Japan – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Japan, one of the 11 World Showcase countries, has been a presence at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival since the very beginning in 1996. This year’s 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place August 29 – November 23, 2019.

Menu for the Japan Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce – $5.75
  • 🆕 Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam topping – $6.00
  • Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon Sushi Roll topped with Volcano Sauce – $5.75

Beverages:

  • Kirin Draft Beer (5.0% ABV) – $4.50
  • 🆕 Draft Sake – $8.00
  • 🆕 Nami Sake Cocktail: Sake, Gin and Blue Curacao – $8.50

Photos of Menu Items from the Japan Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce – $5.75

Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce – $5.75
Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Japan Teriyaki Chicken Bun
Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce, $5.75

Inside of this delicately prepared bao bun is a good amount of shredded chicken tossed in a sweet teriyaki sauce. The menu description says there’re vegetables in there, but there’s far more chicken than vegetables—and that’s a good thing! There’s a lot of value here in the relatively large portion for the price, especially in Epcot Festival terms. It’s a tasty and safe bet for this year’s festival.

*NEW* Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam topping – $6.00

Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam topping, $6.00

The noodles in the ramen were overcooked and soggy because they just sit in the broth, but the broth itself was good and practically saved this dish due to its strong, umami-packed dashi taste.

Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam topping, $6.00

The froth was nothing to be afraid of, surprisingly enough. When you see it, it looks intimidating, but it was a nice touch to a great broth. It’s a real letdown that the noodles were so soggy, though.

Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce – $5.75

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Japan Spicy Roll
Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce, $5.75

The Spicy Roll is back! Labeled a “hand roll” in the past, meaning you don’t need a fork and knife—or chopsticks—to eat it, this is no different: simply pick it up at the seaweed-wrapped bottom and dig in. There’s plenty of spicy mixed Tuna in the middle of the roll with a simple yet tasty volcano sauce on top. It’s not overbearingly spicy, more flavorful than anything. We really enjoyed this dish and know that the Japan pavilion has fresh, quality ingredients for their sushi. Recommended.

Kirin Draft Beer (5.0% ABV) – $4.50

According to Kirin Ichiban, their beer boasts an “all malt formula using only the finest two-row barley malt. European noble hops. A distinctively rich flavor, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.”

*NEW* Draft Sake – $8.00

Draft Sake, $8.00

A pleasant surprise. A wonderful sake that was light, semi-sweet and refreshing. If you are a sake fan or want to try it for the first time – this is for you.

*NEW* Nami Sake Cocktail: Sake, Gin and Blue Curacao – $8.50

Nami Sake Cocktail: Sake, Gin and Blue Curacao, $8.50

We hate super-sweet anything. This walks the line perfectly, though! The Food & Wine guide describes this as just sake, gin, and blue curaçao, but you don’t taste much alcohol at all. It is a fun summertime cocktail to enjoy during your walk around the World Showcase.

Location of the Japan Marketplace Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Japan Marketplace booth is logically located adjacent to the Japan pavilion on the World Showcase Promenade. It is #27 on the map below.

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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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