Ireland’s booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival dates to 2001, and has become one of the most popular booths thanks to its well-rounded menu. This post discusses the Ireland menu for this year, along with my thoughts on it.
Once you cut past the stereotypes, Ireland has a rich culinary tradition. Often, we associate the country with potato-centric dishes, stews, boiled bacon/potatoes/cabbage, and Guinness. This hearty fare represents delicious, classic Irish dishes, but there’s a lot more to Irish cuisine than that.
Modern Irish cuisine has trended away from the filling dishes that primarily served utilitarian ends. Dishes are still hearty, but there’s more of an emphasis on ingredients and innovative preparation. Ireland has seen a rise in gastro-pubs with chefs aiming to push the creative envelope on familiar options. Fine dining establishments also offer a fusion of traditional Irish cuisine with international influences.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has started, and we’ve updated this menu (and every menu) with 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 food menu this year at the Ireland marketplace booth:
Seafood Fisherman’s Pie – After years of hearing the hype about this, I finally tried it for the first time (at least, that I recall) and found it to be fairly forgettable. Maybe it was the expensive price or maybe I just got an unlucky draw, but I found it to be small and very lacking in seafood. It’s a great use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, so you might still try for yourself if you have credits to burn, but I’m hesitant to recommend paying out of pocket for this.
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – This is like the Olaf of desserts: it doesn’t present well, but once you give it a chance, it’s like a warm hug to your stomach. Or something like that. The richness of the chocolate plays nicely with the sweetness of the custard, and the warmth of the pudding brings it all together for an exceptional dessert, even on a warm day.
Irish Cheese Selection Plate: Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Irish Porter – This looked like a standard plate of cheeses and was nothing ‘prepared’ so we decided to skip it.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, but here is the drink menu for Ireland–lots of options ranging from beer wine to mixed drinks and even tea:
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka
Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (Non-alcoholic)
If you’ve tried any of the marketplace items in Ireland, 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? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!