by Aug 1, 2022 | EPCOT, WDW Blog, WDW Food, WDW News
Here’s what to eat and drink—it’s the best of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022!
A great rat once said, “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” Luckily, that’s an easy task at the 2022 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.
Our team went on a journey around the world (and beyond) to find the good stuff, so you don’t have to guess what to spend your Food & Wine budget on. Spoiler alert: Mexico is a must-visit booth this year!
The 2022 Food and Wine Festival premiered on July 14, but don’t worry—you have until Nov. 19 to snag these bites and sips before they’re gone.
But what’s really worth the price tag—or maybe, more importantly, the stomach room? We’ve got this review stuff down to a science for those who want to maximize their budget and their bellies.
Our ranking of the best food and drinks at the 2022 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is based on portion, taste, and value. Each trait was rated on a scale out of 5:
Keep reading our staff-curated reviews to find out which booths you just can’t skip!
You won’t want to miss these delicious bites and sips this year. Whether you’re looking for something cheesy, sweet, refreshing, caffeinated, or spiked, the 2022 Food and Wine Festival will have something right up your alley. Skip the guesswork and use this foolproof guide to the fest!
The Beer-Braised Beef at the Belgium booth represents the best of EPCOT Food and Wine 2022. Photo by Laurie Sapp
Laurie Sapp, Photographer: “The beer-braised beef with smoked gouda mashed potatoes was excellent. I enjoy anything with gouda, so this was right up my alley. The potatoes were warm and smooth, and the beef tender and full of flavor. This was a good value for the money and a favorite that will be on my list for my next visit. “
Here’s what else is at Belgium!
Feijoada at the Brazil booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Lex Mancini, Writer: “So flavorful! This is one of my favorite things at the fest. The sauce on top is amazing, and the pork belly is tender and moist; my only complaint is the pork belly could have been crispier, but it didn’t make a difference to me because it’s so delicious!”
Griddled cheese at the Greece booth. Photo by Rain Blanken
Rain Blanken, Editorial Director: “The griddled cheese was one of the first things we ate at the festival, and we couldn’t stop talking about it all day. The honey glaze was warm on top of the crispy griddled side of this cheese slab. The cheese itself was salty and sweet. Get a knife to cut it, and be sure to gather pistachios in each bite for some texture. It’s also part of Emile’s Fromage Montage, so come get your cheese on.”
Rocky Road Chocolate Cake at Flavors From Fire booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Evelyn Long, Writer: “Gooey chocolate cake reminiscent of lava cake and plush marshmallows made it a crowd pleaser, while the spiced almonds brought a tickle of heat to the back of my throat. The spice tied the dish into the booth’s theme and made it more than just a chocolate cake! I’d appreciate another flavor element like graham cracker or caramel – but the low price tag put it over the top for me.”
Brioche aux Escargots at the France booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Lex Mancini, Writer: “The snail was cooked perfectly, very tender and had great flavor as well! The bread was buttery and moist, the cheesy spinach topping was delicious. This was a hearty portion, so make sure to share and leave room for some other dishes!”
Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon at the Canada booth. Photo by Tatjana Lazar.
Tatjana Lazar, Communications Director: “Melt in your mouth filet mignon; really easy to cut; nice gravy on it; good mushrooms – a taste of Le Cellier even if you can’t get in (or don’t have an ADR). Portion is fair for the price! Especially if you consider Le Cellier prices! This is really a festival staple everyone needs to try at least once.”
Gnocchi di Patate at the Italy booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Laurie Sapp, Photographer: “This item was warm and full of flavor. The potato and cheese dumpling was soft and enjoyable to eat. The flavors of the sauce and bacon on the top blended well together. This item was a little more pricey for the portion size.”
Spicy Salmon Donburi at the Japan booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Rain Blanken, Editorial Director: “So spicy! If you love a bit of spice, this little poke bowl is a must-eat at the fest! Some spicy salmon concoctions elsewhere aren’t quite spicy enough, but this dish had a zing I just wasn’t ready for! The rice was just the right amount of vinegary goodness, and there were lots of chunks of salmon. It’s a meal for one, but might just fill you up!”
Capirotada de Chocolate at the Mexico booth. Photo by Tatjana Lazar
Tatjana Lazar, Communications Director: “Quite good! I’d never had this type of bread pudding before, but the texture was nice and moist with a deliciously thick chocolate sauce on top. The portion was also large enough to share.”
