France, much like Canada, is another Epcot International Food & Wine Festival hot spot. Often developing long lines, be sure to hit this kiosk early if you want to sample the dishes without much wait. That’s exactly what we did, as it just doesn’t feel like F&W unless we get the escargot! Of course, the Boeuf Bourguignon also caught Matt’s eye, as does any beef stew.
The Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes) portion we received was a hearty one (this was served on the first official day of the festival, too). While stew-like dishes are typically not my thing, I thought this was well-executed and had a good flavor. Matt thoroughly enjoyed the dish.
My favorite part was the mashed potatoes, so I was happy to relinquish the beef to Matt and enjoy their starchy, gravy-covered goodness.
As is tradition, we ordered the Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche). We savor each buttery bite of this dish. While I prefer Escargots Gratines (served in a dish without the bread), this is Matt’s preferred preparation.
The garlic, parsley and butter soaks into the brioche, making each bite incredibly flavorful. The snails are tender and not chewy, as many who have never tried the dish tend to believe. If you haven’t tried this before, I highly recommend it. If you don’t want to, that’s okay. More for us. 😉
The Sparkling Pomegranate Kir (Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate Liqueur) is a light, refreshing, bubbly cocktail that is way too easy to drink. The slight fruitiness of the pomegranate complements the sparking wine nicely.
While we haven’t ordered it this year, here’s a look at the 2011 Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait. When we ordered it then, it didn’t have much chocolate flavor. This might have changed over the past few years, and it’s likely we’ll give it another try as the festival continues. Matt loves Creme Brulee, so I can see us ordering this when we go back for another helping of Escargot. We’ll update this page and let you know if we do. 😉
A favorite of mine that I’ll likely order is the Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush. This combination of Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Grand Marnier and Cranberry Juice is a wonderfully tart (and strong!) one. While normally served in one of the plastic martini glasses, mine was served in a cup last year. This made for easier consumption, perhaps too much easier…
Once again, a fan favorite is also a win with us! Which items will you be ordering from France this year? Do you have a favorite from previous years that you’re missing? Let us know in the comments below!