Sample Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Items BEFORE the Festival!

We know, we know… we talk about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival a lot around here. Like, a LOT, a lot.

And can you blame us? It’s our favorite time of year, and we can’t wait to dig into all the new flavors like Brazil’s Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca (as well as some of our old standbys — I’m looking at you, Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup) at the Festival Marketplace Booths this year.

But let’s say your Disney World travel dates fall outside of the Festival dates of September 25 – November 16th. What’s a Disney food fan to do?

I’ll tell you what… You can try a few Food and Wine Festival offerings in spots around Epcot and Downtown Disney right now. Follow me!

Featured Beverages at the Refreshment Cool Post

We’re starting at Epcot’s Refreshment Cool Post, tucked between the China Pavilion and the walkway to Germany.

Refreshment Coolpost

Refreshment Cool Post

You may have passed the Refreshment Coolpost a bajillion-and-one times on your jaunts around World Showcase without thinking much of it. Kid-friendly fare is the primary focus, with the main offerings of hot dogs and frozen yogurt (for a time it was a super yummy pineapple) providing options for picky eaters far away from the American Adventure Pavilion. Even if you have walked right on by, you may still be familiar with the nearly constant sound of drums being played by the congregating kiddos!

Drums at Refreshment Coolpost

Drums at Refreshment Cool Post

Yet this unassuming spot is where you can enjoy not one, but TWO Food and Wine Festival items even as we speak (or, umm… type). The Frozen Elephant and Mango Starr are already on the menu!

Refreshment CoolPost Menu

Refreshment Cool Post Menu

Pull up a chair and enjoy a few sips!

Seating across from the Refreshment Cool Post

Seating across from the Refreshment Cool Post

We LOVED the original Brown Elephant when it made its Food and Wine Festival debut at this spot in 2013 — a mix of Coca-Cola, creamy Amarula Liqueur, and milk, that comes together like a grown-up cream soda. Seriously, I never would’ve guessed one of my favorite Festival items would come from the Refreshment Cool Post.

The Brown Elephant featuring Amarula Cream Liqueur

The Brown Elephant featuring Amarula Cream Liqueur from the 2013 Food and Wine Festival

(No offense, Cool Post. I’m just sayin’.)

The current Frozen Elephant featured for 2015 is that same yummy blend of flavors, only — can you guess? — FROZEN.

Frozen Elephant

Frozen Elephant

Meanwhile, the Mango Starr has been available at the Cool Post for some time now, featuring Starr African Rum blended with mango puree. (Yep, it’s blended. The consistency just didn’t stand up against the heat quite as well as the Frozen Elephant.)

Mango Starr

Mango Starr

If you frequent Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar, you’re likely familiar with Starr African Rum as it is featured in several of the specialty cocktails there, like the Harambe Cooler and Sugar Cane Mojito. Its distinctive strong flavor tends to mellow out the mango here, resulting in more of a generally fruit-flavored drink. Unexpectedly, we picked up on some cherry and nutmeg flavors, too.

But there are more Food and Wine refreshments on the way, heading to our next stop…

Criossant Donut at the Refreshment Port

The Refreshment Port is another “Why-would-I-stop-there-with-all-the-great-options-around-World-Showcase?” type of spot. It’s got cold drinks, good ol’ standby Chicken Breast Nuggets …and it’s near some restrooms, basically. It sits in the entrance to World Showcase coming from Future World, and is… well, pretty nondescript.

Refreshment Port

Refreshment Port

Well, HERE’S why you should stop there: this is where you can grab yourself a Croissant Doughnut, with or without ice cream! I know, I know — the croissant doughnut trend has been around for a while, but, man, these are still pretty killer.

Cronut a la Mode and Regular Cronut

Cronut a la Mode and Regular Cronut

And, yes, it’s another one featured on the Food and Wine list this year. In fact, we even got to try it again at this year’s Food and Wine Festival Preview, so clearly its profile is still up! Just a note, though, when served as a Food and Wine Festival item (one that’s good for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan), the Croissant Doughnut comes without the ice cream, so be sure to take a peek at the menu board first depending on your craving.

