Greece Marketplace Review at Epcot Food and Wine (2022)
Sometimes you’re hopeful that a Food and Wine booth will provide a complete offering of tasty festival dishes. And then there’s Greece.
Unfortunately, this year’s Greece Marketplace does a lot of over-promising while simultaneously under-delivering. First, the booth teased a classic menu that sounded basic enough that most guests would feel comfortable ordering from it.
Then, it abruptly lets you down on overall execution and flavor. I hate to say it, but Greece is the new Italy. They could do so much better.
Greece Marketplace Menu Items with Prices
Below is a list of the menu items and prices for the Greece Marketplace.
- Spanakopita ($4.75)
- Griddled Cheese ($4.75)
- Lamb Gyro ($6.50)
- Mylonas Assyrtiko White Wine ($6.00)
- Zoe Rose ($5.00)
- Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red ($6.00)
- Wine Flight ($6.50)
Greece’s Marketplace is located on the outskirts of the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. The booth is located in the former Morocco Marketplace location.
Morocco’s Marketplace (Flavors of the Medina) is currently set up inside Tangierine Cafe. Unfortunately, the Moroccan Pavilion has yet to return to its former state completely.
If it isn’t somehow evident from the picture, my first issue with the Spanakopita is that it’s sitting in a puddle of oil. When I think of Spanakopita, I think of cheap, frozen appetizers almost always present at buffet-style wedding receptions.
I don’t know about you, but I expect much better as far as presentation goes. The whole point of Epcot’s Food and Wine is to try small bites of unique food that you likely wouldn’t find just anywhere.
The idea is that you’ll be inspired by the various cuisines and introduced to something new. Not some simple dish you can pick up in your grocer’s freezer.
The other issue I had with this particular Spanakopita was that it was roughly 90% Phyllo dough with 10% filling. It felt like I was biting into layers of flaky pastry with little to nothing else involved.
Unfortunately, it ended up being the best dish at the booth. Of course, that’s not saying much.
Griddled Cheese ($4.75)
A few days back, I spotted another couple eating this same griddled cheese dish. Since I was looking forward to trying it, I asked them how it tasted.
One’s reply was, “it’s cheese,” with a face reminiscent of a grimacing emoji. I concur.
Here we have said Cheese topped with pistachios and supposedly honey. Maybe the honey is what helped griddle the Cheese. However, there wasn’t the slightest hint of sweetness in my dish.
This was literally a pre-cut slice of what appeared to be Manchego Cheese that had been burnt on the grill and topped with a few nuts. If you enjoy The Alps Marketplace, you might also enjoy this.
It seems as though a booth with a name like Greece might come up with something original for dessert. For instance, if you google “original Greek desserts,” griddled Cheese is nowhere to be found.
Lamb Gyro ($6.50)
Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better with the lamb gyro, which I expected to enjoy. However, my issue here is probably more a personal taste preference than the actual execution.
First, the gyro is enormous, but given it’s a handheld serving drowning in Tzatziki sauce, it will probably be challenging to share. The gyro is topped with lettuce, red onion, and tomatoes. I ordered mine without tomatoes.
Anyway, the lamb sausage was not agreeable with my taste buds. Its texture is similar to jerky, but the seasoning used to flavor the meat was off-putting. As a result, I only ate a couple of bites before dumping it in the trash.
Overall, I was disappointed in this year’s Greece Marketplace. There are far better booths and counter services that I could have spent $17.00 on, and felt like I got my money’s worth.
Some of those are:
- France Marketplace Review
- Mexico Marketplace at Epcot
- Ireland Marketplace Food and Wine
- Hops and Barley at Epcot
We’ve almost completed our full circle trip around Epcot’s Food and Wine. Here’s what we have left:
- Kenya Marketplace Food and Wine
- Italy Marketplace at Epcot
- India Marketplace
After that, we’ll have a few more booths to try when they open in mid-August.
What do you think about the Greece Marketplace at Epcot’s Food and Wine? Are you a fan of griddled Cheese?