Belgium’s Global Marketplace is our next review from the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, as we continue with Walt Disney World’s fall foodie event. In this booth review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share photos, and offer thoughts on what is worth your money or Disney Dining Plan credits–or what isn’t.
The Belgium booth has offered a waffle-centric menu since its debut, occasionally swapping out the non-waffle item for something different. For 2019, 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
Golden Malted® Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
Golden Malted® 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 ($5.50) – 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 ($4.25) – 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 ($4.25) – 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.
In terms of value for money, both of these waffles are fine, but their relatively low price makes them a poor use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
Being a major beer country, of course Belgium also has a formidable lineup of alcohol:
Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
St. Bernardus Witbier
Delirium Red Fruit Beer
Stella Artois Hard Cidre
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer Flight also available
Overall, Belgium is a fun and crowd-pleasing booth that it’s tough to criticize too harshly. As compared to other desserts at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the waffles at the Belgium Global Marketplace are middle of the pack. However, a lot of people love freshly-made waffles–if you do, go for it. If you’re wanting something ambitious and unique, look elsewhere.
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!