REVIEW: Forgettable Potato Pancakes, Flavorful Pastries at Bauernmarkt at the 2021 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Let’s take an adventure over to Germany and taste the hearty and delicious bites Bauernmarkt is sure to serve up at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Menu for Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Food:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (Plant-based) – $4.50
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.75
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – $5.50
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.50

Beverages:

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

  • M.I.A. Brewing Hugo, Doral, FL (4.5% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50
  • Bitburger Premium Pils, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (4.8% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50
  • Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria (2.0% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50
  • Apfelschaumwein: Sparkling Wine and Apple Liqueur – $10.00
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

Photos of Menu Items from Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce – $4.50

The menu clearly calls out “Potato Pancakes” whereas multiple pancakes are expected. However, we received a single one with more apple sauce than a pancake. It’s pretty forgettable.

Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.75

The toppings here don’t do much to elevate the potato pancake dish. Another pass.

Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – $5.50

We don’t even know the proper words to describe how unexpectedly amazing this dish was. The pretzel bread was filled with a gooey cheese and black forest ham that oozed out when we cut into it. All of the flavors mix wonderfully together, making this one of the best items we’ve ever had at Flower & Garden since they started Outdoor Kitchens a few years back.

Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.50

The strudel was a perfect combination of fruit, cheese, and flaky crust. Everything came out warm, making for a very good dessert. It may not be as good as the buckle from The Berry Basket in years past, but it’s still worth your time.

Beer Flight – $9.50

M.I.A. Brewing Hugo, Doral, FL (4.5% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

From correspondence with M.I.A. Beer Company’s Production Manager Rory Malloy: “Our Hugo beer is modeled after the Aperitif drink of the same name, [which is] normally [made of] prosecco, elderflower syrup, [a] sprig of mint and sometimes some lime. We took a base of American Light lager… [and] switched up the hops to give a slight lime tartness, then added elderflower and mint during its lagering stage. This is a very refreshing beer. [It] pours very clear with pillowy white head, [and] drinks very easy with a super clean finish. Moderate alcohol content and low IBU allow you to enjoy a few.”

Bitburger Premium Pils, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (4.8% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

Bitburger describes their Premium Pils as “bright golden yellow in color, with a lasting white foam head with extra-fine bubbles,” with an aroma of “pure, delicate notes of honey, ripe cereal grains, white bread and aromatic mountain herbs,” and having a “delicate effervescence mixed with a crisp and fruity taste, a touch of malty sweetness, rounded off with a distinctive hoppiness that lingers harmoniously on the palate.”

Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria (2.0% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

Stiegl Brewery describes their beer as “Best Stiegl-Goldbräu blended with lemonade made with real lemon juice” with “a sparkling, invigorating taste” and “delicate hints of citrus and [a] fresh aroma.”

Apfelschaumwein: Sparkling Wine and Apple Liqueur – $10.00

This was similar to ice wine, but it would have been a bit better if it were colder. The fresh rosemary sprig gave it a nice flavor. It was very sweet. There was a bit of a spiced apple taste, but not cinnamon-y.

Location of Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market is located adjacent to the Germany pavilion, at #9 on the map below, on the World Showcase Promenade.

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What was your favorite item from Bauernmarkt?

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