Greece is a “new” Global Marketplace in World Showcase during the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. In this booth review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money.
Greece is a romantic country of immeasurable beauty, that’s also known for its yogurt, gyros, gods, and financial crises. Although you’d think one of those could abrogate the other–that’s right: yogurt should be able to fix economic collapse. (If it can alleviate IBS, is there anything it can’t do?!) Likewise, the culinary scene in Greece is exceptional.
Some of that is represented at the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but many prominent dishes, such as taramasalata (fish roe dip), kolokythokeftedes (trying saying that ten times fast–or even once, slowly), and octopus don’t make the cut. Greece is a bucket list destination for me so maybe I’m biased, but it’s another country I’d love to see represented full-time in World Showcase, and its food is just one reason why.
As you might’ve guessed, those are air quotes around “new” above. While Walt Disney World is calling this booth new, they also indicate it was established in 1996 on the Global Marketplace marquee and menu. In actuality, Greece is returning after a two-year hiatus–so it’s a bit of both, I guess?
Previously, the Greece booth was an eyecatching structure inspired by the whitewashed houses and blue domes of Santorini. Unfortunately, that distinctive architecture is not being used this year. Instead, Greece sets up shop in what was previously the Morocco booth.
Here’s the food menu for the Greece Global Marketplace:
- Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten/wheat-friendly)
- Lamb Moussaka
- Mylonas Assyrtiko
- White Wine
- Skouras Zoe Rosé
- Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red
- Wine Flight
Now our photos and reviews of each item from this Global Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Spanakopita ($4.50) – We were pleasantly surprised here, as the spanakopita has tasted like something from the grocery store freezer aisle in years past. Not so at the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
The pastry was flaky and soft, as if it was freshly made and perfectly prepared. The spinach and feta inside gave it a nice savoriness, but with some sweetness of a dessert. Not too oily, and not too soggy. Recommended.
Lamb Moussaka ($7.75) – Another winner from the Greece booth!
This dish reminded us of a Greek twist on shepherd’s pie, which is neither a good nor bad thing. I’m a sucker for anything cheese and lamb, and this dish delivered on both fronts. It’s not the most ambitious or inventive dish, but if you’re looking for an elevated comfort food, this is perfect. Our only complaint is that it’s a tad expensive for the portion size, but it is fairly filling. Recommended.
Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey ($4.50) – Finally, the iconic Griddled Greek Cheese. Even more exciting than the Greece booth returning after a two year hiatus is this fan favorite dish making its triumphant return after being gone for at least 7 years–maybe as many as 9 years.
We used to love this Griddled Greek Cheese, and are hardly alone in that sentiment. I recall it being a big “thing” when the Greece booth first debuted a menu without it, and I’m sure many other longtime Walt Disney World fans are very happy to see it return after a multi-year hiatus. (Not to beat a dead horse, but perhaps there’s still hope for our beloved Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce?!?!)
In any case, this was the most anticipated “new” dish of the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival for us, to the point that I was a little worried we had hyped it up too much in our minds/stomachs.
Nope, not in the least. Still mind/stomach-blowingly fantastic. This uses kasseri cheese, which is a traditional semi-hard Greek cheese made from sheep and goat milk. Griddling the cheese softens it up, with the hardened honey providing an exterior crispness and the ground pistachios adding further crunch. The ingredients coalesce remarkably well, and the end result is a creamy, nutty, sweet, and earthy cheese dish that is a truly sublime.
We will definitely be going back for more–gotta get our fill before it disappears for another 7-9 years! It’s also worth noting that this is part of Emile’s Fromage Montage, which sweetens the deal even further on the Griddled Greek Cheese. Highly, ***highly*** recommended!!! (Seriously, if you only heed our advice on one dish at all of Food & Wine, please make it this.)
Ultimately, the Greece booth is the comeback story of the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. When it disappeared a couple of years ago, we were honestly relieved. It had been on a downward slide for several years, with poor menu choices, worsening quality, and smaller portions/higher prices on returning dishes.
The year before the Greece Global Marketplace went on hiatus, the whole booth made our “worst of” list and we recommended skipping it entirely. It returns for the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival with a fan-favorite dish that’s been missing for several years, and everything on the menu earns our recommendation. In a year with several surprise disappointments, the Greece booth is a surprise standout. Now let’s follow this up in 2022 with the iconic Santorini-inspired structure returning along with this exceptional menu!
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 Greece, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Excited to try the Griddled Greek Cheese? If you’ve done the Greece booth, how did you feel about its food? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Have you tried any of the drinks at this Global Marketplace? What was or was not worth the money? Do you agree or disagree with our food reviews? 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!