2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Menus Announced – Our Take

We’re really excited to start planning for this year’s Food & Wine Festival, and the Festival Marketplace is always our favorite part of the event. We’re amped for this first look at the full menus. Below are the menus for each of the Festival Marketplace booths, along with some commentary and pictures from us.

We're gearing up for a return to Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival!

We’re gearing up for a return to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival!

 

Africa

  • Berbere-style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra and Pap
  • Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc
  • The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
  • Porcupine Ridge Syrah

The Africa booth isn’t technically new this year, but it does have a new name and some new offerings. First introduced as the South Africa Marketplace in 1997, the new booth has some returning items, but others representative of other regions of the continent. It’s kind of a shame that, other than mainstay Morocco, we only have one booth representing the entire continent of Africa. It would be nice to see Egypt or Ethiopia highlighted at a future festival. Melissa is happy about the return of the Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket. In terms of vegetarian dishes, it’s an improvement over the Bunny Chow that was served in 2011. We’re both happy to see the bland filet with sweet potato purée go in favor of a new dish. The Berbere-style beef and its flavorful accompaniments sound like a vast improvement to us.

 

The Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket from the 2012 South Africa Booth

The Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket from the 2012 South Africa Booth

 

American Adventure Coffee Cart

  • Shakin’ Jamaican Coffee – Made with Kāhlua, Vanilla and Caramel. Served Hot or Frozen

This is a new “Marketplace” for 2013. With only one item on the menu, and that one item being what it is, this booth might be a foil for us this year. We usually make it a point to complete our passport and get at least one item from every country. We aren’t big coffee drinkers, especially not for something as cloyingly sweet as this sounds, but we may sacrifice just for the sake of completion. Danny has offered to fall on this grenade, though it might be like our experience with the Singapore Sling, when we each took a couple small sips and then threw the rest out.

 

Argentina

  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec
  • Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
  • Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon
Beef Empanada from 2011

Beef Empanada from 2011

Argentina has been a festival regular since it was introduced in 1997, and its menu has been fairly staid for the last several years. This is for good reason; the two beef dishes are solid, especially the Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée. It ties with Mexico’s Ribeye Taco as our favorite beef dish of the Festival.

 

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée, pictured with Terrazas Reserva Malbec

2012’s Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée, pictured with Terrazas Reserva Malbec

 

Australia

  • 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)
  • Rosemont Estate Pinot Grigio
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
  • Rosemont Estate Merlot
  • Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

The Grilled Lamb Chop returns this year. While we love lamb, especially with mint pesto, we still miss the 2011 side dish of warm potato salad with fresh goat cheese. Crumbled up potato chips are a poor substitute. We like that the wines at the Australia booth are a little more varied this year. Last year all the wine offerings were from the Rosemont Estate. There is much debate on the other side of the world about whether Pavlova is Australian or Kiwi in origin, but we’re just happy to see it make its way to the festival regardless of which booth serves it.

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and "Potato Crunchies"

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and “Potato Crunchies”

 

 

Belgium

  • Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s Berries and Whipped Cream
  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Leffe Brune
  • Beer Flight 1: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

The Belgium Marketplace was introduced in 2010, and this is the first year it won’t be serving its signature steamed mussels. We thought the dish suffered a major drop in quality last year when the old roasted garlic cream sauce was replaced with a Hoegaarden beer broth. Now it looks like we have waffles, waffles and more waffles. What the heck, Belgium?

Belgium Waffle with

Belgium Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream, Chilled Godiva Coffee

 

Brazil

  • Seared Scallop with Ragout of Tomatoes, Peppers, Hearts of Palm and Steamed Rice
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro
  • Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscato White
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Brazil took a year off for 2012. Maybe it did some traveling abroad, or moved back in with its parents for a while. Anyway, it seems to have gotten its act together, because it’s back this year with a new menu. We have it on good authority that the Crispy Pork Belly will knock our socks off, and we always love a good Caipirinha (though we wish this one were served on the rocks).

