Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2013: Terra Booth

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Hi Friends!

I’ve finally compiled my photos from this year’s Epcot Food & Wine festival and am ready to share the good, the pretty good, and the not so good. Luckily there is more good than not to share.

We didn’t make it to every single booth this year, but managed to do some serious damage in our 1.5 days in the parks. There are a few things that I regretfully missed (man, I really wanted to go to the Singapore booth!), and a few things we skipped on purpose (Greece, I’m looking at you) but overall had a fantastic time and ate most of what we had hoped to try. (You can see my planning wish list here.)

So I figured the best way to tackle this recap would be to go booth by booth, starting with #1, the vegan Terra booth! Terra was new to Epcot Food & Wine in 2012, and I loved it so much I dreamed about it all year. It was a perfect place to start.

erra Booth at Epcot Food and Wine Fest

Vegan Goodness at Terra

First up, Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein(tm) Chick’n Breast.

Trick'n Chick'n Curry

Curry goodness

We tend to like anything with the word “curry” and this is no exception. I enjoyed this more this year than last. So much depends on whether the “chick’n” is cooked properly. This one was not overcooked or dry – absolutely delicious, with a tomato-y flavorful curry sauce and very nice rice. Husband and kid really enjoyed it.

And of course, we had to have my favorite dish from last year’s Food & Wine fest, the Chili Colorado with House-made Chips & Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein(tm) Beefless Tips. Yes folks, this is vegan beef, and it is delicious.

Chili Colorado with House Made Chips & Cashew Cheese

Complex, warm spices, great texture, totally satisfying

Once again, this dish did not disappoint. the “beef” is soft and meaty, the onions and peppers are soft and homey, the sauce is somewhat sweet, savory, spicy…everything you would want it to be. The cashew cheese is a tiny bit grainy, but if you think of it as ground cashew sauce then that’s not bothersome. It ads a really nice creaminess to the dish. My 12 year old daughter kept asking to go back for seconds.

And finally, we tried the Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce.

Not my favorite - chocolatey, but also vegan-y.

Not my favorite – chocolatey, but also vegan-y.

This was not great. I suppose if you’re vegan and have a hard time finding good desserts, it would be OK. (Though you’re probably better off heading to BabyCakes anyway.) The chocolate part was very dense and sort of brownie-like. I didn’t hate it. And the passionfruit sauce had a nice tang. I really didn’t think the coconut mousse worked. It didn’t have a mousse texture – it was also quite dense, and far too oily. More like cooked-down full-fat coconut milk. My kid liked it, though.

Drinks available were a Napa Smith Organic IPA, a Chardonnay and Red Blend from The Vegan Vine, and Fresh Watermelon Juice. The juice looked really good, and I wish I’d ordered it. They were juicing the watermelon fresh at the stand.

So what about you? Did you take a break from animal products and try the vegan offerings at the Terra booth? Anyone try that watermelon juice? Share in the comments! (And if you send me a pic of that juice I’ll post it here.)

(Late Breaking Watermelon Juice Update)

Thanks to our twitter friend Sarah @eatingwdw for providing a pic of the watermelon juice. She says it’s OK but could use some vodka. She’s also blogging about Epcot Food and Wine – check out her excellent blog!

watermelon juice Brazil booth Epcot Food and Wine

Refreshing and fresh-squeezed. I’d add tequila blanco and some salt.

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Epcot Food & Wine 2012 Recap #1 – Terra Booth

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We had a fabulous time at Epcot Food & Wine Fest 2012, and I gained at least 10 pounds. So now, it’s time to recap the good, the bad, and the meh of what we ate on our trip around the World. Unlike this guy, we didn’t eat every single dish at every booth. But we ate way more than two women should eat in two days. Not to mention the drinking…it’s a miracle I remembered to take any pictures.

Terra Booth Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Terra Booth Epcot Food & Wine Festival

First up (moving clockwise, which of course is the correct way to move around the World Showcase), is the Terra booth. I’m sure none of you are wondering (as the woman in line next to me did), “Where’s Terra?” Because that’s just silly. But what it is, is the vegan food booth, introduced this year. And it’s about stinkin’ time they put in a vegan booth because otherwise there doesn’t seem to be a thing for vegans to eat at Food & Wine.

Menu at Terra Booth at Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2012

Menu at Terra Booth at Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2012

I’ve read some very mixed reviews about the food at Terra, but for me, it was probably #1 or #2 on my list of favorite booths at the festival. I’m still craving the Chili Colorado, and even tried to make my own this week. It just wasn’t the same.

So here’s the stuff of my dreams – the Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein(tm) Beefless Tips.

Vegan Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese from Terra

Vegan Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese

The beefless tips were very tender and had a great texture – I almost couldn’t tell they weren’t meat. And the sauce…smokey, spicy, complex, a little sweet…with the aroma of adobo and cumin. I need to figure out how to replicate this sauce. The cashew cheese was a tiny bit grainy, but added a nice creamy nuttiness. Can you tell I loved this? Oh gosh, and I didn’t even mention the house-made chips! They’re fresh house-made potato chips. What’s not to love?

Next up, the Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein(tm) Chick’n Breast.

Vegan Trick'n Chick'n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein(tm) Chick'n Breast

Vegan Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice

I liked this quite a bit. Not as much as the Chili Colorado, but the Chick’n was tender enough to cut with a fork and not dry as I’d feared, and the curry sauce had a very nice tomato/curry kick. In comparison to the Chili Colorado, it was more bright and tangy, rather than sweet and smokey. Still, quite good. If I were vegan (which I sort of am right now as I’m on a three-week cleanse after eating so darned much in Epcot) I’d be very happy with this for dinner.

The one item at this booth that we skipped was the Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and Coconut Foam. Every time we passed the booth we drooled over the Coconut Foam, but just didn’t have room for dessert at each stop. Hopefully this one will be around next year.

Did you try the food at Terra? What did you think? Judging from what I’ve read online, I seem to be in the minority in my love of the food here. Let me know in the comments!

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