It’s time to preview the menu at the Ireland food booth at the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The Ireland Global Marketplace 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.
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.
Here’s what you will find on the food menu this year at the Ireland marketplace booth:
Fisherman’s Seafood Pie
Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Guinness Baileys Shake
(Note: these have not yet been updated with fresh reviews of the new items at the 2022 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Stay tuned for that!)
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!