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: Belgium (introduced in 2010)
- Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream and a Baguette – $3.75 or DDP
- Belgium Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream – $3.00 or DDP [V]
- Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffle* – $1.75 or DDP [V]
- Stella – $6.25
- Hoegaarten – $6.25
- Leffe – $6.25
- Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Iced Coffee – $7.25
*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 Belgium
Belgium at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival brings back its full 2010 menu, and adds a gourmet Guylian nibble with to represent the sweet history of Belgian chocolate.
All these items were very popular at the 2010 festival, as the booth was new to the festival. Belgium was generally praised for its execution of dishes. The Belgium kiosk area also offered some of the festival’s most comfortable seating.
See my review of the 2011 Beligum food booth.
The Steamed Mussels, offering meat that is plump if a bit chewier than that of an oyster or clam, makes for a filling snack – even a mini meal. The dish was served with a plentiful garlic sauce was plentiful, which made good use of the bread.
At least year’s kiosk, the Belgium Waffle was a popular item throughout the day. They were light, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The berry compote was well prepared, with spices and whole berries, for a combination of texture and flavor. The waffle was topped with a dollop of real whipped cream.
The 2011 addition to the menu are the famous Guylian chocolate seashells, filled with a chocolate truffle that mixes roasted Mediterranean hazelnuts and Belgian milk chocolate with a touch of orange. They’re widely available but tasty – and just the right size for a small decadent treat.
Food Recommendations: With two distinct types of treats at the Belgium kiosk – shellfish and sweets – both of which were of high quality in 2010, it’s a matter of catering to your favorite taste buds.
My preference would be to start out an early morning with the Belgian waffles, paired with the rich Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Iced Coffee for a brunch beverage. The latter is one of the more expensive drinks at the festival, but smooth and rich for those who like their coffee drinks.
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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