It’s time to preview the menu at the Ireland food booth at the 2021 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.
Let’s start with a brief synopsis of what’s happening at the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. This year’s culinary event started much earlier than normal and will run significantly longer than usual (129 days!) for a variety of reasons beyond the scope of this food booth info post for the Ireland Global Marketplace.
In a nutshell, the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival occurs in two phases. The first is now underway and the second phase starts on October 1, 2021. This date is Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, and when the event kicks into high gear. That day is when Epcot attendance will likely skyrocket due to the debut of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Harmonious. It’s also when the popular Ireland food booth will open…
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
New photos and reviews of each item from the Ireland Global Marketplace coming on October 2, 2021!
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 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!