The 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disney World runs extra long this year from August 31st to November 13th, 2017and we were lucky enough to spend a few days touring the pavilions in mid-September. While Epcot is generally very busy anyways, we didn’t find the lines intolerable. Each booth, or ‘marketplace’ was cutely themed based on the country it represented and was staffed with enough cast members to ensure that service was quick and efficient even at peak visitor hours.
We tasted our way through the Epcot World Showcase and below are some of our favourites from this year’s Food and Wine Festival:
- Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy, $4.75. Great value for the price, and the only item we tried twice.
- Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions, $4.75. This was super flavourful. My only complaint was that it was slightly oily, but I could have gone back for seconds!
Earth Eats Inspired by ABC’s “The Chew”
- Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese, $5.25. A fairly small portion, but totally delicious!
- Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle, $3.50. This was the only sweet we tried and it was worth every penny. So much peanut butter flavour crammed into a tiny glass.
- La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice, $10.75. We used a Food and Wine ticket on this one because of the price, and I’d do it again. So great.
- Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll, $5.00. It was 100 degrees out by the time we got to the Canada marketplace, but we’d heard from DFB that this was a must try…and they were so right. The pretzel didn’t add much in the way of flavour, but the soup was delicious.
- Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread, $4.75. Like above, it was 100 degrees by the time we tried this, but we wanted to try it because we love the brown bread from Raglan Road in Disney Springs. I only wish it had come with a third piece of bread to soak up the gravy-like dip.
- Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce, $5.00. We almost didn’t put this one on the list because at five dollars the value just wasn’t there (Portions last year were nearly double what you see here); however….it was quite tasty.
We had an amazing time, but what do you think? If you’re planning to visit the Disney Food and Wine Festival this fall let us know if you agree with our picks or if there are any marketplace selections that you would add!