 

Brewer’s Collection

  • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest
  • Warsteiner Premium Verum
  • Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • BraufactuM Palor
  • BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer
  • BraufactuM Darkon
  • Beer Flight 1: Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, Altenmünster Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
  • Beer Flight 2: Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Palor, BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer, BraufactuM Darkon

What the what? The BraufactuM Roog and the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit are returning this year? That makes us happy campers. Even though this collection isn’t exactly breaking new ground, it’s got a little something for everyone. We always wish that there were a better variety and some more obscure options at the beer Marketplaces, but we understand that there’s a fine line between “too mainstream” and “our tiny brewery can’t possibly ship you enough supply for the demand of a highly-trafficked, six-week festival.” Epcot tries to tread that line, and this year they’ve done no worse at it than any other in recent memory.

Grapefruit

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

 

Canada

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette
  • Le Cellier’s Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
  • Moosehead Lager
  • La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
  • La Face Neige Sparkling
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah
Le Cellier Filet

Le Cellier’s Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Canada is one of the original Festival Marketplaces, and Le Cellier’s Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is a cult favorite. We hear this is the bestselling item of the festival. We don’t know what it is about Florida heat that draws people to salty, heavy soup. We’re glad for the inclusion of the Rainbow Trout dish, not only because we love trout, but because it means that the booth is serving one item that isn’t available year-round at Le Cellier. For those of you keeping track, that’s a 100% improvement over last year.

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Cheddar Cheese Soup

 

Cheese

  • Almond Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé with Fig Jam
  • Artisan Cheese Selection: Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Triple Crème Brie, Wijngaard
    Goats Gouda
  • Once Upon a Vine – The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc
  • Once Upon a Vine – The Fairest Chardonnay
  • Once Upon a Vine – The Big Bad Red Blend
  • Once Upon a Vine – A Charming Pinot

The Cheese Marketplace was introduced in 2010 as Charcuterie and Cheese, but it dropped the meat in 2011 and has been a cheese purist paradise ever since. We think the Almond-Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé sounds like an interesting offering that could be an improvement over the normal fondue we’re used to seeing on this menu. The Artisan Cheese Selection seems well-rounded. We predict that the Wijngaard Goats Gouda will be our favorite. It’s cool that Once Upon a Vine is showcasing their stable in this year’s Marketplace. Their wines are really affordable and are blowing up in supermarkets nationwide, so casual wine fans may find a new budget-friendly bottle to add to their rotation. Melissa likes their chardonnay, and Danny likes that it costs about a third of what some of her favorite bottles with similar flavor notes cost.

 

China

  • Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles
  • Chicken Potstickers
  • Silky Spun Ice with Toppings (three flavors: Coconut, Strawberry, Chocolate)
  • Tsing Tao Beer
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
  • Kung Fu Punch with Vodka
  • Happy Lychee with Vodka
  • Lychee Aerated Water
Happy Lychee - The Swedish Chef does not approve.

Happy Lychee – The Swedish Chef does not approve.

The China Marketplace is a little generic in its food offerings, but usually makes up for it in dessert. The Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun returns from last year’s menu, and after a one-year hiatus, the Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles is back from 2011. The Pork Potstickers we’re used to seeing have changed to chicken for 2013. We’re not sure what Silky Spun Ice with Toppings will be like, but we’ll give it a go. Lychee Aerated Water sounds like it might be the most refreshing thing the Festival has to offer, especially on hot, humid days. Fans of last year’s Sunny Guava with Coconut Rum will have to take comfort in the new Kung Fu Punch with Vodka. We’re not among those fans, and for us, the new punch has to be an improvement.

