Canada is a booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival serving favorites from Le Cellier restaurant in the same pavilion. This post reviews the Canada booth’s menu, along with my thoughts on this (what I think is) overrated booth.
Canada’s booth is typically popular and a favorite among fans. Personally, I find this perplexing. There’s no denying that the cheddar cheese soup is delicious, but when it’s still in the upper-80s and humid, that’s about the last thing I want. (I can see why it’s popular in November, though.) Then there’s the Le Cellier filet mignon, which is popular because it’s filet mignon and an objectively good use of a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan, but subjectively, I’ve found it incredibly lacking.
For me, the sad part is that there are no shortage of excellent snack-sized options that could be offered here. It would be the perfect opportunity to test the waters with a return of BeaverTails, try some different styles of poutine, or even a maple syrup and bacon cupcake. I know, I know, I’m in the minority–but I’m ready for this overrated booth to receive a menu overhaul…
One of the highlights of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival the Canada booth is a popular choice for first-timers and repeat guests alike. This menu features food photos, thoughts on value for money, best use of Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and more!
Here’s what you will find on the Canada marketplace booth’s food menu this year at Food & Wine Festival:
Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)
Now our photos and reviews of each item from this Global Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Canadian cheddar cheese soup served with a pretzel roll – While Canada only has two items, it’s one of the most popular booths at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and that’s because both have cult-like followings among Walt Disney World fans.
I think most fans know whether this soup is their thing or not. If you want my take…the soup is very good, but a bit overrated. It’s rich, creamy and full of cheesy goodness, but not quite deserving of all the hype. Others with us noted that the portion size is smaller this year. Still highly recommended…unless you go on a 90-degree day, in which case why would you want soup?!
Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce – Sorry(ish) to those of you with delicate sensibilities offended by the half-eaten cross-section photo at the top, but I wanted to underscore the point that this was perfectly cooked (especially since that was not the case with several other cuts of meat tried throughout the day).
The filet was tender, a good size, and oozing with flavor. Truly, I cannot believe this is the same item we tried (and hated) a couple of years back. This one was amazing, and highly recommended. It’s tough to recommend gambling on the “Le Cellier Lotto” if you’re paying out of pocket, but if you’re using a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, get two!
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (particularly because most are not unique to Epcot, so you can find a ton of info and reviews of them via Google), but here is the drink menu for Canada:
Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde, Hamilton, Ontario
Château Des Charmes Vidal Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Château Des Charmes Merlot, St. David’s Bench
Even the beers are inferior to what the stand in Canada normally serves! (Where’s the Unibroue?!?)
Overall, the Canada Global Marketplace is popular thanks to serving a couple of Walt Disney World fan-favorite items, one of which is an absolutely exceptional value on the Disney Dining Plan. Frankly, it’s become a bit boring and stale. This menu hasn’t changed in the better part of 5 years, and has been surpassed by the very same booth at Epcot’s other festivals. (Just look at our review of the Yukon Kitchen at the Epcot Festival of Holidays.) Familiar, fan favorites can be great…but the Canada Global Marketplace could be offering so much more.
If you’ve tried any of Canada’s items, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Anything on the Canada booth menu you’re excited to try this year? Should we riot if Disney doesn’t bring back the BeaverTail next year? 😉 Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!