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Australia – EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Australia

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Australia has been featured at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since the the second Festival in 1997, appearing every year with the exception of 2020. This year’s 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival takes place July 14 – November 19, 2022.

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

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Food:

  • Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $6.50
  • Roasted Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $8.25
  • 🆕 Lamington: Yellow Cake with Raspberry Filling dipped in Chocolate and Coconut – $4.50

Beverages:

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

The roasted lamb chop returns this year with the accompaniments of mint pesto and potato crunchies, last seen with the item at Wine & Dine Festival Favorites in 2020. Returning from an even longer absence is the Lamington, which last appeared in 2018. This year’s edition boasts a raspberry filling.

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

Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas – $6.50

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Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas – $6.50

There’s a few plump, spicy shrimp in this mixture of vegetables and seafood. The shrimp are cooked well enough to give them a great texture. All of the vegetables have the same flavorful spice to them, making this an interesting enough dish to warrant a purchase. In previous years the shrimp ranged from small to large, so your portion may vary.

Roasted Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies – $8.25

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Roasted Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies – $8.25 (Photo from 2020)

The meat was rare. It was soft, tender, and fell apart when we cut it. It had a great flavor with a good lamb note, although the mint pesto was strong (and delicious). We were disappointed that the “potato crunchies” turned out to be crushed up potato chips, and not in very small pieces. They did add a nice bit of salt and crunch though. Overall, this was a really delicious dish, especially if you enjoy rare meat. If you don’t, this may be a dish to pass up. With the sauce, it was a little greasy, so be sure to grab some napkins. We won’t judge you if you lick your plate clean!

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*NEW* Lamington: Yellow Cake with Raspberry Filling dipped in Chocolate and Coconut – $4.50

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Lamington: Yellow Cake with Raspberry Filling dipped in Chocolate and Coconut – $4.50

If you’re craving cake while visiting the festival, we highly recommend this one! The chocolate, which is covering the outside, tastes like dark chocolate. Topping the chocolate is a crunchy coconut, which is definitely noticeable, but not overpowering. The raspberry jam in the middle is a bit of a more subtle taste but still adds some sweetness. The entire cake was moist and literally melts in your mouth. We loved this.

*NEW* Coopers Brewery Pacific Pale Ale (4.2% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

According to Coopers Brewery, “Coopers Pacific Pale Ale is a fresh, sessionable and fruity ale with a distinct dry hop character and mild bitterness. Displaying citrus aromas, subtle fruity overtones and the estery flavors of a Coopers Ale yeast, Pacific Pale Ale is brewed using the same secondary fermentation process as all our ales.”

*NEW* Yalumba ‘Y’ Viognier, South Australia ($11/bottle) – $6.00

Yalumba describes their ‘Y’ Viognier: “Bright straw in color with green hues. Aromas of orange blossom with fresh ginger, hints of honeysuckle and white flowers. Fresh apricot, white tea, dried figs and fennel lead to a creamy mid-palate with a silky, textural finish.”

Robert Oatley Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia ($17/bottle) – $6.00

Robert Oatley describes their Chardonnay as “a bright, mid-weight, white peach-accented, gently oaked wine.”

Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia ($17/bottle) – $6.00

From Château Tanunda: “Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and vanilla are accompanied by vibrant, dark berry fruits on the palate. The finish is long with fine-grained tannins from 18 months maturation in a combination of new and older French oak hogsheads.”

*NEW* Jansz Premium Rosé, Tasmania ($26/bottle) – $8.50

From Jansz, this is “a vibrant sparkling Rosé showing aromas and flavors of strawberries, rose petals and fresh brioche, rich and creamy on the palate from the influence of both the grapes and tirage age. A vibrant yet delicate pink hue with a fine persistent bead. Turkish Delight and rose petal floral aromas combine with a textured mousse creaminess and strawberries on the palate to leave an elegant vibrancy and freshness.”

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

The Australia Marketplace is located on Showcase Plaza just past the Port of Entry shop as you head toward the Canada Pavilion. You can find at number 32 on the map below.

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