The Epcot Food & Wine Tailgate Tasting is a must do at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival if you are a football fan. ESPN Monday Night Football hosts an incredible free event for Annual Passholders in the Festival Center. I was lucky enough to attend Monday, October 1st for the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Denver Broncos inspired Tailgate Tasting created by Chef Wil of Event Operations.
There are two more Tailgate Tastings – Oct. 8 and 15th. To ensure your seat, you must rope drop the park, and head straight over to the festival center. As soon as you walk in, you will see the Cast Member in charge of sign up. They only allow just over 100 people for each tasting. I was the third person in line. By the time I signed up and got my band, the line was all the way back up to the entrance. The cast member made sure to let everyone know that we had to be back by 4:15 pm otherwise they would give our seats to people on standby. I got in line about 3:50 pm to ensure I got a good seat, and there were already quite a few people in front of me in line.
Smoked Rocky Mountain Chili & New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
Growing up in Wisconsin, chili is a staple gameday dinner, especially in the frozen tundra. I enjoyed the choice of venison (instead of the usual ground beef) which is another favorite of mine being a WI girl. The New Belgium Fat Tire was so smooth and enhanced the smokiness of the chili.
Smoked Kansas City Ribs & The Big Bad Red Blend
I love me some ribs, and Chef Wil’s were finger licking good! The meat just fell right off the bone. Now add that full-bodied red wine to the mix, and that is a match made in heaven! I am still thinking about that rib.
Charred Corn Buttons & Madras Mimosa
I never thought about adding polenta and creamed corn into a cornbread. The texture and flavor those added have me ready to change up my tried and true recipe at home. The sweetness of the Madras Mimosa and the Charred Corn Button were just the perfect compliments to both the chili and rib.
I am a HUGE football fanatic (Green Bay Packers Owner), and this event was a blast. Did I mention this event is free for Annual Passholders?! The event started at 4:15 and lasted just under an hour. Remember there are only two more dates left – Oct. 8th & 15th, and the menus will be inspired by the teams facing off on Monday Night Football. What is a must on your tailgate menu when you are cooking with family and friends? Post in the comments below. Stay hungry Disney friends!