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. (Some items are also on the Disney Dining Plan.) All menu items and prices subject to change.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival: Mexico (introduced in 1996)
- 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
*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 Mexico
Mexico shifts up its entire food menu this year, replacing more adventurous fare with tacos. Still, last year’s food was well spiced if not spicy, which promises good things for 2011.
See my review of Mexico.
The Rib Eye Tacos and Shrimp Tacos also offer advantages over last year’s fare. The filling offers tweaks on the standard fast-food tacos, but keeps the convenience of a hand-held food. The combination means Mexico will probably be popular again this year.
Mexico then replaces its churro from 2010 with Flan, a baked custard similar to crème caramel with a layer of carmelized sugar on top. France’s chocolate crème brulee is easily portable, though, and Mexico should follow suit. The question will be how the weather affects the flan’s presentation and texture.
Food recommendation: There are a lot of shrimp dishes at this year’s Food & Wine, so those who want to compare different preparations should try that taco. For the rest of us, the Rib Eye Taco would pair nicely with a Dos Equis beer for a casual snack.
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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