Mongolian Beef Bun

Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun

 

Craft Beers

  • Dogfish Head Brewery – Namaste
  • Abita Brewing Company – Fall Fest
  • Leinenkugel – Seasonal Shandy (Summer Shandy/Orange Shandy)
  • Florida Beer Company – Devil’s Triangle
  • New Belgium Brewing Company – Fat Tire
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing – Alchemy Ale
  • Red Hook – Audible Ale
  • Sierra Nevada – Torpedo Extra IPA
  • Beer Flight 1: Dogfish Head Brewery Namaste, Abita Brewing Company Fall Fest, Leinenkugel Seasonal Shandy, Florida Beer Company Devil’s Triangle
  • Beer Flight 2: New Belgium Brewing Company Fat Tire, Widmer Brothers Brewing Alchemy Ale, Red Hook Audible Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo

The Craft Beers Marketplace has the same issues as the Brewer’s Collection, but we’re pleased with this year’s selection. In fact, we think this is the best menu the Craft Beers booth has offered since its inaugural year in 2010. Some of our favorite “large microbreweries” are included, although some of the beers offered by those breweries are questionable. (Namaste? Really?) Danny predicts that the Alchemy Ale will be the favorite among beer aficionados, but that the Leinenkugel Shandy will be the bestseller overall.

 

Desserts & Champagne

  • Chocolate Orange Cupcake
  • Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse
  • Dessert Trio
  • Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles
  • Frozen S’mores
  • Pyramid Weiss Cream Beer
  • Möet & Chandon Ice Impérial
  • Möet & Chandon Impérial
  • Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé
  • Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé

Desserts and Champagne is really branching out this year, offering five sweets instead of the usual three, and including a beer for the first time that we can remember. We’re excited not only for the dessert trio, but also for Frozen S’mores. The Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles aren’t that big of a deal; they’ve always been available at the Belgium booth anyway. While we do like Möet & Chandon Rosé, we’re okay with it being replaced by Nicolas Feuillatte as we enjoy it as well.

 

Florida Local

  • Florida Grass-Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet & Hot Pickles
  • Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables and Micro Cilantro
  • Cigar City Brewing – Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale
  • Orlando Brewing – Sun Shade Organic Pale Ale
  • Florida Orange Groves – Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria
  • Florida Orange Groves – Key Limen-Key Lime Wine

The Florida Local Marketplace made its debut at last year’s Festival. We have mixed feelings about its return. While we think it’s cool that there are local foods available at the Festival, we miss the days where a different state or region of the USA was featured every year. Now with Florida Local in its second year and Hawaii in its third, we have not one, but two states returning and no special one-time spotlight on any of the other nuanced cuisines the country has to offer. That said, we’re really looking forward to that Grass-Fed Beef Slider.

Ceviche

Florida Shrimp Ceviche and Key Limen Wine

 

France

  • Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes)
  • Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar)
  • Beer Kronenbourg Blanc
  • Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
  • Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush (Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Juice)
Escargots en Brioche

Escargots en Brioche

We’re pouting about the Coq Au Vin being substituted for the Boeuf Bourguignon on this year’s menu, but we will placate ourselves with many, many beverages. The France booth is always a winner for us, and we’re sure we’ll enjoy the new braised beef offering almost as much as our favorite chicken dish. Even if we don’t love the Boeuf Bourguignon, we’ll spend plenty of time at this booth as Melissa thinks the Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush and Sparkling Pomegranate Kir are the two best drinks of the Festival. The fan favorite Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait is returning, of course, as are the Escargots Persillade en Brioche.

Cosmo Slush

Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush

 

Germany

  • Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham & Cheese)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Werther’s Original Karamel and Vanilla Sauce
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest
  • Braufactum Darkon
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
  • Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
  • Weingut Pitthan Dornfelder Dry Barrique Style

Germany’s Marketplace hasn’t changed much since last year. The three food items are all identical to last year’s, and the beer and wine offerings are very similar. We’re not Riesling fans, but will definitely stop by for beer and brats (even though we think the “bratwurst” bear a striking resemblance to Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage), and possibly a sampling of the Weingut Pitthan Dornfelder Dry.

Comically long bratwurst in a tiny pretzel roll.

