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26 Delicious Things To Love At The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival [Last Weekend To Enjoy]

Posted Nov 10, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Nov 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2012


If you haven’t made it to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year, you need to turn off your computer, drive to the park and go there immediately.

I’m not joking.

As if going to Epcot isn’t fun enough - I’m a stone-cold sucker for the acrobats in France who balance on chairs - you have two dozen kiosks selling authentic food from around the world.

I don’t think you’re excited enough.

Listen up.

THEY SELL MILLIONS OF PLATES OF FOOD EVERY YEAR THAT IS CREATED USING AUTHENTIC HOME RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

IT’S LIKE HAVING A UNITED NATIONS OF FLAVOR IN YOUR MOUTH!

Ahem.

I will hereby convince you with an extensive list of why you should get in your car or other mode of transportation and visit the festival on this, the final weekend:

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1. People watching. This is Andy Jackson. He wears his food on his sleeve. In this case, sushi.


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2. Decorative plants beautiful enough to eat.


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3. Free, unfettered access to samples of Ghiradelli chocolate.


The list really could end here and it would be reason enough to go.

Let’s forge ahead.


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4. The people watching.


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5. Access to champagne in a theme park setting.


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6. Cheese and wine seminars.

Cheese would be enough.

Wine would be enough.

THEY PUT THEM BOTH TOGETHER AS IF THEY WERE A FOOD VERSION OF “THE AVENGERS.”

Sorry. I get a little excited.

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7. You can ask a grown man in plastic plants standing in a temporary bog about cranberries. And he will entertain you with a myriad of information about this most delicious of crops.

I’m not joking. The Ocean Spray guy could go on tour. He’s that good.

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8. The people watching.


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9. Mickey Mouse tea kettles.


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10. Did I mention the Champagne?


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11. The lettuce wrap with roast pork and kimchi slaw at the South Korea kiosk.


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12. Fun facts about soda.


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13. Pickle-shaped Christmas ornaments for sale.


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14. The people watching.


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15. Groups of adult beverage teams who attempt to “Drink Around The World.”

It’s like having the vicarious fun of a bad decision and avoiding the hangover altogether.

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16. The escargot in brioche balls served at the France kiosk.

I cannot resist the allure of these buttery, tender yet flaky balls. Yes, I just typed that for public consumption. DEAL WITH IT!

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17. El Pato Donald.


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18. Copping a family squat in the sunshine.


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19. The spinach and paneer pocket at the South Africa kiosk.


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20. Car air fresheners that smell like Mickey Mouse ice cream bars and theme park turkey legs.


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21. Beverage drinking accessories.


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22. The fried calimari at Tutto Italia in Italy. Make a reservation early in the day. You’ll thank me later.


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23. Seared filet of beef with smashed sweet potatoes and Braii sauce at the South African pavilion.

Best kiosk value for the flavor. Bar none.

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24. Mickey tongs.


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25. Watching your 6 year old throw rock ‘n’ roll devil horns at bands like Night Ranger.


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26. The people watching.


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