Ireland – EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Ireland has been a featured location of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival since 2001. And after taking a break last year (with an appearance by the Seafood Fisherman’s Pie at Wine & Dine Studio Featuring Festival Favorites), they’re back for 2021 beginning October 1st. This year, the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival runs from July 15 – November 20, 2021.

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

Food:

  • Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – $6.75
  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – $4.25

Beverages:

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

Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – $6.75

Fisherman’s Seafood Pie – $6.75 (Photo from 2020)

The fisherman’s pie was enjoyable enough. There was a good amount of seafood without being fishy, and it was a good portion size for what you pay. Plus, it was piping hot. It wasn’t anything overly special, but still a decent dish.

Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Ireland Sausage
Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50 (Photo from 2019)

Do you love Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages? Well then we have a treat for you! For your money, you can get TWO of those amazing breakfast sausages with a bunch of onions to push to the side. Yeah, it’s par for the course for a standard EPCOT Festival dish and we wish they didn’t bring this one back. Anyway, the sausage is well cooked to give a plump bite each time and the potatoes help soak-up the onion gravy. Overall, it’s just pretty mediocre and certainly not worth the price tag.

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – $4.25

Epcot 2018 Food & Wine Ireland Pudding
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – $4.25 (Photo courtesy easywdw.com)

Another festival staple, this year increasing cost by a quarter. It’s an incredibly creamy custard on top of a warm molten chocolate pudding that rivals Chili’s molten lava cake. We would rather have this one though, even if it is small. You get a few bites of one of the reasons why the Food & Wine Festival returns year after year. Recommended.

*NEW* Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale (4.3% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 o.z., $9.00 for 12 o.z.

From BeerAdvocate: “Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, with its deep red hue and rich, creamy head delivers a distinctively smooth and flavorful taste.”

Bunratty Meade Honey Wine ($19/bottle) – $6.00

Bunratty Winery describes their mead: “Bunratty Mead “is a traditional wine, produced from an ancient Irish recipe of pure honey, fruit of the vine and natural herbs. It’s a medium sweet wine, with a wide taste appeal, and suitable for all important occasions.”

Guinness Bailey’s Shake – $11.50

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Ireland Shake
Guinness Bailey’s Shake – $11.50

Bailey’s will run you about $18/bottle at your local liquor store, but good luck being able to mix a Guinness and Bailey’s shake at home like this. Fortunately, EPCOT takes the mixing pain away and provides the end result: a smooth, rich, and creamy shake that’s simply to die for. There’s a hint of the Bailey’s cream liquor and an underlying flavor of the Guinness beer. A few chocolate flakes on top help bring this mixture together into one perfect drink. Plus, you get a souvenir plastic cup to take home (somehow a rarity at this event), so what’s not to love?

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

The Ireland Marketplace is located on World Showcase Promenade adjacent to the United Kingdom Pavilion. You can find it at number 18 on the map below.

 

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