Comically long bratwurst in a tiny pretzel roll.

 

Greece

  • Taste of Greece: Grilled & Marinated Calamari, Hitipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives and Pita Bread
  • Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
  • Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Spanakopita
  • Dannon Oikos Light & Fit Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
  • Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
  • Alpha Estate Axia Syrah
  • Ouzo by Metaxa

Greece always has a strong menu. We’re exceptionally excited about the Taste of Greece. We make the Hitipi recipe from the now-closed Spoodles restaurant on the Boardwalk regularly, but have never tried it with calamari. This seems like a wonderful sampling plate. The returning Spanakopita, Chicken Gyro and Griddled Greek Cheese are all good as well, though the saganaki-style Greek cheese can be a little unpleasant if it’s been sitting out. Since this is one of the most popular booths of the Festival and has been since its inception, that’s rarely an issue.

Spanakopita - Perfect for sharing!

Spanakopita – Perfect for sharing!

 

Hawaii

  • Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips
  • Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale
  • Kona Brewing Company’s Pipeline Porter
  • Lucien Albrecht Gewurztraminer Réserve
  • Aulani Sunrise featuring Ocean Vodka
Tuna Poke

Tuna Poke

The Hawaii booth made its debut in 2011 and was an immediate hit. With the bland, consumable Kona beers offering mass appeal, and two exceptionally good dishes in the Kālua Pork Slider and Tuna Poke, it’s easy to see why. We’re looking forward to tasting the Aulani Sunrise, made with Ocean vodka. It replaces last year’s Seven Tiki Mai Tai. The Gewurztraminer is also new this year. We can’t figure out what about it ties in to Hawaii, but it will probably pair well with the Tuna Poke.

Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

 

Hops & Barley

  • Lobster Roll with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise
  • New England Clam Chowder with a side of Tabasco
  • Craisin Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
  • Rogue Chocolate Stout
  • Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvée
  • Beer Flight: Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat, Rogue Chocolate Stout

As usual, shellfish, Craisins and Sam Adams abound at the Hops and Barley booth. The lobster rolls are known to disappoint, but we do like clam chowder and bread pudding. We hope that both new food items will be good comfort food if we manage to catch a cooler day on our vacation in November. If not, we’ll have them anyway. The Rogue Chocolate Stout also piques our interest, not so much because chocolate stout is our kind of beer, but because this is the first time we can remember a non-Sam Adams brew offered at this booth.

 

Ireland

  • Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
  • Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout, Skellig
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s Custard
  • Guinness Draught
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen

The Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie returns this year to the surprise of nobody. It’s a favorite of many and one of the most decadent items of the Festival. The Kerrygold Cheese Selection is also back again, though it seems it may be a little paired down from last year’s plate, which included Irish soda bread and apple chutney in addition to the three cheeses. The Skellig, a new sweet Cheddar cheese introduced by Kerrygold just a few months ago, replaces the Caschel Blue Cheese in last year’s plate. Last year’s Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache has been re-worked as a Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s Custard. We hope that the Irish Creme taste is a little more pronounced in this year’s dessert. All the drinks on this year’s menu are returning favorites.

Fisherman's Pie

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie, Chilled Irish Coffee

 

 

Italy

  • Ravioli de formaggio all’emiliana
  • Salsiccia e ‘Papacelli” Napoletani
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato
  • Moretti Beer
  • Moretti La Rosa
  • Prosecco
  • Pinot Grigio Placido
  • Chianti Placido
  • Italian Margarita

The Italy booth is a tough one for us. We’re invariably disappointed with the food offerings because we have very high standards for Italian food. The Italian Margarita is our favorite drink at Epcot, but since it’s available year-round for the same $10 price tag, it hardly seems worth the time or money when there are so many other items to try that are only available for the Festival’s run. In other words, we’re just here for the wine. The Placido brand Pinot Grigio and Chianti are new this year, so we will likely try both.

 

Prosecco is all the Italy booth is good for.

