My wife and I were fortunate enough to be hosted by Disney this past weekend to explore the 2021 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival and other parks. We tasted as many things as possible during our four days, and you’ll find our favorites in this post.
I’ll start with EPCOT and work through the best things we ate at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and around the Coronado Springs Resort.
EPCOT Food & Wine Festival
This year’s Food & Wine Festival runs from July 15, 2021 to November 20, 2021. Our first stop during the hosted event was a tasting menu of new additions for 2021. Some options won’t be available until later in the festival, however. So for a full rundown, check out this foodie’s guide to the International Food & Wine Festival from Disney or this Food & Wine Festival menu and price guide.
Teriyaki Chicken Bun & Tempura Shrimp Sando
You’ll find these in the Japan booth along with Spicy Hako Sushi and sake options. The Japan exhibit was one of our favorites from EPCOT, and there are lots of places to seek refuge from the heat if you’re visiting this summer.
Roasted Porchetta with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Parsley Salsa Verde
Before this trip I’d only seen Andrew Rea make porchetta on YouTube, but I can now confirm it’s as tasty as it sounds. Porchetta (pronounced pork-etta) is a skin-on boneless pork roast that’s been stuffed with all kinds of herbs and other goodies. It’s fatty, unctuous, and delicious with the salsa verde and crisp potatoes.
You’ll find this at the Swanky Saucy Swine along with barbecue pork rinds and other porky treats.
We’re from Texas, so I wouldn’t take our lobster roll judging too seriously, but these were VERY good. Like, surprisingly good. You can find them at Hops and Barley around The American Adventure along with some beer flights and a carrot cake I’m sad we didn’t try.
Stone-Baked Moroccan Bread
This bread comes with hummus, zaalouk, and zhoug dips. The bread and the zhoug (spicy herb sauce) were the standouts. While this dish wasn’t my absolute favorite from our trip, you can get kebobs and other tastes of Medina here.
Oh, Canada. Vanessa and I have been trying to make it to Canada for several years now, but haven’t made it work just yet. So this was our first foray into “authentic” poutine. If true Canadian poutine is much better than this, I think I’ll have to move because this was fantastic.
And interestingly enough, this poutine wasn’t from the official Food & Wine Festival booth for Canada. At that booth, you’ll find a “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce and a Canadian Bacon and Cheddar Soup. We didn’t get to try either of these, but I heard positive reviews from others in our group.
Ice Cream from L’Artisan des Glaces
The heat was no joke last weekend. So we capitalized on every chance we saw to grab cold treats like ice cream. The little French ice cream shop is kind of tucked away in the France exhibit and had ice cream stuffed macarons that are definitely worth checking out.
Shimmering Strawberry Soft Serve
You can find this s’cute treat at Shimmering Sips along with mimosas four ways. It’s right at the front of the World Showcase and would make a great case for dessert before dinner.
Iced Chai Latte
You can find this at Joffery’s Coffee & Tea Company. It’s very sweet and right up Vanessa’s alley.
The Things We Missed at Food & Wine Festival
Like I mentioned, we could only eat so much as a duo! Here’s a handful of items I would’ve loved to try.
- Australia’s Grilled Shrimp and Lamb Chops
- Italy’s Mezzelune Croccanti
- Greece’s Grilled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey and Lamb Moussaka
- The Corned Beef Corner Route from the Flavors from Fire Booth
You can find photos and more reviews from other members of our group. Check out Leticia from Tech Savvy Mama’s 12 favorite foods from the Food & Wine Festival and Audrey from Mom Generations’ recap of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Before our trip to Disney, I polled my Instagram for food recommendations. And I’d say 75% of responses were about food in Magic Kingdom.
I think we did a good job of crossing things off the list, but you can only eat so much in a day. The one thing I didn’t get to try that everyone recommended was an order of corn dog nuggets from Casey’s Corner.
One of the coolest parts of the hosted trip was a private breakfast at Tomorrowland Terrace. I know that’s not very helpful to you, as they serve lunch and dinner. So why am I even mentioning it? The view of the castle is awesome and the terrace is nice and shaded. Tomorrowland Terrace also has a huge allergy friendly menu.
Cheeseburger and Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls
These were one of the more popular suggestions, and they lived up to the hype. They’re a great salty, savory snack. If I had to choose between the cheeseburger and buffalo chicken, I think I’d go with the latter.
You can find the spring rolls cart around the entrance to Adventure Land. If you’re looking at the castle from Main Street, take a left and you’ll see it.
Everyone also raved about Dole Whip, which is a pineapple soft serve that you can get lots of different ways. We went with a plain pineapple and one vanilla. Swirled is the move.
