The 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is underway, once again transforming World Showcase and Future World into one ginormous smorgasbord! (Check out our Best of the Fest along with our Full Booth Menus (AND FOOD PHOTOS!) here if you haven’t already!)
We turn our attention now to those of you looking to optimize your Festival consumption! That’s right — we’re talking about this year’s best shareable plates! These amply-portioned options are large enough for you and members of your crew to devour together! By sharing larger items, you can save a few dollars to try something else on your list — win-win!
Spanish-style Paella with Botifarra and Roasted Chicken – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
Over at the Spain booth, you’ll find the generously-sized Spanish-Style Paella. This tasty carb-fest is loaded with bits of chicken and copious amounts of Botifarra sausage — there are chopped bits of the pork sausage mixed in with the rice as well as a big ol’ juicy hunk of it on top!
Grab a couple of forks and a friend to tackle this plate of awesomeness!
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions, and Cheese (KA) – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible
Behold– The Schinkennudeln! We’re pretty sure that’s German for “The Cheese Motherload!” But in all seriousness, you might not be able to take on this much cheesy noodly goodness by yourself. This is our highlight of the Germany booth.
The portion size isn’t quite as large as some of the others on this list, but the level of richness of this offering might knock you down for the count! Best to play it safe and enlist the aid of a helper!
Costine di Maiale: Balsamic-glazed and Oven-roasted Pork Ribs – $8.00, DDP Snack Eligible
We don’t have any bones to pick with these Pork Ribs we found over at the Italy booth. Each order comes with three HUGE ribs! They are packed with flavor thanks to the addicting balsamic glaze.
If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, this is a GREAT deal to use a snack credit for! Grab a friend and unleash your inner carnivore!
Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous – $6.75, DDP Snack Eligible
Over at the Africa booth, we fell head-over-heels for the Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp served over an enormous bed of couscous! This comes with five, count em… five whole shrimp!
That’s WAY more shrimp than you’ll be served with other festival shrimp offerings, like the Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bushberry Shrimp over in Australia or the Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad in Thailand. Because of the odd number though, you might have to rock, paper, scissors your buddy for who gets the last one!
Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushrooms and Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA) — $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
Wowing us once again is the Cheese Studio with its mouthwatering Beef Stroganoff dish (What can we say — we have a weakness for cheese!). Is that much beef and cheese even legal? You’ll receive a hearty portion of meaty cheesy noodly goodness for just $5.50.
With all those juicy hunks of meat and the teeny noodles to soak up that cheese sauce, you’ll want to grab your favorite partner-in-crime to help take down this tasty dish!
Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki, and Chipotle Sauce – $8.00, DDP Snack Eligible
Bringin’ the HEAT to Festival is the Morocco Booth with its Spicy Hummus Fries! The fries never have enough of the sauce for our liking (because it’s THAT good) but the flavors are right on the money! Try asking for an extra squirt of sauce when you order!
For a super-walkable, super-sharable snack, these are a great go-to!
Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli — $7.00, DDP Snack Eligible
Flavors from Fire hosted by the ESPN’s College GameDay has us gearing up to square off against their Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak! All the components of this dish marry exceptionally well, from the char and marinade of the steak to the smokiness of the sweet corn cake, the crispness of the slaw and refreshing creaminess of the cilantro aïoli!
The beef is sliced thin, making it easy to divvy up between forks. There’s plenty to share here (though you may not want to!).
Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt (GF) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
While this dish has been on the menu at Islands of the Caribbean for a few years now, it hasn’t been a stunner until this year. Now, much to the delight of the noses of passersby, the Jerk-spiced Chicken is finally getting the attention it deserves and is being cooked over an outdoor grill!
The portion is quite generous and definitely will need a fork and knife to tackle. Served over a bed of sweet roasted plantains and drizzled with a mango chutney sauce, these tropical flavors have us longing for an island getaway!
Beef Brisket Poutine – $8.99
The menu at Refreshment Port is our daily reminder that most of life’s problems can be solved with a massive pile of fries! If you need something a little more rib-sticking to help you push through your day, grab these fries drenched in smokey brisket, beer cheese sauce (!!!) and gravy.
This won’t count as a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, unfortunately, but it’s well worth the dough for the big ol’ pile of crispy gooey meaty yumminess you’ll receive! This is definitely best shared amongst friends!
Capirotada de Chocolate: Chocolate Bread Pudding served with Chocolate Abuelita Crème Anglaise – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible
We weren’t trying to save the best for last, but it just kinda turned out that way! Here it is — the Mexico booth’s Chocolate Bread Pudding in all its glory (dun dun DUN!)! This isn’t an optical illusion — it’s just really that BIG!
No worries though — you and your posse will savor every bite of this incredulously big dessert (and the sauce is oh so rich and creamy! We’re never too shy to ask for extra!)
There you have it, folks! Now its time to assemble your team and start working on your Food and Wine Festival takedown!
Want even more? Check out our DFB Video of our favorites from this year’s Festival below!
Are any of these sharable items on your list of must-haves for this year’s Food and Wine Festival? Let us know in the comments!