Prosecco, because wine is all the Italy booth is good for.

 

Japan

  • California Roll
  • Spicy Hand Roll
  • Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll
  • Youki Tofu topped with Miso Sauce, Edamame and Served with Grilled Vegetables
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Sake: Junmai Ginjo
  • Green Tea Colada

Japan’s menu got a major makeover in 2012, and it looks like the tweaks to the menu for ’13 are just minor improvements. The California Roll returns as always, because everybody loves that boring nonsense. The Spicy Hand Roll, the best item on last year’s menu, is also making a comeback, though we don’t have details yet on whether the roll will contain exactly the same ingredients as last year. The Karaage Chicken Hand Roll from last year has morphed in to the Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll in 2013. This is probably a good thing, because last year’s two hand rolls were very similar in flavor. We’re down a beef dish and up one tofu offering, which should make guests who eat vegetarian or vegan very happy. There are not usually many options for them.

 

Spicy Hand Roll with

The 2012 Spicy Hand Roll was tuna & salmon with chili pepper, soy sauce & sesame oil topped with Kazan volcano sauce. The pictured Strawberry Sake Mist is not returning.

 

Mexico

  • Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage
  • Taco de Ribeye with Salsa de Chipotle
  • Rice Pudding
  • Dos Equis Beer
  • Sangria
  • Tequila Flight
  • Mango-Habanero Margarita
2011's Ribeye Taco

2011’s Ribeye Taco

Not much has changed for Mexico this year, which is great because both tacos served here are awesome. The beef taco seems to be vacillating between ribeye and filet from year to year, but both versions are excellent. Melissa will miss the Strawberry-Lime Margarita from the last two years, but Danny is happily anticipating its replacement in the Mango-Habanero Margarita.

Shrimp Taco, pictured with the Strawberry-Lime Margarita, a drink sadly missing from the 2013 menu.

Shrimp Taco, pictured with the Strawberry-Lime Margarita, a drink sadly missing from the 2013 menu.

 

Morocco

  • Kefta Pocket
  • Harissa Chicken Roll
  • Baklava
  • Casa Beer
  • Ksar White
  • Sangria
  • Mimosa Royale

Morocco’s menu is almost exactly the same as last year’s (minus the Merguez Sausage) and as unremarkable as ever. Expect everything to be about 25¢ more than you remember it being in 2012.

Harissa Chicken Roll

Harissa Chicken Roll

 

New Zealand

  • Gratinated Green Lip Mussels with Garlic and Herbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Venison Sausage with Pickled Mushrooms, Baby Arugula and Black Currant Reduction
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Grigio
  • Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

We have no idea what Gratinated Green Lip Mussels are, but we’re looking forward to trying them as we rarely meet a mussel we don’t enjoy. The Lamb Meatball with Chunky Ketchup Spicy Tomato Chutney is back, as are a ton of Kim Crawford wines. The Venison Sausage is a nice addition as game meat can be difficult to come by on Disney property.

New Zealand's Lamb Meatball with Tomato Chutney (and strange, pastrylike bread bowl).

New Zealand’s Lamb Meatball with Tomato Chutney (and strange, unnecessary, pastrylike bread bowl … thingy).

 

Poland

  • Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
  • Zapiekanki (Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House-made Ketchup)
  • Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
  • Temptation Zinfandel
  • Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
Zapiekanki - A Pizza-esque dish with mushrooms, cheese and house-made ketchup.

Zapiekanki – A Pizza-esque dish of onion, mushroom, cheese and house-made ketchup.

The new Frozen Szarlotka drink sounds interesting. It may help us to finally get over the loss of the Strawberry-Balsamic Chiller that the Poland booth used to sell a couple years ago. Last year’s Frozen Lemon Apple Tea certainly didn’t do that for us. Both food items are repeats of last year’s. The grocery store quality Kielbasa and Pierogie will be on this menu until the end of time.

