REVIEW: Hawai’i Brings Tropical Paradise and Kalua Pork to the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020

Hawai’i has been a popular booth at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since it joined the lineup in 2011. While the booth didn’t add much to their menu this year, their delicious dishes are still worth the stop when making the rounds at EPCOT. Let’s take a closer look!

Menu for the Hawai’i Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise – $5.25
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise – $4.25

Beverages:

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

The Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat previously appeared at Pineapple Promenade at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

Photos of Menu Items from the Hawai’i Marketplace at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise – $5.25

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Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise – $5.25 (Courtesy of easywdw)

The pork slider has become a Food & Wine staple, much like the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. Expect a small bun full of tender pulled pork topped with a potent pineapple chutney and slathered in a spicy mayonnaise. After a bite most of the sandwich falls apart so we recommend grabbing a fork to help pick-up the remainder. It’s a really great sandwich that feels worth the money.

Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise – $4.25

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Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise – $4.25

This one is SPICY. Well, not overwhelmingly spicy, but enough to bring the heat among the other relatively calm items at Hawai’i. Plus grilled SPAM is actually delicious, who knew? The entire hash mixture is comprised of the aforementioned grilled SPAM, peppers, potatoes, onions, and a nice squeeze of spicy mayonnaise on top. It’s a unique, flavorful, and interesting dish. Recommended.

*NEW* Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI (5.5% ABV) – $4.50 (6 oz) & $8.50 (12 oz)

From Maui Brewing Co.: “Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew.”

Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL ($30/bottle) – $10.00

From Florida Orange Groves Winery: “Our sparkling Pineapple wine offers you and your palate a crisp and refreshing taste of Florida in a bottle. Made from 100% pineapple juice you won’t need to imagine hints of flavors or finishing notes.”

AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14.00

AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14.00
AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14.00

Want to get your drink on during the festival? This is the drink for you! While fourteen dollars is a bit steep for a festival drink, it’s a full size beverage (a full ounce of vodka) and comes in this cool souvenir glass! There are a few problems with this drink though, as we found the vodka to be of the bottom shelf quality and they tried to mask that taste with the pineapple juice and grenadine. However, at the end of the day it’s a full size drink and we can’t say no to that!

Location of the Hawai’i Marketplace Booth at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Hawai’i Marketplace Booth is located at the entrance to World Showcase at World Showcase Plaza just off to the right as you enter World Showcase from the central walkway from Future World, across from the restrooms and Traveler’s Cafe.

Which dish is your favorite at the Hawaii–er, Hawai’i booth? Let us know in the comments below.

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