With so many options each year at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, it can be hard to narrow down what's worth your time (and money!) We've rounded up our top five festival favorites in the savory category:
Loaded Greek "Nachos" | Greece Food Booth
These "nachos" are vegan, with pita chips for the base and meatless sausage crumbles, vegan tzatziki, lettuce, olives, red onion and some sort of vegan cheese for the toppings. Although not normally something we would go for, this dish was surprisingly delicious and a nice lighter alternative to the heavy/warm food dishes served around the World Showcase. At $4.75, the portion size is pretty generous and easily shareable, making it a pretty good value in our book.
Butternut Squash Ravioli | Wine & Wine Studio
At the recommendation of Lex from @thepixietravler, we decided to try the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which is topped with a brown butter vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds. If that's not fall in a pasta dish then I'm no sure what is! The only drawback here is the price. At $4.50 for ONE (yes, one) ravioli I'm not 100% sure that it's worth it but word on the street is that the dish is actually supposed to come with two. Guess we just went on a bad day?
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip | Coastal Eats Booth
Do you like melty cheese? Check. Do you like tender shrimp? Check. Do you like bread to dip in said creamy, melty cheese with shrimp? Well, you better try this dish. For $5.75, you get a good amount of baked shrimp scampi dip with three toasted sourdough baguette slices to eat it with. We had about half the dip left after eating all the bread and I am happy to report the dip tasted just as good spooned directly into my mouth.
Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak | Flavors From Fire Booth
You really can't go wrong with anything from this booth but the charred chimichurri skirt steak over a smoked corn cake with pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aioli would be our first pick (if we really had to narrow it down). The steak was tender and the corn cake picked up the extras from the aioli, slaw and chimichurri sauce. At $6.75, this is the most expensive item on our festival favorite round up but we still stand by it. Do not miss this!
Lamb Meatball | New Zealand Booth
I feel like the New Zealand booth never gets any love, which is sad because this booth is home to one of our favorite items! This giant lamb meatball has been a must-eat of ours for a few years now and we are always happy to see its return. Topped with a spicy tomato chutney and surrounded by a puff pasty shell, $5.50 is more than a fair price for this generous serving. The chutney serves a kick so keep that in mind if you prefer your eats on the milder side of the spice spectrum.
With only a month left of this year's Food & Wine Festival, it seems like the fall season is just flying by. Somehow Max has managed more visits to Epcot than me this year, but at least I only need one more to pick up my passholder cutting board! We'll cover the sweet stuff next week so stayed tuned for more favorites.