With over 35 food booths to choose from and not that much space in your stomach, deciding where to eat at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
can be just as daunting as deciding what FastPasses to reserve months before you even step foot on property.
Lucky for you, we at WDWMAGIC have been obsessing over the menus at every single booth and have come up with a list of the absolute best booths to eat and drink at this year. Be warned, it will be hard to stop yourself from salivating.
This may be one of the only booths at the festival that consists of mostly desserts (besides the Desserts & Champagne booth, of course), but it serves the best sweet treats at Food & Wine (and their one savory option is also pretty darn delicious). They have two different twists on the classic Belgian waffle, one with berry compote and the other with a delicious chocolate ganache. If you don’t feel like feeding your sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong by feasting on the beer-braised beef with smoked gouda mashed potatoes. Seriously, it’s a mouth-watering dish. The beverage options here may not be as exciting as the food menu, but you can’t go wrong ordering a Hoegaarden Witbier, Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale, or a Stella Artois Hard Cidre.
You may stop by the Brazil booth for some gooey Pão de Queijo, but you’ll stay for the crispy pork belly served on black beans and tomatoes. The pork belly is cooked to crunchy perfection, and it is a pretty hearty serving of meat considering the typical serving size at Food & Wine runs a bit small. If you need a bit more meat on your plate, you’ll love the Escondidinho de Carne, a layered meat pie with a side of mashed yucca. Don’t forget about their alcoholic beverages, which include one beer and one wine to choose from. We, however, highly recommend their Frozen Caipririnha cocktail, featuring Leblon Cachaca and a whole lot of lime.
Escondidinho de Carne
Crispy pork belly
The Canada pavilion may be a bit boring, but their Food & Wine booth is the total opposite. It is by far one of the fanciest booths, serving up Le Cellier, a wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle-butter sauce. Don’t forget about the Canadian cheddar cheese soup, a classic Food & Wine dish that guests can’t get enough of. Pair your fancy Canadian meal with one of their beer or wine options, with our favorite being the Moosehead Lager or the Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine.
Okay, so this new booth may just be a shameless plug for the ABC talk show, The CHEW, but we have to say the food here is pretty impressive. There are two meal options here, a ricotta and zucchini ravioli with rustic tomato sauce and the grilled beef skewer with romaine, apricots and feta cheese. As far as alcohol is concerned, they have a pretty basic menu featuring a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which are from California. We recommend grabbing food here and pairing your meal with a wine from another booth.
One of the most buzzed about new booths at this year’s Food & Wine Festival is the Chocolate Studio, not only because of their decadent chocolate treats but also because of the beverages they have selected to match. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Red Wine Chocolate Truffle, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Torte, or the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel. Ask a Chocolate Studio cast member about the perfect alcohol pairing for your chocolate treat from their available red and sparkling wines, including Blandy’s Alvada 5yr-Old Madeira and Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port.
This is not a booth you visit for the tasty food options. This is a booth you visit mainly to grab a beer flight of some of Florida’s most creative craft beers. They have six different beers on tap brewed by a variety of different local craft brewers. Fans of classic beers will enjoy the 3 Daughters Bimini Twist IPA, the Concrete Beach Stiltsville Pilsner, or the Orlando Brewing OTown Weiss. Those looking to try an out of the ordinary beer will love the Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale by Two Henrys.
We dare you to try leaving the France booth with just one of their meals, because their menu makes it pretty much impossible. First, there is the savory yet sweet Soupe à l’oignon au Gruyère et Cognac, a classic French onion soup with a dash of Cognac. Then you can choose between two heartier entrée samples, the Croissant aux Escargots (a croissant filled with escargot, garlic, and parsley) or the Boeuf Bourguignon (Cabernet sauvignon-braised short ribs with a side of mashed potatoes). France won’t leave you hanging for dessert, either. Their Crème Brûlée Caramel Chocolat is a regular fixture on the Food & Wine menu that guests crave for year after year.
You can’t leave the France booth without selecting one of their delicious cocktails or wines to sip on. They have some great wines to choose from, but we are especially intrigued by their selection of fancy cocktails, including the St-Germain Sparkling Kir, Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop, and La Passion Martini Slush.
La Passion Martini Slush
Greece is one of those booths that is easy to skip over because it sits in that purgatory food booth area between the World Showcase entrance and the Canada pavilion, but try your best not to skip this one, otherwise you will totally regret it. If you’re not too hungry but in the mood for a snack to take on a ride line with you, the flaky and cheesy Spanakopita should be your first choice. If you are looking to go all out, you can’t go wrong with the classic chicken gyro. Vegans and vegetarians will love this booth, too, thanks to the Loaded Greek “Nachos”, a combination of pita chips, meatless sausage crumbles, and vegan tzatziki sauce. For dessert, the Oikos greek yogurt vanilla cake will win your heart, because it’s soaked in Ouzo, topped with yogurt whipped cream, and sprinkled with Pistachios. Interested guests also have a small variety of white and red wines to choose from.
