REVIEW: Taste “La Vie en Rose” at France for the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020

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France has had a booth at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since its inception in 1996. This year, their booth has several “new” items that we actually saw earlier this year at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. But it’s still worth taking a look at these items, and picking up a slushy to battle the heat!

UPDATE: On September 2nd, the France Marketplace replaced the goat cheese tart with the escargot in puff pastry, also new to this year’s festival. In the event the tart returns, we’ve included reviews of both items.

Menu for the France Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust – $5.50 (REMOVED SEPTEMBER 2ND)
  • Feuilleté d’Escargots à la Crème d’Ail Et Persil: Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic and Parsley Cream Sauce – $5.75 (ADDED SEPTEMBER 2ND)
  • Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – $6.25
  • Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and served with Raspberry Coulis – $3.00

Beverages:

All new food and beverage items previously appeared at Fleur de Lys at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

Photos of Menu Items from the France Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Feuilleté d’Escargots à la Crème d’Ail Et Persil: Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic and Parsley Cream Sauce – $5.75

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Feuilleté d’Escargots à la Crème d’Ail Et Persil: Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic and Parsley Cream Sauce – $5.75
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Feuilleté d’Escargots à la Crème d’Ail Et Persil: Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic and Parsley Cream Sauce – $5.75

For the price, you get a really nice-sized portion. You could share it if you wanted to. This year’s iteration features a round puff pastry, as opposed to the more croissant-like versions of the past. Thankfully, it’s still as flaky and buttery as always. The sauce has a very strong garlic flavor, which compliments the butter of the pastry. There were full bits of escargot in our dish. Now if the idea of eating snails turns you off, we encourage you to reconsider. In the expert hands of the France Pavilion chefs, they taste purely like butter and garlic, making this extremely decadent. This is a very good dish, and one we highly recommend. Compared to the mixed reviews we gave to the other items at this Marketplace, this is an easy standout.

Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust – $5.50

Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust – $5.50

The goat cheese tart was fine, but not worth the price. I mean, it’s good, but why pay that much for a tiny piece of bread with onions and goat cheese?

Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – $6.25

Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – $6.25

Our crew gave this duck mixed reviews. Some really liked it, and others didn’t. There’s a mashed sweet potato underneath, and it’s not awful, but nothing great, either. The flavors are nice when you combine all bits. The sauce, meat, and parmesan chip combined made the whole better than the sum of its parts. Some of us loved it, and some of us tried to love it.

Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and served with Raspberry Coulis – $3.00

Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and served with Raspberry Coulis – $3.00

It didn’t look like much, but the pastry, filling, and the sauce surprised us. The raspberry coulis is thick with a strong flavor. It might look like salt on top, but it’s actually a very delicate sugar crystal. Thankfully, it’s not too sweet. The custard and cake are dense. The custard has a sweet light taste, but it’s pretty thick. We thought the ratio of bread to custard was perfect.

Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager Draft (5.0% ABV) – $4.75 (6oz) and $8.75 (12oz)

From Untappd: “1664 Blanc is an original wheat beer. It is a different, fresh and fruity white beer, slightly bitter with hints of citrus and coriander spices. ”

*NEW* VeRy Raspberry: Rosé Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor ($9/bottle) – $5.75

From Luneau USA Inc., VeRy Raspberry has “as pale pink color as the raspberry pulp,” with an aroma that’s “subtle and round on the nose with persistent aromas of raspberry.” They add, “fresh and silky on the palate, this wine is the perfect balance between good acidity and the roundness of the raspberry.”

*NEW* Bordeaux, Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Château Tarin ($10/bottle) – $6.00

From Luneau USA Inc., the Bordeaux has “dark brooding black cherry fruit enhanced by balanced acidity in the finish.” The blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka ($28/bottle), St. Germain Liqueur ($32/bottle), White and Red Cranberry Juice – $11.75

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La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka ($28/bottle), St. Germain Liqueur ($32/bottle), White and Red Cranberry Juice – $11.75

France once again brings an alcoholic slushy to the Festival. This time it’s a very floral and fruity vodka concoction that’s a light pink color. It actually smells like a rose! The St. Germain Liqueur doesn’t overpower the cranberry and orange flavors, which makes for a well balanced cocktail. Recommended.

Location of the France Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The France Marketplace booth is located on the World Showcase Promenade across from the France Pavilion, near the entrance to the future home of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

What’s your favorite item at the France Marketplace booth? We can’t get enough of that slushy, but there’s plenty of other alcoholic beverages to choose from. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Marvin
Marvin
4 months ago

We were WOW! on the onion tart, split on the duck, and meh on the dessert.