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 Mexico, with a bite-sized review of what I sampled.
Mexico Marketplace Kiosk
- Rib Eye Tacos* – $5.50 or DDP
- Shrimp Tacos* – $3.75 or DDP
- Flan* – $3.00 or DDP [V]
- Dos Equis Beer – $8.25
- Lime Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks* – $7.75
- L.A. Cetto Chardonnay – $4.00
- L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah – $4.00
- Dasani Water – $2.50
*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] = 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 Mexico 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: Mexico bite-sized review*
At Mexico, two variations on the taco are available as well as flan. As to be expected, the tacos are tapas size, with the tortillas being approximately 5″ in diameter. The tortillas are the least impressive part of the each dish, being rather stiff.
Each taco – guests only receive one per purchase – is presented open face to showcase their artful presentation. Of the two, the shrimp taco looks more impressive, in part because of the abundance of red cabbage that gives the shrimp taco the appearance of bulk. Both dishes are served with a wedge of lime.
In addition to the cabbage, the crispy Shrimp Taco contains four baby shrimp in my plating, covered with two toppings: the chipotle mayo and a mild green chile sauce. The chipotle sauce, appropriate for the shrimp, is much milder than that of the ribe ye taco. It reminds me of slightly spicy Thousand Island dressing.
Although called crispy, the shrimp’s breading ended up being drenched in the two sauces and fell off the shrimp. It’s fairly unnoticeable when eating the taco as a taco, the sum of its parts, but was rather disappointing when nibbling on individual ingredients. Combined, however, the shrimp, cabbage and sauces were a tasty dish in terms of both flavor and texture.
The Rib Eye Taco uses shredded meat, topped with a sizeable dollop of chipotle sauce. The rib eye meat itself is very salty and the chipotle sauce provides a fair amount of heat that lingers. The two flavors work together very well, especially with a bite of scallion. Drizzle with a squeeze of the lime to enhance the flavor, then use the lime to cleanse your palate for the next nibble.
Both tacos are tasty, but for the better overall taste experience, and spicier fare, I recommend the rib eye taco.
The Flan is one of the more successful desserts at this year’s Food & Wine, offering a nice portion size and strong execution. The thick, almost dense flan is served chilled in dolce de leche style. This means it is accompanied by a thin but plentiful caramel sauce, which pools around the plate for an extra taste of sweetness in every bite. The flan, served chilled, benefits from being able to be prepared far in advance and in large batches.
View a photo gallery for the Mexico 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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