REVIEW: Germany Returns with Heavy Traditional Dishes and Beer for the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Alicia

REVIEW: Germany Returns with Heavy Traditional Dishes and Beer for the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Germany marketplace, available during the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, has decided to stick with familiar favorites as their offerings for the festival. There’s only one new item on their menu this year, an alcohol-free Riesling, so guests of all ages can try it out.

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

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Food:

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese – $5.00
  • Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with Mustard – $6.00
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $4.50

Beverages:

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

Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese – $5.00

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We love the flavors of this dish, but it’s very, very heavy. It would be the perfect dish to warm up with in the fall when it finally cools off. It’s pasta gratin with ham, onions, and cheese. Everything fits together nicely and is layered like a casserole. It may be a bit greasy, but its flavor and large portion size for sharing make it worth it.

Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with Mustard – $6.00

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It’s a safe bet, it’s good for everyone. The actual brat is nothing crazy, but it’s well done. It’s a standard pretzel bun with a standard mustard dipping sauce.

Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $4.50

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While not particularly exciting, this dessert has become a staple at the Food & Wine Festival. The crispy and flaky exterior holds in large chunks of well-cooked apple and cinnamon with a plentiful side of vanilla sauce. Recommended, especially at the price.

*NEW* Dr. Lo Alcohol-Removed Riesling, Mosel ($13/bottle) – $6.50

From Wine.com: “Dr. Lo Riesling has just the right amount of fruitiness to balance the crisp acidity. On the palate it is clearly Riesling, but it walks the line between a fruity and a drier style. The characteristic acidity of Mosel Riesling delivers a fresh and clean finish.”

Gaffel Kölsch, Cologne (4.8% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

Drizly‘s review of this beer reads: “Gaffel Kölsch has a slight hoppy bitterness, which distinguishes this beer from all other Kölsch varieties. Gaffel still produces it based on a traditional family recipe, and the company continues to follow the German Purity Law of 1516, using only simple ingredients like hops, malt and hops extract. The distinctive flavor derives from a particular type of ale yeast, which ages in cold cellars. This Gaffel beer has pleasant fruit notes, a crisp finish, and a pale color.”

*NEW* Weihenstephaner Festbier, Freising (5.8% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

From Weihenstephan: “Deep gold in color, this beer is luminous in the glass. From the very first sip, the full-bodied flavor is immediately perceptible – a balanced harmony of hop and malt aromas.”

A light, easy-drinking German lager. It’s a good everyday drinking beer; it’s about as standard of a lager that you’ll find.

*NEW* Schöfferhofer Prickly Pear Hefeweizen, Frankfurt (2.5% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

According to Untappd, this is “50 percent Hefeweizen, 50 percent prickly pear lemonade.”

Selbach-Oster Riesling, Mosel ($30/bottle) – $6.50

From Selbach-Oster: “Peach, apricot, apple, as well as citrus fruit and herbs are typical features of the aroma of our young and dry wines. Our delicately and subtly sweet wines show nuances of quince and tropical fruit, and the ripest of them will display honeyed and raisined flavors, often backed by a touch of salty minerality, and always balanced by crunchy acidity.”

Location of the Germany Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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The Germany Marketplace is conveniently located adjacent to the Germany Pavilion on World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 17 on the map above.

The 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is running from July 27 through November 18.

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  • Alicia

    Growing up a native Floridian, I've been visiting the parks since I was three months old. I love all things Winnie the Pooh, Hidden Mickey hunting, and dole whips. Questions or comments? Email me at alicia@wdwnt.com or find me on Instagram @aliciaj_13