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REVIEW: Greece Serves a Hit and Several Misses at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Back for the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is Greece, a marketplace that has been missing from the festival since 2018. With its return, several new wines and food items have been added to the menu.

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Menu for the Greece Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • Spanakopita – $4.50
  • 🆕 Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $4.50
  • 🆕 Lamb Moussaka – $7.75

Beverages:

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

Photos of Menu Items for the Greece Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Spanakopita – $4.50

(Photo from 2020)

Having made an appearance at last year’s festival at Wine & Dine Featuring Festival Favorites, this was sadly a comeback that just wasn’t good. Spanakopita should have a flaky, crunchy bite to it, but these were chewy. The phyllo was greasy. One of our reporters called it “the Sam’s Club.” The spinach and feta flavor was decent, but not worth the texture.

*NEW* Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey – $4.50

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This dish was really enjoyable. The cheese flavor was similar to raclette, griddled with a nice, crisp crust on the outside.

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The honey was a perfect topping for the salty cheese, and the pistachios added an additional crunch for a great texture.

*NEW* Lamb Moussaka – $7.75

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This dish was just OK. It felt similar to a spiced shepherd’s pie. The meat was well cooked and plentiful, and the sauce was rich and had a good spice to it without being overwhelming for less adventurous palettes.

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There were chunks of potato that added a denseness to the filling, but no real additional flavor. The bechamel sauce on top looked nice but didn’t really add anything taste-wise. Overall, this wasn’t bad but wasn’t remarkable either.

*NEW* Mylonas Assyrtiko White Wine ($22/bottle) – $6.00

Mylonas Winery describes their Assyrtiko as having “a complex aromatic palette where mineral elements coexist with citrus fruit flavors (citrus and lime) and white spring flowers,” while also being “full-bodied and lively on the palate, embellished by fruity and herbaceous aromas along with strong mineral notes. A wine with finesse and a long aftertaste.”

*NEW* Skouras Zoe Rosé ($13/bottle) – $5.00

Domaine Skouras offers this description of the Zoe: “The color is bright, light cerise with pink hues. Vibrant and clear on the nose, with aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries, hints of flowers, and rose petal notes. On the palate, it has a medium body, moderately high acidity, and the slightest suggestion of very ripe tannins. Flavors are consistent with the aromas, with a light sensation of sweet grass and bubble gum. The finish is moderately long, with developing flavors that lead to complexity.”

*NEW* Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red ($16/bottle) – $6.00

From Heights Chateau Fine Wines and Spirits: “Xinomavro (it’s pronounced ksee-NOH-mavro) is a red grape found all over northern and central Greece. It has high acidity and a tendency to dry, prickly tannins, and in character and characteristics, it is somewhat similar to Nebbiolo. This is a bold and edgy red with aromas of cedar, violets, and dried herbs; complex flavors of dark chocolate and blueberries; firm tannins and a long finish.”

Wine Flight – $6.50

Location of the Greece Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Greece Marketplace is located near the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase, at number 30 on the map below.

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If you missed the Greece marketplace, you’ll have plenty of time to check it out during the festival, which is running from July 15th to November 20th, 2021.

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