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Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India

India, introduced in 2017, makes a return for the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place August 30 – November 12, 2018.

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 (V) – $4.75
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V, GF) – $5.00
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

Beverages:

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India Offerings
Offerings from India at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (minus the pistachio cake for 2018)

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 (V) – $4.75

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India Naan
Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V), $4.75

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.

 

Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V, GF) – $5.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India Curry
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V, GF) – $5.00

There aren’t a lot of gluten-free options at this year’s festival—much less options that are both gluten-free andvegetarian—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.

 

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

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 India Chicken
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.

 

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

India is located quite geographically accurate, between the China pavilion and the Africa kiosk along the World Showcase Promenade.

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About the author

Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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