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 Hops & Barley, with a bite-sized review of what I sampled.
Hops & Barley Marketplace Kiosk
- Linda Bean’s Lobster Claw Cuddler with drawn Butter* – $6.50 or DDP
- Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Roll* – $7.25 or DDP
- Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce* – $1.50 or DDP [V]
Samuel Adams Beers:
- Boston Lager – $5.50
- Octoberfest – $5.25
- Cherry Wheat – $5.25
- 16th Anniversary Festival Beer – Boston Ale* – $5.50
- Samuel Adams Light* – $5.50
- Cream Stout – $5.75
- Latitude 48 IPA – $5.50
- Blackberry Witbier – $5.50
*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] =D isney 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 Hops & Barley 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: Hops & Barley bite-sized review*
The Lobster Roll, also a classic dish, offers a lobster salad served with an herbed butter – with the taste of dill especially strong – on a toasted roll. It’s a good introduction to lobster, without any of the work, and the meat was tender.
The Pumpkin Mousse, served with Craisins and Orange Sauce, is one off those surprises at the festival and my favorite dessert this year. The small thick but light mousse, about 2 ounces, is packed with rich fall flavors and topped with a bit of crunch. Think of the spices in a pumpkin pie. The combination of the sweet-yet-tart Craisins and sweeter orange sauce help create a taste that becomes more complex as you reach the bottom of the dish. You can share the dessert, as I did, but you might be tempted to go back for seconds, as I did.
The Lobster Cuddler is a rather large lobster claw (for festival food sizing), which extends past the edges of the small plates on which the food dishes are served. It’s served with of drawn butter to present a classic New England dish. I didn’t try this dish, choosing to bypass it for the lobster roll. Other guests have reported that the Cuddler’s execution varies from sweet and tender to sweet and tough.
View a photo gallery of the Hops & Barley 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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