The Morocco Marketplace at Epcot Food and Wine (2022 Flavors of the Medina)
The 2022 Morocco Marketplace at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival has been renamed and relocated. The new name is Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of the Medina, and the location for the booth is the former Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion.
Unfortunately, the entire Morocco Pavilion hasn’t completely returned to normal. But it’s at least good to see the former quick service operating at some capacity, even if it’s only for a festival.
The Greece Marketplace is a newer booth that took the place of the former Morocco Marketplace. It’s one of the few booths I’ve yet to visit. We’ll try to get there soon.
In the meantime, let’s consider whether or not a stop in at the Flavors of the Medina Marketplace is worth the trouble.
When you first enter the Morocco Pavilion, you’re greeted by a beautiful fountain.
Tangierine Cafe is to the immediate right of the fountain. I mention this because most of the marketplaces at Food and Wine are booths that sit outside each country.
Most guests know Tangierine Cafe as a quick-service dining location. So it can be a little confusing.
Morocco Marketplace Menu Items
Below is a list of the menu items and prices for Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of the Medina:
- Grilled Kebabs ($5.75)
- Chermoula Chicken
- Moroccan-spiced Lamb
- Fried Falafel Pita ($5.25)
- Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Toppings ($5.00)
- Pistachio Cake ($4.75)
- 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider ($5.00 or $9.00)
- Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider ($5.00 or $9.00)
- Stem Ciders Hisbiscus Session Hard Apple Cider ($5.00 or $9.00)
- Fig Cocktail ($11.00)
- Corkcicle Classic Tumbler ($32.00)
Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Toppings ($5.00)
Here is the stone-baked Moroccan bread with Hummus, Chermoula, and Zhoug dips. Presentation-wise this reminded me of a mini bread service similar to what you might receive at Sanaa.
The Moroccan bread has a unique texture that is crispy on the outside while remaining soft in the center. The hummus was basic. If you enjoy hummus, you’ll probably like this one.
I had not tried Zhoug dip before this tasting. However, after a bit of research, I’m still unsure as to which one is which.
Zhoug and Chermoula are both usually green in color and have cilantro. As you can see, one of the sauces leans more orange, while the other is green. They both were fairly similar in taste because of the over-powering cilantro.
I believe that a person either likes cilantro or doesn’t care for it at all. Personally, I fall into the don’t care for it at all category.
So you might enjoy this dish more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t find any fault with it. And for less than $5.00, it’s a decent snack you could easily share with someone.
You also won’t feel guilty about eating it either. The dish is obviously not heavy-laden in calories. But, unfortunately, it isn’t memorable either.
If you want to try an outstanding bread service, plan a meal at Sanaa during your trip.
Related: Sanaa Review
Pistachio Cake ($4.75)
Morocco’s Pistachio Cake is as pretty as a picture. It even has a piece of decorative white chocolate on top that mimics Moroccan tile.
Surprisingly, this cake reminded me of an old homemade spice cake. The cake portion appears plain (maybe yellow or white), and I assume that food coloring is added to make it green.
Instead of icing, the center of the cake has a thick layer of cinnamon pastry cream mixed with candied walnuts. That portion is the star of the show and what gives the cake its flavor.
As I ate the cake, I found myself wanting more pastry cream and less cake. Overall, this was a delightful dish and makes for a fun photo of something you tried.
However, if you only have one or two desserts on your visit, there might be a few stronger choices. For instance, the chocolate bread pudding in Mexico is fabulous!
And the Guava Mousse at Shimmering Sips is a deliciously cool and crisp dessert to enjoy in the heat. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that it’s pink.
Fig Cocktail ($11.00)
Lastly, here is a photo of the Fig Cocktail. While I didn’t try this beverage, I was able to snap a photo. Yes, I did purchase it and even smelled it. But given a dietary restriction, I did not try it after reviewing the ingredients.
Per the menu, this drink is a combination of white cranberry juice and fig vodka. The cast member mentioned that it was essential to stir this one up before consuming it.
In addition, the drink was garnished with a few cloves and had a lovely aromatic smell.
Lastly, the Falafel Pita at the Morocco Marketplace is a plant-based item. And there are also kebabs.
Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough room to try everything this go around. So far, we’ve visited the following food booths:
- Flavors from Fire Marketplace
- Australia Marketplace
- The Fry Basket at Epcot
- Earth Eats Marketplace
- China Marketplace
- Belgium Marketplace
- France Marketplace
- Swanky Saucy Swine
- The Alps Review at Food and Wine
- Ireland’s Global Marketplace at Epcot
- Brazil Food Booth at Epcot Food and Wine
- Canada Marketplace at Epcot
- Appleseed Orchard Review (Epcot)
If you’re planning a trip to this year’s International Food and Wine Festival, you might consider staying at a resort near Epcot. A few of the ones nearby include:
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review
- Disney’s Beach Club Review
- Disney’s Yacht Club Review
- Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Review
Return to Epcot Festivals.
So does anything on the menu at the Morocco Marketplace look good to you? Share your picks in the comments below.