REVIEW: Islands of the Caribbean at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2018

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 Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean

 Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean Booth

 Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean Menu

The Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace debuted at the 2016 Festival, so this year marks its third appearance. The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place August 30 – November 12, 2018.

Menu for the Islands of the Caribbean Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli *NEW* – $5.25
  • 🆕 Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt *NEW* – $5.50
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (Vegetarian) – $3.75

Beverages:

  • Red Stripe Lager (4.7% abv) – $4.25
  • Caribbean White Sangria – $5.00
  • Frozen Mojito – $9.50
 Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean Offerings
Islands of the Caribbean Offerings at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Photos of Menu Items for Islands of the Caribbean at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli – $5.25

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean Empanada
Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli, $5.25

The Patagonia Booth from 2017 (and previous years) didn’t return for 2018, which left a festival staple without a home. Thankfully, Islands of the Caribbean stepped up to foster the beloved Empanada. This year it’s a Ropa Vieja Empanada that tastes exquisite. Sure, a little pricey for the single fried meat pocket, but there’re a few great bites of tender and flavorful ropa vieja inside of the crispy dough. Recommended!

Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt – $5.50

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean Chicken
Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt, $5.50

We didn’t anticipate the Islands of the Caribbean to be one of our favorite booths of the year, but here we are. The jerk-spiced chicken lollipop is brand new for 2018 and brings a flavorful and tender piece of chicken to the front of World Showcase. While the jerk spice isn’t too noticeable, the chicken was still amazingly tender and very flavorful. The mangoes on the side pair well with the well-cooked chicken making this dish one of our favorites of the event.

Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (Vegetarian) – $3.75

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Islands of the Caribbean Quesito
Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V), $3.75

We’ve been informed that this isn’t an “authentic” quesito, but that shouldn’t discourage your from trying this ultimately delicious treat. The guava sauce on the exterior pairs well with the sweetened cream cheese packed inside this fluffy pastry. It’s good, and a good value for the cost.

Frozen Mojito – $9.50

Frozen Mojito – $9.50

The frozen slushy machines always have issues at the Epcot festivals, especially Food & Wine in the direct heat. Frozen is a relative term, and if you get a frozen version of any drink at the festival consider yourself lucky. Don’t waste your time on this mojito that tastes like artificial mint and sadness.

Location of Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace Booth is located in World Showcase Plaza, just to the left as you enter via the main walkway from Future World.

More Information

  • All of our 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival coverage is available from our landing page at https://wdwnt.wine!

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