France Marketplace at Epcot Food and Wine

Today we are stopping in at the France Marketplace for the 2020 Taste of Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll take a fresh look at two returning items, the onion tart, and the framboise.

Additionally, there’s a braised duck dish that was available on the menu previously. However, I didn’t try the duck this go-around. I had received an overcooked portion of this same dish at a prior festival.

Below, we look at the France Marketplace sitting toward the front of the France Pavilion. The garden area to the right of the fountain behind the booth is where you’ll find the Remy topiary. The topiary was left up from the former festival.

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2020 France Marketplace at Food and Wine

Here’s a closer look at the ordering areas. If you have read any of my other Food and Wine reviews for 2020, you know that I’ve been pointing out the barriers. These are set up between you and the cast member when ordering.

There are a few French cast members in France. But you’ll mainly see regular cast manning each country at this time. One of the unfortunate consequences of the reopening is that most stores in each country are closed due to a lack of cultural representatives.

Ordering area in France

Below is a photo of the menu posted outside the marketplace in France. As mentioned above, all of the items are returning from prior festivals.

France Menu 2020 Epcot

First, we look at the onion tart, which is formally called the Tart aux Oignons Caramelises at Chevre. This translates to goat cheese tart with caramelized onions on a flaky pastry crust.

Onion Tart in France at 2020 Food and Wine

The tart was one of the dishes I was looking forward to trying. However, when I received my portion, it looked like it had been sitting around for a while, and I became wary of trying it.

Fortunately, the tart did taste good. Warning, it is full-on onion flavor. About halfway through, I had to stop because I’d had plenty.

The onion tart is comprised of a layer of puff pastry, about one-fourth an inch of onions with a bit of goat cheese, and another layer of puff pastry on top. Needless to say, while tasty, you might want to consider sharing this dish or foregoing it altogether.

It might be a winner if you are all in for anything onion. But I would try to catch this option when there’s a line, and the dishes are likely to be fresher.

Onion Tart with Goat Cheese at the France Marketplace

On the dessert lineup in France, we have the Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise. Otherwise, it’s described as Brioche cake filled with light pastry cream and raspberry coulis.

Framboise in France

This dish was okay. It’s only $3.00, so you can’t complain too much about the price, but it’s also a tiny bite.

Since I’m giving my opinion, I’ll say that this is the kind of thing to me that makes Epcot’s Food and Wine festival feel overrated. The bite reminded me of a donut hole cut in half and filled with that Jello No-Bake cheesecake filling that was popular in the 90s.

Oh, and there was also some raspberry coulis on the side. Again, the dish was good, but nothing special about it. When I think of Food and Wine, it resonates with the idea of something unique, a dish that I’ll remember. There’s not much memorable here.

France Marketplace Dessert 2020

On the beverage side of things, I didn’t try anything here this year. However, I have had the La Vie en Rose slushy prior. It was on the menu last summer as the feature summer slush in Les Halles Boulangerie de Patisserie. You’re serving won’t be as large as the one below, but it will be the same color and consistency.

These are all prepared in a frozen slushy machine. Frozen drinks give me a headache, so it is rare for me to order one. However, this one did taste light with subtle floral notes and a little bit of the sour from the cranberry.

France is one of the closest countries to the International Gateway at Epcot. If you are looking to walk from your resort to Epcot, check out one of the following reviews:

Return to Epcot Festivals.

I hope you enjoy your treat at the France Marketplace! Is there anything here you’re hoping to try?

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