REVIEW: Cheesy Beignet, Crème Brûlée, and More Return to France for the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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REVIEW: Cheesy Beignet, Crème Brûlée, and More Return to France for the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Fans of the France marketplace, available during the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, may be a bit surprised when they take a look at the menu offered this year. Many may call this a “return to form” as several recipes, some dating back to 2017, have made their way back to the festival this year.

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

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Food:

  • Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with Three Cheese Blend – $6.95
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley – $7.50
  • Boeuf Bourguignon, Pomme Dauphine: Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Puffed Potatoes – $7.75
  • Crème Brûlée Vanille à la Confiture de Fraises: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with House-Made Strawberry Jam – $5.95

Beverages:

The escargot dish is back, but this year, it features a croissant instead of a brioche. Meanwhile, the braised short ribs feature a similar recipe from 2022, but now offer puffed potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. Both recipes were previously seen at the festival in 2019. The Crème Brûlée also returns this year, however, it is now served with a house-made strawberry jam, instead of raspberry.

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

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Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with Three Cheese Blend – $6.95

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This was good but strange. The dough tastes like a standard, somewhat sweet doughnut, and maybe slightly undercooked. The cheese mixture was delicious, creamy, and smooth. It was a nice blend of cheese flavors. However, the cheese and doughnut together were a weird combination. It wasn’t exactly bad, just odd.

Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley – $7.50

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A fan favorite returns this year! The escargots are prepared by the expert chefs in France, to basically become nothing but savory garlic and butter. Those delicious morsels are then placed inside the croissant, which is topped with even more garlic and butter. This may not be the healthiest option at the festival, but it is unique and delicious. We’re still crazy about it after all these years.

Boeuf Bourguignon, Pomme Dauphine: Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Puffed Potatoes – $7.75

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The beef was tender and the cabernet sauce was good, but frankly, this just reminded us of a Stouffer’s microwave meal. The puffed potato balls were the best part, but that alone is not a reason to order this.

Crème Brûlée Vanille à la Confiture de Fraises: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with House-Made Strawberry Jam – $5.95

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This is a uniquely summery take on the crème brûlée thanks to the addition of strawberry jam, It’s cooked perfectly, and it’s nice and creamy.

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It also has real strawberries on the bottom, which makes it taste nice and fresh. This is one worth getting!

*NEW* Parisian Cosmo Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka ($27/bottle), Grand Marnier ($36/bottle) and Cranberry Juice – $14.95

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The boozy slush has a strong cranberry flavor. It’s good, but it doesn’t beat the alcoholic slushes available year round in the France Pavilion. It does have a good ratio of alcohol to juice, and it’s not too syrupy.

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It’s nice and refreshing, and has a very holiday flavor to it due to the cranberry, so it may be worth revisiting towards the end of the festival. This is a solid option for a drink with a little flair.

Strawberry Rose Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine ($7/bottle), Orange Juice, and Monin Strawberry Rose – $9.25

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This was good, but nothing mind-blowing. It’s a standard mimosa with sparkling wine and orange juice, but with a hint of strawberry. It’s tasty and refreshing, but ultimately forgettable.

*NEW* Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Bordeaux, Château de Le Clos de Confreries ($8/bottle) – $5.75

From René Lafon: “Lively and fruity, a dynamic and tasty wine with good structure. Very well preserved.”

*NEW* Chardonnay, Maison Nicolas ($10/bottle) – $5.50

Luneau USA Inc. describes this wine as having a “light straw color. The nose offers refreshing notes of citrus with a hint of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is generous with toasty notes of nuts. Very lean and clean finish.”

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

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The France Marketplace is located on World Showcase Promenade across from the France Pavilion. You can find it at number 28 on the map above.

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

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