india-guide-header

India – EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Last updated:

india-guide-header

india-food-wine-booth-6

india-food-wine-booth-1

After a one-year absence, India returned August 15th for the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, taking place July 15 – November 20, 2021.

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

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips – $5.00
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $5.25
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Ben’s Original Basmati Rice (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Plant-Based) – $5.00

Beverages:

This year, the Korma Chicken has swapped out its usual naan bread for basmati rice.

Photos of Menu Items for the India Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips – $5.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India Naan
Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips – $5.00

This is basically a beginner version of the Bread Service from Sanaa. Sure, the dips are really good, and the bread tastes freshly made, but nothing compares to the gigantic portion—replete with nine dips—from Sanaa. I suppose, “When in Rome…,” but there’re so many more unique offerings from Food & Wine that this one warrants just a passing grade.

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

This is a much better use of your Food & Wine money than the bread sampler. Historically, korma chicken has many steps involved in the creation process, which makes this an interesting proposition. The chicken is well spiced and nicely cooked, hitting multiple tasting notes, such as garlic and curry. Use the naan bread to soak up the remainder of the sauce, which you’ll want to enjoy to the very last drop.

Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Ben’s Original Basmati Rice – $5.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India Curry
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Ben’s Original Basmati Rice – $5.00

While things have improved in the last few years, there aren’t a whole lot of gluten-free options at this year’s festival—much less options that are both gluten-free and plant-based—and it’s something we actively hear numerous guests talking to chefs about. It’s a shame, really. One of the great things about the EPCOT festivals are the unique and innovative approaches to food, and not just creating something to fit a mold. This particular dish doesn’t fit any mold, and that’s a good thing. The rice helps soak up the curry sauce that the vegetables don’t grab, and there’s a slight spice to the entire dish that isn’t overpowering but just present enough to make the dish feel like something special. Sadly, beyond the spice, the dish is rather forgettable.

*NEW* Taj Mahal Premium Lager (4.5% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 o.z., $9.00 for 12 o.z.

Drizly describes Taj Mahal Premium Lager as “a clean, crisp, pleasant beer” with “light and delicate flavor.”

*NEW* Sula Brut Tropicale Sparkling Wine, Nashik ($21/bottle) – $7.00

Sula Vineyards describes this as “The happiest sparkling wine! Brut Tropicale is an elegant sparkling rosĂ© wine, full of tropical notes such as its charming passion fruit aromas.” It has “aromas of peach and passion fruit
with hints of guava at the finish.”

Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik ($12/bottle) – $5.00

Sula Vineyards describes their Chenin Blanc as “a refreshing and easy-drinking white wine, with some residual sugar, which gives it a slight sweetness, smartly balanced by its delightful acidity,” along with flavors of “ripe tropical fruit and hints of honey.”

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

The India Marketplace’s location is quite geographically accurate, near the China Pavilion along World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 7 on the map below.

2021-fw-booth-map-updated

More Information

For more information on booking your next trip with our official travel agent sponsor, the Vacationeer, visit wdwnt.travel.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.