Hawaii’s booth at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Walt Disney World is our next stop. In this Global Marketplace review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is worth your money and isn’t in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Global Marketplace has a front and center location, at the front of World Showcase Plaza, right as you leave Future World. It’s easily visible and prominently located while entering World Showcase, which is one of several reasons why the Hawaii food booth pretty much always draws a big crowd…and for good reason.
For the last several years, the Hawaii booth has been home to two of the best snacks in all of Walt Disney World. One of these, the Kalua Pork Slider, also contributes to the obsession with all things Dole among Disney fans, but rather than being topped with pineapple soft serve, this features a nice chutney. (Although perhaps one of the test chefs should pioneer a Dole Whip Slider!)
You’ll want to save your money for this booth, as Hawaii features delicious food items that offer reasonably good value for money, which is becoming increasingly rare among Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths. Let’s take a look at what’s on the menu, and what’s worth buying…
First, here’s a look at the Hawaii Global Marketplace menu:
- Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
- Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Sspicy Mayonnaise
- Tuna Poke with Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayonnaise and Crispy Shrimp Chips
- Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
- Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI
- Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
- AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Now our photos and reviews of each item…
Kalua Pork Slider ($5.75) – If you’ve been to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival in the past several years–or even read coverage of the event–you’ve tried or heard of this. It’s a fan favorite, and for good reason.
Despite the relatively small roll, this sandwich comes with a heaping helping of moist pork, topped with pineapple chutney and a liberal coating of spicy mayonnaise. The mild zest of the sauce mixes perfectly with the pineapple, and the meat is always perfectly flavored. This is a can’t miss!
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash ($4.50) – I love this. It’s everything a dish at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival should be: inventive, unexpected, authentic, and delicious. I know using SPAM has been a trendy thing for a couple of years now, and it’s nice to see Walt Disney World getting in on the act.
The hash is good because it is well-prepared, with a nice crispiness and teriyaki glaze that adds a light sweetness to the flavor of the SPAM. The spicy mayo plays nicely with this, and the end result is an excellent, complex dish. It’s fun, delicious, and a good value for the money–definitely get this.
Tuna Poke ($7.00) – This tuna poke is served with eel sauce, spicy mayonnaise, and crispy shrimp chips. This is the weakest and most expensive item at the Hawaii booth.
Perhaps it was a one off, but ours was soaked in way too much soy sauce–it literally filled half the cup. This totally overpowered the tuna, resulting in a disappointing dish. With so many other great options at the Hawaii booth, we’re not inclined to give this one a second chance or recommend it, especially given the significantly higher price.
Passion Fruit Cheesecake ($4.25) – There are a few similar desserts like this at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, so we don’t blame you if you want to skip this. That’d be understandable, as the passion fruit flavor is understated and you might’ve already filled up on sweets by this point in your grazing around World Showcase.
However, the macadamia nuts provide a nice texture, and there is enough fruit flavor to give this a sense of the tropics. We like it enough to order one every year. (In other words…you might as well order the entire menu in Hawaii, because the Passion Fruit Cheesecake is good enough to justify that move!)
Overall, the Hawaii Global Marketplace is always one of the strongest booths at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This booth has been solid for years, but we think it has come into its own in the last few years. It’s also great to see the full menu return for the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival after a reduced lineup last year. It’s really impressive that a single state is up there with culinary powerhouses like the country of France as one of the best booths of the fest, but that’s exactly the case with the Hawaii Global Marketplace.
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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What do you think of the Hawaii Global Marketplace? Have you tried any of the four food items at this booth? What did you think of them? What do you think of this booth–or the idea that a single state can hang with culinary powerhouses like France in producing some of the best items of the event? 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!