This is a great cool down treat around the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Aladdin Magic Carpets rides. You’ll need it if you’re venturing into Frontier Land, which we found had longer lines and plenty of sunshine!
Tony’s Town Square
This was one of the more pleasant surprises from our trip. Turns out, Tony’s is the restaurant from Lady and the Tramp. The place is right in Town Square and has a really cool look and feel. You’ll find pasta, steak, and other Italian fare.
Be Our Guest
Being Disney beginners, it was recommended we experience Be Our Guest. It’s a set menu with three courses. This was by far our most expensive food experience at Disney, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to put it on this list. But the food was actually pretty solid, and Beast from Beauty of the Beast made an appearance. I think I’d regret not going.
Related: Vanessa made a Grey Stuff Cupcake copycat recipe.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Vanessa is a massive Star Wars fan. So we were looking forward to our time in Hollywood Studios the entire trip, and it definitely lived up.
Ronto Roasters was actually one of the more impressive food options in all of Disney. Who knew I would like the plant based Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap with a plant based “egg” on it? I also enjoyed he Rising Moons Overnight Oats with dragonfruit and the Ronto Wrap with roasted pork and grilled sausage.
You’ll find Ronto Roasters right in the heart of Galaxy’s Edge by the Millennium Falcon and Savi’s Workshop, where you can build a lightsaber like Vanessa!
Pro tip: place a mobile order using the My Disney Experience app and walk right up.
You’ll need a reservation to get into Oga’s so be sure to make it well in advance of your trip. We thought Oga’s was one of the more immersive Disney experiences and a must-see for Star Wars fans, even if you don’t normally frequent bars. We actually ordered three non-alcoholic drinks and were happy to see plenty of non-alcoholic options.
Oga’s only offers two food items on the menu, which we only laid eyes on from afar.
Coronado Springs Resort
Disney hosted us in the Gran Destino Tower at their Coronado Springs Resort, which we absolutely loved. We were wiped from all the walking, eating, and sweating. Coming back to the resort was always relaxing.
There are several restaurants in the resort along with a market where you can buy pre-made options like pizza and nachos during off hours. We nearly tried all the resort food options except for the Maya Grill and Toledo (temporarily closed).
Bocadillo and Drinks at Dahlia Lounge
This lounge is at the very top of the tower and is a must-visit if you’re staying in the resort (and maybe even if you’re not). It’s a Spanish themed lounge with a great ambiance and patio that overlooks many of the other parks. It has a rather small tapas menu, but the ham and cheese bocadillo was a great start to our trip.
Pork Tacos and Churros from Three Bridges Bar & Grill
With southwest inspirations, there was plenty of food around Coronado Springs we were quite familiar with as Texans. Ordering tacos these days is usually a disappointment after living in Austin, but I was pleasantly surprised by the braised pork tacos. The churros, while not earth shattering, were a nice treat as well.
Everyone else on our trip staying at the resort bragged about their food from Three Bridges as well. It seems like a safe bet for good eats without straying too far from the resort.
Honorable Mention: Barcelona Lounge Coffee and Rix Sports Bar Burgers
You’ll find this lounge in the lower lobby of the Gran Destino tower. It’s only open from 6:30 to 12:30, but we had amazing cold brew and nitro cold brew nearly every day here. Vanessa’s had pastel de natas from Portugal and was a little disappointed in their mini version, but their other pastries looked great.
The bacon burger with an added fried egg and waffle fries from Rix is a heavy but really satisfying meal, especially if you’re having a slow start to a day.
Takeaways and Final Tips
If you’re going to Disney and food is a primary focus, you can’t go wrong with the Food & Wine Festival. Just walk around, eat from the booths, and take your time. All the options are affordable, and other than a candy topped donut, we liked just about everything. I’m tempted to say you can’t go wrong!
While you won’t be able to use the mobile order on the My Disney Experience app at Food & Wine Festival booths, be sure to use it at the other parks. You’ll stand in enough lines at Disney. No need to wait for food!
As a final tip, even if you’re planning to primarily eat from booths and food stands at EPCOT and the other parks, I would still make some mid-day reservations for restaurants. That way you can escape the mid-day heat for a bit and rehydrate in the AC. We found ourselves scrambling a few times in search of somewhere to cool off.
Oh, and I know you know this, but pack comfortable shoes and black shirts if you tend to sweat (like us). And maybe even back up shirts if you’re going to Disney in the summer. If you need some Disney fashion advice, one of our group members Tammy Leopaldi has a great post with Outfit Ideas for Disney World.
And that about covers it. Have you been to Walt Disney World or EPCOT Food & Wine Festival this year? If so, what were your favorite food finds? We’ll be sure and try them next time!