Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Hawai’i and Ireland Booths

We’re back with another fun review from the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival has already been going strong for over a week, and we have lots of favorites to bring you — some returning, and some brand new!

I know you are just as excited to Eat AND Drink Your Way Around the World at the festival’s Marketplace Booths as we are here at Disney Food Blog!

Today, we’re heading to two of my favorite stops on the journey around World Showcase — Hawai’i and Ireland!


Introduced only a couple of years ago, Hawai’i has quickly become a fan favorite with hearty dishes and fun drinks.

Hawaii Marketplace Booth

Fans of the Hawai’i booth are happy to see that two food favorites have returned in 2013! There are also some great beverage choices here.

Kona Brewing Company beers Big Wave Golden Ale and Pipeline Porter are returning. But last year’s Chardonnay is replaced by a Gewurztraminer in the wine category (YUM!). Cocktail lovers can enjoy a brand new vodka-based option!

2013 Hawaii Marketplace Booth Menu - Click for larger image

I was very excited to sample the Kālua Pork Slider once again! During a recent chat with Epcot chefs, I learned that the pulled pork used in this dish is slow-cooked on the premises. This is the real deal! (If you’d like to make it at home, check out this fun recipe.)

Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Although the Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips isn’t my personal favorite, lots of guests think this is tops for fresh flavor — and it’s a great representation of an authentically Hawai’ian dish.

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips

An exciting addition to this year’s booth line up is the Aulani Sunrise. Named after the DVC resort located in Oahu, this cocktail features sweet tropical fruit flavors and Ocean Vodka, which is made in Maui. I really loved this one, and the recipe is in this year’s Food and Wine Festival cookbook! Stay tuned… .

Aulani Sunrise featuring Ocean Vodka

It pairs beautifully with the Kalua Pork Slider!


Once again in 2013 lines are crazy long at one of the festival’s most popular marketplace stops, the Ireland booth.

Ireland Marketplace Booth

The list of food offerings here is small, but one of my best of the fest options can be found at this booth. And there are also some great beverages in the line up this year.

2013 Ireland Marketplace Booth Menu - Click for larger image

I am a huge fan of just about all things cheese, so the Kerrygold Cheese Selection is my favorite must-have option here. It’s very simple really — just sliced cheese, chutney, and a (very little) bit of bread.

But I was so impressed by the new varieties added this year that we named it one of our Best of the Fest choices for 2013. Get the cheese! You won’t be sorry. :-)

Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout, Skellig

If you’re looking for a small portion of homestyle goodness and you love seafood, then the fan-favorite Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie is for you.

Similar to a cottage pie, but made with a creamy seafood filling, this dish always creates long lines! (Be sure to check out our recipe for Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie if you’d like to make it at home.)

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

But the biggest story of all at the Ireland booth is the drama caused by the announcement that the super beloved Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache was to be replaced by a Chocolate Pudding! Seriously — there were near riots in our comments section when we told you about this!

Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s® Custard

But guess what? The “pudding” appears to be a pudding in the tradition of the British Isles — in other words, it’s a cake! — with a warm chocolate center and a chocolate sauce. The entire dessert bears an uncanny resemblance to the chocolate lava cake from years gone by.

It’s my opinion that this is pretty much the same dessert, with a more authentic name. But I really want to hear from you guys who loved the old version: how does this one rate? Sound off below in comments!

Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s® Custard Cross-Section

I hadn’t tried the Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen, so I decided this was the year! It was smooth and creamy with a kick from the Potcheen, which is best described as Irish moonshine.

Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen

To aide in re-hydration as we Drank Our Way Around the World, I decided to give Seagram’s Orange Sparkling Seltzer Water a try. This is a new beverage that can be found at all of the booths this year.

Seagram's Orange Sparkling Water

While I’m not usually a fan of bubbly water, this was actually kind of nice! It is crisp and refreshing, and makes an excellent alternative to alcoholic beverages if you’re the designated driver in your group. Maybe I was just SUPER thirsty, but this was a great chaser for that cheese… .

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Which dishes are must haves at the Hawai’i and Ireland Booths for you? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. Shauna K says

    While I haven’t had the lava cake at the Ireland booth, if it’s anything like the lava cake at Kona Cafe, then I’d say this year’s pudding is just a good! I went back for seconds… and thirds! However, they must have run out of the usual sauce when you went- when I went it was served with the creamy white Bailey’s custard (really a sauce honestly) on top, which was divine!!

  2. Amanda says

    The thing I’m most excited about is the seltzers! That’s all I drink and usually I have to bring some down with me. Now I might be able to unpack some from my suitcase. We leave in 5 days! :)

  3. Patricia says

    I had the Warm Chocolate Pudding today – and it was very good – but not as divine as the Warm Lava Cake. The cake without the ganache center was a little drier than the Lava version. And like Shauna, my Bailey’s custard was white.

    The flavors were all marvelous and I’d get it again. It is an extremely tasty dessert; but it is just hard to tinker with the perfection that was the Warm Lava Cake!

  4. says

    Shauna and Patricia — Thanks for the comments! I’m wondering if the cake was a little overdone when you had it, Patricia? I know that happens sometimes. And that’s very curious about the sauce! Hmmmm…

    Jenn — It’s raw, but tossed in a soy sauce marinade. I have friends who really adore this dish, and I love that it’s something you definitely see in Hawai’ian cuisine!

    Amanda — That’s great! Yeah, I really enjoyed this! So glad it’s a win for you . :-)

  5. John says

    6 days and counting. Not sure how I’m going to fit everything in with only 3 full days at F&W … but I’m gonna try !

  6. Lynne says

    I keep hoping that they will put the pork sliders on the menu at the Kona Cafe in the Poly. A full sized sandwich!

    I thought the orange citrus sparkling water was vile!

  7. Rocco says

    Great pics here! Wish I could’ve tried some of the stuff at Hawaii…
    One odd thing to note, I went to the first day of food and wine this year, that was my only day, and I noticed immediately that our puddings seemed to look a good bit different.
    It’s probably just the sauce, but the one that I was served on the first day had a light/bailey’s coloured sauce. http://i.imgur.com/xJFr54T.jpg (pic)

    Oops, reading the comments now I guess it happened to both Shauna and Patricia too, I wonder why this one was different?

  8. Mark D. says

    Agreed on the sauce. That is the first thing I thought when I saw your picture. The pudding was top 5 for my kids and I enjoyed it too.

  9. Maggie says

    I’m confused by your Irish pudding pics – ours didn’t come with chocolate sauce, it came with the white Bailey’s sauce. I didn’t try the old style dessert, but this year’s pudding was probably our favorite dessert of the whole Food Festival.

  10. Dani says

    I know it is Disney…but I get those seltzers at home, and I would have to literally be dying of thirst to pay $2.75 for ONE of them!

  11. Deadra says

    Our family was a lover of the lava cake in Ireland and made the switch today to the ‘pudding’…it was amazing! I wanted to lick the custard off the plate (my 11 year old said it was not acceptable). Still cake-y and quite yummy.

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