The Best of Epcot: Food & Drinks
Updated: Apr 2, 2021
It's no mystery that Epcot is home to some of the best food and drinks Walt Disney World has to offer. Though there aren't many places you can go wrong, keep reading for the best of Epcot. We stayed at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, so Epcot was just a quick walk across the boardwalk to the back entrance, which put us right in between France and England.
To be fully transparent, we went to France twice, well, three times if you count breakfast. We started the day with iced espresso, a croissant sandwich and creme brûlée. Then, we made sure to have at least one drink before moving on: La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy (Vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice), this has been a popular drink for the last few years, and it still remains one. Later on in the evening, we came back for the Chardonnay (Le Vieux Manor), Cabernet Sauvignon (Village de France), Escargot (in Puff Pastry with Garlic and Parsley Cream Sauce) and Braised Duck Confit (à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes)—all of which were fabulous. Seriously, no complaints.
Though technically not part of the Food and Wine Festival, you absolutely cannot miss La Cava del Tequila located inside the Mexico Pavilion. The all-time fan favorite here is, and will always be, the La Cava Avocado Margarita (Tromba blanco tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado and lime juice, served frozen with hibiscus salt rim), however, I recently discovered a Tomato Margarita from their Instagram, and let me tell you, it should not be missed because it's amazing! You also can't go wrong with a side of chips and guac (the scoop is so huge, you won't regret it).
We couldn't decide on drinks, so we settled for two, both of which we thoroughly enjoyed. The Jasmine Draft Beer on the left was light and refreshing and the Byejoe Punch (Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice) was fruity and light at first, but toward the end, the alcohol started to come out. I must not have mixed it well enough because it seemed to only taste like the spirit the more I sipped but had I just stirred it a bit more, I'm sure the whole thing would have been amazing. We also enjoyed the Chicken dumplings with Chinese slaw, even though it only came with two, we loved them.
The Strawberry Nigori Sake was light and refreshing, the Teriyaki Chicken Bun (Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and Teriyaki Sauce) was filling and flavorful and the Chirashi Sushi Flowerpot (Fresh-cut Salmon, Salmon Roe, and Spinach served over Sushi Rice with Furikake and topped with Poke Sauce) and Fruit Sushi were so creative!
Norway is often over-looked, but this was truly the pick-me-up I didn't know I needed. This Viking Coffee (Baileys Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Liqueur) was exactly what I wanted on that chilly morning and the Troll Horn (puff pastry filled with orange marmalade cream) was a perfect, light and flaky addition! Their School Bread (sweet roll filled with custard and dipped in coconut) is another bakery classic.
There's not much to say other than you can't go wrong with a Jumbo Pretzel. Obviously the beers in Germany are some of the best, but I definitely recommend the grapefruit beer if you're looking for something fun and unique or the Warsteiner Dunkel if you like darker beers..
A small but mighty snack, the Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread) is a must. It's so warm and cheesy, and it's gluten-free!
This dish has a slight kick to it, but it's delicious nonetheless. If you're passing by, don't forget to get a heaping spoonful of the Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo, Shrimp, and Rice.
Nothing too fancy, but the Red Organic Sangria and Iced Mint Tea (with Bombay Sapphire Gin) are both so delightful and refreshing; they're great drinks for the hot Florida weather.
Two options: Amaretto or Limoncello. Don't get me wrong, Italian wine is the best kind of wine, but you can get authentic Italian wine a lot of places; goo Amaretto and Limoncello are harder to come by
If you're from New England, you can skip this recommendation, but if not the New England Lobster Roll was pretty yummy and filling!