Best Booths: 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Spread across World Showcase and Future World are 30 Global Marketplaces during the 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. This post ranks the top 10 food booths at the event, giving you an idea of where you’ll want to spend your money, Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and–most importantly–your vacation time.

Thirty food booths. Let that number sink in. Assuming you wait in line 5 minutes at each Global Marketplace (a very conservative number in our experience–that’s the minimum wait with the maximum being around 20 minutes), you’re looking at spending 2.5 hours of your day at Epcot just standing in line. More realistically, you’re looking at 3 hours in line on a weekday, 4 hours in line on a weeknight, or 5 hours in line on a weekend.

Suffice to say, stopping at every single Global Marketplace is simply not feasible. Now, you could read our Booth Menus, Food Photos & Reviews: 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival post (which now have been fully updated with reviews and photos for all menus) to determine which Global Marketplaces to prioritize, but you run into the same problem. Ten minutes spent reading each review means you’ve dedicated 5 hours to research–and that’s not counting all of the times you fall asleep from boredom while reading this blog! As such, we’re going to make things easy on you with this post, highlight the best overall booths at the 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival…

Obviously, tastes vary. Even when it comes to dishes that are objectively well-prepared, some people will love them while others won’t. Beyond that, there’s the added wrinkle with the quality and portion size of Food & Wine Festival dishes differing from day to day and even hour to hour. Samples are produced quickly and in large quantities, and are not made to order. We’re trying to mitigate that by focusing on kitchens that have a solid track record of doing things the right way.

Anyway, let’s start with our best booths of the 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival list (links to full booth reviews open in new tabs)… 

Cheese Studio – As I remarked in our full booth review, a duo of dishes at Cheese Studio are my new go-to cheap & fast pre-fireworks Epcot meal.

That entree and dessert rank as two of my top 5 dishes at the 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but you might as well order the entire menu here. Read our full Cheese Studio Review for more info & food photos

Chocolate Studio – Home to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival’s most famous (and #1 or #2 in overall quality) dessert, Chocolate Studio is an obvious choice.

Beyond this marketplace’s flagship dessert, there are two other items well worth your attention. Read our full Chocolate Studio Review for more info & food photos

Wine & Dine Studio – That’s right: all three of the Culinary Corridor booths make the cut. Accordingly, we highly recommend staking out a prime, shaded location here (better yet, go right around sunset for a nice breeze coming off the nearby bodies of water) and grazing from each of the studios.

Even though we aren’t particularly wild about Wine & Dine Studio’s Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese, the other two dishes here impress, and the scallops are a good time to remind you (in case you haven’t read it in our individual reviews) of an important Epcot Food & Wine Festival Commandment: “leave the shrimp, take the salmon and scallops.Read our full Wine & Dine Studio Review for more info & food photos

Coastal Eats – Located in the Next Eats area, Coastal Eats is the best of that strong trio of booths located behind the soon-to-be-demolished Innoventions West building. Against all odds, all of the dishes at Coastal Eats wow.

Some are on the heavier front and are better enjoyed later in the event (read: when it’s not 90 degrees out), but we’ve had tremendous luck with Coastal Eats the last few years. At this point, we hesitate to even call it luck, but we still feel the need to call it that because scallops could be a total train-wreck if the preparation or freshness is a misfire. Read our full Coastal Eats Booth Review for more info & food photos

Flavors from Fire – The best booth at Food & Wine for the third straight year.

Our favorites here include literally everything. No joke–order everything on the menu. Everyone seems to have a different favorite item, but the consensus is that everything here is good. Read our full Flavors from Fire Booth Review for more info & food photos

Australia – We’ll level with you: our goal is to represent both Future World and World Showcase with an equal number of entries on this list. That might seem problematic given that Future World has far fewer booths. However, we’re not grading on a curve to ensure enough of those booths make the list. To the contrary, the World Showcase booths are the weaker ones, with less ambitious and inventive dishes. Just something to keep in mind as we cover these.

The Australia Global Marketplace is a winner solely by virtue of its flagship dish, which is one of the very best items at this year’s event–and a great use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. 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. Read our full Australia Booth Review for more info & food photos

Africa – The next two booths are similar in style, which makes me tempted to lump them together (which would allow for inclusion of perennial favorite, France). However, I don’t think that’s entirely fair as there are clear distinctions between the two–and after all, we don’t lump multiple European booths together.

Africa is a winner thanks to a comforting and crowd-pleasing meat dish, a defiantly good vegan dish, and shrimp that bucks one of our longstanding Epcot Food & Wine Festival Commandments. Read our full Africa Booth Review for more info & food photos.

India – As we remarked in our booth review, the India Global Marketplace could basically be called ‘A Taste of Sanaa.’ The menu will be familiar to those who have dined at Sanaa, or offer a chance to sample a somewhat-similar menu for those who are intimidated by a full meal at Sanaa (or just haven’t found the time).

As for favorites, our picks here would be the Indian Bread with Dips and Madras Red Curry, but the Korma Chicken is another good (and complicated) dish, so you really can’t go wrong here. Read our full India Booth Review for more info & food photos

Hawaii – It’s really impressive that a single state can top culinary powerhouses like the country of France as one of the best booths of the fest, but that’s exactly the case with the Hawaii Global Marketplace.

This is another instance of “just order the entire menu.” If you must narrow things down, we’d go with the Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash for the savory and Passion Fruit Cheesecake for sweet. (But really, do you want to risk skipping that slider?!) Read our full Hawaii Booth Review for more info & food photos

Islands of the Caribbean – This a booth that’s not nearly as lauded as others on this list. Yet, it’s all good and relatively unique to most tourists.

Here, the Jerk-spiced Chicken is the highlight, ranking as one of the best overall items. The grilled flavor and jerk-spice work wonders together, with the sweet flavors from the mango and plantain providing a playful contrast. The other items are likewise very good, making Islands of the Caribbean another instance of ordering “ONE OF EVERYTHING!” Read our full Islands of the Caribbean Booth Review for more info & food photos

That wraps it up for our Best Food Booths of the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Even though this is far longer than a normal top 10 list when you count each item at the booths we recommended, it still leaves off several deserving choices at this year’s Food & Wine Festival. With that said, we’ll be back later this week for a look at the other side of things, with our ‘Worst of’ list, so stay tuned!

Check out our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu item we recommend–and DON’T recommend–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, and much more.

For Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles. Also make sure to read our other Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews and Disney Dining Plan Resources.

YOUR THOUGHTS

Do you have any favorites dishes from the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? Favorite booths? Anything you’re excited to try? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!


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