Germany’s Global Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of the most popular spots in Epcot, for a simple time-tested reason: pretzels und bier (in the immortal words of Stacey). This post covers the Germany booth menu, along with my thoughts on it.
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. Between the Germany booth and Brewer’s Collection (which they should just call “Austria” to make it feel more “cultural ‘n’ stuff”) in the garden-like area, 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 (KA)
Roast Bratwurst in a Prop and Peller® Pretzel Roll (KA)
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the Germany Global Marketplace at the 2019 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. Easier to justify if you’re using Disney Dining Plan snack credits.
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 night before IllumiNations as a pleasant, cost effective way to end the night. Highly recommended for those paying out of pocket. (It’s not an ideal use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, but you can’t really go wrong either way here.)
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.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, but here is the drink menu for Germany:
You might be surprised by the lack of beers on this list, but this is by design to spread crowds between this and the adjacent Brewer’s Collection. They are right next to one another, and we’d recommend sending one person to each line.
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!