Taste of Marrakesh – EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Taste of Marrakesh premiered at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013, and returns for its eighth festival this year. “Intoxicate taste buds with the exotic flavors of this North African mecca—mysterious Morocco!”

This year’s 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival takes place March 4 – June 1, 2020.

Menu for Taste of Marrakesh at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad and Cilantro Oil – $8.00
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce – $7.00
  • Walnut Honey Baklava – $4.50

Beverages:

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

  • Casa Beer (5.0% ABV) – $4.50
  • Larroque Chardonnay, Meknes ($18/bottle) – $6.00
  • White Sangria – $6.00
  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $9.00

Photos of Menu Items from Taste of Marrakesh at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad and Cilantro Oil – $8.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Taste of Marrakesh
Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad and Cilantro Oil – $8.00

Seeing Morocco use their kitchen equipment to cook food on stage is a nice change. Harissa is a hot chili pepper paste, and make no mistake, the sauce on both sides of the skewer was very spicy yet flavorful. The chicken was excellently cooked with a slight char on the sides. Bringing all the items together with the couscous makes for one of the best items at a Morocco festival booth in quite some time.

Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce – $7.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Taste of Marrakesh
Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce – $7.00

No, those aren’t chicken nuggets. For what we paid we received a generous portion of deep-fried cauliflower served on a bed of capers and parsley. Morocco is using the outdoor kitchen to their advantage and frying these up fresh, making for one VERY hot bite if you’re not careful (learn from our mistakes). The chili ranch sauce didn’t quite work on it’s own, but together with the breading, it was just right. While nobody in our group is a huge fan of cauliflower, we see the potential for someone who would enjoy it.

Walnut Honey Baklava – $4.50

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Taste of Marrakesh
Walnut Honey Baklava – $4.50

Baklava is difficult and time consuming to make so when we see it offered somewhere we typically jump at the occasion. Fortunately Morocco has a fantastic dessert on their hands. The complex pastry is topped with a light honey and sprinklings of cinnamon and powdered sugar. The inside is flaky and soft with a good walnut flavor that’s not overpowering. The baklava is worth stopping here for.

Casa Beer (5.0% ABV) – $4.50

According to Nomadic Distribution, Casa Beer has an aroma of “light musk and hints of sweetness,” with a taste of “malts and nuts. Crisp and slightly dry. Pleasant, sweet undertones that linger on the tongue.”

Larroque Chardonnay, Meknes ($18/bottle) – $6.00

David Lauritzen on Vivino writes that it’s “a very pleasant, unoaked Chardonnay” with notes of “light citrus, orange blossom, grass, and passion fruit.” It’s “not deep and sophisticated but a fine accompaniment to shrimp and chicken tagines.”

Location of Taste of Marrakesh at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Taste of Marrakesh is located right next to the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase. You can find it at number 16 on the map below.

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