The Patagonia Global Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is another recent addition. Although it isn’t a country, it’s a reasonable “compromise” booth. This post covers the Patagonia booth’s menu, along with some thoughts on it.
I’ll be honest, I know nothing of Patagonia’s food scene. In fact, I assumed that this mountainous, sparsely populated region was inhabited solely by Alpinists. I figured they caught salmon with their mouths when times were good, and subsisted on ground rodents cooked on sticks over basecamp fires during leaner times. I guess that’s wrong?
If this page is any indication, Patagonia cuisine is actually quite varied, with different specialties in the mountains, inland, and at the coast. Red meats, including lamb, deer, and wild boar, are quite popular, as is fish. Preparation is heavily influenced by immigrants from Central Europe.
Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is 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 on the Patagonia marketplace booth’s food menu this year at Food & Wine Festival:
Beef Empanada – If you’re envisioning a flaky pastry oozing with flavorful beef, picture the opposite. This is more like a fortress of hard breading filling with a minuscule portion of barely edible beef. Avoid.
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée – As compared to the other skewers we tried at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, this was fantastic. The beef wasn’t the most tender, but the flavor was still good (the pool of butter they were in probably helped) and the other accompaniments provided an interesting flavor. Recommended.
Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri – Another dish smothered in the (delicious) chimichurri sauce, this salmon is better than you’d expect from an event like this. Recommended. (Sorry, I guess I didn’t take a photo of this?)
You can’t go wrong with the beef skewer and the salmon, particularly if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. Both feature interesting preparation methods, and they sure beat a rodent roasted over an open fire. 😉
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 beer menu for Patagonia:
If you’ve tried any of the Patagonia booth snacks, 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? Do you think the Most Interesting Man in the World can catch a swimming salmon in his mouth, like a bear? 😉 Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!