Belgium’s Global Marketplace is next up at our tour of the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, as we continue our reviews around World Showcase. This booth has offered a waffle-centric menu since its debut, occasionally swapping out the non-waffle item for something different.
This year, Belgium returns with the exact menu it has had for each of the last two years, and is once again a favorite among Epcot guests. People love waffles–and Belgian beer–and the lines at the Belgium booth are a testament to the endearing popularity of those things.
The good news in Belgium, at least if you’re paying out of pocket, is that everything is relatively inexpensive. None of the dishes are above $6, which is not bad by Epcot Food & Wine Festival standards (hence relatively inexpensive). Of course, if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, that means you might want to pay out of pocket…
The menu at Belgium has been unchanged for the last several years, featuring the following:
Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
Now for our reviews of the food items at the Belgium Global Marketplace…
Beer-braised Beef – This type of dish is a crowd-pleaser, and you’ll find variations on this concept around World Showcase. I’m of mixed minds about this incarnation of the dish.
On the one hand, the beef is tender and tasty, with the gouda mashed potatoes being a great side. On the other hand, this is a heavy dish with a stew-like quality that is far from ideal in the hot Florida sun of August and September.
Chocolate Belgian Waffle – We don’t rave about these waffles like some others, but we don’t dislike them, either. They’re consistently good, and the chocolate version is rich and decadent.
At the end of the day, it’s a small, freshly-made waffle. If that’s what you’re craving, have at it.
Berry Belgian Waffle – Same idea, but topped with berries instead of chocolate. The compote adds a nice sweetness, but it’s going to come down to personal preference.
Being a major beer country, of course Belgium also has a formidable lineup of alcohol:
Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale (Flight)
St. Bernardus Witbier (Flight)
St. Bernardus Abt 12 (Flight)
Stella Artois Hard Cidre
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
I’ll be honest, I’m starting to lose steam with these reviews. Judging by the lack of reader comments on them, you are too. So rather than reviewing Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the other booths that don’t really have anything new for 2018, I’m just going to direct you to our existing Booth Menus for Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival–each of those also contains photos and evergreen reviews of the ‘tried and true’ Global Marketplaces that don’t change much each year.
For now, I’m going to switch gears and focus on construction updates from around the parks and resorts, as if I don’t post those soon, they will become stale. I’m still going to try getting to other Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths that have a new item (or a few) as I think those are potentially interesting. I’m just going to give myself (and you) a break from the monotony of these Food & Wine reviews for a week or so…
What do you think of the Belgium booth? Have you tried any of the waffles here? What did you think of them? Thoughts on the beers in Belgium? 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!