Tempt your taste buds at the 23rd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The ever-popular fall culinary fair is now in full-swing, and this year’s event promises to please even the pickiest palate.
Running for 75 days this year, the annual extravaganza opened August 30 and will draw to a close a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, on November 12, 2018. The Festival offers more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, with international kiosks not only surrounding World Showcase, but also extending into Future World as well. Some dishes you might want to sample include Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter vinaigrette, Parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds; Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak with smoked corn cake, pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aïoli; and New Brunswick Slider, slow-braised beef brisket “pot roast-style” on a potato roll with horseradish cream, crispy fried onions and pickled vegetables on the side, just to name a few.
This year’s Festival offers a new “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” series in World ShowPlace, which kicked off September 2 with Top Chef All-Star Richard Blais. Brunch will continue on select Sundays through November 11, hosted by such culinary celebrities as Jamie Deen, Tiffani Thiessen, Masaharu Morimoto, Buddy Valastro, Art Smith, Geoffrey Zakarian, Carla Hall, and Alex Guarnaschelli. Popular TV chefs and icons such as Richard Irvine, Maneet Chauhan, and others will entertain and inspire Guests at Festival seminars and other events. Guests may also attend “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops on Wednesdays and Thursdays and interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists, and other pros.
Of course, the Eat to the Beat concerts will return to the America Gardens Theater at the American Adventure Pavilion. The Festival will host 225 shows in all, with three performance times each night, including such musical acts as Vertical Horizon, Sheila E, 98 Degrees, MercyMe and Glass Tiger, and other returning festival favorites.
Kids of all ages will have fun playing Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt. This year Chef Remy is hiding in all new locations. Oh! And rumor has it there’s also a brand new Remy and Emile Character encounter!
One of the entrees available at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a butternut squash ravioli. Get the kids involved with dinner tonight and check out this similar (and simpler) recipe from AllRecipes.com. *Adult supervision recommended.*
You will need:
1 cup mashed, cooked butternut squash
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 egg yolk1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (16 ounce) package round wonton wrappers
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, unpeeledchopped
fresh sage to taste
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
Visit the link above for the full recipe and cooking instructions, and enjoy today’s tasty dinner!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Home Economics, Cooking
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades, High School
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