If you’re planning a trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, you’ll probably want to check out the World Showplace Marketplaces. The World Showplace is located between the United Kingdom and Canada.
This area is primarily known as an excellent spot to run into character training pop-ups. Additionally, the building has held private ticketed festival events in the past.
With all of the social distancing guidelines, Disney felt the World Showplace building would be an excellent venue to host a few festival booths. And I agree. It’s a great area to spread out a couple of booths, especially during the hottest months of the year.
This review will cover all the four marketplaces located inside the building, along with a few of the items we sampled.
World Showplace Marketplaces
Here’s a list of the four marketplaces you’ll find inside the World Showplace.
- Appleseed Orchard
- Wine & Dine featuring Festival Favorites
- Desserts & Champagne
- Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin
Additionally, we found there was some entertainment during our visit. A lady was playing tunes from our beloved Mary Poppins on the piano. It added a bit of pleasantry to the room. I felt like I probably should have known the performer, but I have yet to find any listing to give her credit.
Let’s take a closer look at a few food items.
The first booth I tried upon entering the World Showplace Marketplaces was the Wine & Dine featuring Festival Favorites.
Here’s a look at the menu on display in front of the booth.
For starters, I went with the Spanakopita from Greece, coming in at $4.25.
Before consuming this one, I expected it to be comparable to something you might find in your grocery store freezer. But it ended up feeling fresh with many sheets of delicious Phyllo dough and creamy spinach filling.
I was impressed with this offering and would order it again. There are only a few items that I would re-order to date, so this one is an A+ in my notebook.
Food-wise, you’ll find a Fishermans Pie and Kielbasa dish here as well. However, knowing I was ordering two different mac and cheeses next door and then a cake pop, I elected not to try these other items initially.
What can I say? We have another festival favorite, and I don’t think you could go wrong here. The portions were huge, the price was fair, and I have thought a lot about how good this booth was since I left.
Below are the different mac and cheese items you’ll find at this booth hosted by Boursin.
During this visit, I ordered the lobster macaroni and cheese and the gourmet macaroni and cheese. I don’t even know where to start.
Okay, I’ll start with the lobster mac and cheese. As you can hopefully tell, the size was tremendous. If portion sizes continue to stay this large, you’ll probably want to share. And not only that but my serving was packed full of lobster.
There were eight whole pieces of lobster that I could visibly see while examining the dish. I even found myself thinking. There was more lobster in it than what I usually get when I order a lobster sandwich somewhere. And it was only $6.50.
But my absolute favorite of the two was the Gourmet Mac and Cheese pictured below. It was another large serving. Unfortunately, it’s relatively dark inside the building, so pictures probably don’t portray the actual size.
But you might tell there is a serving of Boursin fine herbs and garlic cheese on the side of the gourmet mac and cheese. And I’m so glad they did it this way.
You mix in a little cheese with each bite, and the flavor is outrageously delicious. The cheese adds this creamy consistency to the pasta and leaves you wanting more.
So if you want the true richness of lobster, definitely order that one. But if you are a mac and cheese connoisseur, go with the gourmet. Or you can be like me and try both. And I plan to go back and try the other when possible, but I can’t imagine anything trumping the gourmet version.
The last booth I tried on this initial visit was quite popular, Desserts and Champagne. I didn’t order any champagne because the prices were high, and we are in the middle of some pretty uncertain times. I’ve questioned my sanity a few times, spending money on any of these items for the sake of this website.
But reviewing some of the Food and Wine items felt like normal practice, so here we are. Who knows, maybe reading about the food you might or might not get to eat this year will inspire you to create your own Food and Wine Festival at home? Every weekend can be a different booth prepared in your very own showplace.
I just don’t know how easy it would be to order a tank of nitro to make cake pops. But you can get the look reasonably easy.
Because it looks like freezer burn. Which kind of grossed me out. But, as far as taste goes, the cake pop was fine.
It’s a circle of chocolate cake, dipped in chocolate and then dipped in nitro. It’s all done right in front of you, and there’s an option to have it immersed in Twix or M&M’s before the nitro as well. Would I order it again? Probably not. I did see several children enjoying the novel treat.
Lastly, we have the Appleseed Orchard that I didn’t get to try. After having what I said was the Spanakopita as an appetizer here, mac and cheese as an entree, and then a cake pop for dessert, I was more than full. And I couldn’t even finish either of the mac and cheese.
If I were going to order something here, it would be the charcuterie and cheese plate. And actually, I have already had it.
It was a favorite item at last year’s Food and Wine Festival. You’ll probably find that the plate has changed some this year. But if you are a picky eater or fan of charcuterie, this is a good option.
The World Showplace Marketplaces are perfect for visiting when you need a little respite from the extreme heat or possibly a rain shower. The Boursin-hosted Mac and Cheese booth is a must-do for anyone who even remotely enjoys the comfort food. The cake pops are fun, especially for children, and at $4 each, you can’t complain too much.
While I didn’t try the charcuterie this go-around, it’s tough to go wrong with this kind of offering. And the Spanakopita is worthy of being deemed a festival favorite; pick one up if you like creamy spinach with flaky bread.
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- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review
- Swan and Dolphin Review
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I hope you find something you enjoy at the World Showplace! Leave a comment below with your favorites!