The 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place Sept. 30 – Nov. 13, 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Disney food event offers the opportunity to enjoy tapas-sized portions of global cuisine and drinks at the various Marketplace Kiosks that surround Epcot’s World Showcase. Here’s a quick look at what’s available at Desserts & Champagne, with a bite-sized review of what I sampled.
Desserts & Champagne Marketplace Kiosk
- Lemon Chiffon* – $1.50 or DDP [V]
- White Chocolate Macadamia Mousse with Dark Chocolate Pearls* – $1.50 or DDP [V]
- Tres Leches Verrine* – $1.50 or DDP [V]
- Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream with Grand Marnier* – $1.50 or DDP [V]
- Dessert Trio – $3.75 or DDP [V]
- Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial (champagne on ice)* – $12.75
- Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial – $12.00
- Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial – $11.75
- Moet & Chandon Imperial* – $10.75
*New 2011 menu item, when compared to 2010.
DDP = Guests on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) can use a snack credit for this item.
[V] = Disney identified this as a vegetarian food item, meaning there is no meat, pork, poultry, fish or seafood in the dish.
Read the preview of the Desserts & Champagne booth for a closer look at the menu’s offerings. Or click on the hub article for links to all 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Kiosks.
Epcot Food & Wine: Desserts & Champagne bite-sized review*
As with previous years, the Dessert Trio offers a couple of attractively presented bites of all the rich desserts. Each dessert offers a couple of bites in 2 ounce cups. It’s enough to offer a nibble of each, and the three combined satisfies one’s sweet tooth.
The Lemon Chiffon offers lemon lightness topped with a bit of meringue. There is no crust to weigh it down, which allows the citrusy flavor to take center stage. The lemon managed to be both sweet and tangy at the same time.
The White Chocolate Macadamia Mousse, served with Dark Chocolate Pearls, is this year’s chocolate option. The chocolate was a more pronounced taste than expected in a thicker mousse. The macadamia nuts, which might have been more plentiful, and the crunchy dark chocolate pearls were the elements that made the dessert memorable. They gave it texture and added a greater variety of flavors. For all its elements, though, the mousse seemed fairly standard.
The stand-out dessert was the Tres Leches Verrine, with its caramel taste enhanced with a whipped cream flavored with cinnamon and topped with coconut. The Verrine itself, it should be noted, didn’t feature many distinct layers. The dessert became richer and moister as it reaches the bottom.
A late addition to the Marketplace Kiosk is the Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream topped with generous drizzle Grand Marnier. (Think as if you added orange extract to vanilla ice cream.) On a hot afternoon, when one’s thoughts turn to ice cream, this is the option to have. It’s amazing how the Grand Marnier liqueur, with is sweet citrus flavor, elevates the simple pleasures of a soft serve treat. I might have wished for some orange or other fresh fruit (strawberries?) on top of it, but for its price point this is a hidden winner in the Food & Wine desserts.
View a photo gallery of the Desserts & Champagne Marketplace Kiosk.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World
Themed “A Passport to a World of Flavors,” the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival includes its Marketplace Kiosks, special events, food demonstrations and beverage seminars, home entertainment seminars and Eat to the Beat Concerts.
Admission to the event is free with Disney theme-park admission, although many of the food, drink, special events and seminars do charge separate fees. Eat to the Beat Concerts are free.
Visit Walt Disney World’s website for more information on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, or see the articles linked below.
*A tasting note about reviews: As with any reviews, these Food & Wine mini-bites reflect my experience at the festival on a given day; the quality of preparation, portion sizes, dominant flavors, and so forth may vary. Take any review as one piece of information in helping you decide what to enjoy on your visit to the event.
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