REVIEW: Mac & Eats Debuts with Excellent Cheesy Choices at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021
If you love macaroni and cheese, then you’re in the right place. Mac & Eats is making a debut at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This replaces the Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin from the 2020 event. This booth has four different mac and cheese dishes, along with a beer and two wines.
Since the booth is not yet officially open, the sign still has a “coming soon” banner.
Menu for Mac & Eats at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
🆕 Traditional Macaroni & Cheese with Herbed Panko – $4.75
🆕 Truffle Macaroni & Cheese with Herbed Panko – $5.75
🆕 Cowboy Macaroni & Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers, and Onion Straws- $6.25
🆕 Macaroni & Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers – $5.75
Photos of Menu Items from Mac & Eats at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
*NEW* Traditional Macaroni & Cheese with Herbed Panko – $4.75
This is an outstanding basic macaroni and cheese. The cheddar is smooth and creamy, and the panko adds the perfect amount of crunch. What takes it to the next level is a small amount of spice that we believe may have been paprika. Even though this is the simplest dish on the menu, it was our favorite.
*NEW* Truffle Macaroni & Cheese with Herbed Panko – $5.75
The truffle macaroni & cheese was surprisingly well-executed. It’s a white cheddar cheese with the same macaroni as the other dishes. Neither the shaved truffle on top nor the truffle oil have the artificial taste you sometimes get from a truffle dish. It includes the same herbed panko as the traditional mac, but overall doesn’t have quite as much flavor as the other dishes. It’s a good option if you want truffle, but it’s at the bottom end of this booth’s options.
*NEW* Cowboy Macaroni & Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers, and Onion Straws – $6.25
A good upgrade to the traditional mac & cheese. The smoked pork belly and burnt ends were great complements, although the burnt ends were small and few and far between. But we’re not complaining! This is still a phenomenal dish. The peppers add a kick, and the crispy onion pieces add a nice crunch to it. We would definitely get this again.
*NEW* Macaroni & Cheese with House-made Sausage and Peppers – $5.75
This dish had the most interesting flavor. It tasted like a “cheeseburger helper” with a kick. We were surprised to find out that this dish was vegan, as there is no indication other than a small icon on the menu board. A Cast Member told us the sausage is Impossible brand, but the menu says “House-made.” All the flavor comes from the spicy topping; the noodles and cheese have no flavor. If you get it all together in one bite, it’s good! Separately, the sausage is the winner here.
No one in our party is a regular beer-drinker, but we really enjoyed this IPA. It matched the weight of the dishes. It was a consumer-friendly IPA; it wasn’t overly hoppy for someone who isn’t a huge fan. It also wasn’t too bitter. We would order the IPA again.
From Sokol Blosser: “This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of bright red and jammy fruit characteristics, pie cherry and a hint of toasty oak. In the nose, this food-friendly pinot noir expresses notes of chocolate-covered cherries, rose petal, and a hint of baking spice. The mouthfeel is round and rich at first sip with some good tannins which soften with acidity in its long finish.”
Location of Mac & Eats at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Mac & Eats is located by the upcoming Creations Shop next to Lobster Landing, at number 32 on the map below.
If your mouth is watering after those reviews, then you’ll want to check out the Mac & Eats booth. Which dish are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments below!