Taste Europe during the International Food & Wine Festival

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France marketplace during International Food & Wine Festival (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

France marketplace during International Food & Wine Festival (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney News: Culinary and Beverage Offerings from Belgium to Greece

One of the interesting components to the International Food & Wine Festival is pairing food and beverages. With over 30 international marketplaces there are many opportunities in the various pavilions at Epcot. For European countries, here’s some of the pairings to look out for:

Belgium

You’re sure to find the renowned Belgian chocolate in at least one dish. If you’re a chocoholic, try the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles and round that out with the Belgian Waffle topped with a Berry Compote and Whipped Cream for dessert. Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde are among your choices for beverages along with a Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Iced Coffee if you’re still needing more of a chocolate fix!

France

The French know how to turn the ordinary into an indulgence. Try the Coq au Vin sur Gratin de Macaroni or a Créme Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait if you’re sweet tooth is in need of a sampling. Try a classic Chardonnay or Merlot, or see what the Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush is all about. Formidable!

Germany

Along with accordian music, strudel and bratwurst are synonymous with German cuisine!  This year you can try a roast Bratwurst stuffed into a Pretzel Roll or a traditional apple strudel doused in a caramel and vanilla sauce. Say Ein Prosit as you raise your glass with an Altenmünster Dunkel or a classic Riesling.

Greece

If you’re looking for a traditional meal, try the chicken souvlaki with tzatziki sauce or the spanakopita. Wash that down with a swig of Domaine Skouras Moscofilero or Alpha Axia Syrah and you’re ready to shout Opa!

Ireland

First, order the Guinness and sip on that along with the fisherman’s pie – then close your eyes and transport yourself to a small Irish pub. For sweet lovers, there’s a chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache and you can pair that with the Bunratty Potcheen Chilled Irish Coffee.

Poland

You can’t get a more Polish meal than kielbasa in potato pierogies. Put a dollop of sour cream on top along with some caramelized onions and a Chandon Carneros Chardonnay is the ideal accompaniment.

Scandinavia

The Taste of Scandinavia dish has a good assortment: Cured Salmon, Herring and Shrimp Salad, or, try lingonberries with Swedish meatballs. There are three beverage selections to pick from: Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee, Xanté or Xanté Sunshine.

Tell us…

What European country has your favorite culinary offering?