Just like the island itself, the Hawaii booth (and its menu) are small, but the two food options here are debatably the best meals you can get at the festival. A crowd favorite is the Kalua pork slider, topped with sweet and sour dole pineapple chutney and some spicy mayonnaise. Coming in an honorable second is the spicy tuna poke with a side seaweed salad and some nori rice. This booth also has some of the sunniest alcohol options to choose from, with both mai tais and sparkling pineapple wine topping our list of must-try beverages. Beer drinkers won’t be disappointed with the Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company, either.
All Disney super fans know that the main food option at EPCOT’s Italy pavilion is pizza, so when the Italy Food & Wine booth comes to town, it is a chance for guests to finally eat some of the country’s other delicious delicacies. Of course you’ll find a pasta dish on the menu, some Pennete alla Parmigiana, which is a combination of baked ziti and chicken parm, topped with extra tomato sauce and cheese. Guests looking eat something a little less traditional will love the Spezzatino alla Toscana con Polenta, a Tuscan-style stew with carrots, mushrooms, and polenta. Italy also has one of the best beverage selections, with a variety of beers, wines, and even a Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila to choose from. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a chocolate covered cannoli before you leave!
Italy Marketplace Kiosk
Unlike the Italy pavilion, the Japan pavilion is known for its wide variety of delicious meal options offered all year round, so the food booth really has to be extraordinary to outshine the pavilions three highly-rated restaurants. While the grilled spicy edamame and the garlic shrimp options are tasty, they aren’t exactly better than anything else you can get in the Japan pavilion. They do, however, do one thing absolutely right, and that is their spicy sushi roll. This sushi/burrito combo is the perfect grab-and-go festival meal to take on a ride or on the walk to your next food booth, and the salmon sushi roll is covered in a delicious Kazan Volcano Sauce that you will want to drizzle on everything. There are some beers here as well, but we highly suggest drinking one of their two sake cocktails, as they are some of the most unique cocktail options available at Food & Wine.
We love the food at the Mexico booth, but you should be warned that the food here is not the most travel friendly. You will need to find a place to sit and finish your tasty Mexican meal, instead of eating it on the go like you can with some other booth’s entrees. The food is totally worth the halt, though, especially the Barbacoa Enchilada, a corn tortilla packed with beef barbacoa and covered in Oaxaca Mole. Seafood fans will go nuts for the Taco de Camarón, a battered shrimp taco with purple cabbage and chipotle mayo. Chocolate lovers can enjoy the Flan de Chocolate Abuelita, a Mexican chocolate custard that is as decadent as it is delicious. Pair your enchilada or taco meal with one of their four beverage options, the Bohemia Pilsner, Mexican-Style Red Sangria, Mezcal Pineapple Margarita on the rocks, or the Jalapeno Margarita.
Have you ever wondered what it would taste like to combine your love of French fries with your love of hummus? The Morocco booth is making those dreams a reality with their spicy hummus fries, a Mediterranean take on poutine featuring cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce, and, of course, hummus and fries. Guests looking to dine a little more traditionally will enjoy the Kefta pocket, a pita pocket filled with seasoned ground beef, or the Chocolate Baklava. Immerse your taste buds even further into Moroccan culture with one of their alcoholic beverages, like the Moroccan Sangria, Casa Pale Lager, Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine, or the Mimosa Royale cocktail.
Leave it to Disney World to take the cuisine from a country not really known for its food and turn it into something extraordinarily flavorful and delicious. There is traditional Scottish lamb stew for folks looking just to dine on the classics, but also some potato pancakes topped with smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese for anyone looking for something that is both light and flavorful. The main draw, though, is The Tipsy Laird, a cake soaked in Whiskey, topped in lemon cream, and sprinkled in toasted oats. The only beverage options here are gin and a whiskey-aged stout, but do you really need or expect anything else from the Scotland booth?
Fans of Korean-style BBQ and lettuce wraps won’t mind waiting in line at the South Korea booth, but we want to give a shout out to the delicious vegan entrée available here. A vegan take on Korean BBQ, the entrée features savory beefless tips, steamed rice, and a tasty cucumber kimchi that is packed with flavor without being too filling (after all, there are over 35 booths to eat from!). There is also a solid, albeit short beverage menu, featuring the iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew, Bohae Bokbunjajoo Raspberry Wine, or the Soju Fruit Slushy.
More Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Check out the gallery for a look at all the kiosks, and for a more detailed look at the menus, including reader ratings, see our Food and Wine section in our dining guide .
Learn more about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, taking place from September 14 to November 14 2016.