epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-5-3711592

REVIEW: Mac & Eats Debuts with Excellent Cheesy Choices at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2021

Last updated:

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.

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-1-6249607

Since the booth is not yet officially open, the sign still has a “coming soon” banner.

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-7498167

Menu for Mac & Eats at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-2-2993322

Food:

  • 🆕 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

Beverages:

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-5-3711592

Photos of Menu Items from Mac & Eats at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

*NEW* Traditional Macaroni & Cheese with Herbed Panko – $4.75

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-traditional-1-7109529
epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-traditional-2-4664694

 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

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-vegan-2-7536507
epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-vegan-1-2565457

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

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-cowboy-2-1603593
epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-cowboy-1-1729733

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

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-truffle-2-2438173
epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-truffle-1-2318504

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.

*NEW* 81Bay Brewing Co. Lemon Hazy IPA, Tampa, FL – 6 oz. $5.00 / 12 oz. $9.00

From 81Bay Brewing Co.: “Session IPA with hints of lemon. 4.0% ABV.”

epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-ipa-2-3112793
epcot-international-food-wine-festival-2021-mac-eats-ipa-1-2166312

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.

L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA – $6.00

From L’Ecole: “This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows highly expressive aromatics of citrus blossom, passion fruit, slate and stone fruit with flavors of yellow apple on a crisp mineral finish.”

Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR – $5.00

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.

2021-fw-booth-map-updated

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!

For more information on booking your next trip with our official travel agent sponsor, the Vacationeer, visit wdwnt.travel.