REVIEW: The Swanky Saucy Swine Has Disappointing Food and an Amazing Bloody Mary at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
For the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, seven new food booths were added to the lineup, including the Swanky Saucy Swine. With a menu featuring ribs, pork rinds, and even a pig ear salad, we’re more than excited to get our hands on these dishes.
Menu for The Swanky Saucy Swine at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Photos of Menu Items for The Swanky Saucy Swine at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
*NEW* Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese – $4.75
Our group was split on this; some liked it, and some thought it was terrible. Some of the pork rinds were a little over-fried and too hard to chew.
The pimento was rich and cheesy with a peppery heat that was very present. However, there was also a sweetness that some of us thought ruined the dish. If you don’t mind the blending of sweet barbecue and savory pimento cheese, this might appeal to you.
*NEW* Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde – $6.25
Again, we were split on this. Some of us thought the pork was good, but others thought it was overly fatty. The potatoes were good but bland. The lemon parsley sauce had no real flavor and didn’t add anything to the dish besides color.
If this has been a more flavorful sauce, it could have pulled the dish together much better.
*NEW* Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts – $7.00
These had a very good barbecue flavor with tender meat. The ones we got were a bit gristly, but your mileage may vary.
You only get two ribs, so the serving size wasn’t exceptional, but this was the best dish of the bunch at this Marketplace.
*NEW* Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco, Roasted Corn Salsa, and Avocado Cream – $5.25
Skip this! (The dish, not the review.) It tasted like salsa verde and chemicals. The salsa overpowered everything in the dish, and the pig ear was in tiny pieces and had barely any flavor.
If you want the novelty of saying you’ve had pig ear, go for it. If you want a good festival dish, go elsewhere.
Parish Brewing Co. describes their beer: “Rich, dark wine grapes with bright fruit tones overlap with complex black currant, and a sweet-sour base that brightens both. Intense and flavorful, this juicy sour has depth, unlike any similar beer.”
*NEW* Rombauer Zinfandel, California ($37/bottle) – $9.50
From Rombauer Vineyards: “Our classic California Zinfandel is a purple ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry meld with black tea, vanilla, and spice. Lush flavors of fig, blackberry jam, licorice, and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of dark chocolate and white pepper in the background. Subtle and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish.”