Walt Disney World offers its annual dining event this fall, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The 45-day event runs between Sept. 30 – Nov. 13, 2011, and access to the festival is free with theme-park admission.
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival, now in its 16th year, is themed “A Passport to a World of Flavors” to reflect its focus on international cuisine and beverages. The event offers tapas-sized portions and tasting samples at more than two dozen Marketplace kiosks, with most prices falling between $3 – $8. All menu items and prices subject to change. (Some items are also on the Disney Dining Plan.)
Epcot Food & Wine Festival: Australia (introduced in1997)
- Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze* – $4.50 or DDP
- Grilled Lamb Chop with Potato-Goat Cheese Salad and Shiraz Reduction – $5.75 or DDP
- Lamington (chocolate and coconut -covered yellow cake) – $3.00 or DDP [V]
- Penfolds “Koonunga Hill” Chardonnay* – $2.50
- Greg Norman Estates Shiraz, Limestone Coast* – $3.25
- Lindeman’s “Bin 90” Moscato* – $2.50
- Penfolds “Thomas Hyland” Cabernet Sauvignon – $3.00
*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.
See a complete list of 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Marketplace Kiosks.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival Recommendations for Australia
Australia at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival brings back two food items from 2010: its grilled lamb chop, this year with a potato-goat cheese salad, and the Lamington. Australia brings back a variation on the Shrimp on the Barbie, a classic grilled shrimp dish. Both the shrimp and the lamb chop promise to be popular dishes for festival goers.
See my review of the 2011 Australia food booth.
Shrimp on the Barbie, with its glaze, should offer a bit of heat as part of the citrus, hot-weather flavor. The pepper berry glaze will add spiciness, while the citrus flavor should keep the taste light.
The Grilled Lamb Chop, as with last year, should benefit from its wine reduction, with the tartness of the goat cheese balancing out the fullness of the shiraz. In 2010, the generous portions and balanced flavors of this dish made it one of the festival’s hits.
The Lamington is ideally a moist sponge cake filled with cream or jelly and topped with the near-unbeatable chocolate-coconut combination. Last year’s version, without filling, was a bit dry. The proportions of cake to topping were good, but the cake itself was not memorable.
Food Recommendations: If you’re only sampling an item at Australia, choose the Grilled Lamb Chop – especially if you’ve not had it. The Shrimp on the Barbie, though, does sound promising and an option if you’re looking for something new this year. The festival offers plenty of desserts to indulge in, so skip the Lamington unless coconut is a favorite flavor.
This series of articles offers a brief preview of the menus at the Marketplace kiosks, with eating recommendations to help you plan your time the festival You may also enjoy my coverage of the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Marketplace Kiosks.
For more information on the festival, visit Walt Disney World’s website or read more Epcot Food & Wine Festival articles linked below.
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