Food and Wine Festival Baby Cronuts

Food and Wine Festival Baby Cronuts

I must say, sans ice cream, you can more easily pick up on all the flaky, buttery, cinnamon-and-sugar coated layers…

Cronut Layers

Cronut Layers

WHY am I not eating one of these right now?!

Anyway, fret not if you haven’t grabbed yours yet. Since its arrival to the Refreshment Port in late 2013, it’s been a staple on the menu so we can all enjoy it year-round.

So, are there any other places we can enjoy flavors from the Food and Wine Festival all year long? I’m glad you asked!

World Showcase of Flavors Food Trucks

Typically found at Exposition Park in Downtown Disney’s West Side (though it can move around from time to time) is the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck, boasting “The Best of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival” no matter what time of year you visit!

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck

World Showcase of Flavors Decal

World Showcase of Flavors Decal

The current menu features three Festival eats; one of which is often the fan favorite Pierogies from the Poland Marketplace Booth.

World Showcase of Flavors Menu

World Showcase of Flavors Menu

Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream

Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream from the Food and Wine Festival

These potato-stuffed gems are served with caramelized onions and kielbasa then drizzled with sour cream, and also offer an enjoyable smokey flavor.

Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream

Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream from the Food and Wine Festival

Another find at the World Showcase of Flavors is regularly the Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce, a staple at the Greece Marketplace Booth (prepared like a traditional gyro but featuring chicken instead of lamb). It is topped off with a simple lettuce, tomato and onion accompanied by a rich tzatiki sauce.

Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce from the Food and Wine Festival

Finally, the Grass-fed Beef Sliders differ somewhat from those you’ll find at the Hops & Barley Marketplace Booth at this year’s Festival, since those at the Food Truck are served with Monterey Jack cheese and sweet pickles, as opposed to the pimento cheese that will accompany those at Hops & Barley. The Sliders at the World Showcase of Flavors Truck pay a closer tribute to the ones served at the Florida Local Marketplace Booth in 2013 (which was replaced by Farm Fresh last year).

Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider from the 2013 Food and Wine Festival

Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider from the 2013 Food and Wine Festival

One thing the Food Truck’s version of the Sliders shares in common with each of the other Food and Wine items served here is a significantly larger portion size than what you’d receive at the Festival. For instance, the Grass-fed Beef Sliders come in pairs with a side of house-made chips (which helps the $9.50 price tag make a lot more sense, considering that last year’s Beef Slider at the Festival ran four bucks).

So, my friends, all is not lost if you can’t make it to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. I mean, we’ll miss you and all, but hey… that means more Loaded Mac n’ Cheese for me ;).

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog! Here’s what we know so far…

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu IndexFull Menus and Food Photos Now Available!
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2015 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2015 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) (join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about more details!). Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, Mixology Seminars, and general admission for some special events are 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) or through DVC Member Services. Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Have you enjoyed any tastes from the Food and Wine Festival outside of the Festival dates? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Heidi says

    I freaking love this blog! Thanks for keeping me up to date with the Food and Wine fest news! Keep it coming!

  2. MeLissa says

    Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s because i live in an area (Pittsburgh) where good quality, homemade pierogie are the norm, but the ones served at the F&WF last year were a huge letdown. They are just straight-out-of-the-box, Mrs. T-style junk. They just didn’t seem on par with the quality of the other offerings. IMHO. (74 days!)

  3. Hazel says

    We will be there on November and it will be our first time to experience F&W festival and we are excited about it. I love reading your blog. I never get tired reading your posts. It is awesome and every details that you shared are great and interesting. Keep us posted always!

  4. says

    I agree on the comment regarding the homemade pierogie, while there is certainly a time and place for the Mrs. T’s pierogie, it isn’t the Food & Wine Festival. Authentic Polish pierogies can be found in many states across the U.S.

  5. Jenny says

    I love reading your blog AJ. I’m so excited that we get to say the Food and Wine Festival starts next month!
    :-)

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