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Beef & Booze: My Food & Wine Festival Menu Selections, Part Three

20 Aug

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If you haven’t already, please check out Part One and Part Two. Now it’s time for my final menu picks!

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Don’t shush me, Trey. You look stupid.

Craft Beers– Beer

Man, am I ever getting beer-ed out. There sure is a lot of beer for something called the food and WINE festival. I’m not a wine person, so I really oughtn’t complain. It’s the principle!! You can buy a souvenir mug here, so I’ll probably do that. I may give the Punkin Ale here a try, although I’m not sure I want a giant mug of it. I’d probably go with the 312 Urban Wheat Ale, then maybe try a flight some other time if I feel so inclined.

Germany– Bratwurst and Altenmünster Oktoberfest

I’m pretty pumped for this stand because I like a lot of German food however I never get any in WDW because the smell in that place makes me gaggy. I’m very sensitive to smells and it’s just too much for me in there. Nobody likes a Gaggy Clarf. Sadly, I don’t really like ham much so I’m not interested in the Schinkennudeln, which at least LOOKS tasty to me, even if I don’t want to eat it. So I will opt for the bratwurst here, which comes on a pretzel roll with some kicky mustard. Can’t go wrong with that! Wine and bratwurst sounds unappetizing if not downright disturbing, so Altenmünster Oktoberfest it is!

Hawaii– Kālua pork slider and Big Wave Golden Ale

This is another one I am really looking forward to. The Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise sounds and looks amazing. I’m intrigued by the Pineapple wine, but it sounds like a bit much. I’ll opt for the Big Wave Golden Ale.

Hops and Barley– Ugh.

If I buy a water bottle, will they give me a stamp?

Ireland– Kerrygold cheese selection

Land of ire. Seafood is out, and warm chocolate pudding sounds like the last thing I’m going to want sitting in my stomach, so that leaves me with the Kerrygold cheese selection. It includes reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig. I’d consider myself a big cheese fan, but I usually don’t stray from the same cheese your five year old likes to munch on. Give me a bowl of mild shredded cheddar and I’m happy as can be. The point is, my cheese palate is coarse and unrefined. These cheeses aren’t especially deep cuts, but they aren’t something I would typically order either. With that in mind, I’m (perhaps sadly) filing this under “Trying Something New”. I’ll probably pass on the beverages here, unless I need a caffeine pick-me-up.

Italy– Ravioli alla caprese, Cannoli al cioccolato and Procecco

No a-spicy meat-a-balls? The hell? Oh well, the ravioli alla caprese sounds good to me! I am sure some pasta will be a nice change of pace from all the meat-heavy selections I’ve made elsewhere. And I will not be leaving the cannoli because it sounds damn good. Round it out with the procecco and I’ve got a nice little mini-meal going.

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If it’s not in a cup, I send it back.

Mexico– No estoy segura

The shrimp and rib eye tacos really don’t interest me, especially when I can easily (and most definitely will!) get some tastier Mexican snacks over in the Mexico Pavillion. Why aren’t they serving Tecate here? Truly a shame. For me, specifically. I’ll probably grab a sangria or try the sweet corn cheesecake. I’d opt for the Mango Strawberry margarita but I can’t stand frozen drinks with strawberry. I really wish they were offering something a bit more unique in a margarita here. I wish last year’s Mango Habanero had stuck around.

Patagonia– Beef Skewer

Looks like more beef for me at this stand. The beef empanada sounds good, but a little too similar to the kefta pocket. Instead, I think I’ll opt for the grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée. If I decide to get a drink here, it’ll be the sparkling brut. Now, I’m used to drinking very fine options like Andre, so I may be setting myself up for disappointment. I’ll probably take a break from the booze at this stand.

Poland– Kielbasa and potato pierogi and Frozen Szarlotka

Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream. Yes. All day long, yes. Although, I’m pretty sure pierogis belong in a Pittsburgh booth. That is based solely on the fact that I went to a Pirates game once and they had people dressed in pierogi costumes racing. As you do. I’ve only had the freezer kind before, so I’m excited to try one that’s better quality. The frozen Szarlotka is an apple pie flavored vodka drink of some kind. Just go with it.

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TR and a pierogi taking a selfie because of course.

Puerto Rico– Friturias and sangria

If there is not a full-blood boricua working at this booth with a tattoo that says as much on his arm, I am throwing a fit. He doesn’t have to tell me, “Mami, I need ya”. He doesn’t even have to whisper, “Te quiero”. But the tattoo is non-negotiable. So, what will I be eating when he takes me with him back to Puerto Rico I MEAN when I go to this booth lol sorry got lost in el ritmo. Definitely the friturias. What in the heck are friturias? Apparently they are sorullitos (sweet polenta fries) and bolitas de queso (cheese fritter with mayo ketchup). It looks and sounds delicious, even if the mayo ketchup does come in creepy capsules. I’m getting the sangria because it is Gasolina sangria and I want to so badly to yell, “DAME MAS GASOLINA!”. I won’t, but I’ll think about it and chuckle. And just an aside, googling “Puerto Rican men” is also very, erm, fruitful. Lots of Adam Rodriguez. He can’t take me back to Puerto Rico, though. Not without that tattoo.

Terra– Whatever.

Last and perhaps least, Terra. I’m really happy for you kooky vegans. You deserve a booth. You do. And I know it’s sponsored by Gardein so that’s why they use their products in every dish. I just wish there was some sort of plain vegetable dish here. I’m not a big fan of meat substitutes, and even the damn cupcake is topped with tofu. Hey, they should’ve made it a beet cupcake with tofu icing! Disney owns Doug. SYNERGY! Or something. Anyway. Two uninspired (but vegan!) wines, a gluten-free and pretty meh-sounding beer, and watermelon juice. I’d really prefer to just eat a nice slice of watermelon. An entire glass of the juice just seems like overkill. In any case, I’m not sure what I will end up getting from this booth. Maybe I’ll just get some fake chicken and throw it at a duck or something.

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Well, there you have it! Before I close, I wanted to share a few sites that have really helped me with my Food and Wine planning and my menu choices. The first is THIS post at wdwtools.com. It’s titled “Bobotie for Beginners: Food & Wine Booth Menus Decoded!” and it goes through each menu with descriptions of some of the more obscure menu items as well as details about the different alcoholic beverages. How handy! They saved me a lot of time I’d have spent googling different beers and wines.

The second is EatingWDW.com. Of all the sites I’ve been to, I enjoy the tone and presentation of this one the most. There are posts for each of last year’s booths with photos of the menus and the food, as well as their personal opinions. It’s thorough but not too clinical and I appreciate having their assessment of the different dishes as I’m looking at the menus. They also have lots of resources and info regarding this year’s festival and will surely have posts up as soon as it begins!

Well, with that I have made my choices. And holy CRAP that is a shit-ton of food. This may become the first WDW vacation where I actually come back fatter than I left. I think I gained five pounds just writing it. If you’re going to be there when I am, please drop me a line! I’d love to meet-up. I cannot wait to go and try everything and report back. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram if you’re not already, as I’m sure I’ll be sharing some comments here and there live from my vacation.

Are you going to the Food and Wine Festival this year? What booths and dishes are you most excited about?

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