The Islands of the Caribbean Global Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a new booth replacing the Dominican Republic. This post covers the Islands of the Caribbean booth’s menu, along with some thoughts on it.
While we are sad to see Dominican Republic go after returning from a long hiatus last year, that’s mostly because the expansive booth (situated off the main loop of World Showcase) was a really pleasant environment. We’re expecting/hope a lot will be emulated by Islands of the Caribbean.
The upside here is that specialties from multiple countries–including Jamaica, Colombia, and Cuba–can be featured here. Personally, I wouldn’t mind to see two Caribbean nations replace this booth and Hawaii, as I think Jamaica has a lot of potential (jerked chicken, curry goat, etc.) and Cuba seems like an obvious choice as it starts to open to Americans.
Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is officially underway, we have 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 at the Islands of the Caribbean marketplace booth’s menu at Food & Wine Festival:
Jamaican Beef Patty – I thought these were shockingly good. The starchy exterior gave way to a creamy, curried beef that had a nice mix of spices and flavor. I’ve never had Jamaican beef prepared in this manner, so it was a nice opportunity to try something new (one of the things I like best about Food & Wine Festival), too. Recommended.
Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice and Pickled Red Onions – The pork here was good and the other items were nice additions, but this wasn’t altogether exciting. I could take it or leave it.
Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce – This pastry was good, but aside from the guava sauce (which wasn’t really a prevailing flavor) nothing really said “caribbean” about it to me. I think it’s a nice option if you’re into puff pastries, but not one of Food & Wine Festival’s more notable options.
Pescado con Coco: Seared Grouper, Pigeon Peas and Rice with Coconut Sauce – We accidentally missed this. Sorry!
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (particularly because most are not unique to Epcot, so you can find a ton of info and reviews of them via Google), but here is the beverage menu for Islands of the Caribbean:
What do you think of Islands of the Caribbean? Do you like the idea, or would you rather see distinct countries represented? Any thoughts on these items? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!