The Epcot 2014 Food and Wine Festival Item Photos and Scoreboard Page
October 3rd, 2014
| by Mealtrip
It has taken over 40 hours of shooting, 20 hours of post-production, and close to $400 to eat our way around the World Showcase kiosks this year, all to help unify the look of our International Marketplaces Scoreboard, and bring you the most up to date information available.
I believe that the item photos are extremely important, as they show exactly what is handed to you at each of the kiosks (we did have to replate a few items becuase technically, we're not supposed to show copyright Dixie plates and bowls). Not only is it a great way to get an idea about portion sizes, but you'll get to see some beautifully plated items, along with a few that contain excess oil and melting whip cream… as they say, a picture, is worth a thousand words.
The gluten free Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri from the Patagonia kiosk.
I was diligently taking notes as I made my way around World Showcase, and my reviews of each item are now slowly being added to the system. That's not really what Mealtrip.com is all about though. Every once in a while, I may stumble upon something intelligent to say, but the whole idea behind Mealtrip.com, is to hear what you
have to say.
As far as I know (and please let me know if I'm wrong)... Mealtrip.com has the only online, fully visual (photos of all the items in our review database), rating system, where you can not only research the festival's items, but rate and review each individual item yourself as well. Because taste and flavor is such a personal thing, I've always found multiple-reviewer rating system more helpful in finding items that I will like. With the cost of these items gradually climbing higher each year, it's more important than ever, to match up what you like to eat, with what's available at the festival.
You can jump to the current Festival Item Photos and Scoreboard Page by clicking below….
… once there, you can also download a "Free PDF Checklist
" for all the items at the festival, complete with prices (located in the upper right side of the page). Our family prints out a copy of the PDF Checklist, to help plan what each member wants to try on their next visit.
This year's version of Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes from the France kiosk.
Another neat feature that we've added this year is a "Gluten Free" button. If you click on the Gluten Free button (wherever there is a sortable list) all of the items that we've been told are gluten free, will float to the top of the list. Disney usually does a good job at keeping the gluten out of the items that they identify, but as always, it's best to ask right there at the kiosk, as nutritional and ingredient information can occasionally change throughout the festival.
We've also kept the Price Calculator feature that was introduced during our Flower and Garden Festival Food Item coverage… which we've found extremely useful this year at the Food and Wine Festival, because the prices are trending up a bit higher. For those that want to stay on a budget, our Price Totaler can come in handy.
Basically, once you've signed up as a member (only logged in members can leave reviews, and it's super easy to sign up), just click the green "Must Try" button for any item that you would like to try. It's a little like a "shopping list". After you are done selecting all of the items you would like to try, go to the top menu system and select "Your Must Try List" for the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
On your custom Must Try page... you will find just the items you've selected in your list, how many reviews you have for those items, how much money you would need to purchase those items, and which kiosk you will have to visit. We will keep this Must Try list for you, as long as the festival information is in our system (which looks like two or three years at this point).
And as always, you can find all of your reviews in the "Your Reviews and Mealtrip Information Pages
" link near your screen name, at the top left-hand side of our site.
Dessert Trio: Passion Fruit Coconut Creamsicle, Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Roll and Chocolate Espresso Opera Cake from the Desserts & Champagne kiosk.
I'll be writing a few more articles about my findings at the World Showcase kiosks this year, and a couple of events too, so please stay tuned, as there is more information on the way and opportunities to tell us what you think about this year's festival.