Does the EPCOT’s Canada Food and Wine booth still top our list? Check out photos along with thoughts on this year’s Canada booth here.
New Food Booths
EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival runs from July 15 through November 20, 2021. This year the festival includes 5 brand new booths. The Noodle Exchange, located near Traveler’s Café, features beef and tofu pho as well as shrimp and coconut curry rice noodles. While the Tangerine Café: Flavors of the Medina delights guests with inside the Moroccan Pavilion. I (Susan) was excited about the addition of this booth since Disney recently reclaimed ownership of the pavilion from the Morocco government.
Note: Many of the festival booths don’t open until October 1.
The Swanky Sauce Swine with pork ribs and sticky wings can be found near the Disney Traders shop. Brew-Wing is one of the few inside locations at the Epcot Experience that offers a variety of wings and flatbreads.
Lastly, The Rotunda Bistro at the American Adventure features seafood and a mushroom and truffle tart. Check out our recent review of this booth here.
Every year the Canada booth serves the traditional steak and famous cheddar and bacon soup. Both of these items can be found at Disney’s signature restaurant also located at the Canada pavilion, Le Cellier. In addition, here you’ll also find a Canadian Lager and Cabernet-Merlot adult beverages.
Although there are only 2 food items on the Canada menu, it remains one of the most popular booths year after year. If you’ve visited EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival, you can’t miss the long lines for these Canada treats. In fact, when I visited on the festival opening day, lines prevented me from stopped here. However, I was able to sample the offerings the following day!
My absolute favorite cut of beef is the filet mignon. My expectations are for it to be seasoned and cooked well. It should also be so tender that even a butter (or disposable) knife can glide through it with ease.
Although the festival’s filet mignon is small, it’s perfect for a snack size portion. When Disney offered the dining plan, this steak was the best snack deal. The addition of the truffle-butter sauce with mushrooms make this steak stand out as a Food & Wine winner for most people.
This year was my first time trying the famous Canadian Cheddar and Bacon soup. I detected small pieces of celery and potatoes, but no bacon in my soup. This soup was creamy and the chicken broth base adds another flavor dimension. The soup was the most delicious when dipped by the pretzel roll. If you love this soup, and want to try it at home, check out our recipe here.
Thoughts on Food this Year
On the second day of the festival, the lines were short, and we tried both food items. Although I’ve (Susan) visited EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival several times in the past, I always order the Canada steak. The consistently wonderful filet with the buttery sauce keep me coming back.
However, this visit, we (Kenny the Pirate writers) found the steak to be inconsistent.
While I (Susan) enjoyed my steak, it didn’t seem as freshly prepared as in past years. Another writer found hers to be just okay. Earlier that morning, we had breakfast at Topolino’s and ordered a side of steak with breakfast. The steaks at Topolino’s at both breakfast and dinner are truly the absolute best on Disney property. In comparison to the Le Cellier steak, the Topolino’s steak is the winner by a landslide. Will I order the Canada steak on my next visit? Yes, because it’s still one of my favorite Food & Wine booth items.
Although I (Susan) enjoyed the soup here, it’s really difficult for me to have soup on a blazing hot day. A few in our group shared that this soup is their absolute favorite and a must have every trip. However, while I enjoyed the flavors, I found it a bit overrated. The pretzel roll was a nice addition to the soup though. Would I order the soup again? Probably not as I would prefer to try new items.
Personally, I would love to see this booth expand its menu with more authentic Canadian cuisine. There are so many creative food options at the Food and Wine Festival. Although this is an unpopular opinion, maybe this booth could add something new?