REVIEW: Active Eats at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2019

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Welcome to a Marketplace Booth review for the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place in the park from August 29 to November 23, 2019. This review will cover the Active Eats kiosk located in the Culinary Corridor located behind Club Cool in Future World West. This is a one-stop shop for fresh and healthy foods and returns with an all-new menu for its third year as part of the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Note that the menu prices do not include tax!)

For our complete coverage of the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, head to our festival landing page here.

Active Eats Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2019

 

Menu for Active Eats at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, and Leeks – $5.25
  • Spice-crusted Verlasso® Salmon with UNCLE BEN’S® Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, Crushed Avocado and Sherry Vinegar (GF)  – $5.75
  • 🆕 Fruit and Nut Energy Snack: House-made mixture of Apricots, Almonds, Pecans, Coconut, Puffed Rice, and Chocolate Chips (V) (GF)  – $4.00

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

Offerings from Active Eats at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Photos of Menu Items from Active Eats at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar and Leeks – $5.25

Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar and Leeks, $5.25

The Loaded Mac and Cheese has been floating around Epcot festivals for a few years now, though there is a change to this year’s recipe. This mac and cheese is heavy and the crust on top adds a nice texture. The leeks, which are new for this year, are a nice touch. It has a medium heat to finish.

Spice-crusted Verlasso® Salmon with UNCLE BEN’S® Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, Crushed Avocado, and Sherry Vinegar – $5.75

Spice-crusted Verlasso® Salmon with UNCLE BEN’S® Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, Crushed Avocado, and Sherry Vinegar, $5.75

2017’s version of this dish paired the Roasted Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri, while last year had a Warm Lentil Power Salad. The salmon is well-cooked. The crushed avocado on top gives it a creaminess, while the medley on the bottom gives it texture. It’s an everyday salmon dish; boring, but good. Compared to the heaviness of the Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese, it’s a very light dish.

*NEW* Fruit and Nut Energy Snack: House-made mixture of Apricots, Almonds, Pecans, Coconut, Puffed Rice, and Chocolate Chips – $4.00

Fruit and Nut Energy Snack: House-made mixture of Apricots, Almonds, Pecans, Coconut, Puffed Rice, and Chocolate Chips, $4.00

As one of our reporters put it, “I fell into some leaves and some got into my mouth.” There’s dark chocolate on top, but the only flavors coming through are chocolate and apricots. It’s like a trail mix bar.

M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL (5.0% ABV) – $4.50

M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL (5.0% ABV), $4.50

From M.I.A. Beer Company: “HRD WTR is a clear, sparkling alcoholic water with a hint of natural fruit flavor.”

Watch out “White Claw,” this hard water is very refreshing and can pair well with anything at this booth. It works best with the salmon dish for a light refreshing snack & drink for the Florida sun. My only issue is you only get a few ounces for $4.50. I could’ve used a gallon of this refreshing sparkling “hard water.”

L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA ($15/bottle) – $6.00

From L’Ecole: “This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows highly expressive aromatics of citrus blossom, passion fruit, slate and stone fruit with flavors of yellow apple on a crisp mineral finish.”

Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR ($20/bottle) – $5.00

From Sokol Blosser: “This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of bright red and jammy fruit characteristics, pie cherry and a hint of toasty oak. In the nose, this food friendly pinot noir expresses notes of chocolate covered cherries, rose petal, and a hint of baking spice. The mouthfeel is round and rich at first sip with some good tannins which soften with acidity in its long finish.”

Location of Active Eats at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Active Eats is located in the Culinary Corridor in Future World West behind Club Cool and Character Spot. Active Eats is Number 4 on the map below.

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