We continue our World Showcase tour with the Brazil Global Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In this Walt Disney World booth review, we’ll share menu prices, food photos, and offer thoughts on whether each item is worth your money or Disney Dining Plan credits.
A few weeks ago, if you told me I’d soon be writing a post about Brazil at Walt Disney World, without any second thoughts, I would’ve assumed it’d be about the rumored Brazil pavilion that is (was?) slated for the plot of land between Germany and Italy.
Of course, that announcement never happened at the 2019 D23 Expo. It’s possible that recent controversial headlines about the massive Amazon Rainforest fires caused Disney to postpone the news. It’s also possible the plans have been put on ice. Either way, for now and at least the next few years, the Brazil Global Marketplace at Food & Wine Festival is the closest we’re getting to a Brazil pavilion in Epcot…
Here’s the menu for Brazil:
Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)
Now our photos and reviews of each item from this Global Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew with Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice ($5.25) – This is a heavy dish and is probably something you’ll enjoy more towards the November end of the event than the hot and humid early weeks.
The creamy coconut stew with a hint of lime does provide a mildly refreshing quality, and the seafood present is generally pretty good. The white fish is what’s dominant, and it can range from crisp and flaky on the good end to soggy and rubbery on the bad end. We’ve we’d recommend this probably depends upon the weather when you visit.
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions ($6) – Like so many, the quality of this dish is largely dependent upon the quality of the meat you get here. The other accompaniments are mostly unimpressive, neither carrying or bogging down the dish–just sort of “there.”
I generally love pork belly, and even when this dish is overly fatty, poorly prepared, or undersized, I still find myself generally enjoying it. Your mileage may vary on that, though. It’s definitely worth the gamble if you have Disney Dining Plan snack credits to spare–perhaps not so much if you’re paying cash out of pocket.
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread ($4.50) – You can buy almost the exact same thing, right down to the gluten-free nature, in the freezer section of your local Target. They’re called “Brazi Bites,” and they’re $5 for an 18-pack. (I’ve seen them on sale for $3.99!)
That’s not to say these aren’t addictively good–I made about a half dozen of these suckers over the weekend, polishing off what was left of a bag. They have a gooey and airy quality that makes you want to eat as many as possible. However, when even a kitchen novice like me can cook these to perfection at home, it’s a tough sell at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
In terms of alcoholic drinks, here’s what’s served at this Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplace:
M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer, Doral, FL
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Douro Tinto, Portugal
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
Overall, Brazil is one of the more disappointing booths at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Not because it’s one of the worst options–it’s probably middle of the pack, with variance up or down depending upon your luck–but because Brazilians make up such a large Walt Disney World visitor demographic, and there’s clearly unrealized potential here. I’m still hopeful that one day World Showcase gets a proper Rodizio or Galeto restaurant, but in the meantime, a better showing at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival would certainly be appreciated.
What do you think of the Brazil 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!