I am blessed to have a birthday right in the middle of the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. This year was my 22nd birthday so it wasn't as extravagant as the previous year but still very enjoyable.
We started our trip around the world in Mexico (always our first stop), sipping on margaritas and enjoying the environment. We planned to take it slow since we always fill up halfway through the trip and have to give up on the eating festivites. Following the margaritas was Spain. My stepdad loves the Paella so I always treat him to a plate. I am not a seafood lover so I don't order it for myself, but I know for a fact he would recommend the dish to you all.
Our next stop was China; I am not a spicy food kind of person, I have never been able to handle it. Thatt being said, I always make an exception for the Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles. I always need a refresher to cool down after each bite, but it is definitely worth the risk. Since the pepper was still in full effect, we stopped by the Brewer's Collection next to Germany to pick up the Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer (please do not ask me to pronounce this). It was a refreshing way to cool down after the Black Pepper Shrimp.
Next up was one of my favorites: Italy. I love Disney with all my heart, but pasta is definitely a close second. This year, Italy had Mezzi Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce. Keep in mind a lot of these foods sold at the festival are made in mass amounts, and although they are all made incrediblly well, it will not be the quality of a Michelin Star Restaurant. However, this pasta made my carbohydrate dreams come true. Although some may argue it may have been too much, I decided to pair that rigatoni with a chocolate cannoli for dessert. Hands down one of the best decisions of the day.
After the Italian festivities came America. It has been a running joke in my family that my cousin has to buy us all a Lobster Roll from Hops & Barley (we may have eaten 95% of his last year). So it became tradition to make a pitstop in America and get our special New England Lobster Roll with the delicious Herb Mayonnaise.
Once our Lobster Rolls were gone, we went straight to my other favorite country: France. Even without the festival, I always go to France and buy myself a croissant au jambon et au fromage (ham and cheese croissant). But when there is a festival I always make sure to take advantage of their dessert menu. This time there was a raspberry creme brulee that made me think I had died and gone to heaven, and to top it off I had order La Passion Martini Slush mixed with Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice as recommended by my cousin. This was easily one of the highlights of the trip.
Closing our trip around the world was Hawai'i, it was my goal to try the Kalua Pork Slider with the Sweet and Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney. I personally enjoyed it, but the price was a little too high for me to buy again (unless the craving shows up again).