Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Brazil and Puerto Rico Marketplace Booths

We are continuing our LIVE coverage from the first week of the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Welcome to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Welcome to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

We’ve been busy eating at the various Marketplaces and attending events to bring you lots of good information.

And today, we’re ready to offer you the first in-depth look at two booths that are crowd favorites — Brazil and Puerto Rico.

Let’s go!

The Brazil Marketplace Booth

The Brazil Marketplace returned last year after a brief hiatus, and wasted no time establishing itself as a favorite stop on festival guests’ trip around the World. And this year, it’s back again on a big ol’ plot of World Showcase land all its own (with a WATERFALL! and LIVE MUSIC!).

2014 Brazil Marketplace Booth

2014 Brazil Marketplace Booth

This is the old Belgium location (Belgium has been booted next door), so there’s a seating area set up covered with colorful flags.

Gorgeous Seating Area for Brazil

Gorgeous Seating Area for Brazil

There’s a little waterfall (which the Cast Member made sure I knew about; they’re super proud of it). And if you’re lucky, you might catch some live Brazilian music while you’re there.

Brazil Marketplace Scenery

Brazil Marketplace Scenery

The food is pretty much all new, except for the pork belly. And the drinks include some good offerings.

2014 Brazil Menu

2014 Brazil Menu

We were interested to see a new seafood dish debut at the Brazil Marketplace. The Moqueca de Pescado features responsibly farm-raised Regal Springs Tilapia. It’s flavored with a Coconut Lime Sauce and is served on a bed of steamed Rice.

You guys know I’m not a HUGE seafood eater, but some of the festival’s offerings this year have made a liar out of me…including this one. I really enjoyed it! The dish is light with good flavor. But I was shocked that after I took my first tentative bite of fish, I actually went back for more. Red-letter day for me, my friends. ;-D

Moqueca de Pescado Regal Springs Premium Tilapia with Coconut Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice

Moqueca de Pescado Regal Springs Premium Tilapia with Coconut Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice

One of 2013’s most popular dishes, Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Cilantro, returns this year. While the 2013 version also featured Avocado in the mix, we aren’t really missing it. The Pork Belly stands on its own just fine!

Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Cilantro

Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Cilantro

One of our early favorites this year is the Pao de Queijo, or Brazilian Cheese Bread. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread

And it really is. Break it open, and you can see that it’s pretty much just soft cheesy bread stuffed with more cheese. This version is much better than the varieties that I’ve had at my favorite churrascaria back home.

Cheese Bread Cross Section

Cheese Bread — Cross Section

And finally, we had no idea what to expect when we read that CocadaBrazilian Coconut Candy — would be included in the line up here. But this simple dessert also turned out to be one of our early favorites!

Cocada -- Coconut Candy at the 2014 Brazil Marketplace

Cocada — Coconut Candy at the 2014 Brazil Marketplace

Sweet and full of coconut flavor, the texture reminds me of those no-bake “haystack” cookies that I loved as a kid. Super-sweet, but pretty awesome.

Coconut Candy - Dig in!

Coconut Candy – Dig in!

Does anyone have a Brazilian grandmother they’d like to share with me? ;-)

And you know we’re getting the Frozen Caipirinha here.

Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

The Puerto Rico Marketplace Booth

The Puerto Rico Marketplace is back in 2014 after a brief hiatus, also with a brand new booth and a big chunk of real estate. And the petite, two-story structure is pretty cool. (These booths keep getting bigger and better each year. Maybe by 2025 they’ll have an entire park dedicated to the Food and Wine Festival year round. Hint, hint, Disney.)

2014 Puerto Rico Marketplace Booth

2014 Puerto Rico Marketplace Booth

The marketplace is actually one of the first that you come to in your journey around the World if you choose to begin your trip on the Canada side. Just like Brazil, Puerto Rico enjoys a larger seating area with plenty of room to mingle. And that definitely came in handy opening weekend, as crowds swelled quickly.

The menu for the 2014 Marketplace is completely new.

Puerto Rico 2014 Menu

Puerto Rico 2014 Menu

You find a nice array of flavors here. Conch, enjoyed throughout the Caribbean, has the spotlight in the fresh Ensalada de Carrucho — Caribbean Conch Salad with Onion, Tomato, and Cilantro. The conch meat is steamed and served over steamed Rice in a paper cone. Easy to eat, although not so easy to photograph. ;-)

Ensalada de carrucho: Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro

Ensalada de Carrucho — Caribbean Conch Salad with Onion, Tomato, and Cilantro

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco, or Slow-Braised Beef served over Rice, but the flavors reminded me of the “Spanish Rice” my dad used to make when I was a kid! (I know; that totally helps you to imagine what it’s like, right? ;-D)

It’s got some great spice to it, with that tomato/olive savory flavor. The meat was a bit overdone, but overall, the dish was absolutely worth buying. (Good-sized portion, too.)

Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco

Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco

OK, so here’s the weirdness about the Food and Wine Festival. We’d been reporting all Summer on the Frituras that we had seen at previews for the Puerto Rico booth, but the day before the Festival opened, they switched up the menu to say they were now serving Tostones instead. You never know what you’re gonna get, eh?

Well, regardless, the Twice-Fried Green Plantains are served traditionally with a side of Mayo Ketchup for dipping. And I was bowled over! I figured I’d take a small bite and move on, but that Mayo Ketchup was out of this world. What the heck? Why hasn’t anyone told me about this before! (And I don’t even like mayo…at all…not even a little bit.)

And, no, it didn’t taste like bananas with ketchup. Which, I’ll be honest, I thought it might.

Tostones (fried green plantains with mayo ketchup)

Tostones (Fried Green Plantains with Mayo Ketchup)

And don’t skip dessert. The Flancocho, with its flavors of Caramel, Vanilla, and Coffee, was pretty good. I was worried that it would be more “milk jello” like panna cotta or flan, but it was much more custardy than jello-y.

FlanCocho

Flancocho

There are several beverages to choose from as well. While a Medalla Light Beer may be the perfect crisp option for a hot Florida day, there are some other interesting flavors to tempt you.

I had to try the Frozen San Juan Breeze. If there is one quintessential Puerto Rico flavor, this must be it! They didn’t have Don Q Limón Floater ready when I was there, so I just got the non-alcoholic version. Pretty awesome. :-D I drank much more than  I should have.

Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater

Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater

And the Gasolina Sangriiia Cocktail is like fruit punch for grown ups! Seriously! It tasted a little like grape juice, but with a zing. I really liked it. Probably too much.

Sangriiia Cocktail

Sangriiia Cocktail

We’ll be looking forward to seconds of many of these dishes throughout the coming weeks!

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2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
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2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule and Dining Package Information
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2014 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events
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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.

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What dish from the Brazil and Puerto Rico Marketplace Booths looks the best to you? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    Don’t know why but I think I am looking forward to the Pork Belly the most. Is it fantastic? 14 days and counting.

  2. Mattheus says

    as a Brazilian I have to comment…

    I love “Muqueca”,some of my family prepares it sometimes (eve thought it’s not the most common thing at the region I live in Brazil – South)

    Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Cilantro – This one looks weird for me… Not something we are used to eat here, mainly the previous version with avocado (nobody uses it here… lol that’s Mexican food, not Brazilian!)… I think they should have went with “FEIOJADA”, a true Brazilian classic, my family won’t skip a saturday without eating it! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Hq6vPIo9mgg/UjHn8ubS_oI/AAAAAAAAB_g/KDE0_MnbUm8/s1600/feijoada.jpg

    Pao de queijo, is very common here, served in every bakery and being one of the official dishes of one of the states here, Minas Gerais….

    Cocada, is a dessert I love, looks like a great addition

    But the dessert I think is the most popular here and every Brazilian loves is “BRIGADEIRO” really missed it as an option here, Starbucks stores in Brazil to even offer us Brigadeiro’s coffees! :P http://streetsmartbrazil.com/wp-content/uploads/drupal-files/userfiles/brigadeiromordido.jpg

    As for the drink, Caipirinha is the way to go… You can’t be more Brazilian then that! :P

  3. Jacky says

    The flanchoco is a flan. Flan is a custard. You said you were worried it tasted like a flan. Not sure what you think this tastes like then?

  4. Galloping Gourmand says

    Wow, does that Brazil booth look beautiful. This is located next to France, right? Great view fro there. I’m going to love sitting down and having that talapia.

  5. says

    Jacky — To clarify, what I meant is that I worried it would “feel” like many of the flans I’ve had in the past — very “jello” like in texture, hard instead of creamy. Instead, this was much more like a pudding, or what I consider to be custard from what my dad made me for dessert when I was a kid. Hope that helps!

  6. MeLissa says

    I can’t wait to try the coconut candy! 32 more days!
    Thanks for showing some of the seating areas, too. My husband and I bought the VIP package and it includes (if I read & understood it correctly) access to VIP seating areas where there are servers who will go get some items for you. Any ideas where these may be located? I didn’t see anything on the map. Thanks!

  7. Teena says

    I am so excited for my upcoming trip to attend this years festival. About how much should I budget for 3 people for touring the F&W Festival? Thanks!

  8. Xai says

    @Alan
    An interesting note, the Gasolina drinks that they sell at stores come in little pouches, like Capri Sun.

  9. Anna says

    Pão de queijo is my favorite, along with brigadeiro <3 I'm very happy a lot of people have enjoyed our food! :D

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