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REVIEW: Flavors From Fire Returns With No New Dishes at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

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Flavors From Fire is back for another year at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. However, if you were looking for some new food options this year, you may be slightly disappointed to see the same dishes from last year have returned with no new offerings on the menu.

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Menu for Flavors From Fire at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue – $5.50
  • The Chimichurri-up Offense: Charred Chimichurri Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $7.25
  • The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache, and Candied Bacon – $4.00

Beverages:

Photos of Menu Items from Flavors From Fire at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue – $5.50

REVIEW: Flavors From Fire Marketplace in Future World (Including That Mustard Pork Drink), Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2017

This nearly perfect dish is a returning favorite from 2017. The smoked corned beef is flavorful, tender, and has a great slathering of sauce on it. There’s plenty of chips to help pick up the meat and fondue, all three together a match made in heaven. It’s a must-do item, even if it’s a return. Honestly, everything at Flavors from Fire is worth doing. It’s still as delicious as ever, with plenty of toppings. It is a bit difficult to eat on the chip, even with a fork, and this dish was slightly messy as well.

Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli – $7.25

This item replaced one of our favorites from 2017 at the Flavors from Fire booth, but that’s okay because it’s just as amazing. There’s an underlying spiciness to the skirt steak that’s rather intense for an Epcot festival, but that’s everything we absolutely adore from this. The coleslaw on top helps cut back the spice, and the aioli rounds out the flavor profile. The smoked corn cake below helps hold everything together, making this an absolute winner.

The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache, and Candied Bacon – $4.00

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The pie itself was light and fluffy, exactly what it should be. It wasn’t overly flavorful.

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The marshmallow was fluffy and had a fun texture. It was caramelized on the outside.

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The graham cracker was a standard out-of-the-box graham. The chocolate sauce was like hot fudge. It was rich, decadent, and very chocolaty.

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Overall, this was a tasty dessert with a nice balance of flavors. You should definitely have something to drink with you, though; you’ll need it!

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*NEW* Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Beer, Douglas, MI (5.5% ABV) – $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)

Saugatuck Brewing Company describes their beer, also known as Bonfire Brown Ale: “This classic American Brown Ale is a perfect example of tradition; from its malty, rich body to the touch of light smoke in the finish.”

*NEW* Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel, California ($25/bottle) – $6.00

Rutherford Ranch describes this wine as “intense and full-bodied with red fruit, blackberry, and spice,” having “soft, subtle tannins and a lingering smoky finish.”

Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon – $11.00

In 2017, this surprisingly good drink was made with Evan Williams bourbon. Since then, they have switched to the more well-known Jim Beam bourbon, but no matter – it’s still good! The Swine Brine is definitely one of the most unique cocktails offered at the festival, and many were surprised at just how good (read: weird) this ended up being. It’s a combination of apple juice, lemon juice, bourbon, and mustard, which sounds pretty terrible. Needless to say, everyone in our group grimaced before they tried it, but they ended up enjoying it more than expected. WARNING: It may not be for everyone. Also, don’t dip the pork in.

Location of Flavors From Fire Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Flavors from Fire Marketplace is located in Future World West, at number 26 on the map below.

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Do you wish Flavors From Fire returned with new dishes, or were you satisfied with the menu as is? Let us know in the comments below!

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