REVIEW: India 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 India kiosk located in the China pavilion and Africa kiosk in the World Showcase. This is a one-stop shop for Indian-inspired food during 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.

India Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2019

Menu for the India Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA) – $4.75
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and UNCLE BEN’S® Basmati Rice (V, GF) – $5.00
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

Beverages:

Offerings from India at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (minus the pistachio cake from 2017)

Photos of Menu Items for the India Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) – $4.75

Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V), $4.75

This is basically a beginner version of the Bread Service from Sanaa. Sure, the dips are really good, and the bread tastes freshly made, but nothing compares to the gigantic portion—replete with nine dips—from Sanaa. I suppose, “When in Rome…,” but there’re so many more unique offerings from Food & Wine that this one warrants just a passing grade.

Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and UNCLE BEN’S® Basmati Rice (V, GF) – $5.00

Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and UNCLE BEN’S® Basmati Rice (V, GF) – $5.00

There aren’t a lot of gluten-free options at this year’s festival—much less options that are both gluten-free and vegetarian—and it’s something we actively hear numerous guests talking to chefs about. It’s a shame, really. One of the great things about the Epcot festivals are the unique and innovative approaches to food, and not just creating something to fit a mold. This particular dish doesn’t fit any mold, and that’s a good thing. The rice helps soak up the curry sauce that the vegetables don’t grab, and there’s a slight spice to the entire dish that isn’t overpowering but just present enough to make the dish feel like something special. Sadly, beyond the spice, the dish is rather forgettable.

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

This is a much better use of your Food & Wine money than the bread sampler. Historically, korma chicken has many steps involved in the creation process, which makes this an interesting proposition. The chicken is well spiced and nicely cooked, hitting multiple tasting notes, such as garlic and curry. Use the naan bread to soak up the remainder of the sauce, which you’ll want to enjoy to the very last drop.

Godfather Lager (4.5% ABV) – $4.50

Total Beverage Solutions describes Godfather Lager as “light and smooth, with hoppy and malt aromas.”

Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik ($12/bottle) – $5.00

Sula Vineyards describes their Chenin Blanc as “a refreshing, light, semi-dry wine bursting with tropical fruits like pineapple, pear and green apple.”

Sula Shiraz, Nashik ($15/bottle) – $5.00

Sula Vineyards describes their Shiraz as “a smooth, medium-bodied red wine accentuated by ripe cherry and plum notes, black pepper aromas and soft, silky tannins.”

Location of India Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

India is located quite geographically accurate, between the China pavilion and the Africa kiosk along the World Showcase Promenade. India is Number 16 on the map below.

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Alicia

Growing up a native Floridian, I've been visiting the parks since I was three months old. I love all things Winnie the Pooh, Hidden Mickey hunting, and dole whips.

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Walter B. Casler
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Walter B. Casler

The Korma Chicken is my favorite dish at the Food and Wine Festival this year. I’m not a fan of Curry, but I wanted to branch out and try new things this year and this dish did not disappoint.
It’s so good that when my wife and I go back EPCOT in a couple of days I will be buying another round of this delicious dish.