Australia – EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Australia has been featured at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since the the second Festival in 1997. After being absent last year (with the exception of a late menu addition to Wine & Dine Festival Favorites), the Marketplace returns in 2021. This year’s 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, takes place July 15 – November 20, 2021.
Menu for the Australia Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $6.00
Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $8.25
Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries, and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $4.00
*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.
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 – $6.00
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 Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata – $8.25
For those who don’t like their food to mix, be forewarned that the lamb chop does come on top of the puree. The lamb itself was a little unseasoned, slightly fatty, but tender enough to eat. The sweet potato purée was very smooth and a nice compliment to the lamb chop. It’s not the best item at this Marketplace, but it’s far from the worst item you’ll find at this festival.
Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries, and Lemon Myrtle Meringue – $4.00
This dish is very sweet as expected and the berries paired well with the pastry cream. However, the meringue cookies were exceptionally hard and did not compliment the other items. We didn’t seem to taste any of the citrus macerations in the berries, which was a disappointment. If you’re looking for something lighter to enjoy, this might just do the trick, but there are better desserts to spend your money on.
Cape Mentelle gives these tasting notes on their Sauvignon Blanc Semillon: “The palate bursts forth with lemon sherbet, flint and mineral elements reminiscent of sharpened steel and gunsmoke. There is good weight, roundness and richness with an elegant acid backbone filled out by baked brie drizzled in lime juice. The finish fans out with elements of cucumber water and botanical notes of juniper and preserved meyer lemon to give a great elegant persistence.”
*NEW* Robert Oatley Chardonnay ($17/bottle) – $6.00
Robert Oatley describes their Chardonnay as “a bright, mid-weight, white peach-accented, gently oaked wine.”
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.”
Location of the Australia Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
The Australia Marketplace is located on World Showcase Promenade just past the Port of Entry shop as you head toward the Canada Pavilion. You can find at number 23 on the map below.