Australia is our next booth as we continue around World Showcase during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. In this Global Marketplace review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money or Disney Dining Plan credits.
One of the longer running booths at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Australia is always a popular stop. This Global Marketplace has done lamb for a number of years, plus a shrimp dish, and a rotating dessert option that rounds out the trio. Beer and wine options are also on the menu.
You’ll find the Australia booth in a prominent location near the entrance to World Showcase, across from Refreshment Port as you head towards Canada. Thanks to a mix of its popular menu, lots of foot traffic, and it being a good place to burn Disney Dining Plan snack credits, you’ll usually encounter a line at the Australia Global Marketplace…
Here’s the menu for Australia:
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bushberry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (GF)
Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bushberry Pea Salad and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (GF)
Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (KA) (GF) (V)
Now our photos and reviews of each item from this Global Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bushberry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas ($6) – Want a loose rule for Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival? Get the scallops or salmon, skip the shrimp. That is a nearly-universal truth that could be applied with at least 75% success regardless of the year. Shrimp dishes are almost always overpriced, undersized, and what is present is rubbery or tough.
Nonetheless, Australia’s Bushberry Shrimp is a fine option as far as shrimp dishes go, with light spiciness from the onions and peppers contrasting with the sweetness of the pineapple glaze. The pea pods add a nice crisp crunch, which can be an especially enjoyable contrast if you get unlucky with rubbery shrimp. It’s potentially worth a Disney Dining Plan credit if you have plenty of extras, but we’d probably avoid this if paying out of pocket.
Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bushberry Pea Salad & Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata ($7.75) – As noted above, Australia has been doing a lamb dish for as long as I can remember, and it seems like every other year or so, it’s changed up considerably, to varying degrees of success. While I was a sucker for the previous version with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies, it was often undersized and fatty.
This year’s version is both a heartier and leaner portion of meat, but also perfectly roasted to a medium pink. The natural gamey flavor is enhanced with light seasoning, and the Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata makes this an inventive and interesting dish with subtle sugary and tart notes. The Sweet Potato Puree further sweetens the dish, while the Bushberry Pea Salad brings forth some texture and an earthy sensibility.
All in all, this is one of the few Epcot Food & Wine Festival dishes that offers something for everyone. It’s completely approachable for picky eaters (it is, after all, a “meat and potatoes” dish) yet it’s nuanced and sophisticated for those wanting something more from their cuisine. We highly recommend this whether paying out of pocket or using the Disney Dining Plan–in the latter case, consider dropping a few credits on this!
Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries and Lemon Myrtle Meringue ($4) – I’ve ranted against “deconstructed” foods before, and it’s not like anything I have to say on that topic is particularly novel, so I’ll spare you that.
This is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the individual flavors and berries are all quite delicious and fun, at a price point that’s not terrible by Epcot Food & Wine Festival standards. On the other hand, the flavors and ingredients don’t coalesce into a satisfying dish. Then again, that’s the nature of deconstructed dishes, I guess. We could go either way on this one if you’re paying out of pocket–it’s probably not worth a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
In terms of alcoholic drinks, here’s what’s served at this Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplace:
Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley
Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay, Margaret River
3 Rings Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Wine Flight also available
Overall, the Australia Global Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a winner solely by virtue of the Roasted Lamb Chop, which is one of the very best dishes at this year’s event. We could take or leave both the shrimp and dessert, but you may find both to be better than we did, in which case Australia could be one of the elite booths for you.
What do you think of the Australia Global Marketplace? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? Any thoughts on these items? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!