The Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World is one of our favorite events of the entire year. We love trying the all-new foods, playing Remy’s Hide and Squeak game, and ogling the new merchandise! But really nothing compares to finding the Top 10 Foods at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. Because, while we love to try everything, whose budget could possibly allow that? Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best foods from the Food and Wine 2023 Menu so you can save your Disney dollars. The Walt Disney World EPCOT Food and Wine Festival runs from July 27 – November 18, 2023. And if you’re visiting, here’s what we’re looking forward to.
The BEST Foods at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2023
It seems like every year Epcot is adding more and more booths. And some we know will have amazing food year after year, even when the menus change! Check out the Food and Wine 2023 Menus for this year. While there are always savory, and sweet options and plenty of drinks, we can usually find the best foods at the Food and Wine Festival. Here are our Top 10 Foods at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.
Curry-Spiced Crispy Cheese with Mango-Curry Ketchup
Delicious, like Mozzarella sticks, these fried cheese sticks come with a curried ketchup-like sauce. Definitely a guilty pleasure, you’re not really getting much nutrients here, but they’re an excellent street food and you can grab them and go. We loved them.
Pan-Fried Chicken Dumplings with House-made Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce
We adore the China booth… but you used to get 4 of these, and now we’re down to two. Definitely not able to be shared, in fact, you may need two, these little dumpling bites are delicious. With wonderful cooked dumpling wrappers, and flavorful fillings, we highly recommend these. Again, not enough of them to make a lunch, but a nice quick two-bite snack.
Potato and Pea Samosa with Coriander-Lime Cream
Absolutely lovely, especially for vegetarians, these Potato and Pea Samosas are larger than expected and stuffed with potato and pea filling. And we don’t really even like peas! Fried up in a crispy dough and topped with a drizzle of lime cream, you can request it with no cream if you want to go vegan on this one.
Beer-Braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes | Belgium
Tell us something has Gouda and we’re there. The mashed potatoes were delicious and the beef was plastic fork tender. If you’re a meat-and-potatoes kind of girl or guy, we highly recommend it. This booth is between France and Morocco. One of the heartier Food and Wine 2023 Menu items this year.
Pao de Queijo | Brazil
Found between France and Morocco this cheese bread is gluten-free, light, and airy! Perfect for a quick bread snack. You can even grab our Pao de Queijo Recipe to make at home.
Strawberry Rose Mimosa | France
While we highly recommend any pink slushy drink France offers, this Strawberry Mimosa really hit the spot, with tons of flavor. Smooth and sweet, this one combined strawberry rose syrup, orange juice, and sparkling wine. Lovely, if you’re looking for something light and refreshing.
Fry Basket Fries | Near Test Track
With enough food to hold you over until dinner, this fry flight from the Fry Basket was pretty good. While it is just fries, we think this is a great food option if you’re bringing kids. It includes the Adobo Yuca Fries with Garlic Cilantro Aioli, Barbecue Bacon with Smoked Aioli, and Sweet Potato Casserole Fries with Pecans, toasted marshmallows, and cream. Check out the Food and Wine Festival Menus for all the details.
Mimosa Flight | Shimmering Sips
This Mimosa Flight at Shimmering Sips, is perfect to share and includes three flavors of mimosa. Light, sparkling and just what you need in the Florida heat.
- Berry Mimosa with Berry Fizz Sparkling Wine and White Cranberry Juice (NEW)
- Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Minute Maid® Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Juices
- Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
Chicken Tikka Masala with Fennel-Spiced Yogurt and Naan Bread | India
We loved everything at the India Booth. So delicious and crazy flavorful. While we just recommend you buy all 3 dishes offered, the tikka masala was a treat. With naan bread for dipping and a spicy and cool flavor, thanks to the yogurt, this was a mini meal in itself. And we totally loved it!
Spiced Chocolate Tart with BBQ Potato Chip Crust, Salted Whisky-Caramel and Smoked Sea Salt
This very very rich chocolate cake bar is delicious, but like a giant bar of fudge, so worthy of sharing! The BBQ potato chip crust is a decadent smoky surprise and the fried-up BBQ chip to garnish is fantastic. Complete with a salted whiskey caramel, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream!
Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard | Ireland
This chocolate cake is covered in custard cream and makes for a perfect gooey and chocolatey dessert. Perfect for an after-dinner treat or to go with coffee to start your day!
Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and Teriyaki Sauce | Japan
This Bao Bun is stuffed with delicious flavors and is a great way to get in some extra protein between meals. We love this for its perfectly cooked dough and all the teriyaki flavors within.
Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin | Kenya
Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw (gluten/wheat-friendly). This coffee barbecue beef was tender, and flavorful and the Kachumbari Slaw on top added an amazing freshness to it. One of our top dishes this year, if you like beef, we think you’ll like this. We actually really liked everything in Africa this year, so if you’re trying to find a good booth to spend all your money on, this might be a great place to start.
Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce | Tangierine Cafe
This plant-based falafel pita was big enough to double as a mini meal or savory snack. Kinda messy, but it was a yummy dish to share and one that offered great value for the money. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a dish to hold you over until your next meal.
The Worst Foods at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival
Every once in a while the EPCOT Food and Wine disappoints us. And this year, we saw a few favorites fall from grace, maybe due to overproduction. Or maybe it was just a bad day. We also saw a few booths simply fail horribly. As such we had to add these food options to the post so that you can be aware!
Warm Raclette | The Alps
We’ll say that this year, the warm raclette was simply horrid! Very noticeably sitting under lamps, ours was by no means spreadable, and simply like a lump of glossy cheese. That said, if you’re ordering the Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette, maybe take a look at the folks getting the same dish before you buy. In years past this was a creamy delight. So definitely a disappointment this year.
Noodle Bowls | The Noodle Exchange
We got two of the bowls at the Noodle Exchange with high hopes. These were great portion sizes and could have easily been a quick and cheap lunch. Unfortunately, the broth in these is so so salty! And not in a great miso way. Definitely more in a, “I hope i don’t have a heart attack from all this salt” way. As such, we hardly ate any of it! Again, super disappointing, as these dishes had so much promise.
- Ramen with Shaved Beef, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pickled Carrots and Dakion Radish, Shaved Peppers and a Soy Egg in Citrus-Sesame Broth.
- Ramen with Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radish, Shaved Peppers and Baby Bok Choy in Citrus-Sesame Broth (plant-based item)
Taco de Costilla | Mexico
We are huge fans of the Mexico pavilion and go every year. But for 2023, we were hit with another fail here. Somewhat flavorless, which was surprising for this booth, the tortilla was soft and limp and the avocado mousse somewhat pointless. The taco overall had no spice nor tang, and we would recommend you skip this one.
- Taco de Costilla: Slow-braised Beef Short Rib on a Corn Tortilla with Salsa de Chile Morita, Avocado Mousse and Spring Onions (NEW)
Apple Strudel | Germany
Last on our skip list and a shock to us was this year’s Apple Strudel dish at Germany’s booth. We also had a fail on this one last year, but was hoping it was just a fluke. What we found this year is that the pastry was thin, and the apples a bit flavorless. As if maybe they’ve been frozen. Considering apples are in season, we wonder what went wrong here. Again, we’ll blame mass overproduction.
Food and Wine 2023 Menu Top 15 Foods
Hopefully, this post has given you a great place to start with some sure bets at this year’s Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. With so many amazing dishes on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2023 Menus, you’re sure to find options that you love!
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .