Greenhouse Guru is a new booth at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, featuring greenhouse-grown products. This post covers this booth’s menu for this year, along with my thoughts on the menu options.
This booth is sponsored by Village Farms, which claims it is a “premium” greenhouse grower. Their website hypes up their greenhouses and the optimal growing conditions and high quality nature of their products quite a bit. In addition to exemplary vegetables, I guess they also grow duck? IDK.
Joking aside, and much to my surprise (I will admit), we found this to be one of the strongest booths at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Everything except the bag of tomatoes–which Village Farms claims are “heavenly,” stating that their “produce ripens on the vine longer, allowing the natural sugars to develop more”–which seemed a bit pointless, was excellent here.
Now that the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is officially underway, we have updated this menu (and every menu) with food photos, thoughts on value for money, best use of Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and more!
Here’s what you will find at the Greenhouse Guru marketplace booth’s menu at Food & Wine Festival:
Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa – The duck here was incredibly tender and flavorful, with a fair portion for the price. Beyond that, the creamy polenta was wonderful; rich but not overwhelmingly so. One of my top picks for this year’s festival. Decent use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, too.
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and Micro-Basil – A good, fresh choice with a taste and presentation that struck me as more handmade (I realize this is all technically handmade) than a lot of dishes. I wouldn’t order it again just as a matter of personal preference, but if this is your sort of thing, it’s very well done.
Chilled Tomato Gazpacho with Lump Crab Meat – Both this dish and the last could be described as refreshing, and with temperatures being pretty hot during our visit, this was quite welcome. It was light yet creamy, with a robust flavor and a decent portion of crab. This is another item that ranks near the top for me, and is highly recommended.
Mini San Marzano Tomatoes – This is literally a bag of tomatoes, like what you could buy at a grocery store. It is most likely sold as a part of Village Farms sponsorship agreement of the booth. We skipped this, and would recommend you doing the same, unless you’re passionate about tomatoes.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (particularly because most are not unique to Epcot, so you can find a ton of info and reviews of them via Google), but here is the beverage menu for Greenhouse Guru:
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Washington
- Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon
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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