Greece’s booth at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary (assuming there’s no “Epgrexit” between now and then). This post covers the Greece booth menu for this year, along with my thoughts on the menu options.
Known for its yogurt, gyros, gods, and financial bailouts (although you’d think one of those could abrogate the other–that’s right: yogurt should be able to fix a financial crisis), Greek is a romantic country of immeasurable beauty. Likewise, the culinary scene in Greece is exceptional.
The classic greek yogurt, gyros, and spanakopita are all represented at Food & Wine Festival, but other prominent dishes, such as moussaka (layers of meat, potato, and cheese? sign me up!), taramasalata (fish roe dip), and octopus don’t make the cut. Greece is a bucket list destination for me so maybe I’m biased, but it’s another country I’d love to see represented full-time in World Showcase, and its food is just one reason why.
This menu features food photos, thoughts on value for money, best use of Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and more! Here’s what you will find on the food menu this year at the Greece marketplace booth:
Spanakopita – I was pleasantly surprised here. The pastry was flaky and soft, as if it was freshly (and perfectly) prepared. The spinach and feta inside gave it a nice savoriness, but with some sweetness of a dessert. Recommended.
Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki – These are vegan, so I normally wouldn’t order them on principle and actually said “oh” when I saw them on the menu. With that said, these nachos have absolutely no business being as good as they are–and the portion is huge. They are unique and have a really interesting (in a good way) flavor. While they are not the best thing ever, they are good even for a non-vegan. If you’re used to eating vegan “food,” you will most likely be blown away. I’d definitely recommend these, both for portion size and taste.
Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce featuring Oikos Greek Yogurt – This was a pretty standard tasting, fast food quality gyro. I love cheap gyros as much as the next guy, but there are far more ambitious and quality dishes around the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, so skipping this is recommended.
Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake Soaked in Ouzo w/ Yogurt Whipped Cream & Pistachios – Obviously, I’m interested in anything that contains Oikos, as I want whatever John Stamos is having to stay looking so young (I’ll eat that stuff by the trough no matter the taste). I thought this cake was alright. The cake itself tasted good and the pistachios added a look in both taste and texture, but I felt the whipped cream didn’t do a ton. It was thin and lacking in flavor. There are better dessert options around World Showcase, but it’s not a bad choice.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, but here is the drink menu for Greece:
- Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
- Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko
- Alpha Estate Axia Syrah Xinomavro
Check out our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year! You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!
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If you’ve tried any of the marketplace items in Greece, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Anything on the menu you’re excited to try this year? Will you be trying some pretzels und bier here? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!