REVIEW: Brazil at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2019
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 Brazil kiosk located between the Morocco and France pavilions in the World Showcase. This is a one-stop shop for Brazilian inspired food during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Note that the menu prices do not include tax!)
Photos of Menu Items for the Brazil Marketplace, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice – $5.25
We quite enjoyed this dish. There’s scallops, shrimp, and a few chunks of white fish in the coconut-lime sauce put on top a bed of white rice. In terms of portion versus price this one is an absolute winner on that and taste. The seafood is well cooked and everything works together in the creamy sauce. Recommended!
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions – $6.00
Pork belly seems to be a trend that’s finally dying, only the best executions of the dish remain. Fortunately, Brazil’s is actually quite good, once you get past the price-versus-portion part. There’s a good amount of salsa on top and black beans on bottom to make this a relatively filling dish as well. It’s good, but it’s on that borderline of ‘is the price worth it?’. Your mileage may vary.
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread – $4.50
It’s incredibly difficult to recommend these at over $2 for a piece of cheese bread, even if they are pretty spectacular. You can find a bag of Brazi-Bites in your local grocer for a fraction of the cost if you want to indulge in cheese paradise. You can also find smaller versions of these on Skipper Canteen’s Secret Menu in the Magic Kingdom.
Sogrape Vinhos says this wine is “clear and bright with greenish tints. An aroma with prominent notes of well-ripened fruit, particularly of yellow-pulped fruit, such as peaches and nectarines. On the palate, this wine is creamy with aromatic notes of ripe fruit. A lively acidity invites a long and balanced finish.”
Quinta do Crasto says their Duoro Red is “Dark ruby in colour. Excellent aroma intensity, with floral notes of violet and expressive aromas of wild fruits. On the palate it starts in an appealing way, evolving into a balanced wine, with excellent volume and structure. The tannins are soft in texture and well-integrated with fine retronasal hints of wild fruits. A seductive wine, with great freshness and a lingering finish.”
A decent portion for the price that tastes like an alcoholic lemonade with just a bit more tartness than expected. It’s Brazil’s national drink, so they must be doing something right, because it’s rather refreshing and enjoyable.
All I want to do is *glug glug glug* and *cash register noise* and drink at Epcot. It’s a good black beer, albeit not from Brazil. Years ago, they did have a black beer right from Brazil, so we’ll forgive the semantics because this brew is popular in the country. It’s not as heavy as the color of the beer would lead you to believe, too, making it easily drinkable in the Florida heat.
Location of the Brazil Marketplace Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Brazil Marketplace Booth is located on World Showcase Promenade between the Morocco and France pavilions. Brazil is Number 30 on the map below.
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