My first taste of the F & W was actually the last weekend of the event. I was at WDW for the Jingle Jungle 5K, part of the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend- so being able to catch the final weekend of the festival was a big bonus! Prior to my visit, I wrote this post back in October, sharing some of the dishes I was looking forward to. I had been stalking the menus and reviews in the weeks leading up to my visit, so I had a good idea of what I wanted to try.
As expected, there were a lot of hits- as well as a few misses. Below are some of the highlights, along with a few that didn't quite make the "best of" list...
Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and Singa Sauce
I liked this quite a bit- firm, flavorful, and spicy, with well-cooked rice.
|Hops & Barley kiosk:|
Griddled Lobster Tail with Garlic Herb Butter
A bit of a disappointment- tasty, but too small and too hard to get out of its shell.
One of my all-time favorites. Hot pineapple, crispy fritter batter, a touch of powdered sugar?
Absolute winner for me.
Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle, and Rapini
One of several dishes that were...just ok. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special either- not memorable.
Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress, and Malt Vinaigrette
Another hit for Scotland- moist, flavorful salmon, perfectly cooked, and the cauliflower puree was heavenly.
Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage
Tasty, with the just the right amount of kick.
A good quality roll, but with decent California Rolls available nearly everywhere,
I wouldn't go for this again at the festival.
Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee, and Maple Vinaigrette
Very tasty- fresh and well-cooked, but I would have preferred a skinless piece of fish.
|The Scottish trio- a winner!|
photo includes Seared Salmon, Vegetarian Haggis/Neeps & Tatties,
and the dessert- a Scottish Banofee Tart
Here's an interesting thing I discovered: the presentation of dishes sometimes varies greatly. My Pineapple Fritters- while delicious- were not at all as visually appealing as some of the photos I had seen of the same dish. There could be several reasons- how busy it is, how far along into the festival we were, etc... but some lost a lot of their appeal on visual aspect alone. Case in point: the Escargots....
@Mousechow's Escargots, from
the early part of the festival-
they look so good!
from the last day of the festival-
a mess, and no brioche caps!
(Mental note: hit next year's festival prior to the final weekend!)
Just a sampling, from my first Food & Wine Festival. Did you attend the festival this year? What were some of your favorites? Tell us about it in the comments....