.1.
Below I present my halfway tour of the 2012 Epcot food and wine festival.
America, Hops & Barley: I swore off going to the America marketplace until I saw Linda Bean's Perfect Lobster Roll's on the menu. I couldn't get there fast enough. Lobster Rolls are my #1 weakness in life. Some go for chocolate, some go for chips, I go for Lobster Rolls. They were so good. For the amount of Lobster, it wasn't a bad deal at $7.50, considering I have paid 3 times that for a full sized lobster roll which contained a little more meat. I would have been happy sitting in America eating these all day long.
|Linda Bean's Perfect Maine lobster Roll|
|Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw|
|Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun|
|Chicken Satay wit Spiced Peanut Sauce|
Hawaii: I was very excited to try this marketplace out. The Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chip was calling my name all day. For $3.75, you cannot go wrong. The tuna was perfect, the seaweed salad was amazing. This is one of my favorites next to the Lobster Roll
|Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips|
|Kahula Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise|
I also tried the Seven Tiki Mai Tai and the Heitz Wine Cellars Chardonnay while in Hawaii. I wasn't personally a fan of the Mai Tai. The Chardonnay was good but at such a small pour, I realized I wouldn't be happy receiving a wine this tiny. That was my one and only wine at the festival.
Argentina: This was one of those, why did we just order this moments. We live in Ybor City - we have the best Argentinian restaurant within a half mile from our house, with the best skirt steak and chimichurri. Empanada's are a dime a dozen...yet we felt the need to do this:
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree. That Boniato (tropical sweet potato) puree was AMAZING. I still don't understand why we ordered this for $5 though. BUT if you do not live in Tampa, order this! It was very good.
|Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce|
France: Escargots Persillade en Brioche. AMAZING. Gabe's Mom is adorable, she wanted to get another round without the snails :) The butter garlic sauce was beyond. $5.25
Japan: Spicy Hand Roll (Tuna and Salmon with Chili Pepper, Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil topped with Kazan Volcano Sauce). $4.95
All in all, I was very impressed with this festival. You have to plan it out accordingly though to get the most out of your day, belly and wallet. You can check out all of the 29 marketplaces at Epcot Food and Wine Festival here. Until next year Food and Wine Festival....although my friends at Mexico will keep me company in the meantime with their ferocious margarita's!