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REVIEW: Mexico Brings Bland Dishes and an Awful Sangria to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

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Back for another year at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is the Mexico marketplace, which returns with a new menu and several new margaritas, and a sangria.

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

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Food:

  • 🆕 Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Ground Chorizo – $7.00
  • 🆕 Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese, and Chives – $7.00
  • Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise – $5.50

Beverages:

While the Mexico Marketplace offered a ribeye taco last year, this year’s edition offers a different recipe, including red onions, poblano peppers, and cotija cheese.

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

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*NEW* Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Ground Chorizo – $7.00

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This was just a pile of soggy tortillas covered in salsa verde. The flavoring was decent, but it was difficult to distinguish the flavors.

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It’s not bad, but it’s bland and boring. And for that, we can’t really recommend it.

*NEW* Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese, and Chives – $7.70

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Again, this was just okay. The beef was bland and chewy, and didn’t really have the level of flavor we expect from ribeye.

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The rest of the taco was just basic. There’s nothing remarkable about this one, either.

Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise – $5.50

This is a bread pudding, so if you’re not someone who likes those, this isn’t going to be for you. It got very gelatinous very quickly, and the chocolate cream hardened quickly, too. It’s a giant portion for what they charge. It should be moister, though.

Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater (4.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

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If there was a cheap ripoff of Sol, which is a cheap ripoff of Corona, then this beer would be it.

*NEW* El Tigre Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal ($31/bottle) with Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pineapple, and Ginger Juices served on the rocks with a Hibiscus Salt Rim – $11.50

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We found this to be fruity and tasty. You definitely get a lot of pomegranate and pineapple.

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It was a little weak on the mezcal, but overall, this was a nice, refreshing drink.

*NEW* La Clásica Reyes Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila ($46/bottle), Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur ($35/bottle), Abasolo Corn Whiskey ($40/bottle), Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Chile Piquín Salt Rim – $11.00

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This was a decent margarita. The variety of liquors add a nice complexity to a traditional margarita flavor, which we enjoyed.

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The spiciness was just the right amount, enough to accentuate the flavor of the drink without being overpowering. If you’re craving a margarita, this might just quench your thirst.

*NEW* White Passion Fruit Sangria: White Wine, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur ($32/bottle), and a hint of Ilegal Mezcal ($44/bottle) – $10.00

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This was terrible. It had the faint taste of rotten fruit, which we wouldn’t want in anything, much less a sangria. Definitely do not get this. It makes every other beverage at this Marketplace better by comparison.

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

The Mexico Marketplace Booth is conveniently located on the lagoon side of the World Showcase Promenade adjacent to La Cantina de San Angel. You can find it at number 4 on the map below.

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If any of the reviews above piqued your interest, you have from July 15th to November 20th to head to EPCOT and try the items yourself!

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