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: China (introduced in 1996)
- Black Pepper Shrimp (4) with Sichuan Noodles – $4.50 or DDP
- Pork Pot Stickers – $3.50 or DDP
- Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick (1) – $3.50 or DDP
- Caramel-Ginger Ice Cream – $3.25 or DDP [V]
- Tsing Tao Beer – $6.00
- Dragon’s Hollow Chardonnay – $3.50
- Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler – $7.00
- Happy Lychee (lychee vodka cocktail) – $7.00
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 China
China at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival offers all its items from last year, and is one of the most reliable festival food booths for those looking to move just a bit beyond their comfort zone.
See my review of China in 2011.
Its Black Pepper Shrimp is mild for a Sichuan dish, but you can taste the soy, ginger and peppercorn on the lightly coated noodles. Plus, the shrimp are well prepared and plentiful for the plate’s size.
The Xinijang Barbecue Chicken is a familiar taste, with flavor but not a lot of spice. Its serving style make it easy to eat at an outdoor event, a plus, and well in keeping with a traditional Chinese food cart.
Both the self-explanatory Pork Pot Sticker, a Chinese dumpling, and the Caramel Ginger Ice Cream are popular quick-service items at Epcot’s World Showcase year-round – and so the Marketplace Kiosk is playing to its strengths.
Worth noting at the China Marketplace Kiosk are some of its drinks. The Green Tea Plum Cooler and Happy Lychee both tend to be sweet, especially the former. The Tsing Tao beer is a light lager, smooth, a bitty nutty, with little to no bitter aftertaste; it’s a beer that will most likely appeal to Bud drinkers.
Food Recommendations: If you visit the Epcot Food & Wine Festival during mid-week or at a less crowded time, try the Black Pepper Shrimp. If seated spots are few, try the Xinijang Barbecue. Although tasty, save the Pork Pot Sticker or Caramel Ginger Ice Cream for a non-Food & Wine event trip.
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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