We were at Epcot A LOT on our last trip. If you can make it for the Food and Wine Festival you should definitely do it. In Part 1 of this “Snackin’ Around Disney” series, I talked a little bit about what happens during the Food and Wine Festival, where there are lots of booths from various countries scattered around the World Showcase, each offering small plates and snacks from that country.
I reviewed small plates from Greece, Patagonia, Belgium, and Hawaii in Part 1. In Part 2, I am going to review Germany, Italy, Morocco, Hops and Barley, and Farm Fresh.
Germany: The Roast Bratwurst in a Hard Roll is a pretty solid option, and consistently good from year to year. It did come on a pretzel roll in previous years but this year’s hard roll wasn’t really a big change. It comes with a dollop of spicy brown mustard (I think its Gulden’s as that is what they have in the Germany pavilion). You can probably split this, but the roll is small. And they definitely do not give you enough mustard.
Italy: We had the Pennete alla Parmigiana, which is baked ziti and chicken parm with tomato sauce and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. For the Food and Wine Festival, this is a GIANT portion, with plenty of pasta and a large piece of chicken. It is, however, incredibly sub-par. If you’re hungry, consider it, but don’t go out of your way.
Morocco: At the top of my “need to try” list this year was the Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce from Morocco. When you read that, you might expect French fries with hummus and tzatziki on top (well maybe, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect). You get something more akin to falafel with a spicy tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki sauce is unlike the cool, cucumberey, minty, tzatziki from Greece, it actually has some spice to it. This was delicious. It was heavy, for the small portion you get I felt satisfied. I hope this makes the cut for next year. Again, easily split-able as you can just grab one of the fries, but you wont get a ton of the spicy tzatziki sauce.
Hops and Barley: Epcot also has the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, which features the Smokehouse at the USA pavilion. Its always a winner, and I think the Food and Wine festival wanted to get in on the action this year with the Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese Served on Griddled Garlic Toast. My fiancé had this twice this year and loved it, but I found it incredibly salty. Its an okay portion size, you can split the meat easily.
A note on Hops and Barley. The Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing ($3.75) has been one of my favorite desserts for years. This year, I didn’t even have it. I love carrot cake, but my favorite part of this carrot cake was that it was baked with Craisins. Ocean Spray didn’t seem to be the Food and Wine sponsor as they were in previous years, so instead, it had pineapple. I try not to complain about change at Disney because there are definitely things that need an upgrade, but damn did I love that Craisin-ey carrot cake.
Farm Fresh: Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions. It just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Admittedly, I hate bacon (I know, I know), but I had a bite of this and it was great. A large size, obviously filling because its Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and completely worth it. Split this if you want, but I recommend a portion for yourself.
So, Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (Part 2)?
I’m going to bring in Part 1 and include my full rankings for the food we tried at the Food and Wine Festival this year.
1. Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes (Belgium)
2. Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce featuring Oikos Greek Yogurt (Greece)
3. Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (Hawaii)
4. Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (Morocco)
5. Roast Bratwurst in a Hard Roll (Germany)
6. Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions (Farm Fresh)
7. Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese Served on Griddled Garlic Toast (Hops and Barley)
8. Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache (Belgium)
9. Beef Empanada (Patagonia)
10. Pennete alla Parmigiana (Italy)
Yep. The Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes (Belgium) took the top spot this year. Seriously, you all have to try it!