Morocco’s Global Marketplace is our next stop at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, as we continue our reviews around World Showcase.
We’ve been hot and cold on the Morocco booth over the last few years, with it going from one of our favorites to least favorites in only the course of a couple years.
While the Morocco Global Marketplace of 2018 is still far from greatness, it has made a couple of big leaps in the right direction. Let’s take a look…
For starters, here’s the Morocco menu:
Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)
Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)
Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce
…and our thoughts and photos of each food item…
Kefta Pocket – Last year, this item made our ‘Worst Of’ list, and we complained that it was a “low quality frozen pita pocket stuffed with a thin Boca burger that had been reheated in a microwave 16 times.”
This year’s version is a dramatic improvement. The beef tastes like beef now, and is actually being prepared inside the kiosk this year, which explains the superior taste. The portion is actually fairly generous now, as you can see in the photo above. It’s still not a Food & Wine standout, but it’s actually good!
Hummus Fries – My main complaint with the hummus fries remains that the portion is way too small. Last year, the size of this was cut in half, and that’s where it remains this year.
That’s unfortunate, as these have a refreshing zest to them and taste great. The toppings are more generous than last year, which could help justify the purchase, but we still have a tough time on the value-for-money front with Morocco’s hummus fries.
Chocolate Baklava – If you’ve ever talked to anyone ever who has tried to make baklava, the first thing they will bring up is how difficult it is to prepare. With that difficult and time consuming preparation often comes mixed results.
Not so with this chocolate baklava, which is flaky, dense, and features a variety of textures and flavors with each bite. It’s a delicious dessert, and for a relatively modest price tag, ranks as one of our top ‘must try’ snacks of the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Finally, there’s the drink menu for Morocco:
Casa Pale Lager
Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
Red Organic Sangria
Overall, Morocco is a solid booth this year, arguably deserving of the “Comeback Booth of the Year” Award. If we were in the business of doling out awards, maybe we’d give it that. With that said, the portion size of the hummus fries still bothers us, as these were an all-star of the event two years ago when they debuted. Nevertheless, the baklava wows and the kefta pocket is actually edible, and those things make Morocco deserving of some praise as compared to its offerings in years past.
What do you think of the Morocco Global Marketplace? Have you tried any of the three food items at this booth? What did you think of them? Are you a fan of the hummus fries, even with the smaller portion? Have you tried your hand at making baklava? 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!