It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is here and we couldn’t be more excited. World Showcase is such an amazingly immersive experience normally but it only gets better during this event. “Drinking around the world” has long been an adult favorite among guests but with so many extra booths during this festival it can be quite a challenge (I don’t recommend doing it all in one day). This year there are several new booths that were added as well as our usual favorites there are so many delicious drink selections to enjoy. If you are planning a trip to the festival this year we have some selections that you may want to try.
1. Active Eats: MIA Beer Company HRD WTR Key Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
Are you a fan of White Claw or other sparkling seltzer type drinks? If so you must try MIA Beer Company’s key lime concoction. It excels in taste while staying low on calories and is a refreshing light option on a warm Florida day.
2. Africa: Groot Constantia Pinotage, Constantia, South Africa
Calling all Guardians of the Galaxy fans! Are you a fan of Groot and wine? If so you need to try this South African Pinotage if only for name alone. I am Groot, and I am also pleasantly surprised by this sweet yet earthy selection. You can expect nothing short of perfection from South Africa’s signature grape. This wine has smokey notes of tobacco and bacon with a nice balance of blackberry and plum which makes it the perfect pairing with the booth´s Kenyan coffee BBQ beef tenderloin.
3. Appleseed Orchard: Apple Blossom Sky
Appleseed Orchard is a new booth for the 2019 Food and Wine Festival. Featuring both a wine bar and a cider bar, this is certainly a welcome addition to the festival and has something to please all palates. While the cider selections are fantastic the Apple Blossom Sky is a fall dessert in a glass. It’s a blend of Fanta apple, ginger beer, Floodwall apple brandy, and Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack brandy syrup all topped with mini marshmallows. If that doesn’t say fall I don’t know what does.
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4. Belgium: Delirium Red, Melle, Belgium
Belgium has long been known as the home of great beer, so what would this booth be without a great representation of its home country? Delirium is an award winning brewery and creates truly memorable brews. Delirium Red is a robust fruit forward ale with flavors of cherry and almond. It demonstrates a fine balance between sweet and bitter with strong red fruit notes. True beer drinkers need to sample this, it’s in a class all its own.
5. The Cheese Studio by Boursion: Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Blueberry Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
There are few better things in life (Disney excluded) then wine and cheese. A booth that lets us enjoy both is just fantastic. Florida Orange Groves Winery has brought us some fantastic local selections over the many years of Food and Wine, this year is no exception. Their sparkling blueberry wine is the perfect sweet balance for a rich and tasty cheese.
6. Chocolate Studio: Twinnings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail
Every autumn we celebrate the arrival of pumpkin spice everything. From coffee to doughnuts to scented candles it seems this flavor is the embodiment of all things fall. The Chocolate Studio booth is thankfully on board! How can we possibly enjoy a chilly fall day favorite in such warm weather? Freeze it! This cocktail features Twinnings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea with caramel vodka mixed right into it. While the flavor and the vodka give you the warm fuzzies, this drink will cool you right down.
7. Germany: Riesling Flight
Germany is known worldwide for beer, bratwurst, and big pretzels. All of those things are great but perhaps the best thing to come out of Germany is riesling. This year’s booth has 4 selections to choose from individually but the best value and best way to taste them all is by treating yourself to the riesling flight. You will be able to sample three of the sweet and refreshing varietals for just $6.50, a minimal cost to taste some fine German wine. Prost!
8. Ireland: Guinness Baileys Shake
The Irish certainly don’t mess around when it comes to great drinks. They have brought us great beers, fabulous whiskeys, and delectable cream liquors. As you can imagine this is a great booth to visit when you want to get a little buzz. The Guinness Baileys Shake is a heavenly smooth frozen dessert in a glass that packs just the right amount of punch.
9. Italy: Chianti, Gabbiano
Benvenuto in Italia! What is more traditional in Italy then a good Chianti? This selection from Gabbiano Winery is medium bodied with dark berry, chocolate, and earthy flavors. Grab some Ravioli Carbonara from this booth to enjoy with your wine and it is a perfect little snack.
10. Mexico: Smokey Margarita
Some people start their World Showcase stroll at Mexico, some start at Canada, but whichever way you choose to start your journey this margarita is a must have. This drink is a spin on a traditional margarita with Mezcal Ilegal, pineapple-ginger juice, Agave nectar, 100% Agave tequila and Ancho Reyes Liqueur served on the rocks with a spicy Salt Rim. It is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and smokey.
11. Refreshment Port: Barbeque Bloody Mary
Itś no secret that the Food and Wine Festival should be a multi day event if you are looking to hit every country and try some cocktails. Is this day two and you are a bit under the weather? Or are you a person who just loves a good bloody mary? This drink is breakfast in a glass on steroids. The Barbecue Bloody Mary comes with a Smoked Garlic Sausage and House-made Pickle Skewer and is served with a Mustard and Barbecue Rub Rim. If that isn’t a good morning, I don’t know what is.
12. Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar: Tropical Mimosa and Veuve Clicquot
Looking to add a dash of upscale bubbles to your Food and Wine experience? Look no further then this booth. The Tropical Mimosa is like an escape to an exotic locale with a mix of sparkling wine, passion fruit juice, orange juice and guava juice. This drink is like an island vacation in a glass. For the champagne connoisseurs I suggest the Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé. While pricey, itś a completely indulgent experience that really makes you appreciate how France has perfected bubbly.
Whatever drinks you choose to consume at this years Food and Wine Festival you are sure to have a great time. Just remember to drink responsibly, hydrate, and stop for snacks. This festival is truly a great experience and something you will remember for a lifetime, What drinks have been your favorites this year?