I would love to go to the Food and Wine Festival every year if possible. Things don’t always line up for me, however, but I do make it just about every other year. This year is one of the years that I will not be attending the festival :(. I miss it by about a week. I still like to follow the news of the festival. What’s being added? What’s leaving the festival? What new foods are coming in? The festival really enhances the feel of the World Showcase with new countries coming in – even if it is only for a brief time. I’m not an adventurous eater but I do enjoy the festival and what it brings. Over the years, I have found some Must Have dishes on the menu.
Kerrygold Cheese Selection – Ireland
The Kerrygold Cheese selection is a Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar Cheese, a Dubliner with Irish Stout, and Skellig. Skellig is a sweeter form of cheddar cheese. It comes with a piece of crusty bread. I, normally, skip the dressing that comes with the cheeses. I’m fine with the Kerrygold butter and cheese selection to go with my bread. It is a nice variety of cheeses which go well with the bread. It is available at the Ireland Booth and costs only $4.00 or a Disney Dining Plan snack can be used as well.
Cheddar Cheese Soup
Every year, the fine folks of the Canada Pavilion bring the cheddar cheese soup from Le Cellier Restaurant out to the masses. It is a must-have whenever I am lucky to grab a reservation at Le Cellier so, of course, it is a must-eat during the Food and Wine Festival. It’s not a large bowl of soup by any stretch but it is just big enough to remind you of what you can enjoy when do grab the “golden ticket” and get a reservation at Le Cellier. It is available for both cash ($4.25) or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
I’m originally from Philadelphia so I am contractually obligated to like all things pretzel and I also like bratwurst. So, this is a marriage made in some type of German heaven. The mustard isn’t your ordinary yellow mustard nor is it a spicy brown mustard but it does have some kick to it. It’s a great compliment to the pretzel bun and the bratwurst. Plus, the bratwurst is a good-sized bratwurst much bigger than you would find at the ballpark. Even better, this only costs $5.00 or one Disney Dining Plan snack credit. It’s almost a meal by itself.
Moving up the must eat ladder, we make the easy border crossing into France for a piece of their beef bourguignon. Another “snack” at the Food and Wine Festival that could almost be a meal to itself. Looking over this year’s menu at the France Booth, I could have a large lunch or a good-sized dinner. Plus the desserts, the French do know how to make a good dessert. And this year, they have added a Creme Brulee with Caramel Fleur de Sel. But the Boeuf Bourgignon is the pick of the litter in France. It costs $5.75 but is also Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit eligible.
Potato and Leek Waffle
Yes, there is a Belgian waffle hiding under all that braised beef and sauce. This was a dish that I thought I wouldn’t like but I tried (a big stretch for me) and I ended up liking it. I usually pick through the carrots though and stick with the braised beef and waffle. All of the flavor mix well together and make for an excellent dish. It’s a bargain at only $4.25 and can also be purchased with a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
In terms of beverages, I usually stick to water or lemonade for my tour around the festival. It helps clean the palate between countries as well as staying hydrated if I’m touring during the afternoon.
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