Kielbasa and Pierogie - We don't usually order this because our Albertson's already sells Mrs. T's and Hilshire Farms.

Kielbasa and Pierogie – We don’t usually order this because our local Albertsons already sells Mrs. T’s and Hillshire Farms.

 

Refreshment Port

  • Dole Pineapple Fritters
  • Fried Shrimp with Dole Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Fried Chicken Chunks with Dole Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Orange Dole Whip
  • Orange Dole Whip with Crème de Cacao White
  • Dragon Berry Colada featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

The expanded Refreshment Port is a new “Marketplace” for 2013. Banking on the success of the alcoholic Dole Whip during the Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot seems to think they can bottle lightning twice. We don’t think the orange flavor will be as successful as the pineapple, but points for trying, or something. It’s interesting that the Dragon Berry Colada is being ported over from the not-returning Caribbean booth. Is this really a drink that needs saving?

 

Scotland

  • Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette
  • Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties-Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes
  • Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scottish Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles and Sweet Cream
  • Innis & Gunn Original
  • Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich 12 year
  • Glenfiddich Scotch Flight (12, 15 and 18 year)

Scotland is the only legitimate new Marketplace for the 2013 festival. We understand that some Scots are scoffing at the alleged authenticity of this menu, but we’re pleased with it. None of the Festival Marketplace booths actually do a thorough job of offering true ethnic foods. (Kimchi Dog, anyone? Or anything from Italy, for that matter.) We’re just glad that there’s a Scotch flight that we like and that Innis & Gunn will be on tap. The salmon dish also sounds like a must for us.

 

Singapore

  • Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice
  • Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce
  • Tiger Beer
  • Marqués de Caceres Satinela
  • Singapore Sing featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Herring
Mahi Mahi.  Dead of boredom.

Mahi Mahi. Dead of boredom.

Ugh, Singapore Sling. It doesn’t matter if it’s garnished with a “Cherry Man Farm-to-Market All-Natural maraschino cherry” (yes, that pretentious description is a verbatim quote from the press release), it’s still like drinking engine degreaser spiked with acetone. We tried the Mahi Mahi last year and think it’s too bland to buy again. We’ll give the Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice a try this year. It sounds like it might be better than the usual disappointments that come out of the Singapore Marketplace. Why does this booth keep coming back anyway?

Singapore Sling.  Just dead.

Singapore Sling. Just dead.

 

South Korea

  • Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce
  • Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
  • Bohae Black Raspberry Wine – Bokbunjajoo
  • Jinro Chamisul Soju
  • Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

We were worried that the new Kimchi Dog would mean the end of our beloved Lettuce Wrap, but we’re glad to see that it was the tasteless Mung Bean Pancake that got replaced instead. We’ll be back for our usuals, and because we’re feeling game, we’ll commit now to trying the new items too. Danny will probably enjoy the Kimchi Dog, and Melissa does like fruity slush drinks.

Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw

 

 

Terra

  • Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast
  • Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein Beefless Tips
  • Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce
  • Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • Napa Smith Organic IPA
  • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
  • The Vegan Vine Red Blend
Chili Colorado

Chili Colorado with House-Made Chips and Cashew Cheese

The Terra booth was a success when it was introduced last year. Poor vegans are so underfed at the Food & Wine Festival that they were happy to receive these fake meat and fake dairy offerings. We think that a vegan booth should focus on foods that are naturally vegan, like, oh, you know, vegetables and grains. That said, even carnivorous heathens like us have to admit that the Trick’n Chick’n Curry was pretty tasty. Fresh Watermelon Juice sounds nice too.

Trick'n Chick'n Curry

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice

 

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts September 27th and runs through November 11th this year.  The Festival Marketplaces are open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM in Epcot’s World Showcase.  The sample-sized tasting portions of food and wine generally cost between $2-5, though some specialty beverages are as much as $10.

What new items are you looking forward to trying at the Food & Wine Festival this year? What are your returning favorites?

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