Do you love visiting Epcot during its festivals? Here are 10 of the most amazing snacks Epcot has to offer.
Walt Disney World’s Epcot typically hosts four seasonal festivals throughout the year. Historically, the four have been something along the lines of:
- Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts
- Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
- Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
These always have special offerings including entertainment, merchandise, scavenger hunts, and displays. On of the most popular offerings is the array of outdoor kitchen serving up snacks for sale.
Every festival offers fan favorite dishes as well as new ones each year. Sometimes Disney disappoints fans by overhauling an offering or omitting it from the festival all together. Other times, it wows fans with something brand new.
Of course, some dishes are just unforgettable. In no particular order, here is a completion of 10 of Epcot’s all time greatest hits in terms of festival outdoor kitchen offerings.
Caution! Do not proceed if you do not want to experience cravings for Epcot festival food.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
The Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup, a staple from Epcot’s Le Cellier, appears annually in Canada at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It is a delectable cup of cheese soup accompanied by pretzel bread.
This tends to be an extremely popular dish, and for good reason. People, myself included, love it. I find it hard to resist, even in the heat. It would be extremely surprising if this dish did not continue to return year after year.
Violet Lemonade is a delightful delightful treat that has its own cult following. It is only available for a limited time each year as a part of Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. If you want a taste, head over to Pineapple Promenade near the entrance to World Showcase.
Cool and delicious, this treat tastes like a blend of berries and a glorious spring day. I am typically skeptical of desserts with lots of food coloring, but I make exception for this. It is a truly delicious little gem of a slushy.
New England Lobster Roll
You can find this delicious morsel at Barley and Hops in the American Adventure during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. While Food & Wine features dozens of dishes, this one is probably my very favorite. I dream of it.
The roll is buttery, and the lobster in recent years has been plentiful. While the roll once utilized lobster salad, more recent incarnations contain unadulterated lobster meat instead more recently, a trend I hope will continue.
Braised Beef Short Rib
If you happen to find yourself visiting Epcot during the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and you enjoy beef, you should consider trying this dish. It is located at Cuisine Classique in World Showcase.
It is one I absolutely must have every year. The tender beef short rib comes with vegetables and an absolutely stellar parsnip puree. The sauce brings the whole thing together perfectly. There is nothing I do not love about this dish.
Butternut Squash Ravioli
The Butternut Squash Ravioli was last seen at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival in 2019. Located at Wine and Dine Studio, this dish was, for me, the biggest surprise of the festival the first time I had it. The dish is butternut squash ravioli in brown butter vinaigrette with parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds, and it tastes as delicious as it sounds.
It was light and easy to enjoy in the heat. In 2019 it was one of the limited vegetarian options available. I hope to see it make a return in 2021 after its absence, but you never know what may happen with Disney. So far, 2021 has been a strange year for Disney pasta. Here’s hoping the ravioli makes a come back much like ‘Ohana’s noodles after their short lived absence.
Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese served in a Warm Bread Cone
Speaking of missing pasta dishes, the Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese served in a Warm Bread Cone was a food festival work of art that has not been seen since it’s inaugural year. It was available at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Taste Track in 2019, but it has not been seen since.
The dish was bacon macaroni with a generous portion of lobster, all served inside of a croissant like cone. It was so delicious and popular that lines formed very quickly, and the wait times often rivaled Frozen Ever After and Test Track. It was especially nice to have it with one of the Birthday Cake Shakes that Taste Track served at the time. I am saddened that Disney has not brought this lobster cone of amazingness back yet. But, I can dream!
Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon
During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Canada serves another of Le Cellier’s signature dishes. A smaller version of the Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon awaits guests.
It feels cliché to include this dish on a top 10 list, but honestly, I would be lying to myself if I said I didn’t love it. It is an extremely popular crowd pleaser, and I would be surprised to see it vanish from the festival’s lineup of offerings.
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake
Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is home to some of Disney’s most coveted desserts. One of them is the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake at the Honey Bee-stro. The dish’s ingredients include orange blossom honey whipped cream, whipped honey, crystalized honey, honeycomb, dehydrated honey and fennel pollen meringue kisses. It is one honey of a dessert!
A random woman sitting next to me on the monorail recommended it to me. “You have to try the cheesecake at the ‘honey bee’ place,” may be the best unsolicited advice I have ever received from a stranger. Many desserts are good, but this one is special.
Is ever there were two ingredients that sound like the should not be together, it is sushi and doughnuts. However, Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts discovered a way to make this combination make sense.
Guests can purchase the Sushi Doughnut at the outdoor kitchen in Japan. It is absolutely divine. It makes a great lunch without being too heavy, and it packs just enough protein to give you some much needed mid-day energy. I hope this one returns year after year.
The Corned Beef Corner Route
If I had to pick an overall favorite food booth at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, it might just be Flavors from Fire. The offerings never cease to impress me. One of the best of the best is the The Corned Beef Corner Route.
The dish combines smoked corned beef with crispy potatoes, cheese curds, pickled onions, and beer cheese fondue. Honestly it didn’t sound very appetizing to me at first, but then it was love at first bite. This is one amazing snack. I hope to see it real soon!
That rounds out the top ten. Are you hungry now in a way that can’t be satisfied by the contents of your refrigerator? Just me?
Epcot festivals have some truly creative flare when it comes to cuisine. I can easily think of at least a dozen more dishes to give honorable mentions to, and I am sure you can too!
Have you tasted any of these dishes? Did I miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Or, keep the conversation going and share them with us in our crew, too!