REVIEW: Flavors From Fire 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 Flavors From Fire kiosk located in Future World West behind Character Spot. This is a one-stop shop for spicy food during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Note that the menu prices do not include tax!)
The Steakhouse Blended Burger moved to Flavors from Fire from Earth Eats in 2019, while two returning dishes received some changes from 2018 (cheese curds on the Smoked Corned Beef, Mango-Lime Compote on the Chocolate Picante.
Photos of Menu Items from Flavors from Fire at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, and a Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun – $5.25
Last year, there were two burgers at Earth Eats: one real meat, one totally fake meat. This is the real meat one and it’s exponentially better than the non-meat burger. The patty is well-cooked, the brie cheese fondue adding a great contrast to the mushroom flavor from the burger. There’s a single potato chip on top that adds a great crunch as well. Sure a few dollars more will get you full-sized burger at Electric Umbrella, but this one is tasty.
Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue – $5.25
This nearly perfect dish is a returning favorite from 2017. The smoked corned beef is flavorful, tender, and has a great slathering of sauce on it. There’s plenty of chips to help pick up the meat and fondue, all three together a match made in heaven. It’s a must0do item, even if it’s a return. Honestly everything at Flavors from Fire is worth doing. It’s still as delicious as ever, with plenty of toppings. It is a bit difficult to eat on the chip, even with a fork, and this dish was slightly messy as well.
Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli – $7.00
This item replaced one of our favorites from 2017 at the Flavors from Fire booth, but that’s okay because it’s just as amazing. There’s an underlying spiciness to the skirt steak that’s rather intense for an Epcot festival, but that’s everything we absolutely adore from this. The coleslaw on top helps to cut back the spice and the aioli rounds out the flavor profile. The smoked corn cake below helps hold everything together making this an absolute winner.
Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Mango-Lime Compote – $4.00
For the past years, this item was topped with a raspberry dust; this year we have mango. The mango pairs well with the chocolate mousse and spice. It’s an absolutely stellar dark chocolate mousse that’s made with chili powder that gives an excellent spice to the entire creation. This is one of our favorite desserts from 2017 and it’s just as good (if not better) in 2018. In 2019, it’s still a hit. This mousse based dessert is very sweet but also packs in a kick after just one bite. The mango is definitely needed to help balance out the flavors.
*NEW* Bell’s Brewery Porter, Comstock, MI (5.6% ABV) – $4.50
From Bell’s Brewery: “Our award-winning Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and heavily roasted stouts. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley are offset with just a slight hop bitterness.” The beer is a very light porter. Not too heavy, but balanced well with the heavy dessert.
This beer is very dark in color but much lighter then your average porter. Being light, it pairs well with the very rich chocolate picante dessert here at Flavors from Fire.
*NEW* Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County ($17/bottle) – $5.00
Edmeades says their Zinfandel “begins with warm and intense aromas of cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, currants, and sage. The texture is round and the fruit expression is concentrated and lush. Soft tannins accentuate the richness of the wine, while pleasant acidity keeps it fresh on the finish.” It comes chilled but it honestly shouldn’t be. It does however, pair very nicely with the food offered here at this booth.
Although it is chilled which is not typical for a Zin, it makes this “bold” red wine much more drinkable in the “bold” hot Florida heat. This red is big which makes it pair very well with the meat dishes at this booth.
In 2017, this surprisingly good drink was made with Evan Williams bourbon. This year they switched to the more well-known Jim Beam bourbon, but no matter – it’s still good! The Swine Brine is definitely one of the most unique cocktails offered this year at the festival, and many were surprised at just how good (read: weird) this ended up being. It’s a combination of apple juice, lemon juice, bourbon, and mustard, which sounds pretty terrible. Needless to say, everyone in our group grimaced before they tried it, but they ended up enjoying it more than expected. WARNING: It may not be for everyone. Also, don’t dip the pork in.
Location of Flavors from Fire Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Flavors from Fire Marketplace at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is located in Future World West behind Character Spot and just outside from the Light Lab. Flavors From Fire is Number 2 on the map below.
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