If you’re a foodie, check out these items at the 2021 Food and Wine Festival food booths this year:
One of the most anticipated events at Epcot is back this year – the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a favorite of many guests and will be running this year from July 15th-November 20th, so there will be plenty of time to eat and drink! Every year Disney tends to bring back some favorites as well as introduce new dishes and drinks. There will actually be a number of new booths this year!
While we haven’t been able to taste this year’s offerings, we have at least gotten a full list of the menus from the Disney Parks blog. Based on this I wanted to highlight some of the favorites from past years.
A look at some favorites for the 2021 Food and Wine Festival food booths:
Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™
The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun – the Epcot festivals have really stepped up their game when it comes to vegetarian options, and the addition of a whole booth by Impossible is nice. Even as someone who does eat meat the enjoyed the impossible slider. The wasabi and spicy slaw gave it a lot of great flavor.
Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE
Mimosa Flight (Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices, Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice, Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice) – This flight has been around for a few years, and while you can get the mimosas individually all three are excellent. The key lime was less of a typical mimosa but still delicious. The Tropical was pretty sweet, and the blood orange was more tart, almost like a grapefruit flavor. A fun stop!
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas – This dish has been around for years and there are some fun flavors going on with the sweetness from the pineapple contrasting with a spiciness in the peppers and sauce. I was also impressed with the portion size in the past, especially compared to many other dishes at the festival.
Ireland (opens October 1)
Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – Another great one, and one of my personal favorites. The mashed potatoes were nice, and the inside of the pie was filled with lobster and shrimp – they definitely didn’t skimp. And the sauce they were in was very tasty, though this was a heavier dish if you go during the warmer months of the festival.
Guinness Baileys Shake – despite the fact that it feels pretty overpriced for the size you get, it was totally worth it. Once of the best drinks that I had at the festival. The chocolate curls on top just added a little texture that I appreciated.
Can you go to Canada and not order the Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup (served with a pretzel roll)?I know it’s way over-hyped but it really is delicious, especially with that pretzel roll.
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread – Another very good one. I thought the portion size of two nice sized cheese breads was pretty generous, and good for sharing. They are rather filling though, with the bread and the cheese – can’t really go wrong with that combo!
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream – This was the perfect dessert treat. The waffle was very warm and right out of the waffle maker. The berry compote on top is sweet and vibrant and perfect. It’s not one of the more unusual offerings at the festival but it’s certainly tasty.
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur – This is delicious, especially if it’s a warmer day in Epcot. If you’re a fan of coffee and chocolate this is great combo.
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – this is warm with a crispy shell and full of apple goodness. It’s a bit difficult to see since the plate is white, but there was a pool of vanilla sauce underneath of it which really helped to enhance the flavor and make it a little more interesting.
The Alps – Opening Oct. 1
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette – everything on this plate is delicious… though I will say when we got ours it had been out for a bit and the cheese wasn’t as warm and soft as it should have been. I think at the right time this will be amazing. We still really enjoyed it last year despite the temperature of the cheese.
Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa, and Coriander Pesto Dips – The bread service at Sanaa is one of my favorite things in the world, and this is basically like a mini version of that. I enjoyed all 3 of the dips but the coriander pesto was my favorite. This was a favorite because naan bread with dips are just great.
Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise – I love the pineapple on this, it adds so much flavor. The bun is really good too. There’s a reason why so many people love this dish every year. It’s just perfectly done, with flavorful pulled pork, sweet pineapple, and that delicious spicy mayonnaise. I would not complain if a full-size version of this item was available year round somewhere.
Flavors from Fire
The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache, and Candied Bacon – this was everything I hoped it would be – you could definitely taste the chocolate, marshmallow, and bacon and they worked well together. You have some smoky flavors in with the sweet which is interesting. It is filling though, so I recommend sharing if possible!
Byejoe Punch (Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, lychee, coconut, and pineapple juice). This tasted really light and refreshing but you could definitely feel the kick from the alcohol. I’d say the main flavor I tasted was coconut, but they all worked together quite well. In my opinion it’s one of the better cocktails at the festival.
NEW! Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
Macaroni and Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (plant-based) – this is a vegan dish as the “sausage” is plant based. That said, it was one of my favorite dishes last year. I’m a sucker for mac and cheese, and the sausage had a lot of flavor and a really good kick to it.
La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice – the slushies in France are always fun, and this one is sweet – luckily I like sweet! Though I will say that I do think I prefer the orange Grand Marnier one that is there year round. It’s just cold and tart and good.
New things at the top of my list to try:
- Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Whiskey (new) (Earth Eats)
- Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil (The Noodle Exchange)
- Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale (The Noodle Exchange)
- Beer Flight (Big Storm Brewing Co. Apple Blonde Ale, 3 Daughters Brewing Apple Pecan Brown Ale, Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Apple-y Ever After Green Apple Sour Ale) (Appleseed Orchard)
- Chimay Dorée Gold (Belgium)
- Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk, and Zhoug Dips (Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina)
- Fresh Blood Orange Juice (Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina)
- Cider Flight (3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider) (Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina)
- Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage; new) (Greece)
- Chilled Crab and Avocado Parfait with Caviar (the Rotunda Bistro)
- Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen, Mainz (new) (Germany)
- Parish Brewing Co. SIPS Pinot Noir Black Currant Sour, Broussard, LA (new) (The Swanky Saucy Swine)
- Beer Flight (Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Pineapple Vibes Blonde Ale, Central 28 Beer Company Groveland Road Blood Orange IPA, Wicked Weed Brewing Watermelon Dragonfruit Session Sour) (Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience)
- New England Lobster Tail with Lobster Bisque Sauce (new) (Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1)
- Lobster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, Potatoes, and Oyster Crackers (new) (Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1)
- Baked Lobster Dip with Old Bay Chips (gluten/wheat friendly; new) (Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1)
- Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with Three Cheeses (new) (France)
- Crème Brûlée au Grand Mariner: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Grand Marnier Liqueur (contains alcohol; new) (France)
- Spicy Hako Sushi: Spicy Tuna and Salmon served Box-style with Red Tempura Crunch and Volcano Sauce (new) (Japan)
- Ozeki Platinum Sake: Junmai Daiginjo (Refreshingly Dry with a Fruity Flavor) (new) (Japan)
What would you most want to try at the 2021 Food and Wine Festival food booths?