We are just a couple of weeks from the start of the most wonderful time of the year! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival gets underway on September 19!
Today, we’re bringing you another preview of some of the Marketplace Booths that will be featured at this year’s festival.
It’s hard to figure out just which one of the more than 25 kiosks is our favorite. We love trying returning classics and brand new dishes every year.
Greece Marketplace Booth
Night and day, it’s never surprising to see loooooong lines at the Greece Marketplace Booth. This exotic spot has been a favorite for as long as it’s been around.
But a few years back, it cemented its claim to fame when they introduced a simple dish — Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey. It’s a favorite, and it’s returning again this year.
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Greece Booth Menu
- Vegetarian Moussaka
- Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten free)
- Chicken gyro with tzatziki Sauce
- Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
- Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
- Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro
- Tzatziki Martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur
Throughout the Food and Wine Festival, we continue to see a commitment on Disney’s part to offer inventive and delicious vegetarian dishes. Brand new for 2014, the Greece Marketplace will offer a classic dish – Moussaka! But this version is vegetarian, made with soy as a meat replacement. We tried it at the Food and Wine Festival Preview dinner, and it won rave reviews.
The dish was surprisingly hearty and full of bold flavor.
But our real reason for trip after trip to the Greece Booth is the super simple Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy all in one bite! In short order, this has become one of our all-time favorite festival dishes.
Once again, guests can expect to see a Gyro on the menu here. But in another twist, they’re featuring Chicken as the meat on the petite sandwich instead of traditional Lamb. Served with Tzatziki, gyro fans are likely to enjoy this version.
Spanakopita, a savory turnover with a creamy Spinach Filling, returned to the festival lineup last year. I’m not a huge fan of super spinach-y versions of this classic dish, but there’s always been enough cheesy goodness in this one to make it acceptable.
There’s also an interesting new cocktail added to the mix here: the Tzatziki Martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur. The savory drink is certainly a departure from the fruity concoctions that we usually see around World Showcase.
Puerto Rico Marketplace Booth
After a brief hiatus, the Puerto Rico Marketplace Booth is making a comeback and featuring a brand new menu!
Disney chefs wanted to capture an authentic taste of this beautiful Caribbean island in the new menu, so they’re offering a diverse range of dishes in 2014.
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Puerto Rico Booth Menu
- Ensalada de Carrucho: Caribbean Conch Salad with Onion, Tomato and Cilantro (gluten free)
- Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco: Slow-Braised Beef with Puerto Rican-Grown Rice (gluten free)
- Frituras: Sorullitos (Sweet Polenta Fries) and Bolitas de Queso (Cheese Fritter with Mayo Ketchup)
- Flan Cocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake
- Gasolina Sangriiia
- Medalla Light Beer
- Frozen San Juan Breeze
- Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater
- Chilled Club Caribe Mango Rum (neat)
The Ensalada de Carrucho, or Caribbean Conch Salad, will offer the fresh flavors of Citrus Juices, Onion, Tomato, and Cilantro. This will definitely be a refreshing addition to the lineup.
Another new addition to the Puerto Rico Booth promises to be a big hit: Frituras! These fried bits of deliciousness are common street food in Puerto Rico and take on many different forms. At this year’s festival, you’ll find two offerings in the genre: Sorullitos, or Fried Sweet Polenta Sticks; and Bolitas de Queso, or Cheese Fritters. Both snacks are served with a traditional dipping sauce, Mayo Ketchup.
Lovers of comfort food will also want to check out the Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco, or Slow-Braised Beef with White Rice. We’ve had a chance to sample this dish as well and we really enjoyed it!
The drink line up promises to offer some great options, too! Look for the Gasolina Sangriiia Cocktail. (Yep, that’s the way you spell it.) This pre-made, ready to drink cocktail features a blend of Rum and Fruit Juices.
Guests looking for a non-alcoholic refresher are sure to enjoy the Frozen San Juan Breeze. You can also punch it up with a Don Q Limón Floater!
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What are you most looking forward to trying at the Greece and Puerto Rico Booths? Comment below and tell us your picks!