REVIEW: Morocco Expands Their Menu at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020

As one of the 11 World Showcase countries, Morocco has been a fixture at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since its inception in 1996. But just because Morocco has been participating for twenty-four years doesn’t mean they’ve become complacent in their options. For this year’s Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, they’ve added THREE new menu items, including a new wine.

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

Food:

  • 🆕 Beef Kefta Pocket with Caramelized Onions, Garlic, and Spicy Tomato Concassée – $9.00
  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki, and Chipotle Sauce – $8.00
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce – $4.50

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Mediterranean Beer – $4.50 (6oz) and $9.00 (12oz)
  • 🆕 Kasbah Prestige Red ($40/bottle) – $6.00
  • Red Organic Sangria – $7.00
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur – $9.00

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

*NEW* Beef Kefta Pocket with Caramelized Onions, Garlic, and Spicy Tomato Concassée – $9.00

Unfortunately, we can’t say we enjoyed this unremarkable Beef Kefta Pocket, which actually tasted surprisingly like a basic hamburger.

Both plain and salty, this seems like a terrible value dish for the $9 it costs; perhaps $5 would be more acceptable for it. The highlight of the dish was the caramelized onions on the top, which added flavor and made this dish more palatable.

Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomates, Onions, Tzatziki and Chipotle Sauce – $8.00

Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, Tzatziki and Chipotle Sauce, $8.00

These are a Food & Wine classic. The Hummus Fries are very good, and very spicy. These are the same you can get at Spice Road Table. The vegetable mix on top helps cool things down and balance out the shaped blocks of hummus, making this dish not only unique, but really tasty. When it first premiered in 2016, with more fries and a smaller price tag, we felt this was a no-brainer of a recommendation. However, it’s getting hard to justify the ever-increasing price tag. There were only three of them for the price, so not such a great value here.

Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce – $4.50

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Morocco Baklava
Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce, $4.50

Baklava is difficult to make. The pastry takes hours of painstaking prep work requiring skills learned over many years. We would never be able to make the pastry properly. Morocco is not only able to make the pastry, but they make it well. It’s almost too good to be true. Believe the hype, because for the price you get an expertly crafted chocolate baklava that looks and tastes the part. Absolutely recommended.

*NEW* Kasbah Prestige Red ($40/bottle) – $6.00

From Groupe des Boissons du Maroc: “The Chergui wind, renowned for its strength, is a key element in obtaining the qualities so characteristic of Kasbah because it allows full maturity of the grapes and the concentration of aromas. This wine will surprise you with its qualities and its powerful and fruity bouquet. An ideal wine for rich cuisine…”

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

The Morocco Marketplace Booth is logically located right next to the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase.

What do you think of Morocco’s 2020 additions to their menu? Let us know in the comments below!

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