The France marketplace booth is another that will see some changes for Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival. My favorite for the last two years, the coq au vin, may be off the menu. A new boeuf bourguignon dish has been announced as its replacement. I’ll always have the memories (and the pictures).
The France marketplace booth is another that has changed slightly from year to year without any drastic alterations. As such, I didn’t taste everything on the menu this year. At the bottom of this post you’ll find some photos from the 2011 and 2010 festivals for some additional items that are part of the regular lineups.
One item that I never miss is the Cosmo Slush. The 2012 version was altered slightly from previous years. Now called the Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush, the new iteration features Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka instead of the unflavored Ciroc that was served in 2011. The new vodka added a hint of spice and cherry, which I found to be an improvement. I love anything with cranberry or pomegranate, so the drinks at the France booth are always treats in which I indulge more than once during the festival.
The other drink that I can’t get enough of is the Sparkling Pomegranate Kir. This is similar to the Kir Royale served year-round at the Les Vins des Chefs de France kiosk, but with pomegranate liqueur instead of the traditional creme de cassis. Sparkling, pink and pomegranate? It’s like all my favorite things in one champagne flute!
The Pomegranate Kir is pictured above with the best comfort food of the 2012 festival: the Coq au Vin sur Gratin de Macaroni. That’s right. Wine-braised chicken, mushrooms, onions and macaroni and cheese. The awesome is self-explanatory. The sharp bite of the aged cheese in the macaroni and the acidity of the red wine are an excellent complement to the creamy texture of the meal. I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but you’ll just have to trust that it’s pretty much the best thing ever.
I don’t eat chocolate and Danny doesn’t care about desserts, so we’ve never had the milk chocolate crème brûlée. I may bite the bullet and give it a shot this year, though. I do love crème brûlée even if I don’t love chocolate. I believe it’s one of the bestselling desserts of the Festival, so maybe I should see what all the fuss is about.
I’m also posting some additional photos from the 2011 Festival. Further proof that the pomegranate kir and coq au vin is my favorite meal of the festival is shown above.
We skipped the escargots en brioche at the 2012 festival, but we did have them in 2011. I was a little timid when it came to trying the escargot because I thought I would dislike the texture. I popped the whole brioche in my mouth. It mostly tasted like bread, butter and garlic. I really couldn’t discern any escargot at all in taste or texture. I’m not sad that we missed it last year, but maybe I’ll give it another try when we head back to the World in November.
What are your favorite items from the France booth? What do you think of how the menu is shaping up for 2013?