Food & Wine 2006
Food & Wine Opening Day, September 29
Naturally, we couldn’t pass by the opening day of the Food & Wine Festival now that we were living so close. The morning started off cool – in the 70s but by the time the World Showcase opened at 11 am, the temps were climbing. And while it isn’t reaching the 90s any longer, it’s still quite warm. Food & Wine is more comfortable later on when the temps cool off enough to make it quite pleasant, which makes it all less exhausting. But the crowds are lower at the beginning of the festival so it’s a trade-off.
We parked in the Epcot parking lot and walked to the gate, killed some time in Mouse Gear until World Showcase opened. We decided to focus first on the new booths this year or booths with new items. We did notice the other booths were featuring more new items this year – unlike the last couple of years, which seemed like repeats.
Our first booth was Argentina – and it was a favorite. While noshing on our samples, we also chatted with a guest wearing a Passporter pin. Apparently, he was down with 12 others all celebrating birthdays at one time of their stay or another.
Here are the samples we shared:
Spicy Beef Empanadas
Grilled Beef Sirloin with Chimichurri
Wine: El Portillo Pinot Noir
Grilled Salmon Tartare
Wine: Valckenberg Dornfelder
Bobotie with Mango Chutney
Durban Chicken with Mealie Pap
Wine: Kanu Chenin Blanc
Debrizinger Sausage and Sauerkraut in a Pretzel Roll
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
Wine: Two Princes Riesling
Maine Lobster Roll
BBQ Pork Ribs with Grilled Fresh Corn
Wine: Albemarle Rose
Everything was tasty but besides the samples in Argentina, our other favorites were the Sausage and Sauerkraut in a Pretzel Roll for Rich and the Maine Lobster Roll for Kathy. The price of the Lobster Roll was higher than any other sample but it was worth it. Of course, the South African booth reminded us of Boma so that was also a favorite. 🙂