2014 Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Hops & Barley and Ireland Marketplaces

This week, all! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off THIS WEEK!

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It seems like we’ve been counting down, bringing you previews, and talking about it forever, so it will be so fun to hit the ground and begin trying all of the new dishes and returning favorites!

And this year, the festival has been extended to a record 53 days. That’s more than seven weeks to experience this great event.

We love showing you what you can expect from the Marketplace Booths that surround World Showcase. (For all of the Marketplace Booth Menus, be sure to visit our Main Booth Page.)

Today, let’s take a closer look at a couple favorites…

Hops & Barley Marketplace Booth

Originally introduced in 2005, the Hops & Barley Booth serves as the upscale taste of American food for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. You’ll find the extra large kiosk situated in the courtyard of the America Pavilion.

Hops & Barley Booth

Hops & Barley Booth

While the marketplace began as a celebration of New England food and Samuel Adams beer, they’ve widened the scope a bit with food and beverages from all across the country.

And, as the name implies, there are a few different beers to sample here. But while the booth has been all about Sam Adams beer in the past, now you can sample other craft brews as well as wine.

2014 Hop & Barley Marketplace Booth Menu

  • Artisan Cheese Plate featuring Cabot Cloth Wrapped Cheddar, Purple Haze Chèvre Goat Cheese and Cave Man Blue Cheese
  • Baked Lobster Alfredo
  • Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Pimento Cheese
  • Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing
  • Samuel Adams® Octoberfest
  • New Belgium Brewing Company Snapshot
  • Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®
  • Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy
  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
  • Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Cambria Estate Winery
  • Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Samuel Adams Octoberfest, New Belgium Snapshot, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy

While the Cheese Booth will be on hiatus in 2014, we’re happy to see one of its offerings pop up here at Hops & Barley — the Artisan Cheese Plate!

Trio of Artisan Cheeses

Trio of Artisan Cheeses

The trio includes some familiar faces from cheese plates around Walt Disney World, including Purple Haze Chèvre Goat Cheese and Cave Man Blue Cheese.

Purple Haze

Purple Haze Chèvre Goat Cheese

Caveman Blue Cheese

Caveman Blue Cheese

Also migrating from another marketplace is the Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider. The burger was previously featured at the Florida Local Booth. But for 2014, Florida Local has morphed into Farm Fresh.

The Mini Burger gets new life with a fun new topping — Pimento Cheese! Creamy and spicy, this is a great addition to the lineup here!

Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Pimento Cheese

Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Pimento Cheese

We’ve looked forward to Lobster dishes at Hops & Barley in the past. This year, we’re happy to say that it returns once more! Find it in the Baked Lobster Alfredo.

Baked Lobster Alfredo

Baked Lobster Alfredo

Desserts here tend toward the homespun. For 2014, enjoy Carrot Cake studded with Craisins® and topped with a traditional Cream Cheese Icing.

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing

Fresh Baked Carrot Cake with Craisins® and Cream Cheese Icing

And you can’t forget about the beer and wine! Choose from a selection of Samuel Adams, New Belgium, and Leinenkugel.

Beers of Beer Flight 2

Beer Flights are a Fun Way to Try New Things

Or try four of the brews in a handy flight — a great way to compare styles and flavors.

Ireland Marketplace Booth

The Ireland Marketplace Booth is a perennial favorite of festival goers. Lines can become quite long as guests line up for a taste of the Emerald Isle.

Ireland Marketplace Booth

Ireland Marketplace Booth

Fans will be happy to note that all of their favorite Ireland dishes return in 2014!

2014 Ireland Marketplace Booth Menu

  • Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
  • Kerrygold® Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
  • Guinness® Draught
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen
  • Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

The Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie is one of my favorites. Lobster and other seafood form a delicate bisque, and are topped with rich Whipped Potatoes. The individual bowl servings are surprisingly hearty.

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

Ireland produces some beautiful cheese, and it’s always fun to taste the different varieties side by side courtesy of the Kerrygold Cheese Selection.

Kerrygold Cheese Selection

Kerrygold Cheese Selection

If we took a poll of best loved festival dishes of all time, I know this one would get high marks. If the culinary masterminds at Epcot ever decide to do away with the Warm Chocolate Pudding, I have a feeling that there will be mutiny at the gate!

Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Custard

And who could blame them?

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

And you can’t pass up the chance to stroll the Promenade, Guinness in hand. It’s a rite of passage!

Here's what guinness looks like...in case you didn't know. At the festival, it will be served in a smaller, plastic glass.

Guinness! But Look For a Smaller Serving in a Plastic Cup at the Food and Wine Festival

If you’re looking to try something a little off the beaten path where dessert wines are concerned, sample the Bunratty Meade Honey Wine.

Bunratty Meade Honey Wine

Bunratty Meade Honey Wine

Or if Irish Coffee is your thing, try this chilled version, spiked with Bunratty Potcheen.

Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen

And new at the Ireland Booth, try a brand new player in the Irish Cream Liqueur market — Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur!

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Debuts at the Ireland Marketplace in 2014

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Debuts at the Ireland Marketplace in 2014

And in just a few short days, we will bringing you coverage of these booths and more, LIVE!

Want More Details About the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We are always working to bring you all of the latest and most important news and updates on the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival right here, so stay tuned for details and check out all of the info below!

Be sure to join our Disney Food Blog Newsletter for the latest information and details. And keep an eye on our 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page for updates.

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index — and FOOD PHOTOS!
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Low-Cost/Free Seminars and Activities
2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule and Dining Package Information
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2014 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events
2014 Tower of Terror 10-miler Events
2014 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic: Menus, Booking Info available!

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 31 at 7AM ET. Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, Mixology Seminars, and general admission for some special events will be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and mixology seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Discounts are by phone at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

News! The DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available!

Start planning NOW for your trip with our expert advice, plus information on all of the Special Events, Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations in a handy take-along format.

Use code prefoodwine at check-out for a $3 discount!

Return to the Main 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page.

What are you most looking forward to trying at the Hops & Barley and Ireland Booths? Tell us your favorite in comments!

Comments

  1. Galloping Gourmand says

    Ireland. It has Guinness so it’s my most favorite booth. Not wild about the food offerings but it has Guinness. Did I mention the Guinness?

    Was that carrot cake offered 2 years ago? I seem to remember it. I thought it was great.

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