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REVIEW: New SPAM Musubi Nigiri is a Fast Favorite From Hawaiʻi at the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

While the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kicked off on July 14, a few of the food booths were scheduled to open later — including Hawaiʻi. Now, the day has finally come that the booth is open and ready to serve happy guests, so let’s check it out!

Menu for the Hawai’i Marketplace at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise – $5.75
  • 🆕 SPAM Musubi Nigiri with Sushi Rice, Teriyaki-Glazed SPAM, Spicy Mayonnaise, Eel Sauce, and Nori – $6
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts – $4.50

Beverages:

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

  • Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI (4.5% ABV) – $5 for 6 oz., $9 for 12 oz.
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL ($30/bottle) – $10
  • AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14

Photos of Menu Items from the Hawai’i Marketplace at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Kālua Pork Slider – $5.75

with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

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The pork slider has become a Food & Wine staple, much like the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. Expect a small bun full of tender pulled pork topped with potent pineapple chutney and slathered in spicy mayonnaise. After a bite, most of the sandwich falls apart, so we recommend grabbing a fork to help pick up the remainder. It’s a really great sandwich that feels worth the money.

*NEW* SPAM Musubi Nigiri – $6

with Sushi Rice, Teriyaki-Glazed SPAM, Spicy Mayonnaise, Eel Sauce, and Nori

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This dish was fantastic. The teriyaki glazed spam was cooked perfectly. Spicy mayonnaise gave it the perfect hint of heat, and the eel sauce elevated the flavor. This is a must-have dish here at the festival and is one of our favorite things we’ve tasted so far this year. We will be back for another!

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Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts – $4.50

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This cheesecake is rather tame on the fruit flavor; the passion fruit on top is subtle enough to be noticed without overbearing making this cheesecake nice and balanced. The macadamia nuts paired with the cheesecake are excellent. It’s not the most exciting dessert at the festival, but it’s worth a second look, especially at the price tag.

*NEW* Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI (4.5% ABV) – $ for 6 oz., $ for 12 oz.

From Kona Brewing Co.: “Hanalei Island IPA is an easy-drinking, sessionable beer that combines the hoppy aroma of an IPA with a tropical Hawaiian twist. Passionfruit, orange and guava balance the hops to deliver a coppery, session-style ale that reflects the flavors and spirit of the islands.”

Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL ($30/bottle) – $

From Florida Orange Groves Winery: “Our sparkling Pineapple wine offers you and your palate a crisp and refreshing taste of Florida in a bottle. Made from 100% pineapple juice you won’t need to imagine hints of flavors or finishing notes.”

AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14

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Want to get your drink on during the festival? This is the drink for you! While the price is a bit steep for a festival, it’s a full-size beverage (a full ounce of vodka) and comes in this cool souvenir glass! There are a few problems with this drink, though, as we found the vodka to be of bottom shelf quality, and they tried to mask that taste with the pineapple juice and grenadine. However, at the end of the day, it’s a full-size drink, and we can’t say no to that!

Location of the Hawai’i Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Hawai’i Marketplace is located on World Showcase Plaza near Port of Entry. You can find it at number 6 on the map below.

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The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival has been running since July 14th and will be open until November 19th, 2022. If you’ve already come to EPCOT to experience the festival, will you be returning to check out this booth?

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