PHOTOS - First tastes at Epcot's new Food and Wine Festival 'Next Eats' kiosks

Sep 25, 2015 in "Epcot International Food and Wine Festival"

New Future World kiosks Epcot Food and Wine Festival

To mark the 20th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Disney has teamed up with ABC's The Chew to bring two brand new Marketplace kiosks to Future World in a new area called 'Next Eats.'

'Next Eats' is located just behind Character Spot in the area normally used for the Butterfly Garden during the Flower and Garden Festival. It's a great spot with a good amount of space, and in comparison to other Marketplace kiosks, plenty of tables.

Chew Lab

The Chew Lab Marketplace is all about the latest culinary food trends mixed with a dash of food science.

The most innovative dish is the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel. It is made right in-front of you using liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the truffle mix. It is all topped in a warm whiskey caramel to make a delicious sweet treat. We highly recommend this one! It costs $4 and is also a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.

The Olive Oil Poached Salmon is a must do for fish eaters.

It is super flavorful, with fresh corn, bacon and pepper jam - and the salmon has a wonderful moist quality to it from that olive oil poach. The plating is quite a work of art - impressive for small plates being served in quick succession. The salmon dish is $5.75 and is a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.

The final dish on offer at the Chew Lab is the New York Strip, served with parsnip silk, balsamic glaze and arugula foam. The plating is beautiful, and it looks like something right out of a restaurant. The beef is cooked beautifully medium, but at $6.25 it is a very expensive couple of bites.

Sustainable Chew

At Sustainable Chew you can sample dishes inspired by ABC’s series “The Chew” co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz.

The Pork Spareribs are served with red wine, fennel, and cheesy mascarpone grits. The pork is beautifully prepared, but we were not huge fans of the grits. The dish is priced at $5.50 and is a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.

The dessert at Sustainable Chew is the Vanilla Panna Cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle. It's a refreshing treat, great for a hot day, but it costs $4.25, which is more than the Liquid Nitro Truffle, which is our pick as best dessert at The Chew kiosks.

Next Eats is a great new addition to the Food and Wine Festival. The food, and in particular the presentation, is a notch up from most of the other Marketplaces and is well worth a stop on your next visit.

You can see photos, menus, and more at our special Food and Wine Festival Marketplace kiosks section.

View the Top 10 Most Liked Dishes of the Food and Wine Festival so far - as voted for by readers.

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Article Posted: Sep 25, 2015 / 10:53am EDT