Germany’s Global Marketplace at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of the most popular spots in Walt Disney World, for a simple time-tested reason: pretzels und bier (in the immortal words of Stacey). This Global Marketplace review will look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money.
The appeal of Germany at Food & Wine Festival is understandable. Held at the same time as Oktoberfest, this is about as close to the raucous event as you can get without booking a flight to Munich. The Germany booth is in a garden-like area, and it does sorta have that vibe…except without the Oompah music, lederhosen, huge steins, and epic beards. And with 100% more wasted UCF students.
Joking aside, the reason people love Germany is because it serves the time-honored classics, and the area is generally pretty enjoyable. It actually is a bit of a surprise more effort isn’t made to re-create the atmosphere of Oktoberfest in the garden area, but Disney probably does not want to overshadow the rest of the festival’s booths by doing that.
Here’s what you will find on the food menu this year at the Germany marketplace booth:
- Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese
- Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
- Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
- Gaffel Kölsch, Cologne
- Weihenstephaner Lager, Freising
- Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen, Mainz
- Selbach-Oster Riesling
- Beer Flight
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the Germany Global Marketplace at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll ($5.75) – The meat here is pretty good, but the bread is a lot like a dinner roll you’d get before a meal at a table service restaurant.
For this price, we’d expect a larger portion size–as such, we wouldn’t recommend this out of pocket.
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese ($4.25) – Absolutely fantastic. A hearty portion with great cheesy flavor and chunks of ham and pasta providing good texture. It’s not the most complex dish, but it’s a crowd-pleaser and delicious.
This is something I could see grabbing every evening as a pleasant, cost effective way to end the night. Highly recommended for those paying out of pocket.
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce ($4) – Tasty, but pretty standard. Probably about middle of the pack in terms of desserts at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
Check out our Global Marketplace Booth Menus & Photos for the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year! You’ll also want to read our full 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!
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If you’ve tried any of the marketplace items in Germany, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Anything on the menu you’re excited to try this year? Will you be trying some pretzels und bier here? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!