I am finishing up my recap of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2013 with a review of the Mexico and Australia booths and a recipe for Shrimp Tacos (Tacos de Camarones). Here are my previous posts on Epcot: Japan and Cheese booths in Part 1, Scotland, Italy, and Poland in Part 2, China and Greece in Part 3, and Desserts and Champagne and Africa in Part 4. There were so many more booths I wanted to try, but unfortunately our stomachs held us back. Maybe someday I will get to visit again. After the New Year, I will post about Downtown Disney, Magic Kingdom, and Legoland Florida.
I forgot to take a photo of the actual booth, but this year Mexico offered Taco de Rib-Eye with Salsa de Chipotle, Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage, Rice Pudding, Dos Equis Beer, Sangria, Tequila Flight, and Mango-Habanero Margarita.
We got the Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage and Tequila Flight. The Tequila Flight included Tequila Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo. Chad wanted the flight to take the nerves off after finishing his final presentation for his Master’s Degree a couple of hours earlier. I tried a sip, but am not a fan of straight liquor. Chad enjoyed it and was a lot more relaxed, especially since he had a beer a couple of stops later at the Scottish booth.
The Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage was Chad’s favorite dish at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival this year. It was also one of the top picks for me. The shrimp were battered and fried, then piled on top of a flour tortilla with purple cabbage, salsa verde, chipotle mayo, and a lime. It was a decent portion size with enough for the three of us to share (though Evan only had a couple of bites). My only complaint is that it can be quite a bit messy to eat, especially if you can’t find a table.
This year, the Australia booth offered Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle, and Rapini; Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies; Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s Berries and Vanilla Custard); Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay; Rosemount Estate Pinot Grigio; Rosemount Estate Merlot; and Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz.
I was still a bit full from the Mexico booth, but wanted to sample the Pavlova since I have never tried one before. It was delicious. I liked the contrast of the crispy meringue shell with the creamy vanilla custard. I plan on trying this one at home next summer when berries are in season again.
Since the Shrimp Taco was Chad’s favorite at the festival, I knew I had to attempt to make it at home. I used my flour tortilla recipe as the base. I tossed the shrimp in a seasoned batter and fried them until golden. I placed them on the tortilla with a handful of red cabbage, then drizzled them with chipotle mayonnaise and salsa verde. You can use either canned salsa verde or the salsa verde recipe listed in my Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas recipe. Tomatillos weren’t available when I went grocery shopping, so I used canned this time. Don’t forget the lime slices! Chad tried the tacos with and without lime. He said the lime helped bring all the flavors together and gave it a little something extra.