News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu UPDATES and CHANGES, Plus New FOOD PICS

There is just never a dull moment when it comes to bringing you the latest 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival news. :-D

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Today, we’ve learned that there have been major updates to three of the festival’s Marketplace Booth Menus.

If you’re not familiar with the way that the festival works, the Marketplace Booths are the small kiosks that serve the special food and drink items throughout Epcot during the festival.

For many folks, these booths ARE the festival — and in 2017, you’ll be able to make stops at 35 booths total, to mark the 35th anniversary of Epcot.

So, what’s changing? Let’s take a closer look. And then check out some new FOOD PHOTOS that we’re also sharing!

Mexico

One of the festival’s most popular booths, Mexico has rolled out an entirely updated beverage menu.

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Previously, they had planned to serve the following:

  • Prickly Pear Margarita
  • Classic Pomegranate Margarita
  • Mexican-style Sangria
  • Pacifico Lager with Floater
Mexican Sangria

Mexican Sangria

But that menu has changed a bit:

  • Spicy Apple Margarita
  • Classic Lime Margarita
  • Mexican-style Sangria
  • Corona Draft Beer with Floater
  • Mexican Mule

There’s some cool stuff there! Raise your hand if you’re intrigued by the sounds of the Spicy Apple Margarita!

We recently had a chance to try the Mexican Mule at La Cava del Tequila, and it’s awesome, too.

Mexican Mule

Mexican Mule

With tequila in place of the traditional vodka, you get those wonderful flavors paired with the zip of ginger beer.

Almond Orchard

New-for-2017 booth Almond Orchard is also upping its game. Previously, the only food item here was the Banana Almond Sundae layered with Fresh Berries and topped with Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Almonds. While we enjoyed tasting it at the previews, we couldn’t help but wonder if it was worthy of a whole booth.

The Banana Almond Soft Serve Sundae at Almond Orchard Booth

The Banana Almond Soft Serve Sundae at Almond Orchard Booth

But now, that sundae has company on the Food Team. Here are the new dishes they’re rolling out:

  • Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic
  • Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Salt & Vinegar Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins®
  • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats (<— “Crunchy Chocolate Oats.” Sign me up.)

And while you can still get your fill of high-end Champagne at Almond Orchard, the previously planned Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk Foam has been replaced with a non-alcoholic Strawberry Smoothie made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk. Hooray! Another option for the kiddos (and we’re hoping vegans too!).

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available to order!

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This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

We cover every single World Showcase Booth, and include full-color photos for most of the food items being offered at this year’s festival!

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Italy

Another festival favorite, Italy, has also undergone a major menu transformation.

Italy Booth

Italy Booth

The planned menu previously announced was:

  • Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
  • Costoletta di Agnello alla Marchigiana: Braised T-Bone Lamp Chops and Potatoes with Vidalia Onions, Thyme, Bay Leaf and Lamb Jus
  • Absolut Penne: Vodka Sauce with Shrimp
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit

It’s now been replaced with:

  • Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
  • Spezzatino con Polenta: Beef Stew with Parmesan Creamy Polenta
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit
Spezzatino alla Toscana con Polenta -- Tuscan-style Stew with Carrots, Mushrooms and Crispy Polenta

Spezzatino alla Toscana con Polenta from the 2016 Italy Booth

So, while we were excited that Italy was really stepping up its game this year…womp womp. We’re back to two items we’ve had at previous festivals and some calamari. Which is good, but not exciting. (And here’s a TIP: you can still find a “lamb T-bone” at the Australia booth.)

Finally, we’re also noticing that Farm Fresh has added a cider flight. And with interesting options such as Two Henrys Elderberry Cream Hard Cider and Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider, we’re pretty excited to see this.

See? This is why we tell you guys to stay tuned. :-D

New Food Photos!

But we’re also getting a first glimpse of a few more of the dishes that we can expect to see during our tour of the booths on opening day.

Don’t forget to stay tuned: Disney Food Blog will be on the ground August 31, bringing you more photos of actual dishes the day the festival opens!

In the meantime, we’ll share the Disney photos. We’re pretty excited to try the dishes!

We’ll be stopping at Farm Fresh for sure to sample the Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy.

Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy © Disney

Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy © Disney

Next, we’ll head over to Hawai’i to try LOTS of new things. We’ve already shared with you how much we loved the Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise. But we’re also looking forward to trying the Tuna Tataki as well as the Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts.

Tuna Tataki© Disney

Tuna Tataki© Disney

Passion Fruit Cheesecake © Disney

Passion Fruit Cheesecake © Disney

Fans of the Bread Service at Sanaa will no doubt flock to the Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips. Find it at the India Booth.

Indian Breads © Disney

Indian Breads © Disney

And finally, we know that lovers of Spanish cuisine will be anxious to try Spain’s Paella.

Paella © Disney

Paella © Disney

It’s almost here, you guys!

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We’ll have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog!

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 20 at 7:00AM ET. Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

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 seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Members of these groups can also book all Special Events early on July 18th beginning at 9:00AM ET. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders will not have early access to booking.

Are you looking forward to checking out these new additions to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Let us know in comments!

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    Yeay….very excited about the Indian bread. I have wanted to try it at Sanaa for years but not worth going all the way out there for. Will totally be at that booth.

  2. John says

    The options at Italy have been underwhelming for years. Would rather eat at McDonalds. Except for the Italian Margarita – that I could drink every day.

  3. Claire says

    I am sad that they took away what looked like an amazing menu this year for Italy. SPAIN in the other hand… yummy

  4. Patricia says

    Glad I’m not the only one disappointed to see Italy reverting to the same old, same old. I was excited for the new items there, but plenty of new things to try at other booths. Our trip is only a few weeks away!!! Can’t wait!

  5. Sean says

    I completely agree with everyone about how Italy appears to be taking it lightly, not a challenge. Let me just say that i appreciate all these updates as I am usually there every year but will be at WDW for only 1 day as part of a Disney Cruise out of NYC and need to have a strategy as I would not miss the festival for the world! Can’t believe I’m walking off of a cruise ship and drooling about the food here.

  6. Dave says

    Hannah, if you haven’t watched AJ’s review of what to have at AK, please do so. It absolutely is worth every minute of the ride to go to Sanaa just for the Naan bread service incl all the dips alone! Ask for a window table, sit back enjoy an awesome meal and enjoy the animals. We like to go there then over to Jambo house to Victoria Falls for one of their unique drinks. Then we go outside to watch animals, talk with the cast members from Africa not only to ask animal questions but also to share cultural talk. An awesome, worth every minute trip to take if you haven’t done so. If you can find 3 hrs to allow for all the travel, eats, drinks and animal/cast member interaction it may be one of your most memorable 3 hrs at Disney.

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