Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing what you need to know to get ready for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Any Walt Disney World vacation can make it difficult to keep control of your sugars. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival offers new temptations and risks, but there are actually many delicious options that are excellent choices. I will give a list of dishes that should fit this criteria, which actually include almost all my families favorites. First, let’s discuss the two most important things to consider when eating with type 2 diabetes: portion size and carbohydrates. The Food & Wine dish sizes are small which helps, but too many of these small servings will add up. Carbohydrates are foods that are converted into sugar in our bodies and raise our blood sugars. We will try to avoid these as much as possible. The following recommendations should help you enjoy the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but not wreck you glucose levels.
- Even though the portion sizes are small, try to limit yourself to 2 or 3 per meal. Too much of a good thing is still bad. Sharing a dish with a family member will allow you to sample more.
- Obviously, avoid foods that are high in sugar. This not only includes most “sweets,” but also foods with honey, syrup, and molasses.
- Surprisingly sugary foods will do the same: pineapple, bananas, and fruit juices.
- Starchy foods will raise your sugars quickly, too: bread products, pasta, potatoes, and white rice.
- Most alcoholic drinks will rocket your glucose levels, especially beer, sweet wine, and most mixed drinks.
- Dry wines and straight whiskey (like at the Scotland both), drank in limited amounts have much less affect.
Good Choices for Diabetes
- Africa: Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin tips with onions, jalapeños, tomato, and pap.
- Brazil: Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Cilantro.
- Canada: Canadian Chedder Cheese Soup; “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
- Cheese Studio: Trio of Artisan Cheeses (this booth is new, but all other cheese options have been excellent)
- Chew Lab: Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Fresh Corn, Bacon, and Pepper Jam
- Dominican Republic: Lechon Asado: Roasted Pork with Mango, Pickled Red Onion, and Avocado.
- Farm Fresh: Griddled “Yard Bird” with Braised Greens
- Greece: Vegetable Moussaka with Garden Sausage Crumbles; Greek Salad
- Hawaii: Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips
- Intermission Cafe’: * Cucumber and Tomato Salad; Crudite’ with Carrots, Celery, and Broccoli with Creamy Peper Relish; Fruit and Cheese Plate
- Ireland: * Kerrygold Cheese Selection (I love cheese!)
- New Zealand: * Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Bread Crumbs (one of my favorites); Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom
- Patagonia: Grilled Beef Skewers with Chimichurri; * Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (excellent! I ate it every day!)
- Scotland: Seared Sea Scallops with Spinach Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon
- South Korea: * Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap with Kimchi Slaw (Our son devoured his. It was his favorite!)
- Wine Studio: Trio of Artisan Cheese
These are 22 good options. I have sampled most of them. You will not feel like you are missing out. But, in the words of my favorite philosopher, Marx (Groucho! not Karl), “I believe in moderation in all things,..including moderation.” Enjoy yourself! If there is something you MUST have that is not on the list, then try it, but maybe share it and make your other options healthy ones.
Have a great time! For information on Healthy Snacks at WDW, click the link.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Food & Wine Festival Loop:
- 1st Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Eat to the Beat Concerts
- 2nd Stop – What’s the Point? | Festival Dining & Tasting Events
- 3rd Stop – Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze | Food & Wine Festival Booths
- 4th Stop – Capturing Magical Memories | Tips for Attending with Kids
- 5th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Tips for Special Diets