The Fry Flight at the Fry Basket. Photo by Julie de la Fe
Julie de la Fe, Reporter: “Definitely the winner of the evening. This is the flight we’ve all been waiting for and a wonderful addition to the food and wine festival. All varieties were salty but the flavors from each were distinct. The malt vinegar was exactly what you’d expect, the BBQ was like fancy barbeque chips and the sweet potato fries were like dessert with the marshmallow cream! A winner for the kiddos too.”
Alright, alright—enough about the food. For those who come to EPCOT each year to drink around the world, this part is for you. Working to bring Disney news to our subscribers isn’t always a walk in the park(s), but grinding to find the best boozy bevvies at the Food and Wine Festival is a job we look forward to each year. Our many hours of sipping have added up to a list of favorites that we will be ordering again and again!
The Blood Orange Charm Margarita at the Mexico booth represents the best of EPCOT Food and Wine 2022. Photo by Lex Mancini
Lex Mancini, Writer: “The sweet dried chili salt rim is the perfect preface to the drink. It balances it out perfectly and adds a little smoke. The fruity blood orange aperitif and black currant infused vodka give the drink a naturally sweet flavor without being syrupy it has a good amount of tartness from the citrus. This drink is so well balanced with the nearly disguised Prosecco that also gives a bit of a dry element. “
More from the Mexico booth…
Mimosa Flight at Shimmering Sips. Photo by Tatjana Lazar
Tatjana Lazar, Communications Director:
More from the Mexico booth…
Guinness Bailey’s Coffee Shake at the Ireland booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Evelyn Long, Writer: “This shake had the perfect creaminess and foaminess that I look for in a milkshake. The Baileys and Guinness can be found on your palate but didn’t leave that not-so-fun bite in your mouth that one often experiences with Irish Coffees. 10/10 would order again!”
More from the Ireland booth…
La Passion Martini Slush at the France booth. Photo by Tatjana Lazar
Tatjana Lazar, Communications Director: “Thought this would be overrated, but it was truly really good. The portion was great, though a little on the expensive side. Flavors were well distributed throughout the ‘slush’ so you didn’t ever have a moment where you felt like you were drinking ice.”
More from the France booth…
Apple Blossom Sky at the Appleseed Orchard. Photo by Lex Macini
Lex Mancini, Writer: “This was everything you have ever wanted out of applesauce but never received. It was like cinnamon apple sauce in slushy form! The apple brandy added great flavor complexity without it tasting too much like alcohol. I loved the marshmallows on top!”
More from the Appleseed Orchard booth…
Beer Flight at Hops & Barley. Photo by Rain Blanken
Rain Blanken, Editorial Director:
More from the Hops & Barley booth…
Passion Fruit Bubble Tea at the China booth. Photo by Rain Blanken
Rain Blanken, Editorial Director: “Those used to a milk bubble tea might be a bit surprised at this one. I myself was expecting a milk tea but was delightfully surprised by this fizzy, light, and refreshing creation. The boba balls were very soft and paired well with the cheerful passion fruit taste of the tea. This drink is not too sweet … the perfect summer sipper.”
More from the China booth…
Salty Dog Cocktail at the Fry Basket. Photo by Rain Blanken
Lex Mancini, Writer: “This was one of the most refreshing beverages at the festival! I loved the citrus-sweet-salty combination. It definitely put a pep in my step after a long hot day at the parks!”
More from the Fry Basket booth…
Mango Lassi at the India booth. Photo by Julie de la Fe
Julie de la Fe, Reporter: “This was very refreshing. Think of a creamy mango smoothie… that’s what it tastes like. It did have some chunks of mango as well.”
More from the India booth…
Chilled Coffee at the Belgium booth. Photo by Lex Mancini
Evelyn Long, Writer: “This drink is precisely what you think it is. Cold, creamy, and caffeinated! It could be prettier, but you can’t beat a boost of caffeine with a modest buzz.”
More from the Belgium booth….
Not only are there great eats at the fest: The 2022 fest has lots to explore about the world of food. From exclusive EPCOT Food and Wine Festival merch to Eat to the Beat concerts, every foodie is sure to have a great time!
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