Saturday we headed over to Pop Century to check in and enjoy the pool before we headed to Epcot for the Food and Wine Preview dinner. It was a hot! day.
Then it was time to head over to the dinner. We checked in early and had about an hour to wait so we headed over to Canada to enjoy the air conditioning for about half an hour and then went to see the movie. It was perfect timing since we walked right in when we got back to the event location.
The event was located in a secret pavilion you can access between Canada and United Kingdom.
The event was beautiful! I loved all the chandeliers and decorations.
Here was the menu:
Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)
South Africa Bobotie with Turkey and Mushrooms - I really enjoyed this spicy quiche-like treat
Scotland Sea Scallop with Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon - The line was 30 minutes long as we skipped it.
Puerto Rico Sweet Corn Sorullitos with Mayo Ketchup - This was my favorite appetizer. I loved the presentation with the dropper of mayo ketchup.
Terra “CraB’less CraB Cake”, Pepper Slaw and Cajun Remoulade featuring Gardein™ - This was the offering from the Vegan stand at Epcot food and wine. I thought the slaw and the sauce was good, but it really didn't taste much like crab.
Farm Fresh Nueske’s Pepper Bacon Hash with Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Hollandaise and pickled Jalapeños - I really liked this hash. It had a fair amount of spice because of the pickled jalapenos.
Aulani Sunset featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum - This cocktail had a little too much pineapple for my taste.
Paperboy Red - This is an interesting red because the "bottle" is actually a plastic bag wrapped in heavy duty cardboard. The wine wasn't my favorite - but the packaging was cool.
The Great American Wine Company, Chardonnay - I really enjoyed this wine!
Domaine Chandon, Brut Sparkling Blanc de Noir - The sparkling wine was terrific!
Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Bold City Brewery, Jacksonville, FL - One of my favorite brown ales!
We moved to the large room for the plated dinner.
Vegetarian Moussaka - The clove on this was far too heavy. We could only eat it when we paired it with the surprise beer of the night: MMMM Hop. Yes, it is by those famous Hanson brothers.
Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimi Churri - This was my favorite course of hte night. Everything was delicious!
Puerto Rico Course
“Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco” Slow Braised Beef with Puerto Rican Grown Rice - I didn't get a photo of this dish. It was good, but could have used more sauce.
Paired with Medalla Light Beer or Sangriiia Cocktail
Hops and Barley Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing
Refreshment Port Croissant Doughnut
Bean to the Bar Warm Drinking Chocolate
Paired with Rosa Regale
This course was fantastic! Everything was so good! Overall, we really enjoyed the dinner. The service could have been better and the pairings didn't always match up. We would definitely go again next year if they have it.
On Sunday, we decided to stop by Two Henry's Brewing on way home. We really liked their beer at the Beer and Loathing event.
I was impressed with all their beer. I think we'll definitely be going back there!