The 2021 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival is the most expansive in years. With an expansive booth list already available—and more to come in October—this is perhaps one of Disney's best events in years.
We covered our favorites from our first go-round of World Showcase, but with new booths being open as a result of the 50th anniversary, it was only natural that we made the rounds again for a second try at ranking some more dishes..
Warm Indian Bread
Served with pickled garlic, mango salsa and coriander pesto dips,\ this dish serves as an imitation of Sanaa's famous bread service. The dip selection is different than what is offered at Sanaa, so it still makes for an interesting choice for fans, even if the bread doesn't quote compare. A trend for this round of Food and Wine, the portion size was substantial for the price.
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham
Speaking of generous portions, this dish, served with baby potatoes, cornichons and baguette slices, is enormous for its $5.50 price. Though the potatoes tended to be under-seasoned, they were perfectly cooked and served as a great base for the fantastic, hot cheese and ham. This dish stands as unique among many unique dishes at this year's festival, and is more than large enough to share with the party. Layered and filling, it was only bested by the highest quality of what this year's event has to offer.
The Corned Beef Corner Route
Smoked Corned Beef with crispy potatoes, cheese curds, pickled onions and beer-cheese fondue, this smash hit was a massive portion and was loaded with flavor. The cheese could be overpowering at times, but the dish was still layered with heavy flavors, made lighter by the pickled onions on top. Served over homestyle chips, breaking up some of the heaviness and making it a perfect dish for sharing. A festival highlight, it demands you not skip the booths at the front of World Showcase.
New England Lobster Roll
Though not new to Oct. 1, I've tried this lobster roll a few times since our initial write-up, and it demands to be written about. Tender, buttery and loaded with quality lobster, this dish is a bargain at $8.50.
That's also because it is quite possibly the best Disney food festival dish I have ever had. As flavorful as some of the best meals I have had on property, it will remain the item I get again and again until the festival is over.