2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog

Last year we were invited by Ocean Spray to get into their Cranberry Bog, a feature of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival since 2011. We had a great time at the event, and were excited to be able to return!

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This year’s menu offered several more food options featuring Ocean Spray Cranberries, with many items reinvented and others completely new. To keep with Epcot’s theme, the menu was inspired by six countries: Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, and United States. We were given a passport and could have it stamped at each of the tables as we sampled the food.

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2013 Reception Menu

Canada

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Craisin Glazed Pork Belly with White Cheddar Grits

This is one of my favorite dishes served during the reception. The grits were wonderfully cheesy, and the pork belly melted away. I loved the sweet pairing of the Craisins with the pork! (Secret: It may have beaten Brazil’s in a taste-off! ;))

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Cranberry & Sea Salt Cured Wild Salmon with Maple Sugar Crystals

While I may not be a fan of cooked salmon, I do enjoy it if it has been smoked or cured. These bites were delicate and slightly sweet. I love the pop of color from the flower!

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France

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Artisan Cheese Stuffed Mini Craisin Brioche

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Craisin, Bacon and Brie Potato Gratin

I don’t think there’s a single thing about this dish I didn’t like. I enjoyed how the sweetness of the Craisins mingled with the bolder flavors of the bacon and brie. I’ll certainly consider the addition of Craisins in gratin at home!

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Japan

Craisin Infused Five Spice Char Kobe Beef with Sriracha

The beef was tender with just a little bit of heat – nothing overpowering. It was an interesting combination that I wouldn’t mind experimenting with at home.

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Craisin Vegetable Fried Rice

This was an unexpected addition to traditional fried rice, but we found it rather addicting!

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Mexico

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Pulled Chicken Craisin Tamales

These reminded me almost of leftovers from Thanksgiving, with the masa replacing mashed potatoes as the carb. Quite good, but the tamale was sizable for a sample. I had to stop eating so I could try the other foods. 🙂

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Mole Shrimp Quesadilla with Cranberry Salsa

The shrimp quesadillas were perfectly cooked, and I liked the Cranberry Salsa. With many salsas utilizing fruit for a sweet element (peach, pineapple), I liked the heartiness of the cranberry.

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United Kingdom

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English Mustard Dusted Scotch Egg with Cranberry Marmalade

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Beef and Craisin Shepherd’s Pie

Beef, potatoes and corn – we both ate this up! It just had that comfort food quality to it. 🙂

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United States

In order to enjoy the foods of the United States, we had to put on the waders and get into the bog! It was a lot of fun wading around yet again. It always draws a crowd of park guests wondering what’s going on. We were the last group of the night to get in, so we were sad when we had to leave.

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Seared Free Range Chicken with Craisin Moonshine Pearls

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Craisin Ketchup

I’m not big on sweet potatoes, but these were delicious, and I liked the slight tartness of the Craisin Ketchup!

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Signature Drink – O Fizz
Lime Juice, Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Champagne, Fresh Cranberries & Mint

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Looking to add some cranberries into your cooking? Try these recipes provided by Ocean Spray (PDFs)!
Cranberries Every Day, Every Way
A Healthy Fruit From a Good Place

We had a fantastic time at this event hosted by Ocean Spray and it was even more inspired than last year. While you can’t get into the bog, be sure to stop by the nearby stand where you can get a free bag of Craisins and learn more about cranberry farming. If you can’t make it to the festival this year, you can learn more about fruit here. I can’t wait to recreate some of this delicious menu at home!

Disclosure: I was invited by Weber Shandwick on behalf of Ocean Spray to attend this media event. The views expressed in this post are my own.

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6 responses to “2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog

  1. Glad you had such a good time! The food all looks quite tasty.
    But, you’re going to say that Brazil’s pork belly isn’t so great when you get a taste of the pork belly banh mi & the pork belly appetizer at you know where 🙂

  2. I know – I need to get over there!

  3. SO FUN. Everything looks so good. The grits look perfect; I wish my grits turned out that picturesque! And I share your thoughts on salmon, by the by — if it’s not raw or smoked or cured, I’m not eating it.

  4. I really need to try making grits at home sometime. The ones at the reception were amazing!

    Fish can be such a polarizing protein. Matt can eat canned tuna, I can’t. I can eat fried fish (like fish and chips), and he won’t touch it!

  5. Moonshine pearls? what are those??

  6. They’re a “faux caviar” using a molecular gastronomy process called spherification – Pretty cool stuff!